We planted camellias more than 5 years ago, and finally they bloomed! Until now they’ve only sputtered out a few pitiful blossoms here and there, but this year they were covered in silky pink flowers the size of my palm. I love that they bloom off season. What goes on in your garden in cooler weather?
The giving birth thing is getting pretty imminent over here, so I finally finished up the baby’s room. This is take one, because we’re temporarily keeping the guest bed in there until the baby sleeps through the night. Then we’ll move the bed out and change it all up.
My goals for the baby’s room were not to stress out about it too much, buy the least amount of baby crap possible, and repurpose as much as I could. For now it’s basically our guest room with a few adjustments.
I collected the doodads and decorations from around the house (except this flying pig bank, which I bought under the guise of it being a Christmas present for the baby). The only furniture I purchased was this Jenny Lind crib.
I thought my antique desk would be a perfect changing table, and if our little girl likes making stuff as much as I do she’ll be able to use it as a workspace in a few years.
My dad made me this bookshelf when I was a kid, and I’ve used it ever since. He and I spruced it up with new diamond cutouts and a fresh coat of paint. At my baby shower everyone brought books for the baby, which really helped fill out the shelves nicely.
In general I’ve learned that white fluffy rugs are a bad idea (especially when you have 2 dogs), but this cheap one from Target is supposed to be machine washable and has great reviews. We’ll see how long it lasts.
I recently had our great room covered in a fresh coat of white paint, and I rearranged some of my knick knacks. I’m loving the refreshed space! The room is much brighter in white, and it feels homier to me with more decorative clutter. (You can check out a before shot from a few years ago here for comparison. I can tell I have a better handle on exactly what my style is now. I miss that rug—we lost it to an epic dog vomit accident, hah!)
I made a few subtle adjustments to the mantle. I think I need to paint the inside of my fireplace black so it looks less icky. Has anybody done that? It’s filled with cobwebs and dust, and probably dead bugs if I look close enough.
I had been crushing on this TV gallery wall, so I put together my own version. I think it really does help the TV blend in with the decor more. I replaced my nearly dead fiddle leaf fig tree with a schefflera. The fiddle leaf was fun while it lasted, but it was too high maintenance to fit in with my plant routine. RIP little guy.
I made a Wit & Whistle gallery wall over the dining nook and framed a bunch of brand new art prints that I added to the shop a few days ago. More about those later.
Over the years I’ve gradually been replacing the glue-together, placeholder furniture we got as newlyweds 9 years ago with handmade, vintage finds, and midcentury modern style pieces I’ll want to keep till I die. I’m thinking the dining table and chairs will be next to go. I’ll have to take my time perusing Craigslist for a few years to figure out what I’m after, but definitely something vintage-y with a leaf so we can squeeze more people in.
Happy (American) Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you have a great time celebrating with your friends and family. I’ll be enjoying the pure bliss of eating a Thanksgiving feast while wearing stretchy maternity pants! ;)
A few weeks ago at the West Elm Local launch party in Durham I was chatting with Megan of The Zen Succulent about my Score + Solder terrarium. It made the rounds on Pinterest a while back, and most of the succulents in there are still going strong. Megan suggested I post a follow up photo of how it has grown, and I thought that was a darn good idea.
My terrarium the day I planted it:
My terrarium over 3.5 years later with the original succulents:
Pretty crazy, right? The smallest pinkish succulents in the before photo died fairly quickly, but the others are still doing fine. Well, that wonky one isn’t getting enough sun (which is why it looks like that), but it’s alive and growing. That’s all I can ask for! This is the longest I’ve ever kept succulents alive. What’s the longest you’ve kept a houseplant alive?
For a while we’ve been coming to terms with the fact that our nearly 10-year-old, fairly dilapidated microfiber couches were going to need replacing—particularly the loveseat that often doubles as my home office. I really destroyed that thing over the years with my constant sitting, lounging, and spilling!
Seating has always been a touchy spot for Daniel and I, since he’s more interested in comfort than aesthetics (it’s similar to our ongoing salt and pepper shaker argument years ago). Well, we finally found a loveseat replacement we could agree on—The Hamilton Sofa from West Elm. It’s super comfy, has that classic mid-century vibe I love, the removable cushions can be unzipped and re-stuffed if necessary, and I think the leather will be easier to keep clean. Best of all, it was on sale! The plan is to keep it until I’m a super old lady. I’ve never had leather furniture before, so if you have any cleaning/conditioning tips for me, do tell.