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Ideas for the Front Porch

Grey & Blush Inspiration for the Front Porch

It’s kinda weird how the design evolution of a home happens, it’s always changing and maturing. Just a few years ago I was dreaming of our porch as a kitschy “urban cabin” and now I’ve got new more grown up plans. It’s not like I’m super mature or anything, but I feel like I’ve defined my taste a bit more, and although I still love kitschy vintage stuff, I only can handle it in small doses and used at the right moment. For me, I feel like my style grew up quite a bit during the making of our master bedroom and it just continued with the basement. I think this is also a consequence of home ownership, not too many of us have all the cash to do everything up front, so you have to wait, and during the process of waiting and dreaming you can really figure out what you like in your home. I don’t know if you guys feel like that happens to you, but it seems only natural to evolve, and I like to see the process of it. Anyway, I’m definitely feeling more neutral and minimal these days, and it’s starting to show.

We’ve made it to the point where we feel like we’ve touched every inch of our home and now we are headed back for the second pass, where ideas and personal aesthetic can really start to be defined. Being that it’s spring and all I want to do is be outside, I’ve found myself day dreaming about our front porch quite a bit. You guys all know how I feel about the porch, it’s basically the best. However, it comes with so many design challenges. There is ugly tan all-weather carpeting, that for the time being can’t be removed because it’s covering asbestos tile. Someday I’d like to add a plywood subfloor over the top and then finish that with painted white wood, but for now I’m considering hiding the carpet under a few rugs. Unfortunately there is only one outlet, and one light fixture in the porch, which makes lighting really hard to do without having a bunch of cords and power strips running through the space. I’ve got some ideas brewing about the best way to solve this problem without calling in the electrician. The biggest problem is that the space is tiny about 8 feet deep and 20 feet across, and it is divided by our front vestibule entrance. It’s begging for cohesion and function! Goodbye to the days of the porch being the hand-me-down-random-furniture-and-stuff graveyard, and hello chill vibes plan.

I’ve got some inspiration and a few ideas for things that could really bring some cohesion to the porch. I think I’ll be painting everything a crisp fresh white this summer. We’ll be re-using our old mid-century style living room sofa, but I’ll be rearranging the furniture to create a more easy to access hang space (right now you have to shimmy around a coffee table). I also think it would be great to get rid of our current coffee table (that we’ve had with us for 14 years, and it shows) and replace it with a set of small nesting tables, this way it could function as a coffee table but still be modular and easily moved if needed. Number ‘8’ on the list is a really cool bentwood lamp from Target, I love the form of the lamp, but I don’t have any tables to set it on. I’m considering chopping the lamp base off and hanging two lamps on either side of the big picture window to act as sconces. Lastly we need lots and lots of hanging plants, sorry Jeff!

So there it is. I’m excited.

Neutral Grey Inspiration for the Front Porch

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House Plants : Maidenhair Fern

Hello cool people of the internet! So, you guys seemed pretty into this house plants idea, which is awesome because I really wanted to do it! It’s tons of fun for me, not only do I have a good time photographing and writing about plants, it also gets me amped for spring. This week has been kinda nuts, but I can just tell spring is coming! I mentioned it instagram last week, but both my boys injured their appendages and I spent a lot of hours in the urgent care getting them fixed up. Young G-man is still down with a broken wrist, but he’s making do with his little paw in a cast. I also just finished booking our spring vacation, we’ll be taking the Amtrak from Portland to LA right down the pacific coast line, and then we’ll be spending some good time enjoying R&R in the desert and maybe a little LEGOLOAND action. I’ve never had to plan a trip with multiple destinations before, nobody told me how much coordinating goes into that type of thing. Needless to say, I’m excited (and excited is a mild way of putting it) that our brood is finally old enough to take on big adventures!

Anyways, plants! Today I’m sharing with you the diva supermodel of indoor house plants, the Maidenhair Fern. What a babe, amiright? All this beauty comes at a cost though, this plant requires a perfect not too hot, not too cold, not too dry environment. She also doesn’t want to be in the dark, but she doesn’t like direct sunlight either. If she were a 80’s rock star she would want a bowl of M&M’s with all the brown ones removed. She’s a total pain, I know! Don’t overwater or her roots will rot, don’t underwater and she’ll dry out, always feigning suicide. Geez.

Here’s what I do with mine. Although the fern is typically sensitive to drafts, I set mine above a radiator on a window bench in our living room. The sunlight is bright but not direct, as the porch on the front of our house helps to disperse the light. I water the plant twice a week, on Mondays and Thursday (I can appreciate that it likes a schedule), makings sure that there is never water sitting in the base of the pot. To do this, I keep keep the plant in the plastic planter from the garden center so that it can drain into the pot, and then remove the excess. A self watering planter could work well for this too. If a ferns frond does happen to dry out, don’t expect it to perk up, just trim it off and move on.

Botanical name: Adiantum

The plant is truly worth it, I would trade it for a bouquet of fresh flowers any day of the week. Once you get to know your fern, you’ll be able to anticiapte her needs, just likes she wants you to. It also should be noted that I go through about one Maidenhair Fern a year. No matter how hard I try, there will always be that time when I forget to water for a day and my fern will be all dried up when I come to check on her.

It also should be noted, that I will never use the word ‘she’ to refer to a plant ever again, the Maidenhair is totally a girl though, so I have to.

The silver lining? Even if it looks like you have killed the plant, trim back the dried fronds and continue your watering routine, before you know it, she’ll be growing happily again. I currently have a dried out Maidenhair that took a beating this fall. I’ve been watering it and she’s been growing back. As soon as it gets a little warmer outside, I’ll put her under an overhang in the back yard and I know she’ll be returning for a come back tour.

Moderately bright indirect sunlight

Water the plant regularly making sure that the soil always stays moist. Be very careful not to let the roots sit in standing water though.

Happy weekend and I’ll see you dudes on the flippity.

Planter can be found over here!

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Basement : Source List

Scandinavian Inspired Basement

Hey Guys! As promised, here is my source list for the basement! I think I’ve covered most of everything, but please, if there is something I missed or that you are curious about, ask away! I didn’t mention any of the pillows or throws and thats because I got most of them from H&M (Home), Ikea, and Target – unfortunately those sorts of places turn over inventory like what, and a lot of the items were sold out within weeks of purchasing. However, those three sources are my go-to for that type of textile-y thing, so check them out if you are in the market for some graphic soft stuff. My favorite purchase was the buffalo checked throw which is no longer available from Target. We were fighting over those cozy throws and I nearly grounded a kid for taking mine, I decided to make a special trip and stock piled a bunch of them, sorry, I’m probably the reason they are sold out :|

On another note, Apartment Therapy featured our home in a tour earlier this week, it was crazy to have someone else take photos of my house, but don’t worry I took a handful of xanax and made it out alive, oh and the tour looks pretty great too. Check it out if you have a sec to spare. To all of you that stopped by because of that AT post “Hey! It’s kinda fun here, hang out for awhile”!

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House Plants : Oxalis

Whazzup! I thought it might be cool to do this thing where I share with you guys my favorite house plants. What da ya think? I know a lot of people feel intimated by plants, but I don’t think a brown thumb should be anything that prevents someone from trying. I’ve killed so many plants in my day, and I’m sure I have more to kill in my future. I always see it as a learning experience; did I give a plant too much water, not enough sun, etc. Then I replace it and move on, taking what I’ve learned and applying it to the next one.

Today I’m sharing the Oxalis plant, it basically looks like a giant purple shamrock, is one of the more forgiving plants I’ve encountered, and you guys, the shape of the leaves are pretty endearing. The plant is not your typical root based house plant, instead it has bulbs. The bulbs are the reason why these things are hard to kill. Forget to water your plant? No biggie, it might shrivel up and wilt, but the bulbs are still alive and will regenerate new leaves as soon as environmental conditions improve. These plants also look great in a window box, and as soon as it warms up, I’ll be moving mine outside for the summer. I would highly recommend this plant to someone who is a bit shy of taking the plunge into plant ownership.

Not fussy, but bright light is best.

Water the plant regularly soaking the soil, wait until the top layer of soil dries out before re-watering. This plant isn’t picky though and can survive if a watering is skipped.

So let me know what you think about this mini series? I’ve learned a thing or two about taking care of plants and I’d be happy to answer any questions you guys have.

Planter can be found over here!

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Updated House Tour!

Deuce Cities Henhouse House Tour
Budz!!! Next week will mark the six year anniversary of us Allen’s moving into this house! Back then, this bad boy was only 100 years old! I think it’s safe to say that if I my house could speak it would say that its had its funnest most raging six year since us guys moved in. Sorry old boring owners, but this house didn’t even know what it was missing.

In the past I’ve done recaps showcasing the changes that were made throughout the years. This year I’ll just be updating the house tour page and I highly suggest you check it out (‘specially if yer new around here)! Sorting through all the pics of the house has been really inspiring and restorative for me. It’s getting me so amped about blogging and what it means to me, and how hanging out with the people of the internet has been fun and cool.

Take a look at the ‘before & afters’ to get a feel of where things started – they go chronologically newest to oldest (still need to update a few, but you get the idea). Sorrizzle in advance if you’re viewing it on a mobile device, I’m still working the kinks out on the responsive side of things (I’m still living in the 2013 version of the internet). Things have been crazy busy lately, but I’ll get it done soon.

I’ve also got a source list of the basement reno coming soon, this whole six-year-anniversary-thing just had me so distracted ;)

Deuce Cities Henhouse House Tour

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