Hi Friends! It’s back to the daily Monday-Friday grind after a fun filled weekend. Since it was Mother’s Day weekend and my brother was home visiting for a few days we headed up to our hometown to enjoy some time with family. We also enjoyed having a large backyard, more than 600sqft, drive-thrus, and diet cokes in styrofoam cups from Chick-fil-A. It’s the small things in life that always bring so much joy….you know, like the styrofoam cups.
Ryan has been dying to get a “living something” for our apartment (not counting the two living humans and french bulldog, lol). I’m sooooooo not a plant lady so I’ve been dodging the idea, but finally, I caved! We looked at various plants to decide which one (s) we liked and didn’t like. The only one that I really loved was a fiddle leaf fig. Turns out these “fashion-forward” plants are a tad bit high maintenance. Well, that has been an understatement!
I am happy to report that we’ve had our fiddle leaf for a little over 5 months and it’s still alive and dare I even say thriving. That’s right, we’ve had new leaves grow! Plant parent win!! Now, I am by no means an expert on fiddle leafs but I do have a few tips on how to care for one.
If you love these trees too but have been nervous about buying one, DON’T be! Because seriously, if Ryan and I can keep it alive, so can you! We are total plant rookies! We’re still learning what works best for our fiddle but I think we’ve finally found it. Hopefully some of the brown spots will go away soon. That bright green leaf is one of the new ones that just sprouted.
1. Watering–you have to give it just the right amount of water. Not too much and not too little. The gardner at the plant store told us to water it once the top inch of soil dries out, then water it again until water comes out at the bottom. It likes to have a moist but not soaked soil.
2. Sunlight–indirect sunlight is best. Too much hot direct light can burn the leaves and cause them to fall off. Not enough light can also cause the leaves to fall off. See what I mean about being high maintenance…
3. Keep it out of drafty areas. Drafts can cause the plant to dry up, leaves to brown, and then eventually fall off. This goes for both air conditioning and window drafts.
4. Dust it, dust it realllllll good. The leaves are so large on a fiddle leaf that they do require some periodic dusting. This will help keep your plant “breathing” and will prevent any weird funguses and/or pests from growing. Ain’t nobody got time for either of those problems!
There you have it, my tips for keeping this finicky plant alive. If you have any tips I’d love to hear yours!
Happy Monday, Loves! Who else is LOVING this time change?! Sunday was the most glorious day with all the extra daylight and perfect 75 degree weather. Seriously, the first week of “spring forward” is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It always feels like there are so many fresh possibilities with the extra daylight and warm weather. Today I’m talking about WALLPAPER!!
Wallpaper is and has been making quite the comeback in the design world this last year or two and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. We aren’t just talking about your Grandma’s wallpaper here either! We’re talking bold and modern patterns that can transform a room without it being too costly. It does so much more than just paint does, it adds texture and personality to a space.
During my quest to transform our dining room I thought about using wallpaper. The only problem I had was that it seemed too permanent. What if I hated it? What if I didn’t? What would this mean for my security deposit? Most people who are renting aren’t thinking about wallpapering anything. Of course, I am that anomaly and want to customize everything in a rental.
I tried to get over my wallpaper idea but just couldn’t let it go. I even convinced myself that I’d just hire someone to remove it and fix the wall when we moved out. Ryan quickly talked me out of that idea, haha. But behold, the March Martha Stewart Living Magazine that featured removable wallpaper. Say what now?!? Removable?! As in I could put it up and take it down if I hated it?? And I might get my security deposit back? Could this really be TRUE?! It obviously seemed to good to be true to me.
Why had I not thought about researching removable wallpaper in the first place? But of course, good ol’ Martha came through with a solution I’d been looking for without even realizing I’d been looking for it. Cue Chasing Paper, they have some seriously cute wallpapers that are all completely removable. They even had my dalmatian print wallpaper that I’ve been swooning over for quite some time.
I ordered a few samples to decide between the black and gray speck wallpaper. I’ve always loved black speck wallpaper but kind of loved the gray when I saw it. I also wanted to test how “removable” this product was actually going to be. I left the samples up for two weeks and am happy to report they peeled off my wall with ease and no damage. Is this a dream or what? The perfect solution to a wallpaper obsessed renter.
So which did I pick? I went with the one that has always made me go gaga, the black speck! Thanks to all my wonderful Instagram and SnapChat followers for helping me decide between the gray and the black. You all have amazing taste! Both colors actually got an equal number of votes!
I installed my removable wallpaper last week and completed it in about 2ish hours by myself. My wall is about 6′ wide x 8′ tall so 2 hours doesn’t seem that long at all. The best part about installing the paper is that if you mess up, you can redo it because it’s removable. My biggest piece of adivce if you are going to do this….pick a FORGIVING pattern! I’m terrible about making things straight (you should see my scrapbooks from back in the day, nothing was ever straight). So if you pick something like the speck paper, no one is going to know that it’s a little off. But a stripe, the world won’t stop staring if it’s crooked. Trust me!
I promise a full reveal is coming soon. I just need need to decide on wall decor!
Well Friends, we made it to the finish line! This week really seemed to be an extra long one for me, anyone else feel the same? I’m SO excited for this weekend and the time change! Not totally thrilled about loosing an hour of sleep but stoked for the extra hour of daylight.
I’m almost done with updating my dining room and let me just say, it’s SO good so far. I’m beyond thrilled with how my wallpaper came out. I just need to decide on some wall decor to hang, a new lighting fixture, patch and paint a few holes and voila. Something about our dining room has never tickled my fancy since we moved in. I think it was because it was just so blah and not super exciting like all these swoon worthy dining rooms in this post. I realized something while pulling pictures for this post….I LOVE color and when a room has something unique to it. Some of these dining rooms have a neutral color palette with a pop of color where others are bursting at the seams with different colors. I love them all!
I’m also loving every single one of these chandeliers. It’s amazing how much a room can transform just from lighting and a good light fixture. I’m not totally sure what type of fixture I’m going to settle on but whichever I do it will be SOOOO much better than the current “boob” light we have…I know you all know what kind of light I’m talking about.
I realize it might seem silly that I’m doing all these updates in a rental apartment but since we plan on being here for awhile I want it to feel like our home. And for me, that means making a few style changes. If you keep the costs low, it’s totally worthy it in my book.
These dining room changes have become my current obession because I love eating at the dinner table. While I do love getting my grub on while sitting on the sofa, I’ll never enjoy it as much as I do eating dinner at the table. So why not make it cute and inviting!
Feast your eyes on the seriously swoon worthy dining rooms below. Which one is your favorite?
Cheers to a fabulous weekend!
If you follow along with me on SnapChat or InstaStories then you know I have been trying to update my “dining room” **cough cough** dining nook. The space doesn’t necessarily need updating, it just really needs something on the “big” white wall behind the table. The struggle is real though…I have such a hard time deciding on home decor, I need to see it all pieced together before pulling the trigger. Putting these little boards together help me figure out what pieces make the final cut and which ones don’t. If you’re making interior updates, I highly recommend putting boards like this together, especially if you’re a visual person like me.
Our dining space is small but I’m hoping it will pack a mighty little punch! Part of this dining room update will definitely include my current obsession, wallpaper. I’ve had some serious MAJOR wallpaper crushes lately! This black and white speck print makes my heart go “pitter patter.” Is that totally weird to say?! Like who goes gaga for wallpaper?! I do!!!
Because our apartment is small I was a little apprehensive about using wallpaper. Especially since we have a large multi-colored turkish rug in the adjoining living room… Remember, we’re only working with 600sqft here, people. But I finally pulled the trigger and purchased wallpaper… it’s so good that I want to talk about it in it’s own post.
Since the dining nook is directly off the living room I wanted to make sure it semi-flowed with the rest of the space. I kept my existing dining table and chairs since I love them and they match with other elements in the apartment. My biggest issue with this space was the vertical blinds over the sliding door, I just couldn’t do them anymore. They felt so cold and sterile with the grey tile floor. My original intention was to hang curtains over the door and keep the verticals (mainly because we’re renting) thinking it would help warm the space. Whelp, I completely took the verticals down… so I’m thinking that’s goodbye to our deposit. I’ve also given myself anther job of having to patch and paint the holes from the verticals…whoopsy! More work for me, but it’s worth it with them gone!
The next part of the dining room update is wall decor. I’m thinking I want something emerald to tie in with the loveseat. I would LOVEEEEE to have an emerald juju hat. That dream was quickly crushed when I found out how expensive they are, sighhhh. So I’m thinking about putting a Starbust mirror up there and spray painting it emerald. I’m thinking it will be cute, but I haven’t fully committed to that decision yet.
SHOP My Dining Room Update:
I can’t wait to share the actual reveal with you all once I tackle installing the wallpaper!
Happy Monday, Friends! Anyone else feel like the weekend flew by?? That California sunshine finally made an appearance this weekend and it was glorious after a two week hiatus. This girl really needed some Vitamin-D in her life and on her pale skin. Any who, last week I shared my “home office” inspiration in this post here . I put “home office” in quotes because it’s really just a corner in the living room. Nonetheless, I’m just tickled to share my home office tour with you all.
Since the office is in the living room I really wanted to make sure that the colors flowed well with the rest of the room. We have a gray sofa and emerald loveseat, and lots of pinks and greens in our turkish rug. If you haven’t seen my loveseat (I’m basically obsessed with it) you can see it in this post here.
Did you notice the lamp change in this picture?!? This one is new but I can’t decide if I like it better than the first. What do you guys think?
These chairs from World Market are one of my favorite purchases. They are actually on sale right now so you should totally snag yourself a pair if you love them too.
The shelves help give the corner some depth and dimension which I think helps make the ”office” feel larger than it actually is.
A view of the campaign desk without the chair blocking it. I LOVE campaign style furniture and really wanted a desk that had the drawers on the side. I opted for this one because it didn’t feel as bulky as a traditional campaign desk. Through this design process, I’ve learned that it’s SO important to use appropriate sized furniture for the space you’re working with. A big bulky desk would have made this corner feel cramped.
Can I tell you all something that I’ve really been loving lately? I love when my favorite bloggers “keep it real.” It’s so refreshing to see that life isn’t always those perfect little Instagram squares. So with that said, here is what my office looked like minutes before I cleaned it up to shoot. It tends to look like this on the days that it’s not being used for school or work.
I literally pulled all this law school stuff out and tossed it on the ground behind me to make room for prettier decor. So there you have it, my “keeping it real moment.” I actually think this is something I’d like to add to all my posts because seriously, life isn’t always those perfect little squares. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE stumbling upon an Instagram that makes me drool over how pretty it is, I just think it’s also important to show the other side of it sometimes.
SHOP My Home Office Tour:
Artwork | Chair | Desk | Lamp No. 1 | Lamp No. 2 | Blanket | Pink Loafers | Gray Cabinet | Calendar | Monogram Cup | Living with Pattern Book | Elements of Style Book | Great Gatsby Art Deco Cover Book |
I hope you enjoyed this home office tour and feel inspired to make the best use out of your own small (or large) space.