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One of the first things I did when Andy and I moved into our home 2 and a half years ago was paint. The whole house was this really blah beige and frankly it was depressing. I like color, I always have. These days, since Andy has to live in our home too, my color choices are more along the lines of sages and blue-greys vs. the kelly green and tropical turquoise I picked for my college apartments. Shade and vibrancy aside, the moral of the story is I like color in my living spaces. Or I thought I did, lately I’ve found myself drawn to home decor images that feature lots of bright whites that are then accented by brightly colored furniture. Maybe it’s just a phase?
It would take a lot of coats of paint to combat the current wall colors.
Images from here.
Well, tree houses to be more specific. Right after college, my aunt let me move into her second home, a small house, on stilts, in the middle of the woods. The driveway was impassable when it rained and I had to face my intense fear of spiders daily, but it was one of the best places I’ve ever lived. There were many a Friday where I would turn off my phone, grab take out on the way home and spend the whole weekend basking in the blissful solitude. Octavian and Stanley loved it too, they would spend all day curled up on the bed in loft, or stretched out on the screened in back porch. When I saw this post featuring this gorgeous tree house retreat, it brought back all those wonderful memories.
Did you see the giant red slide?! One of the coolest things about this particular tree house is that owner Lynne Knolton used reclaimed and upcycled items to build it.
Images from here.
I am an inadvertent collector. I regularly pick up random objects that catch my fancy, and whenever Andy and I moved into the house two years ago I realized as I was packing things, how many little collections I have. And it isn’t just things that I’ve bought, my family and friends know that I like certain things like quirky mugs or long scarves, and they give them to me for holidays and birthdays. I like the idea of being able to showcase and share my collections, instead of keeping them packed away, and I was delighted to find this post on integrating your collections into your home decor. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas.
Images from here.
These flower and herb arrangements by Cupcakes & Cashmere. I’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning the last couple of days, and I’ve been thinking that our house needs a little more green. Plants, flower arrangements, terrariums…you get the idea. These herb infused arrangements are such a great idea, and since kitchen herbs are one of the few things I do really well with growing I would only have to buy the flowers.
“I always have fresh flowers around the house, mainly for aesthetic purposes, but also love the added aroma they can bring to a room. Especially in areas that wouldn’t typically house florals, like the bathroom or kitchen, I like to have petite arrangements that really pack a punch. Lately I’ve been sticking to small, one-flower arrangements, but adding in a herbs for a nice contrast and invigorating scent. “
I might not be able to do the mint infusion. I usually use the fresh mint in lemonade or tea and I think Andy would be sad seeing whole sprigs slowly wilting away with nary a cold beverage in sight.
All images by Cupcakes & Cashmere.
I love this renovated old barn. The stone work, the exposed beams and all of the wonderful light? Heaven. I also really like that the decor, while lovely, is mostly functional. Houses are meant to be lived in, and while I understand the desire to have the perfect showcase home, I’d much rather be able to flop onto the couch without having to worry about ruining something. I really like the coffee table in the living room, I could see Andy and I taking turns sitting on it while the other one pushed the table around the room, I can even hear Andy making the “vroom-vroom” noises. A little immature, but so much fun!