Five Step Terrarium

Terrarium by designerssweetspot.com

I am dreaming of the garden. I am itching to plant and create anything green. I decided to settle on an easy 5 Step Terrarium. Yesterday I braved the blizzard we were having to run to the garden center and pickup the supplies.

3 little plants for the terrarium designerssweetspot.com

I happened to have 3 mini plants on hand for this project, but I could have also bought them at the garden store. Fairy gardens are hot items these days and our garden shop had loads of miniature plants to choose from. I actually don’t know what variety these are, I am sure I could Google it if I wanted to, NOT.

Truffle bowl side view by designerssweetspot.com

While at the garden center I priced out purchasing a fancy smanchy terrarium bowl. They where in the neighborhood of $40.00, which I thought was outrageous for what is essentially a plain glass container.

I opted to use the Truffle bowl my husband inherited from his Aunt. Since I have never made a truffle desert in my life, this is probably the best use for it. We love how it turned out.

Here’s the Easy 5 Step Terrarium process:

  1. Collect supplies: You will need a truffle bowl, 3 small plants in different colors, height and leaf texture. This makes for an interesting display. I chose a purple leaf, a bright green mossy type plant, and a taller darker green plant. You will also need potting soil, activated charcoal and spaghnum moss. A few rocks decorate the top, but are optional.
  2. Fill the truffle bowl with 1 1/2″ activated charcoal. This helps with drainage and keeps the plants from getting root rot.
  3. Add potting soil until the bowl is 3/4 full.
  4. Plant your little plants in the potting soil, breaking up the roots when you take them out of the container with your fingers. Press soil gently around the plants, add more to cover the roots if needed.
  5. Cover the soil with the moss, working around the stem of each plant. Add a few decorative rocks if desired.

Water gently when soil becomes dry to the touch. You can leave your bowl for display on your coffee table or near a sunny window.

Don’t have a garden center near you? Amazon has everything you need, here are my affiliate links below for this project:





Kitchen Farmhouse Decor

 

 

 

lemons and limes

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosure page for a complete list of policies. This post was sponsored by Gordmans.

I have been thinking of ways to update our urban kitchen with more of a farmhouse look. The kitchen was renovated when we bought the house, but It still doesn’t quite have that farmhouse feel. I headed to Gordmans last week to see what I could find. I know they carry a line of farmhouse style home goods, and I was excited to see what was new for spring.

My mother was thrilled, she couldn’t wait to tag along with me to Gordmans and check out the latest finds. She was especially interested in the “country chic” decor I was seeking.

table display

I was not disappointed in Gordmans selections. Neither was Mom.

drink jar

The first thing I spotted was this Mason Jar style drink dispenser. What’s a farmhouse without a Mason Jar? This large jar was especially adorable with it’s chickenwire pattern and embossed chicken on the front. I have decided I will keep it full of healthy filtered drinking water all year long on my kitchen island.

candle

This Kitchen Table candle was my next love. The yellow color is great for spring, and this Mason jar style was perfect for my kitchen. It smells like Lemon and Basil, lighting a candle after a meal is a great way to cover up those leftover kitchen odors after dinner.

table display with backlighting

This black wire egg basket was right up my alley. My mother was astonished at how inexpensive it was, antique baskets like this are very desirable. She reminded me that if I didn’t bring this one home, it would be very foolish indeed. Nothing like a Mama’s wisdom to set you straight. I filled my egg basket with lemons and limes, but I can’t wait to fill it with eggs for the upcoming holiday.

air plant

My other finds included this beautiful glass vessel for my air plant. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Chicken egg tin

Mom spotted this cute little vintage tin, it is now full of my tea bags and sits on the counter top. Sorry, but this one seems to be sold out on the Gordmans website. The Mason Jar salt and pepper shakers are from Gordmans too.

chicken sign two

I loved this little chicken sign too. So fun!

utensil container

My baking corner is updated with a new Utensil holder as well. It goes great with the vintage style ironstone bowls also from Gordmans.

Mom and I had a great time shopping for country chic accessories. I know I am going to use them daily. It doesn’t take much to get the farmhouse look without spending a lot of money. Thanks to Gordmans for sponsoring this post!

 

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom

entry door to bath

Everyone loves Chip and Joanna Gaines. Not a day goes by when I don’t see an article about them or a room that they have designed. They are a hot, hot topic on social media!

I find myself glued to the tv regularly watching their reruns on HGTV.

full bath view

Hometalk’s hashtag this week is #Fixer Upper Style. Each week Hometalk has a different trending topic on their website and social media. We bloggers love to keep track of the trending hashtags and post relevant material for maximum readership. Fixer Upper made the hot topic list, and this week we are posting about how to bring out your “Inner Joanna Gaines”.

Farmhouse bathroom before decorating by designerssweetspot.com
Bathroom Before

The guest bath in our new house is rather simple. It is a windowless room, with a standard cast iron tub and plastic tub surround. The previous owners updated the sink and vanity with a new pedestal sink and also up dated the toilet. Modern porcelain tile was added to the floor, but they left the dated wall tile. Other than that, there is really nothing special about this bathroom. It is rather lacking in character and design.

The recessed medicine cabinet was removed and the bath was staged with a vintage mirror. I know this because the medicine cabinet is sitting in our basement, and there is a giant hole behind the mirror where it used to be. I am not sure I love the old mirror, it’s rather hard to see yourself in that worn off mercury glass, but it is within the character of our old urban farm house and we will keep it for now.

fixer upper sign

 

So, how do you get a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom? It is easier than you think! There are a few simple steps to a beautiful trendy Joanna Gaines bath! Here are my top tips and tricks!

display above the tank

1)Use the bathroom you have. Not everyone can afford to gut their entire bath. Most people just use what they have got. This isn’t that bad, as you can see we haven’t made any structural changes to this average bathroom. Remove all your current decor and clutter from your bath to make room for some vintage style.

2)Paint your bath a beautiful powder blue. Fortunately for us, this room was freshly painted and we didn’t have to do this step. There are lots of beautiful pale blue shades out there, it is Joanna Gaines’ signature color. Almost all of her renovations have a shade of powder blue in them, it’s a wonderful choice for any bathroom.

crate shelf

3) Find one or two vintage wooden pieces to use for bathroom storage. This honeycomb crate came from a local antique mall. It was scrubbed and varnished and hung on the wall as is. There are holes in the screen, a crooked wire and many worn imperfections in the wood. The dark brown color contrasts nicely with the light blue walls and gives a rather sterile bathroom a bit of timeless character.

4) Add a galvanized container with faux greenery. This little galvanized bucket came from the craft store for about $1.00. Joanna often uses containers like this to stage her rooms. The faux greenery adds color and texture to the display.

Wooden towel holder_

5)Add some faux cotton branches. These branches came from the craft store as well, Joanna frequently uses branches like this for texture interest. Mine are sitting in a green mason jar along side the tissue box.

6) Add a sign or a wooden box with vintage graphics. The vintage box in this photo was originally used to hold hardware for horse shoe repair. It’s so interesting to read the label that you entirely forget about the ugly square tile behind it. Also, the deep brown color adds contrast and make the yellowed tile look warm and pretty.

butterflies and natural elements

7)Fresh contrasting towels make the room inviting.  I love these towels because they are a deeper shade of grey/blue that works great with the wall color. They also don’t show stains which is a plus if you have kids in the house. The towel bar here is not that big, so I used small and medium towels, the bath towel made it look crowded. The illusion of space in the bathroom is achieved with minimal clutter.

8)Look for some natural elements to add to the room. Joanna often uses vintage prints of birds or flowers in her rooms. I didn’t have any so I opted for a some curly willow sticks and a few butterflies to make the room have that farm house feel. I also used a sea shell for a soap dish. Repurpose flowers, branches, rocks or shells from the beach. These items can be changed with the seasons, I may add some thing more wintery next year.

display above the tank

9) Opt for darker cabinet hardware. We don’t have any cabinets in this bath, but if we did I would use black or dark bronze handles. Our door knob is just the right color for this room, and ties in with the vintage look. I would love to replace the sink faucet, toilet handle and tub faucets that are currently chrome with new fixtures in the dark bronze color to add contrast and have a more modern farmhouse feel.

full bath view

10)Add a stool for seating in a contrasting color. This little foot stool is a dark chocolate brown which balances out the room visually with the other wooden decor. A couple of blue towels add color and the loofa sponge adds texture and contrasts with the towels.

The white waffle weave shower curtain ads more light color and covers up the otherwise ugly shower and tub. My wooden handled makeup brushes are displayed in a brown vintage flower frog for more visual interest.

What do you think? It’s pretty simple when you break it all down. I love how it turned out, this room feels so chic and modern now!

I would love to see how your bathrooms turn out! Can’t wait to see how you got your own #Fixer Upper Style! For more ideas, follow the #fixerupperstyle hashtag on social media and Hometalk!

 

Thrifted Dining Room

I have been sick for over a week. I have had many set backs this week, including website problems, social media problems and a nasty cold. I haven’t accomplished nearly what I had intended. I don’t do well when I can’t keep the schedule I have set for myself.

I am excited about our new dining room. As I sit sipping my tea at the table, I look around the room and think that this was so worth the wait.

We have wanted a new dining set for a long time, but it just wasn’t in the budget. I happened to find this table and chairs at our local Habitat ReStore several months ago. I loved it immediately. We purchased the set for $200.00 and put it into storage until we made our big move into our new home.

The table is made of fruit wood, has 2 additional leaves and is over 10 feet long when it’s all put together. It came with 6 chairs, although I thought there were 8 when I saw it in the store. Somehow 2 chairs didn’t make it home with us. Oh, well. We have never had a complete set of matching chairs and we are grateful for them anyway.

The chairs are overall in good condition, although some of the cushions need replacing. I will work on them at some point, but for now I have lots of more pressing projects. I love the button details on the back of the chairs.

Our sweet kitty has taken to hiding on the chairs under the table and swatting at us with her paw when we walk by for attention. She cracks me up!

The best thing about having a big table is having room for big centerpieces. My mother put together this display of citrus fruits, candles, forsythia and pussy willows.

Something about this room has me dreaming of Tuscany. Perhaps it’s the rustic chandelier or the vintage built in cabinet. Somethings are just timeless.

I can’t wait to entertain!

Ciao!

 

A Traditional Entry

We are still moving. It’s been over a week. Everyday, I do the same thing.

I get up, drag my myself downstairs to the kitchen for coffee.

After breakfast, I move boxes and more boxes.

Upstairs, down stairs, shuffle things here and there.

This entry wall is the only one in the entire house without boxes.

It’s a start.

My great grandfather’s portrait stares at me. He has been in our family such a long time, He has fared well considering how many times we have moved. I think he looks very comfortable on this entry wall. He sets the tone for for the whole house, classic and simple.

I can’t wait to tell you everything. I have lots of surprises to share.

Only a few more loads of boxes to go.