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Say Yes to Macrame

I finally got Nick to mount a ceiling hook in the laundry room last night and my macrame fantasy has now come to fruition.

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I used some hemp cord I got at Hobby Lobby (about $6 with coupon) and followed this YouTube tutorial suggested by reader Mary. It was super easy (except for making sure things didn’t get twisted up). For the top I just used a key ring. It was a little tricky to delicately wrestle the plant into the hanger without destroying all the trailing pieces, but I managed somehow. I’m keeping my eye out for a prettier basket or pot to replace the basic plastic one from the nursery.

In addition to being a haven for plants and cats, this little nook is shaping up to be a very convenient place to stage everything for Jack’s birthday tomorrow-all this stuff would be cluttering up my kitchen counters otherwise, but here it’s out of the way while still being easily accessible.

Speaking of cats, I keep them from messing with my houseplants by spritzing the leaves with this stuff* every week or two. It really works!

I’m so excited that it’s Friday, y’all. I’m really looking forward to celebrating Jack’s birthday tomorrow and enjoying some peaceful family time on Sunday. And then next week is the Fourth of July, when everyone from my mom’s side of the family gets together to celebrate at my grandparents’ house. I love summer. Thanks for reading, y’all, and have a great weekend!


*That’s an affiliate link. If you buy that product from Amazon after following that link a teeny tiny portion of your purchase will go to me for sending you there. 

A Tiny Greenhouse

I am now the proud owner of a tiny greenhouse. My life is complete.

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Is it not the most adorable thing twenty dollars can buy? All that’s in there now is a tiny little aloe plant in a vintage silver creamer and some tomatoes that needed a place to ripen safe from bugs and hornworms, but I’ve got high hopes to use it for starting seeds safe from cats next spring.

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My high school BFF Lauren was kind enough to pick it up for me at Ikea in Atlanta and bring it with her to Louisiana for our reunion this weekend. As is typical for Ikea the assembly was more complicated than I’d hoped, but it wasn’t bad. And once I get a few more plants and whatnot in this little nook I think the whole arrangement is going to be downright charming.

(ps if you desire your very own greenhouse you can view it online here)

Give me Greenery or Give me Death

Okay, well maybe that title is a little dramatic, but I am pretty excited about adding some more greenery to this little nook near the kitchen and laundry room. The herbs you see in the photo below have since gone to live outside and things are looking a little stark.

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I’ve always wanted to try my hand at starting seeds indoors, but it’s hard to find a sunny spot that’s not vulnerable to cat attacks. This tiny greenhouse from Ikea is adorable and only $20! My friend Lauren (in Atlanta) picked it up for me this weekend and I can’t wait to get it when I see her in a few weeks. I think it’s much smaller than it appears in the photo below-the measurements indicate it’s actually about the size of that basket of herbs I had there before. I think it’ll be a really cute addition to the room and a fun spot to nurture tiny seedlings.


Another thing I’ve always wanted-a macrame plant hanger! Call me crazy, but ever since I saw a cluster of them hanging in one of my grandparents’ friends’ homes twenty years ago I’ve dreamed of having some macrame of my own. Sadly, I’ve never had the opportunity. Until now! This spot is perfect for a hanging plant (or two or three, but I’ll start with just one). I’ve been googling tutorials and I’m planning to get my macrame on ASAP. I just gotta get some cord to use first.


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What else should I put in this little nook? Maybe a happy poster or art print? A shelf or two? I think I need to wait and see how it comes together with the greenhouse and the hanging plant(s). There’s so much function jam-packed under that wood counter that I’m not too worried about what happens up top. I actually kind of love keeping the counter as clear as possible for a nice breath of fresh air between the often-cluttered kitchen and laundry areas. Plus the cats just love to lay in front of the window and look out. If you’re new here and wondering what the heck is behind that fabric skirt you can check it out here. This has quickly become one of my favorite spots in the house!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had so much fun celebrating Nick’s first Father’s Day and taking some family portraits with my friend Brandi, but it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine thanks to the LSU Tigers losing their first game in the College World Series and Jack and I both being sick with a cold. Luckily, the CWS is double-elimination and a little cold is nothing that plenty of rest and fluids can’t fix. Thanks for reading, y’all. See you tomorrow!

That Special Something

My home has really started to come into its own over the past year. It feels like everything is filling out and settling in and the effect is really delightful. There’s still work to be done, for sure, but as things come together I’m trying to stop and look around and take stock of what works and what doesn’t. One thing I’ve noticed is that nearly every room has at least one special thing-an element that’s a little odd and unexpected and seems to speak directly to my heart.

In the bedroom, it’s the birdcage. I feel like I’m struggling with this room overall (more on that later this week maybe), but this corner is perfection.

The item I get the most comments on when people visit in person is the book page wreath in our living room. I made it before I started my blog so sadly I cannot link to a tutorial for how I made mine, but I was inspired by this. And in case you’re a bibliophile whose heart is breaking at the thought of book destruction, perhaps it will bring you some comfort to know that it was constructed entirely from airport paperbacks. No classic literature was destroyed in the making of this wreath. Most of it is a Nicholas Sparks novel.

If I were buying it today, I might be too scared to pick chartreuse for an investment item like a stand mixer. But when I was pooling all the Target gift cards we got from our wedding to put towards one it didn’t seem like such a bad idea. I’m glad I went for it, because four years later I’m still happy (and if I do get tired of it someday I can try painting it with epoxy).

I first spotted this peacock in my friend Cassie’s apartment years ago and I wanted it instantly. When she was ready to say goodbye he came to live with me! It’s a fun touch for a very classic-looking fireplace.

The mannequin leg is another one I’ve had for a long time, but it didn’t reach its full potential until I filled it with flowers I’d made from book pages and wire (more literary destruction! I like reading, I promise!). I bought the leg from ebay when I was still in college after I’d seen a leg lamp (a la A Christmas Story) in a friend’s apartment and decided I had to have one. I never made the lamp, but the leg is fun all on its own.

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Even though it’s an architectural element and not something I brought in, the original-to-the-house fireplace is maybe my favorite part of the nursery. It’s just so unexpected and, in my opinion, endlessly charming. It’s inoperable so the summer cover stays on year round.


And the most recent addition to my list of true loves is this skirted counter in the laundry room. For three and a half years that corner was the ugliest spot in our house, and now it’s quite possibly the most charming. I’m planning on adding more plants and other pretties in the coming months.

The thing about each of these elements is that none (except for the mixer) were pricey “investment” pieces. In fact, I paid very little out of pocket for each of them! I used gift cards for the mixer, built the wood counter myself and skirted it with fabric I found on sale, made the book page wreath from materials I already had. The mannequin leg was an ebay find and the peacock and bird cage were gifts (thought I think both came to the gift-givers secondhand, and in the case of the birdcage my mother-in-law found it at a thrift store). My point is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money at Anthropologie or wherever to find fun, unique decor that speaks to you. You just have to be patient and open your mind to new ideas!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Ours went by way too fast but was oh so wonderful. Back to real life!

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