I don’t think it gets more magical than a little greenhouse + twinkle lights + allll the pumpkins. While trying to figure out where I was going to put all these pumpkins from my latest trip to the produce auction, I spotted my little, still empty greenhouse out in the yard and instantly had a vision of a magical little backyard fall scene. I pulled all the props, planters, baskets, and pieces used around and inside the greenhouse from my garage or shed and dug some old Christmas lights out from storage. I had so much fun setting it up and I wish I could pick it up and transport it all over for more people to enjoy it! Sometimes you gotta do something just for fun and forget about how practical it is!Read More
Linen embroidered dress: TJMaxx | Espadrille Sneakers: Target (similar here) | Pom-pom straw tote: Miss Molly Vintage
When it comes to summer outfits, linen is always one of my favorite materials that feels breezy, delicate, and effortless. I've been constantly wearing this beautiful linen embroidered dress I snagged at TJMaxx recently because it's just so lightweight and comfortable! They have tons of these and other similar laid-back linen dresses in stock right now. I love how it pairs with some pastel espadrille sneakers and our new pom-pom straw totes- perfect everyday summer outfit!
In my opinion, nothing brightens up a room and makes it feel perfectly styled like plants and fresh flowers. I try to have a little green in just about every room of the house and whenever I can't figure out what kind of trinket or accessory I need to finish a space, I always reach for a plant. Our mudroom was looking a little blah with all white walls and no decor so I decided I needed to take advantage of all the great light it gets with two full walls of floor to ceiling windows.
It all began with the chalkboard wall, which was my solution to break up all the white in the room and I also felt it was appropriate for a mudroom/entryway area. I used this chalkboard paint from Target and painted two coats on the wall, taping off all the edges and trim with painters tape. The Wooster Shortcut is my favorite brush for trim and I used an inexpensive small roller for the rest. Since I'm kind of in love with black walls lately, I love the way the chalkboard wall looks and I may end up doing another small chalkboard wall section in my kitchen too!
I started thinking about what I could hang on this entryway section of the wall that would pop against the chalkboard paint and that I could also utilize writing on the chalkboard for. I had seen some seriously swoon-worthy indoor and vertical gardens on Pinterest but I never dreamed I would have an appropriate space for something like that. Since this room is right off the kitchen and butler's pantry, I thought that an herb garden would be totally practical and also the perfect opportunity to use the chalkboard element to label each plant. I started looking for hanging planter options and was going to order a system from Ikea that was going to cost around $75 for all the parts and pieces I needed. Thankfully I procrastinated ordering it and the next day I found these vintage metal hanging plant holders at an estate sale for $3 each! I spray painted them with this super pale turquoise from Lowe's and purchased small terracotta pots (under $1 each at Lowe's or Home Depot) that would fit inside them. I got all my herbs at Home Depot and was thrilled that they all happened to be the perfect size to fit inside the pots I got.
The animal head planters were purchased from my favorite home store outside of Charleston, Celadon, but I noticed that they also carry them at Anthropologie now. I didn't purchase them with this project in mind but I found them packed away in a closet from the move and thought this would be the perfect place to hang them together. They are a little trickier to get the plants in because the opening is small but my herbs that are in them seem to be thriving so far! I finished off the wall with a little sign from Target that kind of brings all the colors together and centers the space. I typically don't like these inspirational quote signs but this one was just too perfect for this wall!
I'm about two weeks in and all my plants are still living and many of them have grown significantly since I planted them! This is actually the perfect location for a vertical garden because it's the spot we walk past most each day so I never forget to water! So far I have watered every 2-3 days and that seems to be working well. I'm thrilled with how this little DIY project has brightened up this room and it's the perfect cheery greeting when we walk in the door! You can shop all my materials and sources for this project at the end of this post.
Fiddle leaf fig trees have been the stars of the home decor world for quite a while now. They are also one of the most finicky plants out there, so beware before taking the plunge and investing in a fig tree. I learned the hard way as my first fig died a slow, painful death after several months. I was so sad because not only did I love the way it looked, but it was also the most expensive plant I had ever purchased. I waited a few months, read up on the plants, and decided to try again. My second fig tree is thriving and is so happy! It has sprouted so many new leaves since I've had it (something my first tree never did), and it is incredibly green and healthy looking. Here are my tips for mastering the care of your fiddle leaf fig:
1. Sunlight: This is the most important factor for the health of your fig tree. They LOVE sunlight. Most sources say to set it in an area with plenty of indirect sunlight, but I have found that my fig loves both direct and indirect sunlight. I set it right in front of a window where sunlight was constantly streaming in and it sprouted new leaves like crazy! If you do not have an area with good sun, unfortunately the fig tree might not be a good choice.
2. Water: Fiddle leaf figs do not require a lot of water and over-watering can make them go downhill quickly. The soil should feel dry to the touch and one or two cups of water a week is usually plenty. I also recently learned that throwing a couple of ice cubes into your water helps tremendously. The ice will slowly water your plant as it melts so that it is not getting overwhelmed with too much water too quickly. It is also important to be sure that your planter can drain properly and that too much water does not gather at the bottom. If your leaves start to turn yellow, you are likely over-watering. Let it dry out for several days, you can even try to drain the planter of extra water if you want.
3. Choosing your planter: With my first fig, I removed it from the plastic pot it came in at the store and re-potted it in a slightly larger brass pot, adding a little more dirt. I don't know if this played a factor in its eventual demise, but I have read that often figs do not like to be re-potted and may "freak out" if they are not in a tight, secure pot. I was much more careful with my second fig tree. I left it in the original plastic pot that it came in, and just set that pot inside of a larger brass pot. I then covered the top with some faux green moss so that you couldn't even see the plastic pot anymore! I will probably continue to stick to this method from now on with my figs just to ensure that the re-potting process does not upset them!
4. Routine: This is another important step that I have found to make such a big difference the second time around. Fiddle leaf figs love routine and you should water your fig with the same amount of water at the same time every week. Also do not move your fig if you can help it. Find a good spot for it and leave it there (you can turn it occasionally so that all sides get good sun).
Here's a few more of my favorite sources for Fiddle Leaf Fig Tips:
I get asked often where I bought my fig tree. My go-to is Pemberton's greenhouses which is a local Lexington business that has THE best selection of plants of all kinds. They have very reasonable prices for fig trees (I have paid $45-75 3-4 foot trees) and always have a good variety. Wilson's Nurseries in Frankfort, KY also has a great variety of fig trees especially if you are looking for something larger and more full. I have heard that Home Depot or Lowe's occasionally have fig trees but I have yet to ever see that in their Kentucky stores. Your best bet is a local greenhouse where you can get a healthy plant and plenty of advice from an expert. Last but not least, some photos of the most lush and beautiful fig trees to dream about! With all these tips and tricks, we will all be on our way to having one of these beauties in no time!
via Garden Life
via My Domaine
via Front + Main
via Sarah Sarna
What's better than a floral on floral photoshoot? Getting to shoot inside one of my favorite hidden gems, Pemberton's Greenhouses, was just magical. Sarah Grashel Photography did such an amazing job as usual at capturing the entire space. My favorite vintage pieces or outfits always end up being those that people mistake for being brand new. It is so true that our trends are constantly being recycled from the past, and that's what makes wearing vintage so fun! All the main components of this outfit were found in thrift stores or garage sales. This amazing floral midi dress, that just happened to fit perfectly, was found at the thrift store for less than $5. I picked up this 60's tooled leather clutch years ago at an estate sale for a couple of dollars. This purse style has become really trendy again with the popularity of bohemian/festival styles lately. The woven leather flats I also found at the thrift store for a couple bucks, and I love the strappy, modern details. As always, I like to mix new elements in with the vintage. This body chain from Forever21 is the perfect way to add some edge to super sweet dresses, prints, or tops. It instantly makes any outfit look more modern and unique. I can't forget to mention my all-time favorite vintage milkglass fruit charm bracelet that just hapened to match the colors of the dress perfectly.
all photos by Sarah Grashel Photography
My wardrobe for the most part is really bright and colorful with lots of prints, thanks to a lot of vintage pieces I have collected through out the years. Lately though, I have been stocking up on lots of neutrals and basics that are perfect for mixing and matching and have that great laid-back summer feel. An all-neutral outfit just screams summer chic and is totally understated, yet unexpected at the same time. Just about anyone can try out this trend with basics you already have in your closet (think a slouchy white tee or blouse, classic relaxed shorts, khakis, tans, and grays). Keep the silhouette relaxed with nothing too structured or fitted, and don't be afraid to pile on some simple jewelry.
What are some of your favorite summer basics? Have you tried an all-neutral outfit yet? You can shop my complete look and some of my picks below!