Category Archives: Home + Garden

New Instagram!

I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this sooner, but I finally set up a personal Instagram account! Now I can gush about all my non-Wit & Whistle interests without annoying people who just want to keep up with my product line. Woo! So going forward, @witandwhistle will be only about Wit & Whistle related stuff, and @amandaraewright will have pretty pics of my home, house plants, miscellaneous creative projects (like pottery), and whatever else I come up with.

I need to figure out a way to tie my blog in with Instagram. I don’t like that all my photos eventually get lost in my Instagram feed, whereas my blog posts are more permanent, and anyone on the whole internet can search them out. Do any of you still blog in this brave new social media world?

Here are some photos of our new house from my new insta-g account! After much deliberating I decided to jump on the big circular mirror bandwagon. There’s no going back. I want MOAR! I want them everywhere. Cover the walls. Gimme all the plants and circle mirrors. I’ll die blissed-out.

round mirror fireplace mantel

Fiddle Leaf Fig #3 (RIP Fiddle Leaf Figs #1 and #2) is doing quite well at the new place! I got a tiny cheap one, and it has doubled in size already! The keys to a Fiddle Leaf’s heart are apparently TONS of sunlight and watering sparingly when the soil feels dry. Boom. I win this time, Fiddle Leaf. I guess you do too, because you’re not dying.

fiddle leaf fig new growth

Here’s our master bathroom tub. I don’t take baths, but the dogs and plants tell me it’s nice. Seriously though, if you take a bath don’t you have to immediately shower to wash the soap scum off?

bathroom tub subway tile

The living room pretty much only looks like this when Fern is sleeping, and I’ve hidden all her toys. Actually I think she was awake when I took this, and I just pushed all her crap over to the left and cropped it out. Hah.

leather couch interior design

This guy is putting the monster in Monstera. Holy cow. I’m going to need to take a weed wacker to it pretty soon.

monstera plant

Here’s my favorite plant-y corner of the kitchen. Two more orchids may have shown up since I took this. What? I couldn’t help it! At $8 a piece they were practically giving them away!

kitchen plants urban jungle

Maybe I’ll tie in my instagram with my blog by re-posting my favorite photos here, but with more words. I’m not really a big writer, but I could pretend we’re chatting over coffee and just say random things. You likey?

Another question is, if I separated my Instagram into personal and business accounts why wouldn’t I do the same with my blog? #quandary #ohwaithashtagsdon’tworkonmyblog

Thanks a lot to those of you who still read my blog! I feel like blogging has gotten really weird over the last few years. Like, not totally dead, but mostly dead? It has been a bit demotivating, so I’ve been pretty flaky about posting, but I still love being able to throw a post up when I can! <3

Japanese Maple Mania

Happy (American) Thanksgiving everybody! Wishing you lots of mashed potatoes and gravy, which I have to admit are the best part of any Thanksgiving feast.

I’m jumping the gun a little, but it’s Black Friday sale time! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY here at to take 25% off your entire order now through the end of the day Monday, November 27th. (The discount code is not valid in my Etsy shop.)

In other news, it has come to my attention that my husband is an addict. Since we moved into the new house he will not (or maybe cannot) stop buying Japanese Maples. Daniel even stalked the Japanese Maple guy at the Raleigh farmer’s market until he agreed to let him visit the closed-to-the-public tree farm. They offered him amazing wholesale prices and delivery, so now we have 10ish (I lost count) Japanese maples all around our yard. Honestly, I don’t mind his new obsession, because now he can’t say anything about my houseplant problem!

Our forest of maples is currently blazing red. Check out this fall color…

red Japanese Maple

red Japanese Maple

red Japanese Maple

Pink Plant Party

Hands down, my favorite thing about the new house is how much more sunlight comes in the windows. (Having a pantry is a close second.) My crazy plant lady tendencies have kicked into overdrive, because I’m not limited to low light houseplants anymore. Now I can grow ALL THE PLANTS! Lately I’m obsessed with the pink variegated varieties. Here are some of the beauties I’ve brought home over the last few months.

Pink Princess Philodendron

Philodendron Pink Princess—I had to scour the internet for a start of this pretty lady. They’re selling for insane prices on eBay, (my usual go-to for plants I can’t find locally). Luckily I found one here. Update 1.17.18: I ordered more plants from this guy, and he didn’t ship them all and wouldn’t respond to my emails. I had to open a claim with PayPal to get my money back. I also saw later that he has a lot of negative reviews on the BBB website. Order with caution!)

Pink Princess Philodendron

Oyster plant aka Moses in the cradle plant aka Tradescantia spathacea—whatever you call it, this thing looks awesome. I found it all beat-up and pitiful at Home Depot, but it’s perking up nicely now.

Pink Princess Philodendron

Tricolor prayer plant aka Triostar Stromanthe—how insane is this plant? When the sunlight shines through the leaves it’s otherworldy. All the leaves fold up at night flaunting their bright magenta undersides.

Pink Princess Philodendron

Ficus elastica ‘Ruby Red’ aka pink variegated rubber plant—I was trying to control my plant hoarding urges, since I already had a regular variegated rubber plant, but Daniel peer pressured me into getting this Ruby Red variety, too. I didn’t mind.

Pink Princess Philodendron

Have you made any new additions to your plant collection lately?

Monarch Chrysalis

I’m finally feeling settled in the new house, and the buyers of our old house close on Friday! I’m looking forward to resuming my normal, boring life routine again once everything is finalized. Sweet, sweet routine. I didn’t realize how many months the whole moving/home selling process would take!

My parents gave me the coolest housewarming gift—a monarch butterfly chrysalis from their garden! The chrysalis started out seafoam green and became transparent right before the butterfly hatched. I missed the actual hatching process, but the butterfly crawled onto my hand before fluttering away, and I nearly died of happiness. Its sweet little butterfly toes were surprisingly prickly!

How can I train a butterfly to sit on my finger all day? So much better than jewelry!

We’re Moving

It’s true, we’re moving! If you’ve hung around my blog long enough you might love our quirky A-frame house as much as I do. I spent years fixing this place up, I started Wit & Whistle here, and I’ve spent nearly every day living and working here for 9 years. I adore this house along with its various oddities (here’s looking at you, kitchen roof). Living in this wonderfully weird old 70’s A-frame has been part of my identity for so long. I’m sad to leave, but for many reasons it’s time for our family to move on and let someone new fall in love with this home.

The house will go on the market sometime in August, so if you know anyone in the Raleigh/Cary area that would love this place send them my way! (Especially if it’s someone who appreciates things like panoramic forest views, exposed brick, vintage hex tile, and sprawling rose bushes.) We’ll be moving to a beautiful newly built (but completely un-quirky) Raleigh home nearby. Once we get unpacked, quirk-i-fying will be top priority. I’m excited about the new decorating challenge—adding character and charm to new construction is not something I’ve tackled before. Give me tips please!

I’ve thoroughly documented my house here on the blog over the years, and I think a round-up of my favorite house pics is in order. I love you forever, house! <3

front yard, curb appeal, before after

a-frame great room

a-frame great room

subway tile kitchen backplash

bedroom makeover

white bathroom yellow vintage hex tile

world map wall sized

front yard, curb appeal, before after