How I turned into a Greenthumb

Hi:)

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The weather in New England has been just gorgeous! I wanted to chat today about my love for plants, and the green thumb I recently discovered within myself this year. Let me begin by saying I have killed my share of plants by accident, lets face it I think we all have, BUT for the past two years I have noticed how much I enjoy watering the plants around are house and watching them bloom. SO I wanted to share with you all some of my tips and tricks on having success when gardening, and keeping plants around your house alive. With that being said I AM NOT some plat expert by any means, but I have learned a few things along the way.

Planting, and watering different types of plants, for me is relaxing yet satisfying. To be able to see something continue to stay green and then one day bloom is so rewarding!!

Luckily, because Andy is as you know so handy and great with carpentry he offered to build me a potting table which I have wanted for quite some time now. This can I tell YOU I WAS SO excited for! It came out stunning, and it is so useful and helpful when I need to re pot a plant or create a new plant arrangement. YOU GUYS he built this is 2 days! TWO! SO lucky! I can’t wait to plant with Sofia when she gets home:)

**Whenever we build anything around the house, we google carpentry plans online, and the great thing about the web today is everything is so easy to navigate through the plans they give are very descriptive and they show step by step how to create and build what you want in your own space:)**

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{Planting is s all about consistency, and learning what type of plants flourish in your yard + home}

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Pictured above our the window boxes I chatted about earlier this summer, that I stained red-they turned out great and I am so happy with the IVY it looks so good against our house.

Below are some of the tips I have lived by when it comes to keeping plants alive around our home:

WATER, WATER, WATER: The key to success in allowing any plant to live long is water. I usually water all my outdoor plants twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. I have read that watering your plants in the morning is very effective because they are saturated all day long. With that being said I think it is also important to figure out a schedule that works best for you and your family when it comes to watering plants.

TRIM: Any plant indoor or outdoor needs to be trimmed every once in a while. What do I mean by that? Lots of plants over time become overgrown, or the leaves can die, so all you have to do is clip them off with scissors, so a new leaf can grow in it’s place. You will know when a plant has a leaf that needs to be removed because it will no longer have a green pigment to it. If you do this every so often then the plants will live longer and will end up growing larger. It is a minor bit of maintenance, but nothing too crazy!

Plant Nutrients:  This is very simple, and I know it may sound complicated BUT it really isn’t. Any Home Depot, or gardening depot near you should have potting soil that comes with plant food/fertilizer within. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you in terms of making sure all the plants you have are getting all of the nutrients they need. I know it sounds nuts BUT plants are living things too so they need all of the love and help they can get!

Figuring out what type of yard you have for planting + sunlight: Whenever you buy a plant at a gardening center or even a Home Depot they come with a small tag that identifies that type of light, when the plant blooms, as well as how much water the plant will need. I suggest you take a look at all of these type of details before buying plants for your space. That way you know what maintenance you are working with and whether or not they will survive in the direct sun ETC.

How to plant: This was one of the hardest parts of learning to plant believe it or not. When you are planting different plants or shrubs you need to make sure the depth of the hole you dig is large enough for the plant to fit inside. The label that each plant comes with will tell you the depth of how large the hole it needs to go into should be.

Some of my GO TO plants to have around our home are: Orchids, Christmas Cactus, ferns, and bamboo. I want a fig leaf tree and a lemon tree so bad! Both are on my list as plants I would love to have around the house.

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I hope this post helps any of you who are hesitant to get into a little planting on your own, or helps answer any questions you have on what to do around your home with different types of plants! Have a great day!

xx

J

 

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White wash your fireplace!

Hi!!!

Guys, this week I was feelin’ SUPER DIY oriented so I went ahead and white washed our fireplace! It was pretty impulsive, I came home on Monday, and was sitting in our living room looked over at my fiance and said “Ya know what I am so sick of how ugly our fireplace looks, I am going to Google how to fix this ASAP. ASAP as in I tackled it the next day! I know I am insane, but below I am going to give you a play by play on how my experience went. I promise it is A LOT easier than it looks, but it is a bit messy.

Oh and just so you know all white wash is is paint, and water! Who would have thought? It looks so much more complex in pictures that just those two simple ingredients!! I totally learned something new the other day;)

What you will need: A drop cloth, paint brush, an old rag, some blue paint tape, any white paint you have around your house and mix with water. I did 50% white paint, and 50% water. Mix this into a plastic cup and stir. Mix until the consistency is evenly distributed throughout.

Step One: Cover up any areas that you DO NOT want to get covered up in paint splotches. I am telling you people this gets messy, when you are mixing white paint + water it gets very tricky. When I did this I had the rag with me in one hand, and the paint brush in the other so you turn into a super multi-tasker. Then, tape off with your blue paint tape any areas you do not want extra paint to get near.

As you can see this bad boy needed some SERIOUS loving!!

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Step Two: Take a sponge with warm water, and dab the fire-place with it. This will get rid of any cobwebs, or dirt on the brick. You don’t want that to get mixed in with the white wash. No bueno.

Step Three: Now that you have your water and paint mixed, let’s get to it! I would start painting one brick at a time. As I mentioned earlier, this mixture is messy so if you begin painting more than one brick at a time the paint gets everywhere and then you are cleaning your floors like a crazy person. Take a step back to take a look at how the bricks look after you complete the first row of whitewash. This will give you an idea of how many coats you need, and what bricks need to be touched up ETC.

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Step Four: Once you lay on the all of the whitewash on your fireplace let it dry because the brick will seep through and give it that modern feel that you are going for. You may need another coat or you many not I only did one coat of whitewash, and then touched up some of the bricks that needed some extra lovin’.

Step Five: Remove the blue tape, and TADA you are done!!! SO easy, and all in I would say it took about three hours. People you have a brand spankin new fireplace, and it looks like a million BUCKS!!! Tell me how much you love it??!!

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Below are some other examples of how awesome these fireplaces look in homes I found!

Let me know how this worked out for you below:) I would love to see your whitewash DIY projects!

 

Blanket Ladder Shelves

Happy Monday!

Last week I mentioned I would post some of my favorite home decor items! One that I have had my eye on that I think is so different, and practical is the blanket ladder shelf. In my house we have sooo many throw blankets lying around, so I thought it would be perfect to add one of the babies to our living room. I created one on my own. I promise they are so simple, and look so cute in any room you desire.

What you will need: Luckily, I found an old wooden ladder in our backyard that we were no longer were using. I took in the ladder, cleaned it off and placed it kitty cornered in the area of the living room I thought it would look best.

Then, figure out how far up the ladder you would like to cut off in order to make it manageable for blankets to be reached and used. I  waited for my fiance to get home from work, I marked off where I wanted the ladder shelf to be cut, and he cut it with our circular table saw. We took off three steps off the ladder.

Next, bring the ladder up to your desired location and BAM you are done my friend.

Literally two steps!!

The end result was great, and I love how it turned out!!! It is so rustic+I feel so Joanna Gaines proud of myself right now. Such an easy DIY project that I promise anyone can do!

Check out how this baby came out, like I said it is so doable for any living room, office, bedroom or even bathroom space!

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Living Room-sorry it looks so dark I should have turned on more lights!

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Below, I found some other ladder shelves that I wanted to share with you! I really have found that incorporating a rustic style into you’re home adds such a cool and inviting element. Hope you gather some inspiration on this Monday AM!

Have a great week! I will chat with you soon:)

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