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5 Of My Favorite Indoor Houseplants

Here’s my philosophy on houseplants, I believe that with the right styling (the right pot in the right environment) any plant can look beautiful and add an incredible warmth and statement to a room. Even the ones you’re sick of.

Rubber Plant

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Mantel Series / 02

Mother's Day Bouquet

This bouquet my husband got for me for Mother’s Day this past weekend. Isn’t it stunning? The peonies and iris and all the green textures…All the seasonal flowers look so lovely together. I catch myself just staring at it throughout the day. He knows the way to this mama’s heart. As much as I love creating the bouquets I put on my mantel, it is extra special and sweet to enjoy something that’s not only beautiful, but a gift—full of meaning and love.

Mother's Day Bouquet

Thank you, D. I couldn’t do this mama thing without you.

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Dreamy Home Envy

I saw this home tour on one of my favorite blogs the other day and had to share here. It is such a beautiful, inspiring space.

This North Hollywood home belongs to Chris and Amber Earl. They have only lived in their home for two years, but Chris’ history with the house goes back all the way to his childhood. In the 1940s Chris’ grandparents built this home and he spent many a summer playing in the back yard. Now he shares it with his wife Amber, and together they’ve found a way to transform the space into their own- including a hidden speakeasy that once served as his grandmother’s art studio (!) A friend of ours is always telling us we need to finish our basement already and open up a speakeasy (Daniel makes magic cocktails). Anyway, I found myself relating so much to this couples interests and the style and aesthetic of their home.

Bedroom

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Daydreaming of a New Kitchen…

We bought our 1924, NE Portland home a year ago this month (crazy!). I love so many things about it. The hardwood floors, all the windows, the built-ins, the molding, the living and dining rooms, the up-and-coming neighborhood it’s in. But, there are definitely things I’m not so in love with. The first one being the kitchen. When we first viewed the house and saw the kitchen we knew that that would be a project we’d want to tackle sooner than later. It’s a tiny kitchen which, to me, isn’t so much the problem as how inefficiently it’s laid out. It’s also not particularly pretty—to say the least. Since the kitchen really is the hub of our home, I’m daydreaming often of how I’d like to re-do it.

I have a pinterest board (follow along if you’d like!) dedicated to images and ideas I’ve come across that capture some of the elements I’d like in my future kitchen. Below are some of those images…

The white subway tile and open shelving in this kitchen are a MUST. I think making our kitchen lighter in color, plus doing some open shelving will really help to make the small space feel much roomier.

 

I just love the built-in benches and table in this breakfast nook. Our kitchen has a breakfast nook, which is one thing about the kitchen we really like, but it doesn’t have built-in seating. We currently have just a small table and chairs in it. Making it a more permanent, casual dining area I think is another way we could make the space feel bigger. I am also dying for a farmhouse sink like the one in this kitchen. I’d do dishes all day long, no complaints, if I had a sink like that.

These walnut countertops…I don’t know how practical they are but, yowza, are they gorgeous. And all that white! It would make such a difference in our kitchen. Everything would feel airy and roomy and wonderful.

Kitchen-Dreams

This kitchen is crazy good. I’ve only seen the hexagon tile used as flooring (something I’d love in our bathroom!).  I think it definitely makes a striking backsplash. I’ve also been swooning over that SMEG refrigerator for ages now, and it’s a huge plus that it’s on the smaller side and wouldn’t take up as much precious space as the average refrigerator.

Someday! What would your dream kitchen look like?

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A Mantel Series / 01

Mantel Series - 01 - Dogwood

It was like the more dirt we had under our fingernails, the happier we were as humans.

I’m starting this new photo series of my fireplace mantel. It started in my instagram feed, where I would post pictures of flowers/decor that I currently had on my mantel throughout the year. Then a sweet friend suggested I start a photo series on it. So all credit really goes to that lovely lady.

I’m always so intrigued and inspired by other peoples homes. How different people arrange and style them, and the qualities that they all tend to share. One of the main elements of my home are plants and flora. I have this serious thing for them. They are always in my house, all year round. I grew up on a rural island in the Pacific Northwest, so nature, agriculture, plants, flowers etc., were a constant, inescapable part of my life. My parents also really loved gardening. I have so many memories of my mom’s flowers and of her teaching me all the names of them. And my dad also with his huge vegetable garden. He’d preserve pickles from its bounty every year. They were the best damn pickles I’d ever tasted. My parents weren’t farmers or anything, but when we were outside our existence felt simpler and better. It was like the more dirt we had under our fingernails, the happier we were as humans.

Ever since moving to a city, the importance of bringing the outside in became vital for me. Especially when I lived in apartments with no yards whatsoever. Not only does a little green go a long way aesthetically, but it keeps me connected and reminded of a world bigger than mine and always lifts my mood. That’s why I constantly have flora on my mantel and throughout my house.

Dogwood branches are gracing my mantel currently. They are a favorite of mine during the Spring season. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a spot in our teensy city yard I could plant one. Our yard is overflowing with plants as it is though (I can’t stop), so I may just have to enjoy my neighbor’s.

What are some of the main design and decor elements in your homes? I’d love to hear!

I’m looking forward to sharing this small but significant part of my home with you and excited for future series centered on home and design.

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