I have a serious addiction to wall art. There’s just too much good stuff out there and I don’t have enough wall space for it all. Especially when it comes to kid room art – my downfall. Here are some sweet little finds I’m loving.
One of the easiest, and one of my favorite, ways to give my home a little freshening up is to buy some plants. A quick little trip to the local nursery or to Home Depot always does the soul some good. Ikea also has plants at a great price; somehow I always walk out with a plant from there. I love how they strategically place them right by the candles; who can resist?
This space right here? GOALS
It’s funny; I declare to be a minimalist because clutter gives me anxiety. But lately I’m so attracted to an overly curated kitchen shelf. A maximalist kitchen shelf, if you will. And the reason I think I’ve been attracted to maximalist kitchen shelves as of late, is because I finally have a long set of kitchen shelves to curate.
They don’t look exactly how I would like them to look yet; but it’s getting there. Sure enough, I already have way too many glasses on there and I kind of want to add more. But more colorful glasses with patterns. My shelves have somewhat organically developed a color scheme of mint blue. I think these fleur-de-lys tumblers would look so cute on there.
There’s something about these overly packed shelves; something real. They’re not so carefully curated and that’s so refreshing. Like they’re human.
Some more kitchen “shelfies” for you enjoyment.
I swear Joanna and Chip from Fixer Upper make me want to move to Texas and find a cheap, huge house to remake like this. This remodel they did is SO amazing. Definitely check out the before pictures on Joanna’s blog.
What I love about this spot:
- The cement plaster in the kitchen – perfect.
- The entire color/texture scheme – brown leather, natural wood and fibers, and black in modern elements like the kitchen cabinets and windows.
- The greenery and brass fixtures.
- The mix of modern and natural.
- The black wall in the bedroom.
- Those dreamy, thin frame windows and the dining room enclosure windows.
I haven’t posted much of our new house since we moved. I’d like to get a little tour of the living room and the kid’s room up at least; those are the two rooms so far that I feel are somewhat “done.” For now, here’s a mini living room makeover; mostly cleaning haha.
Christmas loot and lights galore.
It’s like I can breathe again … (I finally framed the soccer coffee sack that used to be in Declan’s room. I think it fits nicely in his living room corner now.)
For awhile now I’ve tried to be as eco-conscious as I can; but this new year I really want to commit, especially in our home. I’ve been using a reusable water bottle for years now, and bought some for everyone in our house; and I was super happy when the ban on plastic bags passed here in California. I would occasionally forget my reusable bags but now I have no choice!
I also purchased this book earlier this year, Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills. It’s all about natural living and remedies. The whole book is handwritten and hand-drawn; it’s really cute. I’d like to adhere to it more this year.
Here are a few ways and items I want to incorporate into living more greenly and some that I already do or use.
REUSABLE BAGS | These bags that fold into a little pouch are great for keeping in your purse. I have one from Amsterdam that I was forced to buy at grocery store because, hey, Europe hasn’t had plastic grocery bags in years. I’d like to get a couple more though; I love these patterned ones. I also have these reusable snack/sandwich bags that I use instead of the conventional sandwich bags.
NATURAL CLEANERS | Sometimes I get around to making my own cleaners and sometimes I just buy the natural stuff at the store. I do make my own shower and mirror/window cleaner. For the natural store-bought ones I like Trader Joe’s “almost Godly cleaner”, all the J.R. Watkins (this company also makes natural beauty/health items), Method, and Mrs. Meyers products. In lieu of fabric softener sheets I like to use these natural wool drying balls – sprinkle some lavender oil on them for scent.
- J.R. Watkins hand soap – I love having this in the kitchen
- J.R. Watkins room spray – my favorite room and bathroom spray
- Mrs. Meyers candles – the “smelliest” candles I’ve ever used
- Method fabric softener – the scents are great and the price not bad
- Bon Ami Cleaner – I like using this for the sinks and tough stains on pots. Here’s a nice review on the Bon Ami products.
- Dr. Bronner Pure Castille Soap – you can really use this for everything. I’ve removed some tough carpet stains with this stuff (mixed with hot water and peppermint essential oil)
- One part vinegar + One part water (optional essential oil like lemon or peppermint – like 20 drops)
Another habit I formed last year was using rags to clean, rather than paper towels. I’ll recycle old kitchen tea towels into cleaning rags and I also use this microfiber cloth set from Target. I love them because they’re labeled for what they’re for.
GARDENING | The best part of our new home is that I have a small back patio area which means I can finally garden. It’s not huge, but big enough where I can grow some vegetables and have some potted fruit trees. Declan has been wanting an “enchanted garden” for a long time now (Mom’s that know Daniel Tiger, you know what I mean haha). I bought him some gloves and this kid’s gardening book and this package of 10,000 seeds. I would also like to get this neat Southern California local foods wheel to help us eat what’s in season and local. Or what to grow with my new seed collection!
COMPOSTING | Along with gardening, I would like to compost our food scraps. I like the idea of using a DIY compost bin like this storage bin with holes drilled into it.
RECYCLING | We currently put recyclables next to the trash can in the kitchen and we walk them out to the recycle bin when we throw the trash out; but this current method isn’t very efficient. We’re guilty of occasionally throwing a recyclable item in the regular trash. I think a sorting bin like this IKEA one can help us recycle more. Maybe I’ll tape a recyclables printable on there and have Declan hold me accountable.
WATER & ELECTRICITY | I want to get this shower timer and switch our light bulbs to LED ones as they go out. The ones in our lamps are currently LED ones – I like the IKEA light bulbs, the price is great. I currently have a battery charger but I’m guilty of not using it as much. This year I’m committing to only rechargeable batteries, especially for all of the battery-operated toys.
OTHER GREEN HABITS & ITEMS
- Glass containers in the kitchen vs. plastic. I love these IKEA ones.
- Walking instead of driving when we can
- Buying used and donating/selling things not used
- Buying items made of recycled items (like these children’s plates made of recycled milk jugs!)
- Air purifying, low maintenance plants
- We use these metal straws instead of disposable ones at home
If I had to define my home “style,” it would have to be a mix of organic modern. I love minimalist and Scandinavian decor components as well; but my house doesn’t really portray those styles. It’s hard to be minimalist with kids and IKEA furniture is the most Scandinavian my house can be right now. As much as I would love a wallpapered statement wall or monochromatic everything, my family’s lifestyle doesn’t lean towards that at the time.
The mix of modern lines and shapes with natural elements is what makes me love this style. It’s modern, but inviting. Here’s an organic modern living room, if you will.
Love the frames on the floor.
Ever since before I moved out and got my own place, I knew I wanted a wall gallery. I’ve always loved art, even as a child; so to have a mini art gallery wall in my own home seemed dreamy.
The nice thing about our current apartment is that there is a large wall space in the living room that I’ve fully taken advantage of. I’ll share more on that later.
For now, I just wanted to share some pretty wall galleries.
I’m a fan of wall galleries that are hung organically; not perfect, but everything still flows well together. Uniform color palates are also neat; but a mix of media just seems more natural to me.