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Plants Are the New Pop of Color!

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Freshening Your Home’s Style?

Plants Are the New Pop of Color!

What is it about something alive, green, and housed in a trendy vessel that draws our eye so powerfully? Green is the new black of home décor, that’s for sure! If you’re looking to add more texture of the leafy kind to your home, read on.

 
Plants add a calming effect to the family room.

Plants add a calming effect to the family room.

A tropical plant like the Fiddle Leaf Fig will grow quickly and take center stage in a room where you need to enhance your design with visual interest created by height. I think that’s why we see one so often adorning a sunny spot in a family room.

Check your local nursery for the many varieties of trees that thrive indoors. And don’t forget to grab a cute basket or plant stand to house the newest member of your household.

Nothing says welcome like a live plant.

Nothing says welcome like a live plant.

The trend of hanging plants has brought back the macrame look that’s been absent in home décor for several decades! You can find plant hangers in almost any home goods store, but there’s also the option of handcrafting one with the help of an online tutorial.

Look around your home for a sunny spot that could use the lively touch of a couple of hanging plants. I suggest displaying one longer than the other and using hardware that anchors your hooks.

And don’t forget the tip of lightening the load of your potted plant by filling the bottom half of your planter with packing peanuts. Add the soil directly to the top of them and move it all around as needed to pot the plant. You shouldn’t see the packing peanuts , so if any are peeking out, you’ll want to empty the pot and start over using less of them.

A white kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for displaying plant décor.

A white kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for displaying plant décor.

Some plants like the Zamifolia are low-light tolerant, so darker rooms also can showcase natural beauty.

A little plant on the mantle adds a homey feel to the design.

A little plant on the mantle adds a homey feel to the design.

If you have a mantle, you have a perfect plant shelf! Play around with your arrangement of accent pieces and placement of the plants. Stacked books can serve to elevate your potted plant for visual interest. Consider going from taller to shorter heights as you arrange your décor pieces, working from the outside-in.

Plant containers make a home fashion statement.

Plant containers make a home fashion statement.

A plant cluster makes an impressive statement, and the secret lies in varying heights and in continuity of color choice for vessels. White combined with natural tones is a crowd favorite, as it speaks a message of clean and natural.

Bedroom Décor

Bedroom Décor

I’m on a mission to create a cluster in the far corner of my bedroom. I like the idea of plants working to filter the air while hubby and I sleep!

I think many people worry about adding real plants to rooms with carpet because of potential watering leaks. Your local nursery can help you create water-tight containers so you have the confidence of beautifying your home without damaging it.

Follow along with me on Instagram for updates on the Master Bedroom. I’m excited about watching my pop of plant color reach new heights in this room!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom Tour

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When we built our home, I was hopeful that having a downstairs master bedroom would not mean an uncomfortably small space. And while I did have to eliminate one piece of furniture, I was pleasantly surprised to love the room’s size. It’s compact, but it’s perfect for us.

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Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

Entryway to Master Bedroom from the Great Room

I tend to take credit for the first floor plan because I remember drawing it out on graph paper. But I don’t think I created the small hallway separating the bedroom from the main living space. I’m going to give our draftswoman all the props here!

There’s something calming about walking this passageway when entering the bedroom. Even though a mere ten feet separates us from the rest of the home, we know a retreat awaits.

 
Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

Woodrow the Pembroke Corgi faithfully sleeps in this spot every night. It’s so adorable to watch him nuzzle his snout into the sheepskin!

 
The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

The slipcovered chair adds to the getaway feel of the master bedroom.

A small corner offers just enough space for my slipcovered chair. I’m thinking I need to spend more time in this cozy spot! I got an exciting revelation for my small business when I sat awhile and did some reading. I wrote about my booth design in the last post- that all came to me here!

 
Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

Handcrafted décor made with twine and displayed in a wooden bowl accentuates the casual design.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

A beloved collection of sea glass to remind us of our countless outings on the water.

I purposefully chose a minimalistic style for our Master Bedroom. The colors are neutral with the exception of a blue striped accent pillow and a coastal blue oyster painting above the headboard. There are few accent pieces, so unless it has a special meaning to us, it’s not going to be a part of the space that serves as an oasis.

 
A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

A neutral color palette continues in the Master Bathroom.

Another hallway that houses two closets (guess whose is bigger!) separates the bedroom from the bath. Again, I do not mind at all that the space is a dramatic decrease from our last house.

We included a double-headed shower done in white subway tile. Having a window for natural light is an absolute must in my book. And the view is of our little pool in the backyard. And the setting sun, which puts on a dramatic display over the river nearby.

 
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Thank you for touring the Farmhouse Master Bedroom! On your way out, give Woodrow a pat on the head and maybe toss his toy for him!

An Organized Home

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Your Organized Home Starts Here.

And it’s not going to take five years.

 

So you’re ready for a whole home overhaul! Good on ya! Cleaning out clutter liberates the soul, and I want that for you! But let’s be real- there are sooo many closets, drawers, nooks, and crannies that need attention. The overwhelming thought of where to begin stifles any motion forward… I think I can help!

 

After we built our first home and moved in, I wanted each room’s design to be completed in an instant. Jon would periodically remind me that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and he was right. We were going to have to pace ourselves. So I did what any chica with OCD tendencies would do: I created a five-year plan for styling our home!

Doesn’t it relieve a bit of mental load when you know something that desperately needs your attention is on your schedule? We do this with work projects all the time, so of course we can anticipate the same release from scheduling out our home projects as well.

Here’s a sample plan of how to use the remaining months of 2019 to tackle the goal of an organized home.

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APRIL

  • Declutter the MBR Closet. Click here to read my post about it.

MAY

  • Organize the Mudroom. It’s okay if you put this one off. There’s a long holiday weekend waiting for you.

JUNE

  • Clean out the Garage. The best way to tackle this project is to empty everything out. Reassure those trying to shop your driveway display that your yard sale will take place in the near future, or perhaps they’ll find your discards at the local charity store.

    You may want to hose down the interior of the garage or just sweep it out well. Wash your car too, because she’s going to look good parked in your newly organized space!

JULY

  • Declutter the Kitchen.

AUGUST

  • Clean out the Bedrooms. All hands on deck for this one! The first step is to ask each child to go through their clothes and bag up what they no longer wear.

SEPTEMBER

  • Declutter the Playroom.

  • Organize the Home Office.

OCTOBER

  • Declutter the Master Bedroom.

NOVEMBER

  • Organize the Entryway.

  • Clean out the Bathrooms.

DECEMBER

  • Declutter the Living Room.

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How does the idea of pacing your home projects sound to you? Are you currently working on decluttering a particular space, or are you attempting everything at once? Leave some insights in the comments below.

My Top 5 Home Revivals

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The season leading us into renewal has arrived! Some of us are so happy that we want to sing and twirl and skip!

The following are the top five things I recommend to bring a spring refresh to your home.

 
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1. Spring Clean. It’s time to shake the winter dullness out of the house. When the inspiration hits, take on a project that requires more attention.

 
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2. Refresh Decor. The simple act of adding oyster shells and driftwood speaks hope of summer days to come.

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3. Declutter. Fold up the wintertime throw blankets and allow woven seagrass baskets to house them.

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4. Check out new recipes to add fresh excitement to mealtime.

 
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5. Enjoy the beauty this season offers with others. Open windows (on days with low pollen count!) and open the door to friends to linger around the table and enjoy one of those new recipes!