Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pretty Plants for Clean Air

A lot of my favourite spaces have a common element - plants. 
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They can visually balance a space - every room needs something organic, I think - and the health benefits are a bonus (priorities, people). You've all probably read about the NASA clean air study, which tends to be my go-to for choosing house plants - it highlights the plants best at filtering specific toxins from the air. Gaddys Plant Hire has more info on this too.
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We had quite a few snake plants like the one above in our loft, because they are really good in bedrooms (they convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, unlike most plants). They're also almost impossible to kill, for those of us afflicted with a black thumb.
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That majestic thing in the corner above is a Bird of Paradise I think, which isn't included in the NASA study, but even so, it's still going to reduce carbon dioxide and it sure is purdy.

Here's a quick run-down on a few of my favourite air-purifying, easy-to-keep-alive plants (I'm only listing plants I've actually owned, for a full list check out the NASA study):
{Areca or Golden Cane Palm}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Bonus: plants over 1.8m tall work as effective air humidifiers too

{Peace Lily}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia

{Snake Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene

{Dracaena Marginata}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene

{Cornstalk Dracena or Happy Plant}
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene

{Moth Orchid}
Filters: xylene and toluene
Disclaimer: I've killed every orchid I've owned, but I had to include them because they're gorgeous. Obviously.

Plant image credits:
All others from Gaddys Plant Hire

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Design Collaboration Challenge: Teal & Orange

Jane picked out this month's inspiration palette - a vibrant teal and orange combo.
I immediately thought Autumn, but not wanting to wish the summer away, I went for a warm-weather space instead - a sheltered urban patio, with quite a few indoor elements to make it comfy and cosy. I am in love with that rattan hanging chair!

Here's what the other girls came up with:

{Jane from Finding Fabulous}
The inspiration photo I chose has warm colors that I love in teal, orange, brown and cream - and I immediately thought these colors would be fun on a hip outdoor patio or deck. This overall design makes me think of Summer in Southern California! It's chic, comfortable and just the perfect place to relax on cool and breezy Summer evenings with family and friends.

{Carissa from Carissa Miss}
Had so much fun doing a bath refresh with my friend Kassi! For about $300 you can do it too! Tutorials on the plank wall, chunky shelves, and of course, all the sources. Come read all about it.

{Sarah from This Sarah Loves}
This month I had a bit of fun dreaming up a relaxing patio. Our backyard needs a lot of TLC before we'll be ready to decorate out there, but a girl can dream right? Stop by http://thissarahloves.com/ to see my sources!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Get the Look: An Eclectic Entryway

I have been swooning over Nomad Luxuries' entryway ever since I spotted it on Pinterest. I want my home to look more like this - it's just gorgeous!
I imagine it's sourced as eclectically as it looks, but I was able to come up with a similar look from easier-to-find places, and most of it is pretty affordable.
Venetian mirror - $7900 // Lamp shade - $18 // Lamp base - £30 // Chinese planter - $148

I used a crazy expensive, antique Venetian mirror in the design board, before I found the one she actually owns (it's $230) via her home tour on The Everygirl.

The trunk is vintage, but they pop up on eBay occasionally, and PB Teen do a linen and brass version that's pretty similar (and only $159). I've also spotted them on daily deals sites like One Kings Lane and Joss & Main.

I had a hard time finding a similar lamp base, so I settled on what I think is an amusing alternative! And the rug obviously doesn't have quite the same colours as the inspiration pic, but it's affordable and has the same vibe. I linked to a couple of other options that bring more blue in too.

If you haven't already, you really should go and check out more photos of the space on Nomad Luxuries.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Organizing the Big Boy Room

When we moved from loft #1 to loft #2, we pretty much transported everything from Sebastian's bedroom from one place to the other, even down to the paint colour. The new room was a similar size with the same concrete ceilings and pillars, except this one had windows (the first was an enclosed loft room) and hardwood floors.
There was one difference though - I organized the beejesus out of this one. Hurrah.
The closet was awesome. Behold.
All the shelving was already there, so I just added bins, baskets and hanging shelves to make it work for us. Here's the low down on what's where...
The room doubled as our guest room, so I left hanging space for anyone who came to visit above the nappy basket.
All the bins are "Top Boxes" from Land of Nod, and I cut out labels from chalk board vinyl and used a chalk pen to write on them so that when we updated the contents, we wouldn't have to switch the labels too. The doors stayed open most of the time Sebastian was awake, so he could pull out whatever he wanted to play with and/or make silly faces at himself in the mirror (hung at his head-height).

We had locks like these so we could shut the closet off when he was supposed to be sleeping - the little guy was only two when we moved here so he definitely didn't have the self-restraint to leave things alone otherwise!

The bins used to live in his Expedit:
We moved the Expedit into the new room too, and it had a cute little gallery wall over it, but apparently I never took a photo. Anyway, second time around, we filled four of the cubbies with books, the drawers with undies and pajamas, and kept trucks in the two remaining cubbies. There was also a reading chair in one corner (the same one we had in his previous room).

Stuffed animals lived in a big basket nearby, underneath a cabinet frame that housed up to 50 sheets of art work. I especially like the self-portrait that was adorning it when I took these photos. He's a handsome chap, isn't he?
The shelves housed more books and a few photos. The remaining toys lived under the bed in wheeled bins, so he could just pull them out and play.
This room was Sebastian's sanctuary for a long time - it was the only place he could play where he didn't have to share with the baby (who was decidedly prone to destruction at the time...although not much has changed there), and it was lovely and light and big.

Also, because I know someone will ask, the crochet dachshund (on the bed) is available here.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kids' Style: Pretty Shoes for Little Toes

These posts are like therapy for me...if I could, I would probably spend far too much on pretty things for Eleanor, but since I can't, at least I get to share them all here instead. I mean, seriously, I would wear most of these myself if they were bigger (those gold capped loafers...swoon)!

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