at home

mini arrangements

The recent trend of mini floral arrangements has my heart. 1-they are so simple, which is ideal for the garden uneducated (that would be me), 2-they can spruce up any corner of the house with minimal space exhausted, and 3-they are the sweetest gift to give to friends and family. Also 4-they are so darn cute. :)

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Are you a fan of mini arrangements? The real question is-are they a pain to maintain since there are so many little ones? OR does that make it easier? Garden challenged over here.

Waiting on Martha // The Inspired Room // Project Wedding // Style Me Pretty // The Every Girl

quickie

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Moving has taken over my existence. I blabbed a bit about it over on Instagram, but moving is no joke. I thought I was SOO prepared. I made TONS of lists. I packed up my decorations WEEKS ago. But there I was, on a deflated air mattress at 3 AM, in a room still filled with things I don’t remember having and an old yellow couch that use to reside in my dads dorm room in the 70’s. This week has been a mess. And it’s only Wednesday.

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Today, I am slightly more sane because we got a new air mattress that is a luxury air mattress, which probably isn’t a thing, but boy this air mattress feels like sleeping in the Four Seasons after two days on carpet. Besides my new sleeping situation, the main things that are getting me through this move are the little reminders of the home Josh and I are going to build together starting in three short (please be short) weeks. The couch I’ve been eyeing that we plan to buy memorial day weekend, paint chips in hues of blue and white, new vases I can’t wait to fill with fresh flowers, and art I’ve been swooning over for our blank walls.

One such artist in particular is Jenna Kutcher. My brain is move-frazzled, so today’s post is a quickie, a picture book if you will, filled with the prettiest prints by Ms. Kutcher. Enjoy. Share. Be inspired. All that jazz. Jenna is so talented, I love every single on of her pieces. She has a wonderful combination of witty, pretty, and poignant. I’m smitten. :)

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project snail mail with charlotte lane

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It’s pretty unique-the power of a hand written letter. I’ve long been a fan of writing a letter just to say hello, of sending a note to a long-distance friend, of mailing my gratitude to family after the holidays. When one of my favorite local brands, Charlotte Lane Co, began Project Snail Mail this month, my heart leaped with joy. To begin a movement, to encourage others to write to their friends and family and even strangers, that’s something that has my heart.

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It’s a funny generational thing that letters have gone so “out of style.” Technology is this huge, wonderful, amazing thing, but physically writing a letter is so meaningful to me. It’s obviously got some meaning to the founders of Charlotte Lane Co., Kristine Cholakian and Ken Cooke, which is why I asked them the question:

Why do you feel handwritten letters are so important?

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Kristine: In the age of social media, with instant greetings and announcements to “the world” and super-short, unedited snippets, it is a rarity to put the extra effort in. Taking the time to send a handwritten letter is more powerful than we think. The lost art of snail mail is making a comeback, or at least it should. Nothing brightens one’s day more than a colorful envelope amongst a stack of bills. Seeing your name calligraphed or even scribbled on the front makes you feel special. Almost famous. And when you tear open the tiny package to discover a witty, sentimental, lovey-dovey or just plain mushy letter, with crossed out words, ink stains and all, you know that someone took the time to write that to you. You read it through, maybe even two or three times, and where does that note end up? On your fridge, desk, or bulletin board, sometimes for months, as a reminder that your friend, relative, or long-distant love was once thinking about you. That card says a lot about the person who sent it. They picked it out just for you. And the watercolor painting or cartoon doodle, whatever is on the front, becomes instant art in your home. So send handwritten notes. Send lasting messages. Send instant art. Brighten someone’s day. And not just the day they receive it in the mail. But for many, many days to come.

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Ken: If you haven’t noticed, communication has now completely turned digital. While that’s great for so many reasons, many things digital lack personality. A handwritten letter brings a human and personal touch back to communication. It’s personal, unexpected, and thoughtful. A handwritten note takes a moment to write and more care is put into the words. Just think about how quickly you respond to an email versus taking the time to write a letter. That moment goes a long way.
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To me, it’s pretty two-fold. The act of writing a letter is a moment of reflection-where all of my focus is towards this person I’m writing to. I’m not distracted by my Instagram feed or tempted to stop and scroll through Pinterest. My heart is full of love, pouring it onto paper so that recipient can feel what I’m trying to express. I’m grateful my mama pushed me to write thank-you letters after every birthday and holiday, to say something other than “Thanks for _________. I will be using it to do ________”-the age old “Thank you letter formula.” And receiving a handwritten letter? Kristine is so right, you feel so darn special. To know someone took the time, thought of you, and wrote that card, it turns a rainy day into a sunny day.

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Are you super emotional and inspired now? ;) Truly, though I can’t urge you enough to grab some stationary, and write a sweet note to your friend who just moved to a new city, or to your mama who lives 12 hours away, or even drop a note to your next-door-neighbor.

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Don’t have any adorable stationary? While even a piece of notebook paper will do, it’s extra sweet to write on your prettiest paper, and Charlotte Lane is giving YOU 15% off ALL Charlotte Lane Paper with the code SomethingSouthern.

So hop on over, order some pretty cards, and write your little hearts out. And while you’re at it, share your letters on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ProjectSnailMail.

I promise you, it’s the littlest of things that can really fill a heart with joy.

Product images above by the talented Heidi Geldhauser for Our Labor of Love and the photos of Ken and Kristine are by the wonderful Buffy Dekmar Photography. SomethingSouthern product code good until May1st, 2014. #ProjectSnailMail is a movement that should never, ever end and is likely to result in extreme happiness and goodwill among others. 

macramé

I read an article the other day that told me faux deer heads are out and macramé is in, and I mourned for my gold antlers, but also rejoiced because macramé wall hangings are so darn pretty and I could find a place for one in every room. {side note-my antlers and faux deer head are going nowhere because I’m stubborn and they are pretty and so what if they are “out” :p }

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They aren’t cheap, but they are no joke either. The detail in every wall-hanging is phenomenal. Sally England is one artist I stumbled upon over and over during my Pinterest-macramé-binge. She is so super talented and creates these gorgeous pieces of art that are just so jaw dropping.

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diy-macrame-wall-hanging-118-640x960DIY Macramé Tutorial via A Pair and a Spare DIY

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All of the macramé DIY tutorials that are popping up are so inspiring and are extremely tempting to try-minus the fact I have zero skills in that artistic domain, and I would ultimately despise whatever I created. So for now, I’m sticking with drooling over the professional’s work :)

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dream rental:: office space

Aaaah my office. The room I am most excited to start on once we move in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to design our shared spaces, but it’s wonderful to be able to decorate a room completely reflective of you. I can have girly touches in this room. I can paint the walls bright white without a fight. I can close the door and play The Shins and lay on my cowhide rug because it’s allllll mine. So this is the room I daydream about almost constantly.

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I fear an overcrowded office. Well-aware of the future messes that will be contained in that room, I need the rest of the room to have a clean look (ya know, to offset the disasters that will ensue).

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Function is at the forefront of the design in this room. Pretty, but functional. Styled, but useful.

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Here’s my inspiration boiled down:
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1:: White. A lot of it. And where there isn’t white, I want browns, golds, a bit of blue, and some peeks of pink.

2:: Function. I won’t waste too many shelves on styling because I need them to be filled. Creativity is key here because I need so much to happen in this space (write, photograph, create), that I need to have unique places to keep supplies.

3:: Fun. Unexpected. Fresh. I want a room that is constantly inspiring me, a room that I can spend all day in without being creatively “stuck.”

The first room we need to paint is our bedroom, but I want to dive right into my office as soon as we are even partially settled in. I am honestly so so excited to share the progress and eventual final result.

Here is where I need your help! I need tips, tricks, advice on how to store things functionally but with a nice aesthetic. I’m leaning towards a peg board for some often-used supplies, and I have a file-system for important papers and documents. What I need to figure out is how to store craft supplies, paper products, styling materials, things of that nature. Right now, all of that stuff is in a dresser that is impossible to open and close and I destroy something every time I try and I end up just throwing it all in and shoving it closed with my fingers crossed that I didn’t ruin everything. I’m rambling-but for real-what do you do to hide storage or at the very least-make it look pretty and not cluttered?

 

gardening for beginners round-up

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Apple trees, plum trees, fig trees. Blueberry bushes, passion fruit vine. These things belong to two lists: 1-things that will be at our new house & 2-things I know nothing about (other than how to eat the fruit off of).

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I’m pretty clueless on this whole gardening thing, but the new house has so much already planted and so much room to plant more. I would love to add some tomatoes and herbs and beautiful flowers, yet I have no clue where to even begin.

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Josh, on the other hand, is a pretty experienced gardener from working in his grandad’s garden for years growing up. While I usually let him take over in places he is the expert (ahem, the kitchen), I am actually really excited about learning to garden-getting my hands dirty. I want to move into the house having some basic knowledge, so I collected (what appear to be) some great gardening for beginners resources I’ve found in my search.

Also, I would love to hear your tips/experiences! Am I destined to be a black thumb? Is it be a black thumb or have a black thumb?

Herb Gardening 

Tips on Starting an Indoor Herb Garden

Tips for Growing an Organic Garden

Vegetable Garden for Beginners

Plantagram

5 Easy Veggies for Beginners 

Vegetable Garden Planning

10 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Your First Vegetable Garden

Hoping this round-up is helpful to some other gardening newbies out there. If you’re starting a garden, leave your link below, I’d love to follow along!