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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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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.

Light:
Moderately bright indirect sunlight

Watering:
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.

Light:
Not fussy, but bright light is best.

Watering:
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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