CHLOROPHYLL COMFORT

 
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low light house plants

I may not have human or furry roomies (I did have a fish once RIP dishy the fishy), but I do have plants to keep me company! It's fun to have something to take care of. But more importantly, plants just make me happy! They bring my little space so much life! This is such a quick and affordable way to elevate any space from unfinished to homey and sophisticated. The first plant I had in my apartment was a very large plant that I placed next to my TV stand to hide all the messy cords! Large plants at nurseries can get very pricey but this one was only 11$ from Home Depot! 

Studies have been done to prove that plants lessen effects of stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and even increase focus! I recently heard of a practice called "forest bathing" yup forest bathing! This is some fun info. Much to my surprise, forest bathing does not actually include submerging in water.  It is a form of therapy and meditation that started in Japan. The U.S. Association of Nature & Forest Therapy is currently training guides to help forest bathing flourish in the US! COOL! Forest bathing is not hiking or following a trail through the woods, but instead meandering with no destination or path. Experts in this field are trained to help you focus on colors, textures, smells, and sounds of the forest which in turn eases your mind from thinking of everyday stress. Now, were probably not going to sign up for a forest bathing session anytime soon but one technique I read about seemed doable on your own; forest bathers were told to close their eyes for a minute and when they opened them all the green looked that much greener and perhaps saw things they did not see before. 

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As much as I would love to forest bathe among vegetation everyday, that is not going to happen anytime soon. So bringing plants indoors is a fab way to bring they joys of nature to my life in between outdoor adventures! Last week my friends Abby Jayme and I went on a little afternoon plant hunt. We went to Tillery Street Plant Co. and East Austin Succulents on the other side of town. I have never been here before and immediately fell in love. If you have some free time some weekend soon while the weather is still nice I recommend looking up plant nurseries in your city. Its is such a fun thing to do alone or with friends and different than your typical clothes shopping. 

I have gone through more plants than I should have in this house due to my lack of success keeping them alive. I blame it on a combination of not putting the plants near natural light and not watering them the correct amount. This time I decided to do some research and buy a plant that can live in low light conditions and is easy to keep alive. I came to the conclusion that Pothos seemed like a good fit! It seems easy to take care of and remains small / medium in size. I bought a Pothos plant called Pearls and Jade because liked the patterning of different greens on the leaves. I always hear that succulents rarely die... Either I am a horrible succulent mom or I just bought the wrong kinds, but some of mine have not lasted very long. The succulent I have had the best luck with and is now going 10 months strong is called Haworthia

Someday I will delve into the world of drinking chlorophyll! I have yet to try this but it sounds right up my alley! (beverages + green things = the way to my heart) 

low light house plants
low light house plants

D. EYE. Y. PILLOW COVER

 
DIY Eye Pillow

How many times do you see something in a store and say "I can make that!" but then never do? I am a major culprit of this, I definitely get it from my mom. But this time I actually followed through! I have seen similar eye pillows at multiple stores this year. I wondered to myself who is the first person to decide that a pattern of eyeballs is going to be trendy in decor in 2017??? But I dig it's creepy cuteness! I made this pillow cover in less than two hours and you can too! I did use a sewing machine for this one, if you do not have a sewing machine this is easy enough that you can sew it by hand (or even use fabric glue!)

What you'll need:

  1.  1 yard of white cotton canvas fabric 
  2.  fabric scissors 
  3.  black acrylic paint
  4.  paint brush 
  5. iron
  6.  pillow insert 14"x14" (you can find these at ikea or amazon link below) 
  7.  sewing machine, needle and thread -or- fabric glue 

step 1.

Cut your yard of fabric so that it is 22 inches by 36 inches (1 yard). Once you have the correct amount of fabric, cut your fabric in half so you have two pieces each 18" by 22". I used a ruler to measure 18 from the top and bottom corners and marked with a pencil. 

Next, cut 4" off of the bottom of one of your pieces and discard. This piece will now be an 18" x 18" square. Cut the other piece of fabric in half so that you have two pieces each 18"x11". 

You will now have all three peices of fabric you need. 

 

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step 2. 

paint eyes on the square piece of fabric. leave a blank frame around the edge of about 2" making sure not to paint into this margin. This is because an inch and a half of fabric will not show after sewing.  

step 3. 

Now the sewing begins. Take one of the rectangular pieces and fold up one of the edges about an inch. You can iron this so it will stay creases and use pins. Sew through both layers along the edge of the fabric. This will create a nice finished hem.  Repeat this step on the other rectangular piece of fabric. 

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step 4. 

After the eye paintings have dried lay that piece of fabric face up on the table. the place the two rectangles on top of the square piece so that the rough edges face you. You are going to sew around the perimeter of the pillow cover while it is inside out and then turn it ride side out. The eyes and the nice side of the hems should be facing inside so you cannot see them. 

measure and mark 1.5" in from each edge. Sew along these lines, you should sew a complete square that is 15"x15". 

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step 5. 

Your pillow cover is done! turn ride-side-out via the opening in the pack of the cover and stuff it will a pillow insert! 

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H&M HOME

 
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"Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful of believe to be beautiful"  William Morris

Clothing stores like H&M, Zara, and Urban Outfitters have surprisingly chic and affordable home decor these days! Here are some of the items I loved while browsing H&M Home!

wood box // toothbrush mug // apron // pyramid candlestick // throw blanket // gold tray // woven jute basket // ceramic pitcher // charcuterie board // serving spoons // porcelain plate // wire basket

 

*This is not an ad, I have no affiliation with H&M Home. 

{TREND TALK} WHAT IS HYGGE?

 

What is Hygge?? Home Decor v. Lifestyle

 

You may have seen the trend on pinterest lately about "hygge" in the home. If you don't know, hygge, pronounced  "hue-gah," is a danish word that describes a feeling of comfort that is cozy and special. Hygge can be found alone, or surrounded by good company. An important quality of hygge is being present in the moment. This concept is exploding in the U.S. right now with the wave of mindfulness and meditation. I find it so fascinating to come across words in other languages that take a while to explain in English because we do not have a direct translation. If you want to learn even more about living "hygge" the following book is a really great place to start. 

A blog post I read recently describes "Hygge is the outcome of the political, educational and social climate in Denmark. It is part of who they are. Danes aren’t hustling or striving or performing. They are just enjoying the simple things because everyone is on a very level plane in terms of their socioeconomic status." 

There is some debate over hygge lately. The fear is that the word "hygge" is becoming synonymous with imagery of fuzzy white blankets, twinkle lights, candles and tea. This Scandinavian inspired home decor is starting to embody the whole concept. 

 

Hygge is not just an aesthetic of home decor, it is a way of thinking and being.

 

Now, the warm fuzzy home decor comes in to the picture because the things you surround yourself with play a major role in feeling comfortable and content. As a designer, I find utmost importance in the correlation between visuals and senses. However, in an effort to fully explain the original Danish use of the word, I want to reiterate how important it is that you can't buy hygge, you can't photograph hygge, it is a way of feeling.

I am clearly on the bandwagon of the white fuzzy blanket + candle + tea because those are things that help me slow down and enjoy where I physically am in the present. If bright red walls, florescent light and cold glass of OJ make you feel content in the moment in a physical place - that's hygge too! 

Okay - I'm about to add another layer to the definition of hygge (how crazy is this word?!) A major source of comfort from hygge in Denmark often comes from the feeling of entertaining and welcoming people into your home. This episode of The Simple Show Podcast does a good job explaining this idea. “The art of creating intimacy” is another way to define hygge. So when applying this concept to entertaining, the idea is to feel surrounded by people who care about each other and provide ways for guests to feel comfortable in your home. You can do this by simply pouring them a drink, serving warm cookies, ~or~ perhaps providing guests with slippers!

 

Hygge-ify your home with these! (Remember to only buy home decor that you love and appreciate!)