May 26, 2016

A 1976 Fixer-Upper Home Gets a Makeover!

Click the link below, or if you click on the image, hit the BACK button on your browser to see the commentary for this amazing home makeover. I don't usually post this sort of thing, but this is, by far, the most amazing fixer-upper transformation I've seen!

My Houzz: Eclectic Bohemian Style in a 1976 Fixer-Upper

May 25, 2016

Boho DIY Outdoor Accents for Summer // Serving Tray

Summer picnics can be a little bit more fun when you serve things up your own special way! I fell in love with these adorable boho chic jewelry trays the minute that I saw them. Of course I'd bring them out of the bedroom and out onto the deck to serve up the goodies this summer!

May 20, 2016

Birdcage Succulent Planter from Garden Therapy

You might remember me talking about the book Garden Made by Stephanie Rose last fall and I wanted to circle back to their blog, Garden Therapy today for an awesome project!

Succulents continue to be a hot trend and you can turn a birdcage into a hanging basket planter with the addition of gorgeous plants. Succulents are perfect for a project like this because they are drought tolerant and have so much variety in their shapes, sizes, and growing habits.

  • Birdcage
  • Coconut coir hanging basket liner
  • Cactus and succulent soil
  • Various succulents
Make it!

First look for a birdcage that opens from the top so that you have easy access to the inside of the cage. Some birdcages that simply have a small door on the front are beautiful and decorative but not functional to turn into a hanging planter.

The base of the planter will be a coconut coir hanging basket liner. These come in many different sizes so look for one that fits the inside of your birdcage. If it is a bit large then you can use scissors to trim it so it creates a solid nest on the inside of the cage.

Once you have your nest of coconut coir, fill it with a layer of cactus and succulent soil, a soil blend specially formulated to ensure that it is it has the right drainage and properties for growing cactus and succulents.

Now is the time to get creative! Just like any container design you want to look for plants that will fall the rules of “thriller, filler, and spiller”.

The thrillers are the beautiful Echeveria “Black Prince”* and Aeonium “Pinwheel”* and “Zwartkop”* that pop out of the door and sides of the birdcage. The filler plant is Crassula “Campfire”* that I set inside the basket. The spiller is Sedum spurium “Elizabeth” planted in the bottom of the cage draping down over the sides. This variety will turn a brilliant red when the weather gets colder. I added a few more decorative succulents in the center for additional color: Sedum “Coppertone”* added a bright pop of orange. I also added Sedum “Frosty Morn”, Echeveria “Painted Echeveria”* to fill in the space and hold the roots of the other succulents in place.

To make the planter, start by tucking the draping sedum roots in the soil and pulling the foliage through the cages holes. Next, add the filler in the center of the planter and place a bit more soil around it. Plant the decorative thrillers succulents through the door and the gaps in the sides of the birdcage. It’s a bit tricky to add them in but you can use floral pins to hold them in place until they settle in.

When your design is completed give it a thorough watering to ensure the roots to adapt to their new home. After it is established, wait for the soil to become mostly dry then water thoroughly by soaking the bottom of the birdcage into a few inches of water water and allowing it to sit for one hour to absorb. Remove from the water and let drain for 30 minutes before hanging back up so that it doesn’t become too heavy for the branch it is suspended from.

As with hanging baskets, a birdcage planter will tend to dry out quickly, especially in hot summer months. Luckily, succulents are drought-tolerant and can handle it!
Thanks so much to Garden Therapy for the content of this post and for the know-how to make this gorgeous planter! Make sure you check out the blog!

May 17, 2016

The Bee-Friendly Garden by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn // Book Review

For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.

In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. 

May 12, 2016

Simplify Your Move with These Tips and CORT

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.

Let's face it, whether you're moving across the country or across the street, moving is STRESSFUL! Taking time to prepare can make the difference between looking forward to your move and making a mess out of your move! 

Where do you even begin?