Favorite Things 2-6-16

Favorite Things 2-6-16

Outdoors // Last summer, I bought four hydrangeas. I kept two of them in their original pots and bought two Lechuza self-watering pots for the others. I’ve taken barely any care of either so far this summer (my bad) and this is how they were both looking a couple of weeks ago. I only bought two last year because they’re expensive (£33 each for the size I got) but man, they are so worth it. I’ve got a few other self-watering pots which were cheaper, and they’re better than nothing, but… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 6: Shared Kids Room Reveal

One Room Challenge Week 6: Shared Kids Room Reveal

It’s reveal time, friends! My first One Room Challenge makeover is a wrap. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been working on the gender-neutral, shared kids room, turning it into a bright, happy space for my six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. This was the plan, and I stuck to it pretty closely: We didn’t have much of a budget for this room, so I stuck with mainly things we already owned. The room isn’t big, but it’s lovely and light, and the perfectly centered window made the floor plan straightforward: The… View Post

One Room Challenge Week 2: Wall Decals in Shared …

One Room Challenge Week 2: Wall Decals in Shared Kids Room

I’m an overly-excited linking participant in the One Room Challenge. Last week I shared my mood board for the kids’ room and a couple of ‘before’ photos: I actually put the decals and the shelves up a couple of months ago, which I shared when I made this DIY poster frame (which will definitely get rehung – it’s too low but the nail was already in the annoyingly dense brick wall). I bought the decals from this Etsy seller, but when they arrived they were bigger than I was expecting, so I cut… View Post

How To Hide Ugly Air Conditioning Units

How To Hide Ugly Air Conditioning Units

My least favorite thing about our first apartment was the massive, ugly wall air conditioning unit. Given that we owned like five whole pieces of furniture when we moved in (a Goodwill table and chairs), it was super dominant and irked me daily. It was also totally necessary, of course. If only I’d thought of some of these tricks for hiding it at the time. This genius solution is a Billy bookcase Ikea hack – Mara had a panel cut out of the back and added doors and pretty hardware.… View Post

A Simple DIY Framed Poster

A Simple DIY Framed Poster

Does this really require a tutorial? No, it does not. It was super simple and took all of twenty minutes. Am I going to give you one anyway? Damn straight. So, I bought a length of rounded wood trim, costing about £2.50, and cut four equal lengths, all a little wider than my poster. I already had string, but if I’d had to buy that too, it would’ve made my total supplies come in at about £4.50. The print I used was this one. I sanded the edges, then drilled holes… View Post