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Let’s Play Catch Up…

7 Aug

I’m doing that thing again. You know, that thing where I blog steadily for a week then don’t log in for two weeks. So let’s play catch up, which is where I fill you in on some recent happenings that I’ve completely neglected to blog about. 

I hung a bunch of “tree ring paintings” in my living room. My husband is a bit perplexed by the asymmetrical arrangement, but I am loving it. 

Let's Play Catch-Up!


I recently checked in on a client and her sweet little boy’s room, and this is how the oddly-angled ceiling turned out. In my opinion, it’s PERFECT. The blue/gray is my go-to favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Mt. Rainier Gray, and the yellow is a secret and I’m not gonna tell you what it is. 

Let's Play Catch-Up!



I harvested almost all of my tomatoes from my cherry tomato plants, which is surprising, because they usually come later in the year. I’ve even cleared one and planted more herbs in its place.  Those little snow pea-looking things are courtesy of my son’s preschool class: they planted them in stryo-foam cups last spring and since transplanting it, it’s grown tremendously. 

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We made pizza. A lot of pizza. My portion has hot peppers, cherry peppers, and red bell peppers. I like peppers. The boys have pepperoni and mushrooms and red peppers. 

Let's Play Catch-Up!

I re-discovered an old pocket-watch that belonged to one of my grandmothers. I found a chain for it that will work in the short-term, and put it to good use.  (One thing I did not do is invest in better sunscreen, which by the looks of my rapidly expanding freckle-scape, I should….). 

Let's Play Catch-Up!

I started working with four new clients in the past three weeks for what I expect will be fairly small but really fun projects, wrapped up a course at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, signed on to teach a brand new course that I am VERY excited about, and am about to enjoy two full weeks with my son home for a “real” summer –  with no where to be, and with only (if all goes as planned) minimal work to do. Hopefully, I can find some time to blog while August blows by.  I’m looking forward to getting out of town for a bit, relaxing, and sitting back to ponder life and eat some snow cones like this guy:

Let's Play Catch Up!

I look forward to sharing LOTS of finished interiors picks in the fall, but am saving them up as I refine  some projects and keep plugging away for now…

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

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ANOTHER Sneak Peek: A Great Green Space!

14 Nov

I certainly haven’t been blogging regularly lately, but…as promised…I have another sneak peek to share!

This client wanted an urban, casual yet grown up, simple and green space on a fairly modest budget. I think we managed quite nicely and I am thrilled with how it turned out.

For my clients who think they recognize the Otis Chairs and Seguro Coffee Table: you certainly do. I was 100% honest when I told you “I like to use these a lot.” Because I do.


I really like the textures here, and the way that the neutral walls give the art some room to breathe. …and those vintage wallpaper bolts by the fireplace are a favorite find of mine from Trohv.

Hope you like it, too!


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Life is Busy. Check out these radishes.

26 Jun

Life is busy, guys.

I’ll get back to blogging soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this rainbow-esque photo of my radishes (and a few tiny tomatoes). These turned out much better than the puny first ones I harvested!


I’ll be back at it soon…but for now, I have lots of wonderful clients to tend to!


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A Super Special Monday Garden Update!

25 Jul

Today is my first 29th birthday, so I can write about anything I want to. Hmmm….what’s it going to be?
You guessed it: my plants. I know you all come here to read about design and paint and color and MY PEPPERS so I’ll indulge you, just for a few sentences. Pictured above is the bounty that I collected this past weekend: a few tomatoes — medium red, small “purple” and tiny yellow; peppers in red, yellow, green and purple varieties; arugula; chives, parsley and basil. Needless to say, dinner last night was a Trader Joe’s Organic 3-Cheese pizza and a big salad. Combine that with the fact that my husband took me rock climbing this weekend, and you can call me a veritable earth mother. I even bought quinoa last week!

I won’t be so rude as to just leave you with rants about my garden and no actual decor nuggets, so below are a few picks of gardening items that have been helpful for my city-style balcony farm. I hope you enjoy them, and should you choose to eliminate any and all walking space from your outdoor patio this or next season, I wish you a thousand tiny tomatoes of luck!

Urban Gardening Essentials include, at least for me: a fashionable watering can that you will see from your living room (Ikea's PS Vallo); a paintbrush for pollinating those little tomato flowers, nice dish soap to wash your dirty hands and your dirty veggies...bugs! (Mrs. Meyers); sturdy decking to cover and even out your surface (IKEA's Platta); gardening gloves - again, dirt (Hable Construction's Clementine Dot Gloves), and twine...because sometimes your tomato cages just don't cut it and you have to tie things up to a nail on the exterior door frame. And don't forget a fun colander to gather and wash your veggies in!

Happy Monday to you! I’m having a very happy birthday so far!


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My Plants Won’t Stop Growing!

12 Jul

I think I bit off a little more than I can chew.  But the plus side is that the constant clippings I’m having to do are filling up vases nicely.

This will be the extent of pretty decorating pictures in this post. The numbered vase is from Trohv in the Takoma neighborhood of DC,  the crate is from Anthropologie, and the mirror is vintage in the sense that it’s actually vintage AND in the sense that I’ve had it so long I don’t recall where I got it.

I probably have 150 little tomatoes growing and dozens of peppers.  Everything is really thriving except the cilantro, which had an unfortunate incident with over-watering and has been replanted; I got two good batches of guacamole out of it and my husband made me a “special” greek salad, which he lovingly and misguidedly infused with copious amounts of cilantro leaves. Being the horticulturalist he is, he told me this week that I have so many tomatoes I should be watering the plants twice a day — twice a day! This is exciting to me. I’ve started using empty milk jugs to water them, because my little watering can requires about 20 trips back to the sink and the ugly plastic jugs only require two. Keep in mind that this is all happening on a balcony: four gallons of water a day, for BALCONY PLANTS. Needless to say I can’t walk out there, and I just contort myself into various positions when I’m tending to my garden.

The cages we used are proving to be too small for my plants, which are taller than I am now, and I’ve resorted to using twine to tie them to stakes, railings, and anything else nearby and stationary.  I may have used some dinner forks as stakes.  It’s working so far, and I spend about 20 minutes every day in my tiny garden alternating between counting tomato flowers, tying new supports for the growing limbs, and yelling at my son to “DON’T TOUCH MOMMY’S PLANTS, I’M SERIOUS!” Don’t worry, I’m not keeping him from nature: I give him cuttings all the time to play with and inspect, and a few times a week I let him water them with his tiny watering can (though I prefer to take him outside to water the flowers downstairs).  He’s even eaten two whole green peppers. I spent so much focused time outside one morning last week that my son locked me out for about a minute, and once I realized I couldn’t get back in I pounded my fists on the glass like a crazy lady until he undid the latch. This is the jungle where I was being held captive:

Hopefully I’ll have some images of beautiful purple and yellow tomatoes to show you in a few weeks. Until then, think of me and my hulking plants, and hope for lots of rain (water!) but not too much wind (because it would knock down my makeshift fork-stakes).

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My Garden Is Planted! Everything Is Still Alive!

1 Jun

I know you’ve all been waiting patiently to see how my garden is doing, so I’ll give you a quick update. The bad news is that all the seeds I started back in the early spring succumbed to both my black thumb and/or the “let’s see what happens if I dump this out” impulse of my toddler. I gave three herbs that had started pretty nicely to my mom; she killed those, too, but I take 85% of the blame for that. So I shook off  off my bruised gardening ego, picked up my planting tools (which, as a condo dweller three and four stories off the ground, include not actual gardening tools but instead forks and spoons and tupperware) and made a few trips to the nursery/farmer’s market/hardware store.  A few days and about $150 later, I was the proud planter of these beautiful veggies and herbs:

This summer I’ll have little red cherry tomatoes, tiny sungold tomatoes, purple tomatoes, italian sweet peppers, mild cherry peppers, basil, chives, dill, parsley, cilantro, and arugula. Wow!  Hopefully I’ll produce enough to make up for the $150 spent on gardening stuff.

The arugula was the first to be harvested (I harvested something!) and it was fantastic.  I gave my mom a ton of it, to make up for the sad herbs I gifted her, and we ate the rest of the first batch in salads and on sandwiches.  The heat got the best of the remainder this week, so I’ve planted my second batch which should be ready in a few weeks! (Can you refer to plantings as “batches?”) The other herbs are coming in strong, and I’ve used all of them so far. The biggest surprise has been the dill, which I was hesitant to plant because I hardly use it, but it’s been a great addition to couscous, pasta salads, tuna, and even salad dressings.  Yum.

The biggest surprise of all is my planter-of-choice. I needed a few extra vessels for my peppers and was not about to spend another $50 on planters. I found myself at IKEA and when entering checkout, I was confronted with these cute containers and immediately snatched up two for my garden. It’s not a planter…it’s a TRASHCAN. And it’s $2. I just drilled a hole in it (very easy) for drainage, and set it out on a tray to catch the drips. I only wish I would have gotten five of these to use them for all of my plants.

A wastebasket, a planter, a really big drinking glass - whatever. Fniss from IKEA. $2. (image via IKEA)

So there you go: my “short” garden update for late spring 2011. I can’t wait for the tomatoes!!

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Friday’s Five Under $50: Planters!

15 Apr

It’s that time of year again…

Time to start your seedlings!  I don’t really like starting plants indoors for several reasons. One obvious one is that the more time I spend with the plant increases the chance that I will screw it up. The other is related to cats/kids/dirt.  You can start them in peat pots or yogurt containers…or, if you’re like me and don’t really like the look of those things, you can start them in bud vases (just make sure there is a tiny drainage hole). This year, I’m growing tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, hot sweet peppers, arugula, and lots of herbs: parsley, chives, cilantro, italian sweet basil and dill. I’m iffy on “homegrown” cucumbers, so we’ll see.

When your tiny green guys make the great trip outdoors,  you’ll probably want to make sure they have pretty pots to keep them company.  This is where the money-conscious gardener has a heart attack: gorgeous stone or ceramic pots can cost hundreds of dollars each. Never fear though, because here are five beautiful vessels that will suit beets, fennel, or mint equally well and make quite a presentation in your garden (or on your porch or balcony).

So here is your Friday’s Five under $50!  Now get planting!

Five Gorgeous Planters Under $50! 1.) Recycled Tire Planter, $36 (image via; 2.) Aqua Round Pots in various sizes, $14-$48 at Jayson Home and Garden (image via Jayson Home and Garden); 3.)Green French Solid Wood Planter, $41 at (image via; 4.) French Double Planter, $41 at (image via; 5.) Galvanized Planters in various sizes, $10-$40 at CB2 (image via CB2)

Inspirational Palette: Getting Ready For Spring!

8 Mar

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that I don’t claim to have a green thumb.  Last year, however, I started a container garden that was pretty successful; now I’m unexpectedly enthusiastic about planting my veggies, fruit, and herbs for 2011!

A typical weekly summer harvest from last year: all from my balcony!

I already know that I’m going to be including lots of tomatoes: we got so many perfect tiny red cherry tomatoes from our single plant last year that I am certain we’ll triple the plants this time.  The green peppers did well (and lasted until October!), and of course, herbs were a phenomenal success and make cooking much more fun (and less expensive!).   Snap peas were a huge bust, despite my husband spending hours to build an intricate rope lattice for them to climb: I think we grew less than 15 of them. For the next few weeks my gardening activities will consist of figuring out what to grow.  I’m really looking forward to making the selections!

Until then, here’s a virtual room inspired by last year’s harvest. Though the colors evoke “Christmas” I think it comes off as very fresh.  I particularly love the grass-upholstered chairs from Chaircouture, and I am really attracted to the materials that conjure up images of garden tools like the mercury glass planters and wooden pendant lamp.  Enjoy, and me know if you have any ideas for planting!

Images clockwise from print at top left: Antique Seed Ford print from, $1111 (sold out) (image via; Antique Green Bottle (source unknown); Red Mirror by Howard Elliot, $430 (image via CSN); Pair of vintage french chairs from Chaircouture, price on request (image via Chaircouture); Custom Curved Table from Pieces, $1885 (image via Pieces); Ale Rug by Second Studio, $600-$1100 (image via 2Modern); Farmer's Almanac Console, $1495 (image via Hudson Goods); Jarrod Pendant by Arteriors Home, $1595 (image via Clayton Gray Home); Bitossi planters with mercury glass glaze from Satyricon, price on request (image via 1st Dibs)

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Winter Project: Indoor Herb Garden!

29 Dec

If you’re tired of cooking and have done enough deep cleaning for the next few weeks, then maybe it’s time to take on another small project.  Just a small one.  Maybe?

PLANT an indoor garden! (image via shopscadonline)

Plant something!  I can’t imagine a better winter pick-me-up than creating an unexpected, indoor herb garden.  This cork planter set, called the Nicole Planter Set (one of the many online “stores” where SCAD students brainstorm and sell their creations) is simple, functional, and versatile…and a great place to start your winter cilantro, parsley, or oregano!  The product description says it best: “designed by Nicole Runde (B.F.A., furniture design, 2010), this modern planter set is made entirely of durable, high-density tan cork. Naturally watertight and resistant to both mold and mildew, these planters are aptly sized for succulents and miniature cacti, small ferns and houseplants, and a variety of herbs.” Clearly, the planters also double as organizers.

As a former design student myself, I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to encourage students to create ACTUAL products, and how commendable and innovative it is of SCAD to provide a viable way for them to bring their ideas to fruition (and to the public).  You can “Shop SCAD” for decor, and other items, here.

Lots of things to peruse at ShopSCAD! (image via ShopSCAD)

Also — as I’ve said before — my gardening experience and knowledge is LIMITED.  So, if you have any tips or tricks for indoor herb gardening, feel free to chime in!

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Fall Flower Arrangements That Look (and smell) Like Spring!

4 Oct

As the seasons change – and I’m really feeling the change this week – so do the flowers.

But just because Spring and Summer have the edge on pretty plants doesn’t mean that we can’t get a little creative in the cooler months.  Here are a few Fall flower ideas to keep your house smelling and feeling all nature-y for the next few weeks…and there’s no burgundy, orange or gold in sight!

This is a wreath made from hydrangeas, but I can easily see it being made with mums, chrysanthemums or even acorns. I'm loving the green gourds on the mantle! (image via Melissann on Flickr)

Little chrysanthemum flowers stuck onto floral balls in a bowl. Cute, seasonal, and apparently they last for weeks! (image via Good Housekeeping)

I don't know about you, but my basil has been flowering for a while. I just snipped the pretty (but apparently really tasteless) tops off and stuck them in a small vase.

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