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June 15, 2015 — 4 Comments

Well, hello blog. It’s been a long time.

While this blog may have been dormant, I certainly have not been. I’ve done a few projects around my house and hopefully I’ll catch a second wind one of these days and write about them, but for now here’s a project I did outside of my house.

The company I work for recently moved to a new building and I now have my very own office. I have a door! And windows! And a super random fireplace! As you can imagine, getting my own office is a big deal, not just because I got my own office, but because I got to decorate it as well. Considering I have this blog, you can imagine how exciting it is for me to have a new space to decorate.

Here’s my office pre-makeover. Well, technically I did already have some influence on the space prior to these photos. The owner was repainting anyway so I was able to choose the paint color, it’s Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. It’s a great dark gray (grey???).

IMG_7124_1024 IMG_7126_1024 Why yes that is a random fireplace in my office. This office was at one point an apartment so I got what, I can only assume, used to be the living room.  IMG_7129_1024 Here she is post me getting my grimy hands on it: thumb_IMG_8205_1024 Anyone else weirdly obsessed with taking pano photos on iPhone? They are so weird and useless and also look sort of distorted, but I still take them because sometimes you just can’t get the whole scene in a frame. thumb_IMG_8199_1024 I love the free ‘Dress Your Tech’ wallpapers from Design Love Fest, I highly recommend checking them out. thumb_IMG_8189_1024 The desk and rug are World Market. The desk is probably too small for an office desk, but I couldn’t handle the idea of having a big boring (albeit super functional) desk. Of course, lots of cords because, you know, it’s a functioning workspace. thumb_IMG_8058_1024 The painting is from an auction and I’m obsessed with it. Soooo beautiful. It’s by a local artist and was painted in the ’30s. I got it for $50! Chairs are from the Container Store.

IMG_7280_1024 2 Two boxes of Pantone postcards from Amazon and a lot of tape and I got this super cool (and super affordable) wall art. IMG_7186_1024 For my birthday last year my two best friends got me this awesome Rifle Paper travel calendar. When I was trying to come up with something to put on the walls in my new office, this calendar came to mind. Frames are from Hobby Lobby and I spray painted them gold (naturally). One of my brothers said it looks like a travel agent’s office, but I’m okay with that. The long white bookshelves in the background are actually metal ones I found on craigslist (obviously). $30 for both of them! They were a total b to paint though. I tried spray painting them but that got out of control so I used a roller to paint and seal them. A total hassle, but overall a very affordable solution. Most of the stuff on them is stolen from my house. It was kinda fun to “shop” my house for things to bring to my office.

I’m sure I’ll continue to tweak it because that’s just what I do, but for now I love it.

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

New Plants, Part 4 of 4

September 9, 2013 — 2 Comments

Last but not least, my little elephant planter from an antique store got a little succulent love (parts 1, 2, and 3 if you feel so inclined to catch up).

Previously, the elephant planter was filled with aloe, but after using too much of the aloe (sue me! it’s really fun to use your plants for practical things!) the plant all but disappeared.
At this point, I only had one succulent left, so it isn’t a big improvement but it is at least a little less empty.

Love this planter, it makes me smile!

So that is the end of my succulent planting saga, I know, it was riveting. Thanks for sticking it out!

New Plants, Part 3 of 4

September 5, 2013 — 1 Comment

I managed to make 20 succulents stretch into four planters (Part 1 and Part 2) and here is the third one!

I had this little glass dish/jar/bowl (?) from something, maybe a flower arrangement or something? I kept it because it’s hard to just throw away a nice glass thing so it’s been in the back of a cabinet for a long time. Anyway, I thought it would make a cute little mini-terrarium (its about 6″ tall x 5″ in diameter).

Yeah, I’m aware how blurry this pic is, 
but give me a little a credit, I was still be-casted at this point.
Like, the brass planter, I went rock-finding in my backyard to aid in the drainage of this non-planter turned planter.
Remember my little greenhouse? Well, I’m happy to report, that even though my baby greenhouse did not have a home or any occupants for a few days, it does now! Baby terrarium meet baby greenhouse.
Happy, happy plants!

New plants, Part 2 of 4

August 30, 2013 — 3 Comments

If you are anything like me you sometimes often buy things that you don’t need or have a place for because you just really freakin’ want them. Well, that was the case with this brass planter I bought last summer.

It was filled with fake ivy, but I saw it’s potential and for only $2 I needed it. Except, that I actually didn’t need it. It’s floated around my house for the last year. Sometimes it is on the built in shelf in my kitchen cabinets and sometimes it’s in the linen closet holding random crap, but the dream was always to put plants in it. It is the perfect size for planting a lot of small plants since it’s about 18″ long and 5″ wide.
So, I finally did it using most of the 20 succulents I bought online (more about that here).
My first step was to get rocks or stones for the bottom of the planter for drainage. I looked at the store but couldn’t find any so I went rogue and got rocks from my backyard (have I mentioned my backyard is a mess?).
After rocks came soil and then plants.
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I really like it! I’ve seen a lot of planters like this online filled with succulents, actually most of them are just loaded with succulents, but I spread mine out a little because I still had a few other planters I wanted to fill. Now *fingers crossed* that I resist the urge to over water them!

New plants, Part 1 of 4

August 28, 2013 — 5 Comments

I love houseplants. I like how they look and the health benefits I’m told they provide. But my love for houseplants is in no way related to how well I can care for them. I suppose I am better than some since several of my plants have been alive for many years (the oldest is seven years old) but some aren’t so lucky. I planted a terrarium (my ‘how to’ here) about two years ago and since then all but one of the succulents have died. What can you do? Plant new ones, I guess.

I purchased a set of 20 succulents on Amazon. It was weird to buy plants online and even weirder to open a package full of styrofoam peanuts and plants, but it actually worked out great. At big box stores succulents can be $3-4 a piece, but my set of 20 succulents was (including very expensive shipping) $39 which makes each plant $1.90… a pretty good savings! BUT since I have an Amazon rewards card, I had points to put toward the purchase and my total price was only $17! Which makes each succulent only $.85! I got really excited about that, especially since plants are fickle, living things that sometimes die.
First up for a makeover is my terrarium, which has seen better days.
BEFORE: It was a baby deer massacre in there.
 AFTER: Ah, everyone is alive and well.
Much better! This is part one of four of “What I did with 20 succulents” so stay tuned. Also, if you are wondering, yes, I did do this project while still in a cast. I know, dirt/plants/water + a cast sounds like a really bad idea, unless you are a genius like me and you invented this:
Recycling and resourcefulness at their best!

Clocks

September 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks

Let’s talk clocks (not Coldplay). I’ve been suffering from some serious clock envy lately. I’m not sure why because I loathe the sound of a ticking clock. I mean, it will seriously drive me out of my mind. I once had one of those $5 clocks from Walmart in my dorm room in college but it drove me mad so I threw it away (to the chagrin of my roommate). But I may consider living with the sound again because these clocks look so so good (I can always take the batteries out right?).

I am so in love with this clock I want to eat it. Unfortunately, it is $160 🙁

I love this clock. It comes in silver, mint, red, and white and it ranges in price from $25 to $40. It’s adorable.

This sunburst clock is awesome and amazingly it’s only $25! It reminds me of the sunburst mirror in my entry.

Here’s another little retro number.. adorable and only $24 it would be a cute addition to any room.

This is a great clock and it would look great in a living room and it’s only $25 so yay!

For some reason it seems like the most popular place for clocks is in kitchens… like these:

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And they look great there, but I think clocks look good in lots of places.

Okay so this is technically in the kitchen but this a seriously ‘go big or go home’ take on the kitchen clock. (Source)

This kind of reminds me of those clocks at fancy banks, but homey and cool. (Source)

I’ve already professed my love for gallery walls and a clock would be an awesome edition to any gallery wall.

It’s a pretty classic look to have a large clock in the living room. This clock really stands out because it’s the only thing on the walls and the statement is lovely.

In my house I currently don’t have any clocks, not an alarm clock, or a stove clock, or a microwave clock… I’m like living in the stone age over here. The only clock I have is on my phone so *fingers crossed* I never lose it! Maybe I “need” to get a new clock (I like to trick myself into “needing” things so I don’t feel bad about buying them). How do you feel about clocks? Are you as torn as me about them?