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3 tips for decorating with plants

Once upon a time, I had this cute little plant that I kept in my basement bedroom of my college house.  Normally, I am absolutely terrible when it comes to plants, and this was the first one I didn’t kill within a week.  In fact, I think I actually kept it going strong for 6+ months (which is quite an accomplishment for me).  Well, that year I went to Greece for three weeks, and since I was so proud of my plant that I had somehow managed to keep alive, I gave it to Noel for safe keeping while I was away.

And guess what….he killed it.  He loved it, cared for it, watered it, killed it.

Unbeknownst to both of us at the time, I managed to buy a plant that needed minimal watering (which was great because I remembered to water it maybe once a week if I was lucky), and was not supposed to be placed in direct sunlight.  So, my basement bedroom living conditions were perfect for it to thrive.  Well, hand it over to Noel who actually remembers to water it daily, and my poor plant drowned.  It was quite amusing in a tragic sort of way.

By now you’re probably wondering where this story is going.  You see, I felt the need to establish that I in no way, shape, or form have even the slightest bit of a green thumb, so when it comes to decorating with greenery, I steer clear for the poor plants’ sakes.  However, if you are a plant whisperer, A) I envy you, and B) this post is for you, because today we’re going to talk about how to decorate your home with plants.  So without further ado…here are my three bits of advice when it comes to decorating with greenery:

#1) SCALE SCALE SCALE.  I cannot stress this enough.  It is so important that the plant you use is the correct size and proportion for you space.  If the plant is too small, the room will simply drown it out.  If the plant is too large, you room will start to feel like an overgrown forest.  Rather Obvious Tip: large plants are good for large spaces.  For smaller vignettes (like on a bookshelf, coffee table, or something of the like) opt for a smaller plant.  Think this:

Not this:
See how the plant on the left completely takes over the picture?  The plant on the right is scaled correctly, the but plant on the left would be better for a larger space.
2) KEEP COLOR IN MIND.  There are two parts to this tip.  My first suggestion is when you are incorporating plants in your decor, keep the color palette simple, and use neutral and natural colors. Do you see how the plants in the below pictures pop, thanks to their clean and crisp color palette?

Image source: 1 // 2
That’s not to say you can’t use plants in a room with color, just make sure you don’t pair them with a color palette that competes with your plants (also take note of the fact that they are appropriately scaled).  This, on the other hand, would be a no no:
Part two of this tip is to use the color of the plant itself as an accent color in your space.  In the living room below, Bryn used the plant to carry the emerald green of the sofa throughout the space.
3) CONTAIN YOUR PLANTS.  For smaller plants in smaller spaces, free them from their pots and try displaying them in creative ways.  Below are some of my favorite plant holders.
Image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
How do you decorate with plants in your home?  Do you have a green thumb, or are you like me, and every plant that enters your house is living out a death sentence?

my life in ecards // modern nurseries

Did you guys know that Target uses directed marketing?  Meaning based upon what you search on their website and buy in the store, they tailor your advertisements to send you more of what you’re likely to buy.  I learned all about this in my marketing class last fall, and thought it was funny because often times, Target knows when you’re pregnant before anyone else does because you start buying pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, etc.

Now I’m going to stop you before your mind wanders any farther — no, this is not a story about me being pregnant…your mind should be several YEARS away from wandering there. 

Anyways, when I learned that Target knew you were pregnant before anyone, I thought it was hilarious, so naturally I told Noel all about this directed marketing strategy.  Well, I was doing some work for a client that involved a room for a little kid, so for about a week, I was shopping around the nursery furniture/decor section of Target online.  Wouldn’t you know it, about a week later, we started getting bombarded with baby advertisements from Target, which resulted in a pale-faced “uh, Kirsten, is there something I need to know?” look from Noel.  It was quite funny.

So, what is spurring all of this baby talk?  It just so happens Noel’s aunt & uncle are expecting a little boy this August, and their shower is this weekend, so I was spending a little quality time online with Target’s nursery decor this week (which is super adorable, by the way).  There’s also the fact that because I never know what design projects may come my way, I like to stay up on all the nursery trends.  So if you see me pinning away baby rooms, there’s no need to jump to any conclusions.

Last year, I did a post on non-traditional nurseries, and since I haven’t posted much in the baby inspiration realm as of lately, I thought it was time for another glimpse into some of my favorite baby spaces.

This adorable nursery was designed by Sissy + Marley Interiors.  I love the fact that it’s girly, without being too over the top.


If bold is more your style, try adding a large pattern, such as a stripe to the wall.  If you do go bold, make sure you use a simple color scheme so the room can still feel cohesive. (I’m not sure of the original source of this image, but I found it here).

This mid-century modern nursery was designed for baby Dash by the Animal Print Shop.  I love how the design is so minimal yet so fun and playful. 

This last nursery, which is featured on The Handmade Home is my absolute favorite because it’s so unique.  They took a risk by putting the pattern on the ceiling, and in this instance, it definitely worked, as it created a whimsical vibe.  I like it so much, I had to share two views of it.

Have you seen any nurseries lately that have caught your eye? 

guest room sneak peek

You guys.  We finished our house.  I’m basically obsessed with it.  But before I get too carried away, let’s rewind a moment, shall we?

We’ve known for quite some time we wanted to try to sell our house this summer.  Because of that, a good majority of the updates we have been doing were to a) improve the resale value, and b) help the house show better.  Well, we were just about to put our house on the market, but we still hadn’t painted the guest room or the hallway/staircase upstairs.  At the time, I was getting so burnt out with house projects, that I kind of just decided we weren’t going to paint those two areas and just leave them white.

However, the more time that passed, the more I was less and less ok with leaving them white.  Had they just been white, it would have been no problem.  But there were two major issues with these white walls.  First, when the house was built, I don’t think they ever actually painted the walls.  I’m 99% sure that all that was on the walls was primer.  Second, there were marks all over the white walls from us and roommates moving furniture in & out.  So, around 10pm one night, I started painting.

Now here’s the thing about me & painting; we have a love hate relationship.  I love it because it costs about $40 for a gallon and it completely transforms your room, and it’s one of those projects where you see instant progress.  Basically, it’s a cheap & quick update.  However, even though paint itself costs around $40, somehow I always end up spending $100 every time I paint.  So I’m determined to make that stop.  Part of it’s my own fault because I HATE cleaning out roller brushes, so sometimes I’m lazy and throw them away when I’m done.  However, what really adds up is all the tape.  
For me, the blue painters tape never works.  I’ll spend a long time taping and making sure everything is perfect, and then somehow, paint always manages to sneak underneath.  I know the trick is to paint over the tape in the same color as your ceiling or other wall, but that’s just annoying & super time consuming.  The only tape I’ve ever had any luck with is frog tape, and let’s be real, that stuff is expensive.  So in my quest to only pay $40 to paint from now on, I’ve decided to teach myself to cut in without using tape.  I figure I’ll be painting enough in my life that it would be a good skill to have since it will save oodles of time & money.  

Well, after cutting in around all the doors and corners in our hallway (there are 6 doors I had to cut in around, 6 inside corners, plus all the trim and ceiling) I got pretty good at it.  By the time I made it to the guest room, I was going waaaay faster (and feeling awesome for not wasting money on tape).  The whole cutting in process did take a long time (primarily because I went slow at first so I didn’t get paint on everything), but it was so worth it in the end.  And since I’m not going to spend an entire post talking about painting and then just show you a picture of the corners, here’s a peek at our finished guest room.  

Now that the guest room is done, it’s basically my new favorite room in the house.  It used to be the room where we stashed all of the junk we didn’t know what to do with.  However, after some major purging, I was able to clear everything out, and find a home for everything we wanted to keep, so now the room is clutter free and feeling so fresh with its new paint job.  
Have you guys done any painting of you own recently?
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