Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Passion Profusion

Sometimes I think that the only thing I am living for is design. That sounds like an extremely depressed statement but in all actuality it's just a fact. Not happy, not sad. Do you ever feel like there is one thing in life that you are around for? One thing that you are existing on this planet to do. Your mission.

I can honestly say that I feel true passion for design, no other thing drives me like the curve of the perfect vase or the pattern of a pillow. Nothing. I wake up for Eva Ziezel, I eat lunch over Russel Wright, I sleep only because I have to and when I do I dream of the day that I reach my full potential and show the world what I have to offer. The daydreams in class I figured were a waste were the complete opposite.

This blog is just a tiny slice of the pie, I want to thank all my 6 followers for actually commenting when you do! I can only say it means alot to hear someone elses opinion!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Easter is my FAVORITE holiday! The weather is nice, the colors are bright and chipper, everything is blooming and like any good holiday there is alot of chocolate.(Very important) Who doesnt have good memories of running around the yard searching for the elusive Easter egg? When found mine were usually filled with pocket change due to South Texas heat melting all chocolate in sight. Money doesnt taste as good but hey, I wasnt complaning. And then there's always the Easter egg you find two months later, stuck in a tree somewhere or in the middle of a fire ant pile. Ah, Easter memories, er, flashbacks...

A few favorite Easter memories for you all:

  • The year I fell in love with dyed baby chicks and my mom actually bought me a pair! We had the heat lamp all set up, the hay in the cage perfectly fluffed and our babies tucked away. The next morning I run out to greet my new friends and what do I find? Blood, feathers and a swinging cage door. A cat had gotten in the cage. HAPPY EASTER KIDS!
  • Pocket change and melted 100 Grands. HAPPY EASTER!
  • The year I wrote a special someone many, many love notes and had an Easter egg hunt around the apartment for them. :) HAPPY EASTER!

There's a few of mine and here's to wishing YOU a Happy Easter! 

What are your favorite Easter memories?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bedroom renovation inspirations

I'm so excited to be starting the renovation of my bedroom tomorrow, something I have been looking forward to for quite sometime now.  The past few months of spring have been spent working at a landscape nursery and outside when I get home! It's getting so hot here(already) it's time to move inside and create a cool escape! At the moment I would describe the room as a pale/dusty pink with white trim and alot of unrealized potential. Did I mention that it hasn't been painted in nearly 15 years? Only one way to describe it, Dingy.

The room I have in mind is something out of a dream, Imagine waking up in an all white room, white curtains gently blowing and windchimes hung outside of your window. An old painted iron headboard, a bookcase and a very comfortable chair for reading. I don't want to reveal too much but I will say there are a few tricks up my sleeve to keep this stark white room from feeling boring or cliche.(Think masculine glamour) It seems we all love white bedrooms! 

A few inspirations I have collected over the past few months:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

You so Dirty! Vintage Portable T.V. Planter

It's funny the way things go back to the earth! The process of creating this planter involved a stove, a knife and a hell of a lot of energy! Oh, and the fumes? I'm talking 1980's burning plastic, open the windows, take the dog into the other room kinda fumes. The kinda fumes they warn you about in school. A few cut fingers and some lost brain cells later I had the planter I had been dreaming of! I wanted an electric kinda vibe so I used "Limelight" Dracena and a bright yellow/orange kalanchoe.

Video killed the radio star, but with this thing you can have both video, radio and kalanchoe.

How do you think it turned out?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Xanadu: The plant room

I have a certain fascination with the mystery and romanticism that comes with a conservatory. I guess it's the Victorian in me but I feel like there is nothing quite like a jungle in your own home, a room to watch the sun come up in with a cup of coffee and your dog. A big pot of Caladiums or Calla lilies to greet you and Joni albums spinning all night long.

My plan's for the sun room are to bring in bold, colorful prints with pillows and curtains, blooming plants and good books everywhere. From the ceiling, behind the couch, lining the shelves, EVERYWHERE! Because this is the first room you pass through when you walk through the door I want it to make an impression. More pictures up soon when I buy a sewing machine and learn to sew those pillows and curtains!(A designer must...pre-made is way over budget and usually very boring!)

I must say that this is my favorite room in the apartment, it's personal, it has many memories and it is constantly changing with the seasons. Although it's not totally done I had to post it up(please ignore the plant tags on the palms! haha, I was deciding if I wanted them when this pic was taken!), This is my favorite room in the house!

How do you think its coming along?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mascot of all home blogs: The Maidenhair Fern

Stunning, Mysterious, Delicate, A real pain in the ass.

These are just a few words to describe the maidenhair fern, who from this day on I have identified as the mascot of home blogs everywhere! We all seem to have one, we all seem to have lost a few along the way.

So, without further delay, I bring you a few tips on the illusive Maidenhair Fern:

  • Moisture is key! These guy's(er...gal's) DO NOT want to have dry feet! EVER. Evenly moist soil. Not sopping wet or desert dry.
  • Keep them in a fairly shady room, say your bathroom or kitchen. Preferably the most humid room in the house.
  • Comb the hair once a week to avoid tangles(kidding.)
No but that's really it! NEVER let these lovely ladies dry out and NEVER give them direct sunlight.

So what is it about the maidenhair fern that attracts all us home bloggers? Is it the lightness of the leaves, the translucent green that catches the eye like a cut emerald or is it the challenge?