Uhhh.... hello Spring? Are you there? I have been eager to become one with the earth. I know I sound like a hippy, but that's what a concrete jungle will do to you after five years! Here in Philly it's a bit too soon to start filling my window boxes with jubilant perennials, so I have been tending to my succulents and other indoor plants instead.
These neat Chinoiserie teacups were left behind by one of my previous neighbors. I'm worried that they may have been part of his mother's collection. Yikes! I couldn't bare to see them get chunked by the clean-out crew. Therefore, they have found a happy place in my home as plant containers, and I am quite proud of how they turned out! If anyone can tell me any information about them you will be my new BFF for the day! I have searched the internet and have found nothing!
Like any normal city-slicker in Philadelphia, I head outside the city to Terrain for some much needed inspiration. I am loving the look of these anemones... so much that I have already purchase a bundle of bulbs from Lowe's. I'm wondering if I should start them indoors, or wait until April to plant them like the instructions direct. Where do you go when you need inspiration?
I foresee a beautiful window box in my future.
SPRING MEANS BIRTHDAYS!
Despite the frigid weather, spring is a reminder of new life and celebrations. All of my sisters (I am one of three) have spring birthdays. My younger sister just recently gave birth to yet another spring baby. Well technically it's autumn in New Zealand.
We are so excited to have a new baby in our family! Thank you Brittany and Scott for giving our parents a grandchild... we owe you big time! Like any crazed aunt, I am pinning, tweeting, and yes blogging about any amazing deal or cute baby item that I lay eyes on. One of my favorite places to shop online for great deals is Zulily. These are all items that I have personally purchased for family and friends. I am not getting paid to say this. If you are interested in other online stores, check out the listings on the left of this page.
If you are one of the lucky ones who received one of these gifts, you can vouch for me. Are there any online shops which you love to shop? I'd love to hear your secrets too. In the meantime, I'm going to continue to birthday shop. I have lots of nieces and a nephew too. I'll leave you with this display from the Macy's Flower Show from a recent trip that the hubs and I took to NYC.
L (on the right) and I could have talked about design and furniture all day, but we refrained. Afterall, he and his buds had customers crowding in their corridors. This was by far my favorite vendor at the Phila Flea Market this weekend. What drew me in was the vintage modern chair in the top right. I didn't get a chance to check out the brand, but it looks very Eames like to me. When I asked, "How much?" I was informed that it was not for sell. Butcher Shop Rehab picked this piece up from another vendor to add to their personal collection. At that moment, I knew These guys got style! (at least similar taste to me). The next item I spotted was the shag rug made of Llama fur. Here you can see how B.S.R. used it as a chair throw.
Happy Monday! Wait a second, isn't that an oxymoron? It's a rare thing for me to be blogging during the week, but I couldn't wait to share with you the results from this weekend's living room transformation!!
Photo: The Tiny Abode
Notice anything different? Here's what the space looked like before.
Photo: The Tiny Abode
Feeling inspired, I went to IKEA on Saturday and purchased 2 yards of Sofia fabric in black and white. Stripes really can make a room feel more uniformed, tying the entire room together making for a more finished design (we still need a lamp shade!!). This was such an easy DIY! Anyone can do it, and it only cost me pennies. Here's how it's done:
Photo: The Tiny Abode
So what do you think? Are you feeling the stripes?? Have you ever attempted a Roman Shade DIY? Window treatments can really spruce a room up! I'm very happy with the results. Oh and one more side note! We brought the faux bamboo tables out of the dungeon (aka, the basement). I feel they look rather sculpture-like in the living room. You can see more of our West Philly Home here.
All day today I was in go-mode! Feeling inspired, coming up with new ideas, totally energized! Where did all of
this come from, and why can't every weekend be this way? Perhaps it
had something to do with the first snowfall. It's always so pretty to
see the city streets covered in a white blanket of snow.
I headed to Ikea and purchased two yards of Sofia fabric. That's right, this self-proclaimed BIY-er (Buy-it-yourself) is going to attempt a DIY!!! Who is this girl this girl, and what's she planning on doing with my house?
I'll be working on the surprise project tomorrow, and hopefully I will finish if all goes as plan.
One great thing about the dead of winter, is the sales you can find on indoor plants. Yesterday, while visiting Lowe's (again feeding my fixation), I brought home three orchids for only a dollar each. THREE!! I couldn't pass it up! That's a whooping $3.00 or you could just think of it as a very cheap center piece. It doesn't get any better than that, unless you find some for a quarter each (doubtful).
Don't skimp on indoor plants. They can really bring any ol' drab room to life! One of my favorite design bloggers, Emily Henderson (yeah you remember her... she's only the most awesome Design Star winner, EVER), gives tips on styling here. I plan on taking Emily's advise and re-potting these into something a little bit more interesting, but for now they are definitely helping out my otherwise naked kitchen table.
Here are some interesting ways todecorate with orchids....
January may seem like an odd time to consider gardening, but ever since the hubs and I cleared out a vacant lot beside our home, I can't stop thinking about all the possibilities!
I am no expert, but I know that this is no time to consider planting outdoors in the dead of winter. To satisfy my fixation, I have been focusing on the possibilities indoors! I started with my potted succulents which were in dire need of being rescued. These little creatures were once living in my office, but too many hands kept touching it. I am not sure, but I have a theory that the oils on fingertips is not good for succulents. Does anyone know for sure!? Anyway, I brought them home about a month ago and started my own little
growing / rescue project.
I started by rounding up all the clear containers I could find. Nothing is new here besides the potting soil (which it is actually cactus soil... you could make your own if you prefer).
Next, I gently pulled apart the plants until I had individual units. I wanted to keep some of the original soil in effort to not shock the roots during the transfer. I even saved some of the broken pieces, and let them sit on just on top of soil. After a couple of weeks, roots began to form.
I decided to separate my plants out into mostly individual containers. I was to give each of them room to grow and to really establish their roots. At some point, I may combine several of them into one container to make an interesting collaboration. Here are the outcomes...
During the holidays, I decided to decorate my mantel with the terrariums in lieu of having a Christmas tree. It was quite serene in my opinion.
Right now, I have placed mine in the window seal for extra sunlight. There are so many ways to use succulents in your home! Really the possibilities are endless. Plus they are great conversation starters. People love them!!
So far, I am pleased with my results (i.e.
nothing is dead yet!).
It is time to introduce my living room (as seen here) to a new friend, and to give the hubs something other than the floor to place his finished yogurt container. For the love! Seriously, the garbage can is ten steps away. He's wonderful, I can't complain. Heck, it's my fault that I've gone this long without a proper piece of living room furniture. Yes, my friends, I'm talking about a coffee table. But I don't want just any coffee table. No, no, no. That would be too easy. I want a beautiful wood carved Moroccan coffee table with intricate details that cost a bazillion dollars.
Then there is always the option to explore stores like West Elm, Anthropologie or even Material Culture (if you are lucky enough to live in Philadelphia). The table below is from West Elm and is nearly perfect in my opinion. It could really work in my current space.
Although these stores are really great, this girl is on a budget. So, I'm hoping the Land o' World Wide Web will meet me where my pockets end. That or a flea market. First stop, Craigslist.The closest piece I could find that had that Moroccan style was this one. However, I need a coffee table, not an end table.
This table is a small in scale, but has some nice details. It could definitely be painted.
Then there's this one that could also use some fixing-up. Right size and shape. Some detail, but not exactly what I'm looking for.
I know they are not totally the same, but it's the closest I could find on Craigslist. I think with a little TLC, they could possibly work. Could I do a DIY? Would I even dare? Eek! I love the spirit of
DIY-ers, but as I've mentioned before, I'm a self-proclaimed BIY-er (BUY
IT YOURSELF)! I don't know where people find the time and energy. Oh
how I wish I was a teacher again and had my summers off! Dream on,
sister! I think if I were to purchase any of the above, it would have to be the first one. Even though it's not a coffee table, it has the look I'm going for. Maybe I'll have better luck at Clover Market tomorrow!! I want the real deal! I hear they are going to have a lot of antique dealers at this upcoming market.
Hello ladies and gents, here is a glimpse of what we've been up to at The Tiny Abode. Tiny spaces are tricky! Figuring out a layout does not only need to look good, but its got to work too. We do not have a lot of Benjamins to be throwing around, so most of the furnishings are the same we had at our previous apartment in East Falls. Now that a layout has been established, we're starting to consider accessorizing options.
I know its hard to tell with these dark pics! It was broad daylight. Maybe it has something to do with East facing windows, or it could be that I am relying on my iphone. Regardless, this girl needs to add "awesome camera" to her Christmas wish list. Sorry for the giant tangent!
Anyway, I am not sure what color curtains (or patterned curtains) to use in this room. As awesome as this Persian rug is, I think I may have made a boo boo purchasing it. Who am I kidding? It was an AMAZING deal, but I am not sure if it is the kind of vibe I want in this room. I would love to bring in some graphic prints! Vintage Modern, if you will. I will also be adding some greenery and a gallery wall for those finishing touches.
Okay, here is a look at the before. Gross, right!?!
Any ideas on paint colors? Better yet, anyone want to come help me paint!?! Painting to me is such a task and seems like such a big commitment. In reality, its the simplest and one of the cheapest ways to spruce up a space. I must just be lazy over worked.
I may not have been "born and raised" here, but for now this is HOME. The teacher inside of me wants to say, "We moved at the beginning of the year." (School year that is). It has been a hectic time at the ol' 9-5, so I'm just now getting around to posting a tour.
Here's the outside... and yes, that is a a google maps pic. How'd you guess? Our's is the one on the far right with the cute little window box. Flowers come with the house, score!
The house is on the small side with only 840 sqft of design space available (that's including the basement). On the bright side, we have a basement! No more shared washing and drying!!! I was the worse!
I'm not digging the modern fan and some of the remodeling choices, but the wainscoting is a nice touch. I'm not too sure about the Navajo-ish fire place either. It's not my jam. I'd prefer a white brick fire place like this one. I toyed with the idea of fauxing something up, but I'm sure I'd just %@# it up.
Again with the modern lighting... why!?! Not only that, but the cabinets practically match the hardwood, and white hardware reminds me of connect the dots worksheets from elementary school. Boo! On the up side, check out all that cabinet space! Major step-up from our last place.
This is an odd space and really the only option I have to add a table. So long farmhouse table. You are just too big for this space. Here's a picture of it in our old apartment.
I'm thinking a banquette setting would be nice due to the limited space, but that's only if we plan on staying more than a year or so.
We are only renting, so heavy investing and hardcore construction are out of the question. One of the best things about the house is the outdoor space (a treasure in the city).
So there you have it. This was only the first floor. We have two bedrooms upstairs, but that will have to wait till another day. All in all, I am so grateful to be living in an actual house rather than a tiny apartment!! Four years and four places later, I finally feel settled.