I was reading this article yesterday from the New York Times about how the fiddle leaf is the current “it” plant in the design world. I’ve been lusting for a fiddle leaf plant for almost 3 years now. Thanks to the internet, of course. The whimsy, luscious looking plant started to appear all over the internet in home and store photos. My favorite description of the plant from the article: “Brad Sherman, an interior designer in New York, thinks they have a ‘prehistoric, Dr. Seuss feel.'”
I think that’s what it is – it’s such a funky, cool looking plant that grows into a tree. Put it in any space and instantly the space is as cool as the fiddle leaf. I have heard that they are a moody plant to own though. Like if it’s in direct sun, the leaves burn, and if you move it around too much, it will not like that and possible die. I think that’s why I’ve held off on buying one. Also because they are usually pretty pricey – unless you score a small one at Home Depot. The last time IKEA had them at a really low price I didn’t buy one but now I regret it since that was the best price I’ve seen. Next time!
Since I’ve kept my almost 30 plants alive for awhile now since we’ve moved into our current apartment, I think I can graduate to the fiddle leaf club now. Call me the crazy plant lady. #goals
A room is never “done”; but I finally got around to prepping Declan and Baby Girl’s shared room to the point where we can bring her home and it’ll function just fine. I wrote this inspiration post a while back.
I have made some significant changes since this post about Declan’s room. I put his tent away for the time being, we got a larger dresser, moved some items around like his toy bins into his closet – I like this new layout because it really opened up some space in the middle for him to play.
The new items I added for Baby Girl are minimal. We’re re-using Declan’s crib and changing table – so I just bought new sheets, blankets, a cute rug and pillow, and baskets for her things. They’re also sharing the dresser – her drawer is the one marked with the little hanging heart. 🙂
So about a month ago I posted some mini home office inspiration for myself. I finally got around to finishing up the area (for now); and I really like how it turned out. I kept it very simple and so far it’s working for us. The hubby even likes to sit down in our new “office” (to think he thought we didn’t need it – ha!).
The dangerous part about living 10 minutes away from IKEA is that I constantly go. And every time I go, I walk out with something, no matter how small. Usually it’s a plant and candles; they have the best prices for those and you can never have too many plants or candles (right??).
I recently read that one of my favorite bloggers became an IKEA Brand Ambassador. What a dream! Hey IKEA, if you’re looking for another ambassador . . . . just saying. One thing I love about IKEA are their frequent new lines of items. I love that they now release four a year. And despite some frustrations while building some of their items, honestly, I enjoy building IKEA stuff. I love that final feeling of satisfaction.
Well, enough rambling about why I love IKEA. Here are some of my current IKEA favorites. (I need a bigger house to furnish!).
RASKMOLLE rug / STOCKHOLM armchair / ALVANGEN lamp / PJATTERYD print / SANELA cushion / SALLADSKAL plant stand / RISSNA nesting tables / TILLFALE candlestick holder / SINNERLIG basket / SINNERLIG pendant lap
I just heard such a great episode of 99% Invisible called The SoHo Effect. Essentially it was about how renaming a neighborhood to something short and trendy like “SoHo” can cause gentrification at its max.
I’ve always loved lofts; especially live/work lofts. It was interesting to learn that this originated in SoHo when urban planner Chester Rapkin suggested that instead of tearing down old manufacturing buildings, to preserve and renovate them. The effect of that was artists renting these open spaces for cheap and living in them to save money; thus the live/work space being born.
To think that industrial loft space used to be affordable . . . .
The openness; the raw, industrial look; the “blank canvas” feel – there is so much I love about lofts. I especially love it when they have at least one brick wall, exposed pillars or pipes and tall windows. So much character. Here are some beauties that scream “industrial chic.”
So I’m in the process of setting up a mini home office in my living room. Right now we have our desktop on the breakfast bar area; but I’ve been really craving a desk area where I can use the computer comfortably and where Declan will eventually do his homework (eesh! Too soon.).
I’ve been hesitating setting one up in the living room because I didn’t want to eat up too much space, but I finally decided to put a small desk in the corner of our living room.
I want to keep it simple, so I’ll probably go with a basic table desk. I hate clutter, especially paper clutter, so no drawers means no possible space to clutter up. Below are some small home office spaces I’m loving and using for inspiration.
I love it when people paint their front door a cool color. Our apartment door is currently a faded blue color – trust me, I’ve contemplated painting it, but I’m pretty sure my neighbors and landlord would notice that.
I think a door painted a color that stands out against the rest of the house is such a welcoming sight. It says,”hey, we’re nice, welcoming people and probably not boring.” I love the history of red doors also. On top of adding some character, it’s also an easy way to add some curb appeal.
So on Saturday my medicine cabinet showed up on the lovely feed of Apartment Therapy’s articles. I never thought I would see my medicine cabinet on there; I must admit, it’s pretty neat!