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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PLANT BEBES // CACTI SPOTLIGHT

Today's focus for my PLANT BEBES series is my CACTI family. I currently only have a trio of cacti but I hope to expand on this collection a lot next Spring. Here is a cacti family portrait:


Aren't they ADORABLE? I think cacti are SO COOL. And there are so many different varieties. The first of my cacti that I want to focus on today is Mammillaria gracilis fragilis or "thimble" cactus. My personal name for her is Thumbelina. And here's her portrait:



I love the new growth that is happening on almost ALL of the buds. I can't wait to see how much she'll grow next Spring. This gal really likes porous soil with good airflow, bright light and very little water. I used a mixture of regular indoor potting soil and perlite. I keep her on the dining room table with some of her buddies, near an east-facing window. I usually give her a thorough watering with cacti liquid plant food once every two weeks [watering until the soil is fully drenched and water starts dripping out of the drainage hole]. I will probably have to cut down to only watering once a month in the winter. She's been doing great and supposedly she will have creamy white flowers in the winter so that will be fun to see.

Next up we have Mammillaria elongata 'Copper King', or, as I call her, Penny:


This gal follows the same care instructions as the "thimble" cactus. Lots of light, porous soil, and little water. I love her copper-colored spines. She hangs out on the fireplace mantle in the living room, so she doesn't get quite as much sunlight as her two sisters but she still thrives. I planted her in a faux mercury glass candle holder because I thought it was cute. But, because there is no drainage hole, I filled the bottom with small pebbles to ensure that she doesn't get over-watered.

Last, but not least, we have Mammillaria mystax, or, as I like to call her, Pom Pom:

I replanted Pom Pom not that long ago so she hasn't quite grown into her pot yet. So cute. I'm hoping next growing season she will expand out quite a bit. Her care instructions are the same as both Thumbelina and Penny and most, if not all, other cacti. She lives on the dining room table, too.

Well, there you have it - my CACTI PLANT BEBES! The next update on these gals will be sometime in March or April, when the next growing season begins. Stay tuned! AND check back on September 3rd for a spotlight on my SUCCULENT FAMILY.

Friday, August 15, 2014

INTERIOR INSPO // KITCHEN

This month I've been feeling super motivated to transform my kitchen into a more efficient yet welcoming space. I am currently on a strict budget so I'll have to get creative with my resources but I'm up for the challenge. Here are some images I felt especially drawn to when I was searching Pinterest and blogland for kitchen inspiration:


1. I really love the black tile walls in this kitchen. I think they would look great for a back-splash. AND the organized shelves make the OCD girl in me say "HOORAY!"


2. These painted floors make me SWOON! I love traditional black + white checkered floors but I like it on a diagonal even more.


3. In this kitchen, I love the abundance of natural light, the mismatched bar stools, and the PLANTS! Ferns are so great and have always been a porch must-have in my family but I never thought of putting them in the kitchen. It works!
 

4. I will never be able to afford one of these cute SMEG refrigerators but I can at least style mine up like this one! Because my fridge is stuck in an awkward spot in the middle of the kitchen, I feel like I should treat it as an object of decor. Hmm...I wonder if painting a fridge is a thing I can do...


5. This kitchen layout reminded me of my stove area, but with more counter space and those sweet shelves next to the stove. I also LOVE the black floors with that great rug.

Check out more kitchen inspiration after the jump!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PLANT BEBES // INTRO + FAMILY PORTRAIT

I'm starting a new series about my PLANT BEBES. First, let's make it clear that I am NOT a gardener. No green thumb here. My mother is an amazing gardener and has even been featured in a newspaper for her lovely flower gardens. I would LOVE to be good at keeping plants alive and even have a flourishing veggie garden someday, like my mum, so I'm practicing with an indoor garden of cacti and succulents, plus a couple other plants. This is all a huge experiment for me - figuring out a good balance between drowning my plants and putting them through a drought. This PLANT BEBES series of blog posts will keep track of plant growth and tips + tricks I learn along the way. Every other Wednesday through the month of September I'll focus on a new plant or group of plants and then growing season will officially be over and I won't do a plant update again until the Spring.

Without further ado, I'm kicking off this new series with a few family portraits of my PLANT BEBES:



Check back on August 20th for a feature on my cacti bebes!

Friday, August 1, 2014

MONTHLY MOODZ // AUGUST 2014

Hello hello, kittens! It's the first of August, which means it's the LAST official month of summer. UGH. While all the seasons have their merits, it's especially hard for me to say goodbye to summer every year. The end of summer means it's time to snap out of this lazy, hazy summer-time dream I've been absorbed in for the last two months and start being more structured and motivated. But, until then, I'm going to ENJOY the month of August and try to make the most of the next thirty-one days of summer.  Here is my monthly mood board...


1. I got a lap loom for my birthday last week and I CAN'T WAIT to start creating woven wall hangings! I'm taking inspiration from many sources, like this vibrant kilim pillow from Leif.

2. I love this cute all-black Proenza Schouler outfit on Kirsten Dunst, as featured in Vogue Paris. It has a flowy, relaxed shape while still looking structured and pulled-together.  And, of course, I love the pop of color on the lips!

3. I've been getting WAY into indoor gardening with my cacti + succulent bebes and these terra cotta pots have the perfect balance of earthiness and glamour. You can find the DIY post at The Hunted Interior.

4. I'm trying to redo my kitchen on a very limited budget this month. This black + white kitchen, as featured on Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn, is providing some major color and organization inspiration.

5. Panzanella is my new favorite meal because it is so yummy and easily customizable. This photo comes from the blog VMAC & cheese. You should try it out!


What are YOUR monthly moodz for August?