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Easy Target Hack

Easy Target Hack : Bentwood Sconce
Hey Guys! Here is a quick post that I wanted to share regarding this bentwood lamp from Target. The table lamps are on clearance right now for $30 bucks, and they are super easy to transform into sconces – in case you be needing a bentwood sconce. I just grabbed my jigsaw and chopped the bottom right off!

After chopping the base off the lamps, I used a countersink drill bit to make a flush hole in the shank, and then screwed them directly to the wall. The sconces flank my vestibule and I put both of them on a timer, in the evenings the house looks really inviting from the street. Anyway, it’s easy, and pretty inexpensive, and I thought you might like to know about it :)

Easy Target Hack : Bentwood Sconce

Easy Target Hack : Bentwood Sconce

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DIY Plywood Hanging Planter

Hey Guys! I found myself getting uncharacteristically crafty this week when I was coming up with low cost ways to add some hanging planters to the front porch. Last summer I made a few macrame hanging baskets for the space (which I still love) but I wanted something for the other end of the porch because of my plant hoarding problem and all. Also, I think I’m finally recovering from the crazy amount of work I had to do in the basement and am feeling very, very ready to take on small easy projects that require using tools, but don’t demand endless days to work on them. I was inspired by a mashup of this hanging planter from West Elm and this other one I found in the internet, and I decided to come up with my own version.

I’ve added some bentwood lamps to the porch recently (which I Target hacked and I’ll be sharing real soon), and I thought these simple, scandinavian inspired geometric planters would fit right in with the overall vibe. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think these planters look pretty awesome. They can easily be hung at different heights and the angles will stay parallel, which the obsessive crazy in me really appreciates.

Assuming you have the basic supplies, you should be crank out three of these planters in less than three hours and for less than $38 bucks. Figuring out the basic pattern was probably the hardest part, but do you know what, I did that for you. You’re welcome. All the dimensions and angles are listed above.

Dudes, use the carpenter square to make precise angles and lines for the planter, and make sure to use the compass when tracing your circular base.


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House Plants : Spider Plant

Hey Guys! So excited that it’s almost the weekend, my girlfriends (aka the She’Vaughns) and I have a whole 48 hours away from life, where we plan on mad chilling and drankin’ large amounts of champagne. It will be amazing.

I’ve got another indoor house plant for you today, the spider plant (aka the airplane plant). This one is a good one for all you “brown thumbs” out there as it’s very forgiving, and is a good introduction to rearing plant babies (aka propagation). If my memory serves me correctly, the spider plant and the heart shaped philodendron popped my plant cherry, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The spider plant is highly adaptable to lots of different conditions (aka it’s hard to kill) which is what makes it a perfect beginner plant.

They are called spider plants because they look like huge green variegated spiders, and they even make spider-like baby plants called spiderettes that hang down from long thread-like stems. The spiderettes can be easily propegated to make new spider plants, and will make you feel like a horticultural wizard. Just like a lot of plants do, you will notice that the spider plant flowers, and produces a lot of these spiderettes in the spring. Once the spiderette is a decent size, place it in well drained soil while keeping it attached to the mother plant. After a few weeks, the spiderette begins to take root, then you can trim it from the mother and blamo, you have a new plant!

Botanical name:
Chlorophytum comosum

Like I said, these plants can put up with a lot of different conditions, but they prefer bright indirect light. Plant them in well drained soil and water them heftily but do not allow the soil to become soggy or their roots may begin to rot. They can even handle drying out between waterings just in case you forget.

Browning leaves is common in spider plants. If your plant begins to brown it usually is because of the fluoride found in tap water which can cause build up in the soil. Trim off the brown and try watering with distilled water or rain water for a few waterings to flush out salts.

Prefer bright indirect sunlight

Water the plant regularly making sure that the plant is well watered but not soggy. The plant can tolerate drying out between waterings.

These plants look great in hanging baskets and guess what? I’ve got a cool DIY hanging planter to share with you guys next week, I bet a spider plant would like pretty tyte in it…

Pink planter shown above can be found over here!

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Chairs in the Porch

White Bertoia Chairs in the Front Porch
Hello! How’s it going? It’s been pretty alright around here. Spring is really in the air (although there is a cool down coming this week). We’ve been spending our weekends in the porch, and it has felt great, like wonderfully insanely great. I’ve got lots of little seedlings growing indoors, living things are popping up out of the ground, and just today the ice went out on a lot of the local lakes. Spring is by far my favorite time of year.

Like I said last week, I’ve been itching to get at the front porch. I have a list of things that I’d like to do to take it to the next level of chillness. One of them includes getting leaves on the trees as that majorly changes the vibe, but since doing godly stuff isn’t in my wheelhouse I guess I’ll settle for buying stuff online. Last week I was able to score two Bertoia wire armchairs from Craigslist. The chairs were on my list, but I wasn’t really thinking I’d really be able to get them for a low price, then these babies just happened to pop up on my feed. The chairs aren’t in perfect condition, both have a little rust and one of them is slightly bent, but because it’s just for the porch it didn’t really matter that much. They are the perfect size for the small space, narrow and petit yet comfortable. Typically these chairs are sold with a pad, but this being craigslist and all, beggars can’t be choosers. A sheepskin works perfectly to save you from those wire imprints on your butt when you be wearing your summertime short shortz.

I snagged the rug at Ikea, and I’m really happy with it, it covers the all-weather-carpet flooring almost perfectly. A question: What do you guys think about the blue paint color? I have mixed feelings about it, for one, it looks really great from the street but I worry that it is too pastel? Do you think white or light grey would look better? This one is really stumping me.

I’m hoping to get another plant post out into the world before the weekend. Hope you guys are all having a cool week!

White Bertoia Chairs in the Front Porch

White Bertoia Chairs in the Front Porch

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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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