My Office Water Cooler

Happy Tuesday!!  Today I wanted to share with you my office water cooler.  With the weather warming up, spring in full swing, I decided my new office is going to be my beautiful backyard.  Every office needs a water cooler, right?  So in lieu of yesterday’s article of living green and eco-friendly, I decided to purchase and share this piece from Craigslist. I chose to buy second hand as this seemed to be perfect for the job and wouldn’t go to waste. It was a solid piece of wood that I knew would stand the test of time and wasn’t synthetic.  And let’s be honest the price fit well within budget.  It was extremely dusty and dirty but nothing a quick wipe down with warm soap and water couldn’t’ help.  When I brought home my prized piece with excitement (like my cat does with her dead mouse) to show my husband he thought I was crazy!!  I have to admit I wondered what the heck I was thinking as well but I had a vision and was going to stick to it.  After a quick clean up, I applied a seal over the wood to help protect against the outside elements.  Choosing a clear sealant, that was fast and easy to apply, made the wood look more conditioned and really brought it back to life. I am thrilled that I gave this piece a new home with a new purpose.  I love the character of the well-used wood with all its bolts and glory on display.

I am excited to get the season kicked off and to show this drink bar an eventful summer.

 

Enough water cooler talk for now.  Enjoy!

 

Best,

Jen

Happy Earth Day

Hey everyone Happy Earth Day!!  In honor of mother nature, I am writing about sustainable furniture today.  It is crucial that we all start taking better care of our home; Earth, as she has taken such good care of us.  If we continue to want to see her beauty and all she has to offer we need to be more mindful.  Mindful in just about everything we do every day all day.  Things like can you ride your bike instead of drive the car to work today? Or can you use and consume less?  The options are endless.

So today I want to choose the subject of sustainable furniture.  Choosing eco-friendly furniture is just one of many ways you can show love for Mother Earth.  I am sharing a list of companies with not only eco-friendly furniture, some of them finding ways to give back.

 

First I think I have to mention that re-using or recycling a piece of furniture is always a good way to go green.  By not wasting the furniture and then consuming more you are giving it and mother nature a second chance.  Another way to recycle or upcycle a piece of furniture is from your local thrift shop or flea market.  There are usually amazing deals to be found, and sometimes with a little DIY and creativity, they are better than before.  Great and easy suggestions for simply living eco-friendly

Now on to the sustainable brands:

  • Joybird: Eco-friendly, made-to-order, fair wages and health benefits for craftspeople, no harsh chemicals or flame retardants is what’s behind this brand. Plus, for each item sold, Joybird plants more trees than were used in the manufacturing of that item in an effort to help preserve the rainforests. Online store only.
  • VivaTerre: upholds sustainability and integrity throughout the design and manufacturing process of their truly globally-inspired, modern furniture. Online store only.
  • Stem: Eco-friendly, made in the USA, upcycled and organic materials, customizable. Their responsible manufacturing process takes place in the USA, cutting down on carbon emissions. Online store only.
  • ABC Home: Eco-friendly, ethically and sustainably sourced, fair-trade.  Online store only. 
  • West Elm: FSC-certified, made in the USA, Fair-Trade, eco-friendly. Online and instore. 
  • Crate and Barrel: Dining & home office collections featuring eco-friendly, FSC-certified, reclaimed wood, and sustainable bamboo. Online and instore. 

Inmod: Bedroom, lighting, storage, and children’s featuring eco-friendly, made in the USA. Online store.

My goal is to strive to do a few green things every day.  Little steps to make a big difference.  Happy Monday and Happy Earth Day!!

Best,

Jen

 

Tips and Tricks for Showstopper Planters

Spring is here and it is the perfect time to start thinking about planting your pots outside.  Whether for added curb appeal or a quiet retreat to your patio or deck, I have you covered with all the tips you’ll need.  Gone are the days of simpling picking out a few red Geraniums or pink Begonias.  The pressure is on to have your planters on point!  So in prep for getting my hands dirty this weekend (literally) I have done a little research on just what to do.  I always show up to the garden stores wandering isles, picking pretty plants and flowers, not knowing exactly what I was doing and hoping for the best.  Instead of holding my breath and praying it all turns out, I have made lists and armed myself with the knowledge to knock this project out of the park.  Check out all I have dug up so that you too can have sensational planters this season.

 

 

    1. Instead of filling your large planter with soil try filling your pot with some recyclable items first. This will help with cost as less soil is needed.  Making sure there is a hole in the bottom of the pot, along with using a “filler” (recyclable item) 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up, will ensure the weight of the soil doesn’t compress and compact, affecting drainage and root growth.  Other items to use besides your plastic containers would be soda cans or really just about anything you can recycle.

    Here is the secret recipe: a planter should have three things. A thriller, a filler, and a spiller. In this picture you have a Golden Sword Yucca as your thriller, typically thrillers are vertical. Your Filler would be the pink Geranium and purple Petunias as they are a weaving plant that can “fill” in. The spiller in this picture is the Creeping Jenny as it flows off the edge and down the side “spilling” over. When making your list, take into account the overall growth structure when they are full grown.  Combine plants that need the same amount of moisture and sun otherwise they can’t live together in harmony. Make sure to include enough texture and color into your overall design.

Here is a list of Thrillers, Spillers, and Fillers.

THRILLERS

    • Agave
    • Angelonia
    • Bamboo
    • Banana
    • Canna
    • Corydalis
    • Dahlia (upright varieties)
    • Dracena
    • Elephant ear (taro)
    • Fuchsia (upright varieties)
    • Grasses
    • Hibiscus
    • Millet
    • Papyrus
    • Phormium (New Zealand flax)

FILLERS

    • Argyranthemum (Marguerite daisy)
    • Begonia
    • Caladium
    • Coleus
    • Diascia (twinspur)
    • Euphorbia (especially Diamond Frost)
    • Impatiens
    • Nasturtium (mounding types)
    • Nemesia
    • Osteospermum (African daisy osteospermum)
    • Pelargonium (geranium)
    • Petunia
    • Salvia (small-flowered types)
    • Verbena

 

SPILLERS

    • Callibrachoa
    • Dichondra
    • Helichrysum (licorice plant)
    • Ipomoea (sweet potato vine)
    • Lobelia
    • Torenia (wishbone flower)

 

Here is a bit of inspiration along with what is used.  I always like a little visual stimulation to get a project going.

This arrangement with a neutral tone and texture brings out its natural beauty. Boasting String of Pearls with all its drama through its unique shape all the while purple Calibrachoa and blue Ageratum add just the right dose of brightness to add depth to this subtle arrangement.
Loving this evergreen arrangement. Living in the North West you can’t get away from an authentic evergreen. Having that as a base choose something like a cast-iron plant, and then add in some Caladiums, some Impatiens, and even a creeping Fig.
Succulents are both heat and drought tolerant, so they’ll look great all summer long. There are many ways to plant succulent containers, particularly since they are so resilient. They also share a desert color palette with succulents, making the two appear as if they were always intended to go together. Making sure to water carefully and selectively.
We will all be planting window boxes everywhere you can once you see how beautiful and simple this arrangement is. ‘Aaron’ Caladium, Holly Fern, ‘Key Lime Pie’ Heuchera, ‘White Nancy’ Lamium, Ivy, and light pink Periwinkle come together in this eye-catching window box. This arrangement adds depth and color and lives in harmony where shade permits.

There you have it, enough information that you can head to the garden store isles with a list and idea of what you are doing.  I am excited to start this project as planting pots is one of my favorites!  Happy planting!!

Please share any of your spring plantings with me as I am always eager to learn and see more tips and tricks for my yard.

Hygge inspired Winter Table Decor

Here we are in the New Year!  A feeling of new, fresh, clean and promise.  I love to take down Christmas decor to have my house feel somehow bigger, cleaner, and a new canvas.  I am always so motivated and inspired come the New Year with so many ideas I want to try to apply that I am in full overload.  First off I wanted to try and share my winter table setting, after all we are in the depths of  winter.  Everything has felt cluttered the last few days with remnants of the past holiday that I wanted to purge; breath.  Hence my Hygge inspired table.  Something cozy (to me cozy is candles),  something comfortable (bringing outdoors inside has grounded me which makes me most comfortable),  feeling content (using what I have on hand and loving what I have).  So pull up a chair, pour your favorite beverage (maybe something warm), and lets gather around my Winter table.

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Like I said I already owned everything I used for this piece.  So I hope I can inspire you to do the same.  As always I will find things that are similar to what I have (especially the recently purchased) but encourage you to find things you already own similar.  After a holiday of “more” and “want”, it feels good to love what I own.

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White, the color of new, the color of snow, the color of clean.  I used silver place mats with white dinner plates to compliment my metal table all with a feeling of winter.  I used white napkin and galvanized napkin rings.  I feel this color scheme screams ice = winter.

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I used one of my glass vases to place sprigs from a tree I have in my yard.  I also used my faux birch sticks that I bought for my Festive Porch decor, I love these sticks as they look so realistic but have the ease of being “fake”.  I tied a ribbon around my vase that I bought in stock as I love it so much!  I feel that it ties all my black and white stripes together.   On each side of my vase I placed candles of different sizes and shapes to each side running the runner.  The trick here is just to keep the candles in the same color family for our winter table; white, silver, black, metal, and glass.  My geometric candle holders are like seriously vintage, like late 1970’s.

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My runner (which is actually two runners overlapped = great texture).  I actually made my own white and black striped runner last year.  My black runner can be found here.  On my buffet in the background I placed other glass vases/cloche with more nature inspired items.  Pinecones in one vase, twig and cork balls in the cloche.  I tied black and white striped twine around them to once again tie it all in.  In the middle of the glass displaying nature pieces I placed more nature pieces.  I used a wood apple (something similar here) with two green pear candles in front.  The green candles were the color pop I was looking for.

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Happy Winter Solstice!  Okay I know that was actually a few weeks ago but I feel I can show it proper now that Christmas is over.  What does your table look like?  Do you celebrate winter, maybe coastal style?  Share some love and inspiration on how you decorate this time of year.

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Cozy Winter Porch

Baby its cold outside!  Christmas is over, Valentines is over a month away.  How to decorate your porch and welcome your guests?  Well one thing is for sure, it is winter.  For me that is worth celebrating.  Snow is on the ground, snowman in the yard.  Why not do a winter porch?  Here is a unique, cozy porch worth warming up too.  Most of the items needed to style this porch I had already purchased or is a staple in our decor rotation.  So the pros of this winter porch being friendly on the budget which who doesn’t love this (especially after that budget bursting holiday; Christmas)!  Also, I love a refresh in decor, it feels clean and new.  Cons of this porch; NOTHING.

My white wreath I bought at Target a while back and have absolutely loved.  White can incorporate into all the holidays of the year somehow so it is a star in a lot of my ‘shows’.  I found a similar wreath here.  My black and white plaid scarf I have had for a few years and actually snagged a hole in it.  So I came up with the idea to use it as a house decor piece.  I found a similar one here, (that I am going to purchase for its replacement in my wardrobe).  It is all the feels of cozy on this porch, and pairs nicely with the wreath and rug.  All my other pieces I purchased for my Christmas porch, the black and white checkered rug, the faux potted tree, the garland, the lantern with candle, lastly the” believe” circle in faux wood which was a $1 section Target in store purchase.  Changing out a few pieces made this porch feel new and will be perfect until I can put up Valentines.

 

Happy snowman building, sleigh riding winter!!

 

What does your winter porch look like?  I would love to see more ideas and inspiration on what you do with your porch decor after Christmas so please share.

 

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