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some of my fav house plants

Many of you ask about my plants styled around our home — here are some of my favorites. ūüôā

Pothos

If you want an easy houseplant Рthe Pothos is your answer.  It actually does not do well in direct sunlight.  They can tolerate very low light and need water only once a week.  They are toxic to dogs, cats and children if ingested but is not lethal.  They are good hanging plants, so mine are not tempting to our dog or kids.

pothos plant
pothos plant
pothos plant
pothos plant

cactus and succulents

It’s no secret that these kinds of plants love the sun and dry weather. ¬†They DO need water, however. ¬† The good news is they do not require daily or even weekly watering, so you can vacation and not worry about these guys.

cactus & succulents
cactus & succulents
cactus & succulents
cactus & succulents

the olive tree

The olive tree is just gorgeous. ¬†It’s subtle color and gentle beauty makes me so happy.¬† We have fruitless olive trees planted outside and around our house and I used one inside for awhile to style our bathroom remodel (although they can be tricky to keep happy inside- they need lots of natural light).¬† I also LOVE to clip my olive trees and style my vases inside with the clippings.

olive tree
olive tree
olive tree
olive tree

 

the umbrella tree (or schefflera)

The umbrella tree is easy to take care of, grows tall and fairly skinny and adds beautiful height and texture to a room.  It needs sunlight and watering about once a week.   Over-watering is more of a problem than forgetting to water it.  Every time I post our living room, many of you ask what the big tree is.  This is it!

schefflera tree
schefflera tree
schefflera tree
schefflera tree

the snake plant

The snake plant, aka mother-in-law’s tongue, is tall, ¬†beautiful, simple and THE EASIEST PLANT. ¬†I’ve had mine for almost a year and I think I’ve watered it twice. ¬†Amazing! It’s perfect for a pot to style an accent table.

snake plant
snake plant (on the table)
snake plant
snake plant (in the floor basket)

Good luck adding house plants to your home!

xoxo,

Kristin

 

Friday Favorites — perfect mother’s day gifts

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Because¬†it seems to be birthday season . . . and wedding season . . . and it’s almost mother’s day . . . I’m sharing some of my favorite accessories that make PERFECT gifts! ¬†Each item has a link for easy shopping.

The Fanny Pack:  My mom wears a fanny pack.  My sister and I make fun of her for wearing it.  I must be turning into my mother because I now own and wear a fanny pack!  HAHAHA!  For reals!  I bought this for Coachella and my husband and I took turns wearing it.  Hands free and easy.  It is AMAZING and fits a lot of stuff without looking or feeling bulky.

Ray-Ban’s: ¬†These Ray-Bans are DA-BOMB. ¬†They look awesome. ¬†They feel awesome. ¬†And they are the perfect mix between comfortable, trendy and casual. ¬†LOVE THEM.

The Nixon Watch: ¬†I actually don’t own it but I WANT IT. ¬†It’s classic and chic and casual and cool. ¬†WANT WANT.

The West Elm Planters:  These are SO COOL!  If you follow my instagram feed at all, you know I love gallery walls and I love plants/succulents.  So creating a gallery wall out of these planters/succulents sounds like heaven to me.

The Candle:  I LOVE this candle.  It lasts a long time and smells delicious.   It also looks super stylish on my coffee table.

The Adidas:  Classic and super comfortable.  Enough said.  Be sure to order a 1/2 size smaller as they run big.  I wore these to Coachella and was THANKFUL I wore sneakers.  I DO NOT understand how gals can wear heels at that festival. Blows my mind.  We walked and danced A TON.

The Pillow:  Shameless plug for my pillow shop.  But seriously, pillows can update a room and instantly bring in style and make it feel current.   Because I was so obsessed with changing out my pillows all the time, I started to make them . . . and eventually sell them.  Still my favorite home accessory.

 

 

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accessories fashion favorites shoes sunglasses style trendy trending trend

Because¬†it seems to be birthday season . . . and wedding season . . . and it’s almost mother’s day . . . I’m sharing some of my favorite accessories that make PERFECT gifts! ¬†Each item has a link for easy shopping.

The Fanny Pack:  My mom wears a fanny pack.  My sister and I make fun of her for wearing it.  I must be turning into my mother because I now own and wear a fanny pack!  HAHAHA!  For reals!  I bought this for Coachella and my husband and I took turns wearing it.  Hands free and easy.  It is AMAZING and fits a lot of stuff without looking or feeling bulky.

Ray-Ban’s: ¬†These Ray-Bans are DA-BOMB. ¬†They look awesome. ¬†They feel awesome. ¬†And they are the perfect mix between comfortable, trendy and casual. ¬†LOVE THEM.

The Nixon Watch: ¬†I actually don’t own it but I WANT IT. ¬†It’s classic and chic and casual and cool. ¬†WANT WANT.

The West Elm Planters:  These are SO COOL!  If you follow my instagram feed at all, you know I love gallery walls and I love plants/succulents.  So creating a gallery wall out of these planters/succulents sounds like heaven to me.

The Candle:  I LOVE this candle.  It lasts a long time and smells delicious.   It also looks super stylish on my coffee table.

The Adidas:  Classic and super comfortable.  Enough said.  Be sure to order a 1/2 size smaller as they run big.  I wore these to Coachella and was THANKFUL I wore sneakers.  I DO NOT understand how gals can wear heels at that festival. Blows my mind.  We walked and danced A TON.

The Pillow:  Shameless plug for my pillow shop.  But seriously, pillows can update a room and instantly bring in style and make it feel current.   Because I was so obsessed with changing out my pillows all the time, I started to make them . . . and eventually sell them.  Still my favorite home accessory.

 

 

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vintage pillows AND durable — an oxymoron? not anymore!

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Are you a vintage mud cloth and/or indigo pillow owner? ¬†I know many of you are! ¬†The african vintage mud cloth fabric is definitely trending and the pillows are a must for many of us to complete the modern bohemian look. ¬† Pillows complete a room FOR sure . . . but they should also be practical. ¬†If you have to worry every time you lean against a pillow in fear it will rip, that’s just not cool. ¬† Ever have this problem with your vintage pillows?

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Yep Рme too.   I am in the business of making pillows . . . and this is NOT cool.  Even though I reinforce the seems with a stitch, this is still bound to happen if you use your throw pillows for everyday life.   When this happens, you can take out the pillow insert, turn your pillow cover inside out and with a thread a needle, sew the seam shut.

BUT I don’t want you to have to do that. ¬†So, from now on, on all fabrics that seem vulnerable to seam issues, I am sewing the entire piece of vintage fabric to another piece of fabric, making sure to include a stitch along every seam.

Reinforced mudcloth pillow
Reinforced mudcloth pillow (the inside of the pillow cover)

So now, your vintage (fragile, old and beautiful) fabric pillows will be DURABLE!  YES!  You and your friends, kids, pets, etc. can throw them around, sit on them, drool on them, whatever!  The pillows will survive!

Reinforced vintage mud cloth and indigo pillows -- vintage AND durable
Reinforced vintage mud cloth and indigo pillows — vintage AND durable

Ok… you’re welcome… and enjoy! ¬†You can shop here. ¬†The pillows¬†that are fully reinforced will be labeled as such.

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My favorite brown leather chairs – budget, pretty and timeless

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Many of you have asked me about the brown leather accent chair in my living room . . . so ¬†I decided to put a blog post together — here are my favorite leather accent chairs — all are under $1000.

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(1) The Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair from West Elm

Many of you have asked about my brown leather chair in my living room- it is one of my favorite furniture purchases. ¬†It’s from West Elm¬†for $999 (I bought it when it was on sale). ¬† A sale is going on now! ¬†yay!

The Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair from West Elm
The Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair from West Elm

(2) Expat lounge chair from CB2

That perfect “vintage” leather safari chair that you are tired of searching for…

Expat lounge chair from CB2
Expat lounge chair from CB2

(3) The Nina Chair from Article

This chair is on fire!  My girl Kelsey @leftandlevel makes it look like THE PERFECT accent chair in her gorgeous living room!

The Nina Chair from Article
The Nina Chair from Article

(4) Wisteria Leather Lounge Chair 

The woven chair that you see in your favorite designer pictures that you think you can’t afford but MAYBE YOU ACTUALLY CAN!

woven leather lounge chair from Wisteria
woven leather lounge chair from Wisteria

(5) Jax Leather + Wire Chair from Urban Outfitters

This chair is so simple, classic and beautiful!  LOVE it!

Jax Leather + Wire Chair from Urban Outfitters
Jax Leather + Wire Chair from Urban Outfitters

(6) Horizon Brown Leather Butterfly Chair

Ok. It’s no secret. ¬†We all like a good butterfly chair. ¬†But this one? ¬†It’s SO good and only $202 on sale now on Overstock.com! ¬†RUN!

Horizon Brown Leather Butterfly Chair from Overstock
Horizon Brown Leather Butterfly Chair from Overstock

I hope this post was helpful. ¬†This post contains affiliate links. ¬†It doesn’t affect your pricing at all. ¬†Thanks for reading!

 

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gift guide: things I love that I wanted to share

Just in case you and I have a similar style, I thought I would share some of my favorite things that also make awesome gifts! ¬†Many of these items are for around the house — you probably know by now that I love home decor. ¬†But I also love casual comfort for my personal style so I’m mixing in a little of that as well. ¬† Happy shopping!

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I’m pretty obsessed with this aesop hand soap. ¬†It’s pricey for soap but it’s soooooo good and also looks sooooo good staged in a kitchen or bathroom.

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These are two of my favorite coffee table books.  They both have gorgeous pictures, excellent content and they look beautiful sitting around the house too.   Kinfolk and Styled.

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I recently came across this mini LED light sign from Urban Outfitter when working on an e-design for a dining room. ¬†How cute is this?! ¬†It comes with 72 letters and symbols you can arrange however you’d like. ¬†Love.

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My. favorite. candle. ever. ¬†It’s been my favorite for years and never disappoints. ¬†Here is an amazon link I found so you can have it ASAP.

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Well . . . I’m bias . . . because I make them. ¬†But I love these pillows and think they make a great addition to any room and would make a nice gift as well. ¬†You can purchase them on my etsy shop.

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I’ve been enjoying my simple brass stud earrings these days. ¬†My friend Beth makes gorgeous jewelry, including these $16 studs. ¬†

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Baskets always come in handy.  Storage, planter, toys, etc.  I love this one from Anthropologie for its texture, color and tassle.

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I just bought this sweater coat by French Connection from Bloomingdales during their friends & family sale.  I wear it all the time.  So cozy.  The sale is on until December 11!

 

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I live in converse.  Simply the best.  So classic and comfy.

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Simple glittery blanket that doesn’t break the bank. ¬†Yes! ¬†This one is from H&M. ¬†

Happy Holidays all!  Thanks for reading!!!!