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Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

I know you may not want to hear it, but summer is starting its gradual wind-down right about now. Have you felt the transition yet? It’s still blazing hot here in Virginia, but I’ve noticed that the nights, at least, are cooling down enough that I don’t have to blast our extra A.C. unit to keep on top of the heat during the day.

As a big fan of fall, I can’t help but be over-the-moon about the impending change, but one thing I do miss when the cooler months arrive is all that green life outside. I love full, leafy trees, so when fall and winter take over (taking those pretty leaves with them), I try to make up for it by filling our indoor spaces with as much plant décor as possible to compensate. Keep scrolling for a few of the green plant-themed things I’m considering.

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

1. Wall Hanging Test Tube Planter ($16)

2. Unikko Reversible Comforter Set ($130)

3. Hand-Tufted Wool Blue/Brown Area Rug ($68)

4. Leaf Framed Wall Poster Print ($19)

5. Climbing Floral Light Filtering Window Curtain Panels ($25)

6. Floral Tapestry ($14)

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Basket ($58)

8. Removable Wall Mural ($335)

9. Succulent Framed Wall Canvas ($50)

10. Hand-Woven Monstera Leaf Door Mat ($20)

11. Hanging Planter Vase ($21)

12. Batik Forest Removable Wall Mural ($305)

The cool thing about most of the goodies on that list is that you don’t necessarily need to have a green thumb to make them work in your home. We have a pretty good mixture of faux plants and real ones in our own house, but I’m hoping to “branch out” (har, har) with some things that aren’t literal at all—things like a floral rug, wallpaper with vines printed on it, and even petal-patterned bedding. What’s your favorite item on the list? Do you have anything else to add? Leave a link in the comments below!

Plant-Themed Home Decor Roundup

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

This week kind of kicked my butt, if I’m being honest. It was one of those times when nothing I did seemed to turn out right, and I questioned whether I was even cut out to call myself a “DIY designer.” I spent my precious décor budget on items that didn’t end up looking at all how I imagined, and no matter how many times I swapped out pillows and rearranged art, I never felt like I quite nailed it.

I know it happens to all of us, and that I was clearly overthinking things that aren’t really all that important in the grand scheme of things, but I think it was a wake-up call that I need to show myself some self-care this weekend. I’m thinking about kicking back with Netflix, reading a book, maybe even taking a bath, and definitely not stressing over work or home projects until Monday rolls around.

How about you? What do you have up your sleeve for the weekend? If you need it, I’ve rounded up my requisite list of creative inspiration below to help jumpstart your planning for the next two days off.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

1. This story, spotted on the New York Times website, about homes that have become “famous” because of social media was pretty eye-opening (and, on a small level, pretty familiar, too!).

2. My blogger pal, Amy, just launched a new ‘Happy Houseplants’ ebook that’s chock-full of helpful tips for keeping your greenery looking healthy and, well…green! Order your copy here.

3. Speaking of ebooks, another friend of mine (Caitlin, of The Mama Notes) just released a resource guide for moms that includes more than 20 busy bag ideas for toddlers. Check it out here if you could use a few new ideas for entertaining your little ones.

4. I’ve gotten some messages on Instagram about how we’re liking our Sven sectional from Article several months after getting it. I can safely say that we love it! The couch is a favorite in our household, and hasn’t worn down at all despite constant lounging by both humans and pets.

5. I had ordered a set of these plaid pillow covers for our living room ahead of the fall decorating season, and I can’t say enough good things about them. They seem really well-made for costing less than $10 a piece (and they’re 20% off right now!).

6. Instead of sharing another link, I just wanted to put this out there in case you also had a rough week that had you questioning your worth…YOU ARE AMAZING!! Take a deep breath, spend some quiet time with yourself this weekend, and know that this, too, shall pass. Now, I’m off to go take my own advice! Have a great weekend, my friends.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 70

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

Confession: we’ve been in a little bit of a foodie rut lately…Not a fun place to be! The summer has been a fairly busy one, what with big projects here at our house (more on that soon!) and pulling together my parents’ new house, too, so John and I just keep defaulting to the easiest things we can throw together whenever dinnertime rolls around.

All that’s about to change, though, because summer’s slowly winding down, and so are our projects. With more time on our hands, I can feel myself wanting to get more out of dinner besides just a full stomach. I want to try new things, and revisit a few of our very favorite recipes as we transition to fall. In honor of this new food-themed motivation, I’m sharing a whole bunch of links below that hopefully will get you feeling excited to spend time in the kitchen this weekend—and beyond!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

1. Dinner isn’t the only meal I’m trying to reinvigorate. I’ve also been mixing things up for breakfast! Instead of defaulting to the same old breakfast sandwich, I’m now making these homemade pop tarts ahead of time to enjoy throughout the week. Now I actually look forward to getting out of my comfy bed everyday!

2. I just picked up everything from Trader Joe’s for this Simple Strip Steak & Sautéed Veggies recipe, and can’t wait to try it. Sounds like a pretty fast one to throw together, too.

3. Another TJ dinner we’re going to experiment with over the weekend is this Tikka Masala-inspired meal. I got a little burnt out on Indian food earlier this year, but I love the idea of trying the traditional flavors in a totally different form than the bowls I’m used it: burritos!

4. Okay, all of this food talk is making me hungry…I’m almost ready for a snack and it’s still pretty early in the morning! I love the idea of using this recipe for Peanut Butter Breakfast Parfaits as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

5. We can’t leave lunch out now, can we? I’m a sucker for those Pinterest posts promising a list of 20-some portable lunches, but find that they’re often just the same recipe with one or two tiny changes throughout the list. This mega lunch ideas compilation really does have some great variety, though. I want to try a new one every day for the next 30 days.

6. I’m making the promise right here, right now, to not let the season end without making a pitcher of this Summer Strawberry Lemonade Sangria. Who’s with me?!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 69

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

Who else is especially excited for the weekend?! I’m headed out of the office a little early this afternoon for a fun afternoon and happy hour event at my favorite art museum. I can’t wait to plop down on the bench in front of a piece by this artist. Years and years could have passed since I’d been to the museum in person, but I could still remember exactly which hallways and stairs to take in order to find that particular piece. Any other art lovers out there?

At any rate, that’s the biggest thing I’ve got on the docket for my weekend. Keep scrolling for a little more insight into what I plan to get up to, plus a few links to cool new home décor launches and creative projects to try during your time off, too.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

1. Since last weekend was such a whirlwind with two full days spent at the pottery studio for a workshop, I’m planning to lay lower this weekend to recover. I see lots of Netflix, wine, and time spent in my favorite pair of pjs in my future for these next two days off. What do you have planned for the weekend?

2. Even though I don’t think I’ll go into the pottery studio this weekend, I’m sure I’ll be doing at least a little research for my next clay project. This is my favorite YouTube channel for pottery inspiration.

3. Did you catch my pedestal table makeover for Hunker last week? It’s one of my favorite projects from the entire year.

4. If cleaning is on the agenda for your weekend, be sure to check out this handy tutorial (recipe included!) for cleaning your microwave with lemon. That said, we actually started using a microwave cover a year ago, and it has almost completely eliminated splatter messes. Couldn’t recommend that handy $9 tool more!

5. For those of you looking to get crafty this weekend, here’s a cool breakdown of the process for whitewashing wood surfaces. Could be a cool way to refinish a tired piece of furniture in your home!

6. Did you hear about the collection of pillows and rugs that Lulu & Georgia just launched with Sarah Sherman Samuel? Of course you did, but just in case you want the back story, click over to the SSS blog here. My favorites from the collection here and here.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 68

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

Happy Friday! I’m actually about to head into a working weekend with two full days spent at the pottery studio. Our community space is holding a weekend-long workshop for intermediate potters, so I’ll be there working away on a few new-to-me techniques.

I’ll try my best to document some of the action on my Instagram Stories (when my hands aren’t covered in wet clay, that is!), so make sure you’re following me over in that space if you want a peek into the event. In the meantime, keep scrolling for a handful of links to cool projects and articles.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

1. I’ve lately been trying to add more sustainability to our routine, so this coffee sock caught my eye. I just started using the organic cotton reusable coffee filter with my pour-over dripper, and it has been a game-changer because it means I don’t have to use disposable paper filters anymore.

2. Speaking of sustainability, I got lots of good inspiration from this article all about creating better money habits over time.

3. Isn’t this DIY modern trellis project so clever?! I’m not sure if I have a good enough green thumb to give it a shot, but maybe I could use it with faux greenery. Is that too tacky? What if I just leave it out during the sunny, hot months? I can’t decide.

4. This small bath makeover might just be the prettiest one of 2019. The pink paneling steals the show in the very best way possible.

5. One recent upgrade we made in our own small bathroom was a new towel holder. I finally took down the old towel bar we inherited from the previous homeowners, and put up this sleek wood peg rail instead. I also grabbed these towels (they have handy cotton hanging loops) to go with it. This turned out to be such a simple and inexpensive update!

6. Have you thought about upgrading your closet organization ahead of the summer-to-fall wardrobe transition? Our how-to tutorial for installing one by yourself might be all the motivation you need.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 67

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Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

Now, I know I recently declared that minimalism is just a little too far over my head to be achievable in real life, but that doesn’t mean it’s a concept I’m ruling out when it comes to physically shopping for a room makeover or refresh.

At this point, I’m the first to admit that my style of minimalism just isn’t all that minimal. The thing is, though, as long as I keep the principals of this type of design in mind, I’m much more likely to keep my buying to a minimum.

That, to me, is really what it’s all about anyway, so I’ve rounded up a list of 12 decorative accents that, when considered each on its own, could stand out on just about any tabletop in your home—be it a low dresser, the table by your couch, or even a simple bathroom shelf.

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup:

1. White/Pine Digital Alarm Clock ($20)

2. Concrete Table Desk Lamp ($44)

3. Loop Candleholder ($50)

4. Coiled Rope Tapered Basket ($9)

5. Leather Round Serving Tray ($36)

6. Baies/Berries Scented Candle ($36)

7. Faux Marble Wedge Frame ($13)

8. Ula Table Lamp ($330)

9. 2 Brass Taper Candle Holders ($26)

10. Rilynn Statue ($161)

11. Terracotta Candle ($17)

12. Bluetooth Speaker with Clock ($50)

Which is your favorite item from the list? And do you think you could keep your shopping to just one item? I realize that it might seem counterintuitive to share a list of a dozen new things to buy, but if you look at the list as a whole, you might end up missing my point.

I love the concept of choosing just one extra special piece to bring into a home—something that can satisfy your love for good design, and inspire you to love what you already have, too. That’s why I pulled together this curated list of simple, neutral pieces. Nothing is so bold that it can’t work with the pieces you already have, but every single thing on that list above is special enough to elevate not just the look of your space—it will perk up the mood of your home, too! Now, to me, that’s smart shopping…

Minimalist Tabletop Décor Roundup

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 66

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

Happy Friday! I hope you guys enjoyed a great week. Mine was a bit of a roller coaster with unexpected urgent emails popping up in my inbox and my schedule got thrown off more than once, leaving me feeling a little scattered.

But today I’m ditching my office a little early for a work lunch with two Instagram-turned-real-life friends, so I’m sure a long break with those two ladies will help me recharge and recenter. Keep scrolling for all the interesting things I happened to come across this past week!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 66

1. Three Birds Renovation recently launched a new project on YouTube, and it’s stunning. They’ve only revealed a handful of spaces so far, but if the rest of the home turns out anything like the first batch of finished rooms, then I know it’s going to be a new favorite.

2. Another recent find on YouTube is violette _fr. Her videos are mostly beauty-related in case that’s of interest to you, but if nothing else, her lovely French accent is worth tuning into all on its own.

3. Speaking of beauty, my friend Tiffany just got me into ILIA’s Color Haze Pigment. I love that it’s multi-use, so you can put it to work adding color to your cheeks and lips. For those ultra hot summer days when you want to wear as little makeup as possible, this could be the perfect one-and-done type of product.

4. Moving on to home décor, have you heard that Sarah just came out with a new DIY interior design book?! I was so honored to lend my voice to the back cover of the book, and meant every word of my quote: you’ll come away from it with so many creative ideas! Grab your copy of Big Style in Small Spaces this way.

5. You’ll hear a lot more about his art soon on the blog, but I’m kiiiiind of obsessed with Jan Skácelík. I hung three of his graphic color block pieces in our bedroom, and am already looking for other rooms that I can fill with his art because I love it so much.

6. I don’t understand a word in this foreign language before/after room makeover post, but the pictures speak volumes. I love the idea of DIYing a bold color pattern like that on our own white walls!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 63

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My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

Welcome back from the long holiday weekend! If you celebrated here in the states, I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. We spent our own time with family drinking wine, watching fireworks, and eating yummy cookout food, as is tradition for Independence Day. It was a fabulous break, but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.

Now that I’m all rested up after my mini vacation, I’ve set my sights on a few new projects around the house. Namely, a big reorganization and purge. We don’t have much room for new treasures in our house right now, which actually is the perfect push I need to go through our items and give them a good hard look.

Do we really need extra lamps, art, and past DIY crafts sitting in storage in the basement, just waiting for the right spot somewhere in the house? I’m starting to think “no.” I really actually do shop through my hoard of extra treasures in the basement when I want to refresh a room, but having something on hand when the mood strikes (IF the mood strikes!) is no longer worth the stress I feel opening the door to our basement and seeing piles of displaced décor.

I think my new priority for the month of July is to go through our items and trash what needs to be trashed, donate what needs to be donated, and I’m even thinking about selling the rest! Which brings me to today’s post topic: have you ever sold antique items online before? I love looking at mid-century antiques on Etsy just for fun, which makes me think that it might be worth looking into an online retail space of my own to sell my hoard of vintage pieces that we no longer have a use for.

The only problem is that, during the course of researching Etsy as an option for selling my stuff, I get distracted by all the things I’d like to buy! Don’t worry. I’ve been able to resist the urge so far, but in the meantime, I thought it might be fun to share all of the things I’ve got on my Etsy wish-list right now.

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques:

1. Abstract Patterned Danish Style Table Lamps

2. Mid-Century Modern Bassett Credenza

3. Vintage Pasadena Moire Kyes Serving Tray

4. Pair of Mid-Century Planters

5. Vintage Bennington Potters Trigger Handle Mug

6. Pair of Mid-Century Walnut Wood Candle Holders

7. Restored Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lowboy with Flared Legs

8. Vintage Cathrineholm Mustard and White Enamel Lotus Bowl

9. Dark Westnofa Maroon Brown Leather Reclining Armchair with Matching Ottoman

10. Atomic Era Mid-Century Modern Lamp

11. Marcel Breuer Style Cantilever Chrome and Cane Chair

12. Mid-Century Teak Bird and Fish Wall Art

The best part about having a dream list like this is that it’s more great motivation to get serious about purging what we already have. Knowing that pretty treasures like those above are up for grabs makes me want to be extra cut-throat with our current hoard. Who knows—if I sell enough of our existing collection, maybe I’ll make enough money and enough room for just one of those items from my wishlist…What’s your favorite thing on the list?

My Wish-Listed Mid-Century Antiques

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 65

Weekend Inspiration: No. 65

Happy Friday—and what an especially happy day it is because I recently launched a brand new collection in the DGD Pottery Etsy shop! The group of six items went live this past Wednesday, and includes two new shapes I’ve never had in the shop before: a pencil tray and a lidded jar. Click those links to shop Collection No. 8 now, and keep scrolling in case you need inspiration for fun things to do this weekend.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 65

1. We’re headed a little ways out of town this weekend with my parents to check out a near-to-us spot we’ve never visited before. On the docket for the trip is walking through a massive antique mall, spectating at an equestrian championship, and lunch at a local restaurant that everyone else always raves about. This weekend could be the perfect time for you to take a little joy ride somewhere new, too!

2. Last month I was asked to be part of a feature for Martha Stewart all about textile art. The piece went live this past week with tons of crafty inspiration worth testing in your own space these next two days off! See it here.

3. Speaking of interiors inspiration, have you seen Jenni’s mudroom before/after project? It’s mind-blowingly gorgeous!

4. Did you spot our sweet kitty cat, Tonks, make an appearance over on Hunker this week? Good golly, I love our pets. So much so that I’d build them a custom DIY cat house!

5. With the Fourth of July coming up next week, I would be remiss not to share a tasty new recipe to try. This one from The Sweetest Occasion is a definite possibility for our holiday menu.

6. I was so honored to be chosen as last week’s co-host for the #makingmyhaven hashtag on Instagram. There is endless eye candy to peruse using the tag. Just take this week’s feature, @thecremebruleehome, as proof!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 65

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 64

Weekend Inspiration: No. 64

This week was an especially productive one, including out-of-town meetings to discuss major summer projects, painting and new flooring crossed off the list, and many hours spent at the pottery studio. I’m feeling on top of my game at the moment, which means I’m considering this weekend my well-deserved retreat from it all.

I’m planning to spend a large portion of the next two days in my PJs with Pride & Prejudice rolling on the TV, not to mention a face mask or two and sweet-smelling candles. Keep scrolling if you’re in need of a relaxing weekend yourself, because I’ve got lots of inspiration to share that should help you feel calmer in no time.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 64

1. A DIY project sort of defeats the purpose of a relaxation weekend, but the handmade bath tray you see pictured in today’s post is a good one to bookmark for later on. Nothing quite says “calm” like a good book and a steamy bubble bath—am I right?

2. Another thing I’ll be doing this weekend is filling our home with relaxing scents care of our favorite essential oil diffuser (we have one in my office, and one in the family room downstairs). Here’s a new recipe I want to try.

3. I need to make this DIY Linen Lavender Eye Pillow ASAP for times of stress and when I get a headache, too.

4. I’ve been using the Calm app on my iPhone for a couple of months now, and it’s a total game-changer when it comes to combatting anxiety and worry. I’m on day 70 of my current streak, and can’t go without it. I highly recommend it if you’re generally a high-stress person, like I am!

5. Another of my favorite ways to relax is coloring. It might feel a little juvenile at first, but I promise the activity will help distract you from anything less-than-perfect that’s going on in your life. Lindsay, of the blog Shrimp Salad Circus, has beautiful free coloring pages available for download.

6. Have you tried listening to classical music? I’m a big, big fan of that type of music when I feel the need to relax. Film scores are my go-to genre of instrumental music (I listen in on Pandora).

Weekend Inspiration: No. 64

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