Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

I’ve really come into my own as a plant “mom” these last few years, I think, thanks in part to the pandemic and all of that extra time spent at home. I fell into such a cozy groove caring for my houseplants, and they’ve become something like family to me. Our collection of indoor trees, potted vining plants, succulents, and even cacti continues to grow, and I have a brand new addition to introduce you to today: meet Mr. Bean, our new-to-us coffee tree!

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

This tree was actually very kindly gifted to us by one of the members from the local pottery studio where I work. He and his wife were planning to move out of town, and couldn’t take the tree with them. It had been in their family for over 40 years, and so they wanted to make sure the tree went to a good home where it would be well taken care of. Enter: our house! I found out that the tree was up for grabs via word of mouth at the studio, and not long afterward, John and I made arrangements to take his truck over to the house to pick it up.

Those photo above show the tree in our family room right after we unloaded it. It was a tad overgrown, and even though the pretty white flowers blooming on the lower branches of the tree smelled wonderful, we decided to take them off because of John’s allergies. We were worried that the tree might make his sinuses flair up, so we carefully snipped those away, plus a number of other slightly unruly branches, and that’s how we came upon the pruned version of our new tree, as you see pictured below.

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

We’ve had the tree since late July, and he seems to be doing well so far! We’re still trying to figure out the type of watering schedule he likes best (which is why you might spot some browning leaves), and I think the tree is also adjusting to the shock of a new space, but so far so good. We love the regal height and color he gives our family room. Isn’t it such a striking addition?

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

Big thanks to Mike and his family for trusting us with this extra special tree, and we promise to take good care of it. Did you catch the name? Mr. Bean, of course, is named for the coffee beans that really do grow on these impressive types of trees. We ended up cutting all of them off along with the flowers to help keep allergies at bay, but now that we know the tree can live happily alongside us without making us sneeze or our noses run, maybe we’ll see what can be done about the beans that grow during its next season.

Got coffee tree care tips? Leave them in the comments! Otherwise, wish us luck as we dedicate our energies to this newest member of our ever-growing plant collection.

Secondhand Score: Mature Coffee Tree

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Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

*Today’s post was made possible by Under the Canopy, and features gifted product for the purposes of a candid review. All opinions are my own.

Usually around the turn of the seasons, I get the urge to change up our bedding. I’m sure you can guess why. Namely, because there are certain fabrics that tend to work best in the summer (think: linen) and others that suit the colder months best (usually flannel). The other reason I like to switch things up is because I love to play around with new colors each new season just to give our space a refreshed feel. I’ll be honest, though. I plan to break from tradition this year because we are absolutely smitten with the current bedding lineup in our primary bedroom.

We had the opportunity over the summer to try out a few pieces from Under the Canopy, and I love everything so much that I don’t plan to change out our current duvet, sheets, and shams. They’re the perfect fit for our space color-wise, and also feel comfortable to the touch no matter what the weather is. Keep scrolling for specific links to everything we chose from their collection, plus my review of the items. Spoiler alert, though: we love it all!

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

The reason we were able to test all of these beautiful linens out is because the brand hired me to put together a styled Instagram post back in June. They aren’t expecting a blog post out of the deal, but I have genuinely been so impressed with our new bedding, that I felt the need to take things one step further with a blog post review.

As for what we chose to experiment with in our home, we picked their sateen duvet set in ‘Cream,’ their ‘White’ organic sheet set, an organic cotton quilt in ‘ Sand,’ and three organic cotton euro shams in the color ‘Green Mist.’ I’m a big, big fan of mixing different colors in bedding, so that’s why I decided to get a range of tones for our space. As you’ll see in the photos above, all of the colors tie back to the wall treatments in the room—from the white- and cream-colored wallpaper, to the light aqua blue painted walls. It was all intentional, which is why the effect is ultimately so cohesive.

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

As you may be able to gather from my multiple uses of the word “organic” in that list of links before, the Under the Canopy collection is full of sustainable fabrics that you can feel good about having in your home. Everything we chose is GOTS and Oeko-Tex® certified to be free from harmful chemicals and dyes. It’s all delightfully soft, gets better with each wash, doesn’t make us feel overheated (even in the dead of summer), and the color selection makes me very happy, too. There’s something for everyone, no matter what style of decor you gravitate toward.

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

Under The Canopy Cotton Bedding Review

My favorite piece might actually be that quilt. It’s so cozy to curl up with, and it’s pretty much a daily occurrence that I drag it from our primary bedroom out to the living room sofa for movie night. Which piece is your favorite from their collection?

One thing that’s new for me this go-around is the set of euro shams. We’ve never used those on our bed before, but I’ve always thought our bed looked a little flat. I wondered if adding another plush layer of pillows along the headboard would be a nice update, and, BOY, was it! If you have a big king bed, like we do, then definitely try this look out. It’s so cozy to lean back on and helps visually balance out the other elements of any typical bed setup. Let me know what you think of our new bedding in the comments below!

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