Last night I joined a flower workshop with the amazing team at Bows and Arrows. I’ve admired their work via Instagram for awhile, so it was great to learn a few tricks from these talented folks. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I highly recommend taking a workshop – they have a photography and flower class coming up this weekend and a two-day workshop in Marfa this summer.
I’ve never been great at arranging flowers, but I was pretty impressed with the look I was able to create last night (photo above). A few things I learned:
- It takes some time to style an arrangement. In the past, I’ve always spent 15 mins or so on an arrangement. During the workshop, I spent over an hour creating my masterpiece. While this won’t always be possible, starting early and allowing lots of time is definitely key.
- Always use floral foam to hold the stems in place and make sure the foam is tightly placed within the container. After soaking the foam, you can press it gently against the top of your container to make an impression and then cut along those lines to create a perfect fit.
- Start by defining ‘the bones’ of the arrangement: a tall piece and a low extending piece, for example.
- Don’t be afraid to mix heights. In the past, I’ve always tried to cut each stem the exact same length. In looking at the Bows and Arrows arrangements, I realized that they have a mix of shorter and taller stems, giving the overall piece some movement as well as the quirkiness I love.
Here are a few more scenes of the floral awesomeness from last night:
I’ve been working on Jenna’s closet for an upcoming post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, and one of the items in need of an update was her mirror. It’s a basic, tall, white-framed mirror that we most likely purchased at Target or IKEA years ago. It’s held up pretty well, but it just didn’t fit the girly look I was going for.
My solution: add a border of paper half circles to create a scalloped frame.
Here’s how I did it. For a more sturdy and permanent solution, you could also use balsam wood circles (found at many craft stores) painted in any color.
I love having lots of plants in our house, but I don’t have the best track record keeping them alive. Every spring, I fill my house with plants, only to have most of them heading for the trash bin by the end of summer. This time around, I’ve been reading up on indoor gardening and have even started selecting plants based on hardiness. I’m especially encouraged by articles about plants that seem to thrive under any conditions. Surely, I can make keep a few of those alive.
Here are a few of the articles I’ve found most helpful:
Here are a few more scenes of green in my own home:
The palest shades of pink are popping up in all sorts of items for the home. Here are a few of my favorites:
Product Sources: 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05
Our reading nook is one of my favorite spots in our new house. Today I’m sharing a post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids about how I set up our nook.
Last week I updated the shelves above our kitchen sink after finally taking down the last of our Christmas decorations. It wasn’t an easy task for me. Since moving into our home, I’ve been collecting images of open shelving for and studying them for inspiration. I can’t recreate any one specific image, so my approach has been to figure out what I like about each display and try to model it with my own belongings, in the context of my own home.
Here are a few tips I’ve found to work for me:
Image sources: 1 Neutral Palette / 2 Height + Texture / 3 Simple / 4 Repetition
Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to wander through an antique mall or flea market all by myself. It’s usually not planned in advance. I see an opportunity – a spare hour or two without the children – and I take it. And because it’s a bit spontaneous, I like to keep a list in my mind of vintage things to be on the lookout for, should I find myself in the presence of so many objects from the past.
Many of the designs currently on my list are inspired by new products showing up in home decor magazines and in my Pinterest feed. Here are a few of the latest items to make the list:
After a week of vacation followed by a week of sickness, we’re almost back to normal around here. We spent the weekend removing the last traces of Christmas from our home, and it’s wonderful to have the house back to a (somewhat) clean slate. Removing decorations, however, makes the house seem a bit empty, so I added a few new plants yesterday – something I do at the start of nearly every year (thanks to my blog, I can now identify trends in my behavior). Another January trend I’ve noticed is a focus on food and healthy eating. I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, but last year I set a bit of a resolution to cook more and eat better. I don’t think I can claim success on my 2013 efforts, so I’m giving myself a do-over this year.
Happy New Year!
I’ve always wanted to try printing a photo in a large-scale format. Staples, Office Depot and other print/supply stores will create large, black-and-white engineering prints for under $10. After our big ice storm a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I had the perfect photo to try it out.
I started with this photo that I took while we were sledding in our neighborhood:
I converted it to black and white, bumped up the contrast and cropped it to the print dimensions – 36 x 48 inches.
And after printing it at Staples, I attached it to my office wall using 3M poster strips.