My Summer Home Decor Favorites

Happy Saturday everyone!

As summer has officially begun, I have been searching the internet for home decor pieces that could refresh my space for the warmer months. My style has evolved to be a mixture of Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, and Traditional Glam. Usually I gravitate towards neutral colors, mixed metals, and wood tones.

Since summer is the time when we see brighter colors, patterns, and a variety of textures, this is what I love to add to a space for the season. All the items that I’ll be sharing today have those brighter colors, patterns, and textures that I love for summer!

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Pink Cream Tulip Wreath

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Llama Planter

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Throw Pillow

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Plant Stand

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Tapestry

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Throw Pillow #2

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Elephant Planter

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Floral Vase

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Gold Pots

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Grow Pizza Kit

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Hand Painted Vase

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Art Print

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Melon Planter

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Tropical Canvas

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Boca Vase

These are some awesome items that anyone could use in their space for the summer, and they’re all pretty affordable!

Let me know what you’re changing about your space for the season in the comments below.

Until next time,

-S

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My Garden Box: Box #6

Happy Sunday everyone!

A few days ago I received another box from My Garden Box, and I can’t wait to share what was inside with all of you! This plant was definitely the strangest, and probably my favorite of all the plants that have come to me in this subscription box.

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This month’s theme was “Big Twister”. In this box we received:

  • 1 Plant
  • 1 Fiberglass Pot that looks like concrete (My favorite pot of all time)
  • 1 Package of Soil
  • 1 Packet of Small Pebbles
  • 1 Info Sheet
  • 1 Wooden Name Tag
  • 1 Pair of Small Pruning Shears
  • 1 Magnet

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This plant is super cool to me! I love any plant that is quirky and this one definitely doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before!

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I think this plant is absolutely beautiful. I placed it on my windowsill so that it would get enough light. The combination of the plant, pot, and the pebble topper is definitely one of the prettiest in my collection!

As you all know, I’m obsessed with this subscription box and have loved receiving a new plant friend every month!

I still believe that this box is an amazing value and is perfect for any plant lover! As a reminder the subscription that I purchased was the 6 Month “My Monthly Plant” box. Since I prepaid for the six months, the price per box was $19.50 per box.

That is such as awesome price for how much you get in each box! I definitely recommend checking this subscription service out!

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Let me know what you think of this month’s box in the comments below!

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Happy Saturday friends!

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite houseplants with you! These are plants that have taken the interior design world by storm! You have definitely seen these trees on HGTV and have probably seen them all over Pinterest as well.

The plant that I’m talking about, is the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Photo By Hilton Carter

I think these plants have made such a splash because they have a perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy, and make such a great architectural piece in any space. They also add that warmth that any houseplant brings to a room!

I have been on a Fiddle Leaf Fig journey since August of last year, and it has not been easy learning what these figs enjoy!

In August, Zach purchased two Fiddle Leaf Figs, one from Etsy and one from Lowe’s. By December, both of these little trees had lost all of their leaves! We ended up throwing those two bare stems away, and decided that we would try again with these plants closer to springtime!

After doing a TON of research, I think I’ve figured out what these plants need in order to thrive indoors!

We currently have three Fiddle Leaf Figs, Humphrey was the first and arrived with some cold damage, so he is still be nursed back to health.

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One of the major issues with Fiddle Leaf Figs is that they do not like cold temperatures at all. Humphrey arrived in the mail on a 35 degree day here in Kentucky. This caused his leaves to turn brown as you can see above. Most of those leaves fell off, or if the entire leaf wasn’t brown, I cut off the part with cold damage.

The bottom pictures of Humphrey show the new growth since spring has come around. Bright light, consistent watering, and a special fiddle leaf fig food is what has brought him back to life!!

The next fiddle we purchased was Kevin. This was the story that I shared in Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness a couple of months ago! He resides right in front of our living room window!

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Most recently I purchased Fiona the Mini Fiddle at Lowe’s here in Lexington.

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The main things that I have learned with fiddles are:

Water: Consistent watering. I water all of my fiddles the exact same amount of water, on the same day of the week. For me, this is on Friday mornings.

Light: Bright, indirect light is what these plants are looking for. I think finding a spot in front of a north, or east facing window would be best for these guys!

Fertilizer: Helps the plants to grow during the spring and summer months. Don’t be scared if your fiddle produces lots of new leaves and then seems to stop for a couple of weeks. They usually produce new growth in spurts, and by the end of the growing season you should have around 2 feet of new height on your tree.

Repotting: This is where I think I went wrong with the first two fiddles. These plants like to feel snug in their pots. If you repot them too soon, they can easily get freaked out, and could start to drop their leaves.

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These plants are fantastic once you know exactly what they need in order to thrive. If you want to try your hand at being a plant parent to a fiddle I would check out your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any of your local greenhouses! These places can give you some additional advice on how to care for these guys.

Let me know if you have a Fiddle Leaf Fig, or if you’re interested in getting one in the comments below!

-S

Houseplant Tour: Pothos, Medinilla, and Monstera

Hey guys!

I’m super excited to share some more of my houseplant tips and tricks with you! Today we’ll be diving into the world of some easier plants that I think would be great for beginners. All of these plants are very easy going and need the same kinds of basic care in order to thrive in your home.

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We’ll start with the Monstera deliciosa, or the Swiss Cheese Plant. These are hardy plants that have become super trendy over the past year.

When the leaves mature, they begin to split until the plant looks like this:

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Overall these are very easy-going plants. I usually water mine once a week, and fertilize it once a month with a basic liquid plant food.

These plants can tolerate medium light, but do best in an environment with bright, indirect light such as with a north or east facing window! They can also tolerate normal household humidity and are super fast growers. Mine seems to have three new leaves at all times!

The Medinilla magnifica is one of those plants that I had dreamed of owning. They are beautiful houseplants and they produce one of the prettiest flowers that I have ever seen. I knew I had to purchase one when I saw that my favorite online greenhouse, Hirt’s Gardens, had eight in stock.

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When the flowers bloom, the plant looks like this:

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These plants are also pretty laid back! I water mine once a week, and have not yet fertilized it for the year. These plants also need bright, indirect sunlight in the spring and summer months. During the winter, you’ll want to move this guy to a spot that gets direct sunlight!

Pothos are one of my favorite varieties of houseplants. They are probably the easiest plant to care for in my opinion, and they come in a ton of beautiful varieties!

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Silver Pothos or Scindapsus pictus argyraeus

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Marble Queen Pothos or Epipremnum aurem

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Devil’s Ivy or Epipremnum aurem

These plants are super easy to care for as they only need watering once a week, can handle almost any type of light, and can handle dry conditions caused by air conditioning or heating drafts.

One thing to keep in mind with these plants is that the brighter the light, the better the variegation on the leaves! Another cool thing about pothos is that they are clean air plants!

Will all three of these varieties of plants you want to make sure that you have a well draining soil. Overwatering, and root rot are one of the most common causes on death in any houseplant, but I’ve noticed this to be an issue with the Pothos varieties in particular!

These plants can typically be found at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, but are also very common online! If you’re looking into becoming an indoor gardener, I definitely recommend trying one of these first!

-S

Houseplant Tour: Prayer Plants and Peperomia

Hey guys!

Once again, we have finally made it to the weekend!

Today I am going to be sharing another portion of my houseplant tour with you all. Today’s plants are definitely the most colorful and exciting of all of the plants that I own!

We’ll start out today with my Peperomia, as they are much easier to explain than Prayer Plants.

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Peperomia obtusifolia

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Peperomia argyreia or Watermelon Peperomia

The great thing about Peperomia is that they are relatively small plants that are also pretty easy to take care of!

Peperomia need medium to bright, indirect light but are pretty forgiving if you don’t have the best light. They are also pretty laid back when it comes to watering. I usually water mine on Friday mornings!

When it comes to fertilizer and humidity these plants are still super laid back. They like a basic plant food between spring and fall, and they can handle normal household humidity!

The most difficult thing that I’ve had to deal with concerning my Peperomia is the lack of light that I got in my room during the winter months. However, this affected all of my houseplants, so I guess it wasn’t the Peperomia being picky!

There are a ton of awesome varieties of these plants, so I would definitely recommend them to someone who is just getting started with indoor gardening!

While Peperomia are easy to care for, Prayer Plants are on the opposite end of the spectrum. These are delicate, but beautiful plants that need a lot of attention on a daily basis.

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Some basic Prayer Plant care tips and information are:

Water Needs: High. These plants like moisture and humidity. I usually water all of these twice  week. Also, they need to be watered with distilled or filtered water as fluoride can be harmful to their leaves.

Light Needs: These plants prefer low to medium light. If they get more light than this, their leaves could burn. A super cool thing about these plants is that they take in light from the day, and conserve it at night by moving their leaves depending on whether it is day or night!

Fertilizer: They need to be fertilized from early spring to late autumn.

Humidity: These plants LOVE their humidity. I usually spray these with distilled water two or three times a day. If there isn’t enough humidity the leaves on these will start to turn brown on the edges as you will see below on my Calathea ‘Fusion White’.

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Calathea ‘Freddie’

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Calathea lancifolia

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Calathea ‘Fusion White’

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Stromanthe Triostar

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Calathea veitchiana

These plants are the most colorful, and the most exciting plants that I own. There is something so magical about the intricacies of the foliage on each of these!

I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about some of my favorite plants!

P.S. I have another prayer plant on the way, my dream plant, a Calathea orbifolia! I can’t wait to share that one with you all once it arrives!

-S

My Garden Box: Box #3

We have made it halfway through this week friends, and I am halfway through my My Garden Box subscription!

Today I am going to show you all what I received in my third box from My Garden Box.

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This month’s theme was “Twas an Allusion”

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As usual I received a card with instructions for re-potting the plant, and with basic information about the plant that I received. This month’s plant was a Syngonium ‘Berry Allusion’.

Below is everything that I received in this month’s box!

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I received:

-One Plant

-One terra cotta pot and saucer

-One bag of soil, fertilizer, and natural moss

-One copper plant label

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This plant was super easy to re-pot, especially with the instructions that are provided!

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Once I had this new friend in its new home, I placed it on my new bookshelf!

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I think that this is my favorite plant that I have received so far from My Garden Box! This plant is so beautiful. As usual it was super healthy when it arrived, and was not damaged in the shipping process at all!

I continue to be super impressed with My Garden Box and recommend them to anyone who wants to get into indoor gardening!

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As you all know, I am subscribed to the “My Monthly Plant” box! The cost of this box is:

Month to Month $21.50 per box

3 Month Prepay: $20.50 per box

6 Month Prepay: $19.50 per box

12 Month Prepay: $18.50 per box

I also continue to be amazed at how this company packs so much awesome stuff into these boxes every month for the price! These plants would be awesome as gifts, activities for kids, or perfect for anyone who is new to houseplants or wants to expand their collection.

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I already can’t wait for next month’s box!

-S

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DIY: Zach’s Media Console

Hello friends!

This weekend I am bringing you part two of the DIY shelving situation that happened in my apartment a few weeks ago! In the first installment I took you all through the process of building Skyler a bookshelf, and this week we’re tackling Zach’s media console.

Be sure to check out this link as it was the inspiration behind Zach’s project!

Zach started and finished this media console on the same day that we worked on Skyler’s DIY bookshelf. Since this DIY was also a little more complicated than our past shelving projects, Zach began this project at his dad’s house, where there are a lot more tools!

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Once he got back up to Lexington, we basically just had to put all of the pieces together! Here is the console before we screwed it all together. Zach wanted to make sure that all of the pieces would fit together as they were supposed to.

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From here this project was very simple! All he had to do was screw the angle irons to the pieces of wood, and make sure that they were level.

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As with Skyler’s bookshelf, Zach had to proclaim that this shelf was sturdy and complete by standing/sitting on top of it!

Zach also decided to use the Miniwax Polyshades Stain in the shade Espresso. Just as Skyler did with his bookshelf, Zach chose to do two coats so that this media console would be more rich in color!

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Here is the media console once the two coats of stain had been applied:

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The most difficult part of creating this console was transporting it from Apt. 3315 across the complex to Zach’s apartment.

Skyler and Zach got their annual workouts in by carrying this thing up and down 4 flights of stairs!

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I love the way that Zach’s console turned out! He takes a much more minimal approach to decor, and that shows in how he styled this piece.

He placed some records, his new snake plant Jim Bob, his bust of Richard Nixon, and his valet tray on the console.

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The main reason Zach decided to DIY this console was because of how empty this side of his room was once he put his gallery wall together. I think that this was the perfect solution as this piece isn’t too large, and fits together perfectly with the gallery wall! Also, Zach can never have too much storage for his record collection that is constantly growing!

Let me know what you think of this week’s DIY, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

-S