05.13.2015 / Herbaceous plans 2.0

Last year, practically to the day, I babbled all about my plans for a vertical herb garden.  However, when I get deep into flips, projects at my own home seem to get moved so far to the back burner that they aren’t even on the stove anymore.  Now that (**fingers crossed**) we’re closing on selling Millie next week, I’m starting to refocus on my own house and realize how neglected the poor old gal has been.  I haven’t done any serious projects here in over a year.  tsk tsk.  Oh but she has big plans for this summer!

First project will be a vertical herb garden.  For real this time!

In last year’s laziness distraction, I just ended up planting herbs in the previous set-up:


Yeah, it bores me too.

I got inspired by a sculptural fence when I was out for a run over the weekend and my brain started churning.  I was very tempted to snap a pic, but thought that might be a bit creepy and stalker-like to stop mid-run, so instead I took a mental picture and plan to drive by a few times.  That’ll be less stalkerish, right?

There are a few very varied ideas floating around in my head right now.  I have a feeling the final may end up as a mash-up of all my ideas.  Note: these are SO not to scale, just purely conceptual.


Imagine all the hexagons attached as a frame and staked into the ground a foot or 2 in front of the fence.  The pots would be suspended somehow.  This idea may require a bit more engineering.

Or this simple slat wall that could hold endless configurations of pots and planters of all different sizes.  I could change this one yearly, so it’s definitely a front runner.


Or I could go all Mondrian on the herbs and play with boxes and protrusions.


All would look amazing in the right place, but what is going to look best in my yard?

My brain is now on task working this puzzle out so that I can build something in the next few weeks.  I need an herb garden post haste so Hubby can make me all sorts of tasty, fresh, summery foods.  I make things look pretty, he makes things taste pretty… or yummy… whatever.

Which herb contraption is your favorite?

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05.1.2015 / Friday High Five

Phew.  After sprinting to the finish line with Millie the fliphouse, I finally have a little down time. This week was also my birthday week so I gave myself permission to take a break (of course by take a break I mean do laundry, start to clean our own house, do minor Millie work, some design work, and start to sort piles of staging stuff and flipping tools).  One thing I’m still working on catching up with is reading other blogs.  I’m such a blog addict and I’ve barely read any in the past 2 months!  So now that I’m trying to catch up on the amazing happenings in the blogosphere, here are 5 things that grabbed my attention.

**links seem to be a big glitchy this morning. Until I can add proper links, click on the images to go to the source**

1.  Ok, sorry, gotta start with some shameless self-promotion here.  Did you see my week of reveals on Millie??



2.  I’m positively swooning over this DIY fabric patent art over at The Gathered Home.  Amazing image and the perfect way to showcase it! (and that wall color is just the cherry on top)

DIY Frameless Floating Art 7


3.  I love love LOVE when Emily Henderson let’s her readers into her styling world and we get to see that images like this aren’t just a quick and effortless shot.


Those succulents aren’t some celeb who just wake’s up perfect.  It takes trial and error to create the perfect vignette.



4.  How adorable are these DIY clay planters from Design Love Fest??  Not sure if my sculpting skills extend this far, but let’s just say I wouldn’t be upset if these were hanging on my wall.



5.  And in un-plant related news, Sarah and her hubby over at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs took this rather ho hum rattan chair and completely transformed it!  I like to think I’m a creative person, but I would never in a million years have thought to do this.  Job well done!!



I hope this got your ideas flowing.  Have a wonderful weekend!!

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03.9.2015 / Flea Market Swap Roundup

I hope you took some time last week to pop by the other bloggers who participated in #swapitlikeitshot.  Let me tell you- when you give creative people a $10(ish) budget and the task to give thrifted treasures new life, you end up with some pretty amazing projects!

***As always, please click through to the original source and pin from there.  Give the credit where it’s due!***

First of all, I just LOVE with what Colleen at 58 Water Street did with the items that I sent her!  Those items were a turned wood bracelet (I think?), a fun shaped box adorned with some unfortunate horsies, and a deep wood frame.


Looks like she was inspired to use plants just like I was.  The simple graphic nature she gave to the items is spot on, don’t you think?

Swap It Reveal via 58 Water Street

Nancy over at Artsy Chicks Rule takes the prize for the most transformed.  Those pineapples should have always been gold (but weren’t!).  Let’s just say, I need to play around with some chalk paint myself.  Head over to her blog to see what these items were in their past life!

Thrifty Makeovers Swap It Challenge - Jewelry Tray DIY via Artsy Chicks Rule

Another crafting tool that I’m just itching to play with now is a Cricut.  Allison at Two Thirty-Five Designs used it to create gorgeous hoop art.  I’d like to be friends with that chic little bird.

No Sew Felt Hoop Art via Two ThirtyFive Designs

Jillian from I am a Homemaker turned simple wood placemats into an unexpected table runner.  I may see a DIY table runner in my own future- maybe one with some chalkboard paint?  Hello dinner party!

Crafting a wooden table runner via I am a Homemaker

The amazing organizer of this whole event, Charlotte at Ciburbanity even transformed the box her items were sent to her in!

Rainbow Ribbon Box Makeover via Ciburbanity

It was so fun to be a part of this event and I hope you’ve had a blast checking out the results!  I’d love to hear which project (from these or any of the projects) was your favorite!

To make it easy for you to go check out all the amazingness once again, here’s the list of last week’s Flea Market Swap participants.  Great job ladies!!!

Day 1- Monday
Run to Radiance
Decor Adventures
Year of Serendipity (That’s me!)
58 Water Street
Don’t Disturb This Groove
Like Saturday
Artsy Chicks Rule

Day 2- Tuesday
Two Purple Couches
While They Snooze
The Gathered Home
Black and White Obsession
Restoration Redoux
Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Day 3- Wednesday
Primitive & Proper
Queen of Everything
That’s My Letter
Finding Silver Pennies
Migonis Home
Windgate Lane

Day 4- Thursday
I Am a Homemaker
Town and Country Living
Thoughts from Alice
Our Southern Home
Chic Little House
SG Style
Two Thirty~Five Designs

Day 5- Friday
Gourley Girl & Guy
The Thinking Closet
The Charming Farmer
2 Little Superheroes
Shades of Blue Interiors
Live Pretty on a Penny

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