Posted by Alyssa on March 31, 2019
I didn’t realize how difficult it is to find flower pots that I liked until I was trying to put together our front porch. It’s difficult to find something that fit the space, looks good and adds character to what could otherwise be a bland front porch. If you’re in the same boat I was in and are trying to figure out different flower pot ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve gathered together a variety of ideas to help get your flower pots all ready for spring.
Flower Pot Ideas
via Sibb Home
Get multiple pots in a variety of sizes to keep things interesting on your porch. You can pick different colors and textures of pots or you can get all the same pots just in different sizes. These metal planters would be a unique way to display your flowers.
via Rustic and Woven
If you’ve searched and searched but still aren’t able to find a pot that fits your style, think about decorating your own! You can purchase a cheap, plain planter and make it into something beautiful. I’m in love with these painted pots and am seriously trying to figure out where they can go in my garden. For a whole list of DIY flower pot ideas, click here.
For yards or areas with limited space, look to the walls for space. There are lots of DIY ideas for creating wall hanging planters, but if you’re not crafty this metal wall planter would work perfectly.
via One Kings Lane
Don’t limit yourself to pots on the ground. A cart filled with smaller pots can create an impact without taking up too much room. Something like this, maybe?
Avoid thinking less is more - fill your area with pots of all sorts of shapes and sizes! It could be easy to go overboard, so make sure you take a step back to make sure you aren’t being overwhelmed by planters. Done correctly, though, this look makes a big statement.
What flower pot ideas do you have?
Posted by Alyssa on March 29, 2019
When entertaining, there is nothing that creates a more festive atmosphere than a really well-stocked cheese plate. Cheese plates are delicious, light enough for appetizers or an after dinner snack, and are a great way to serve food while people mingle. If you’ve never put together a cheese plate, don’t let that stop you! Use this guide to set up the perfect cheese plate for your next party.
Cheese Plate Ideas
Obviously, you will need cheese. You can go as big as you want, but four kinds of cheese is a good place to start. You’ll want to pick a variety of cheeses, but if you aren’t sure where to begin pick two soft kinds of cheese like Brie, fontina, or blue, and two hard kinds of cheese like parmesan, cheddar, or Gouda. All these cheeses should be easy to find at your grocery store.]
Next, you need crackers or bread. A couple of different types of crackers or thinly sliced baguette is all you’ll need.
Something sweet to compliment the salty cheese and crackers is always welcome, so include either a small bowl of jam, grapes, honey, or sliced fruit.
You may also want to include something non-dairy like pickles, salami, olives, etc. Just to add variety.
The presentation of your cheese plate is important. If you have a slate cheese board, perfect! If you don’t, a wooden cutting board like this or a flat plate will work just as well.
Make sure you arrange it carefully. If the cheeses are too close together you won’t have room to cut anything.
Crackers and bread should be placed in a separate basket or bowl.
Serve your cheese at room temperature so make sure you pull them out at least an hour before you’ll be presenting your cheese plate.
Try putting together a cheese plate and you’ll never want to host a party without one!
Posted by Alyssa on March 27, 2019
I don’t know about you, but I feel like when it comes to DIY decor I have a little bit of a hard time getting started. I always am so proud of myself when whatever I make turns out, but it can be hard to find the motivation! I’ve been feeling creative lately, though, and have been doing a deep dive into different DIY living room ideas. There are so many different ideas out there that look so amazing! I want to try them all! I’ve gathered together a whole list of different living room DIY ideas to share with you. Check them out and see if there is something that would work in your home!
DIY Living Room Decor
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What DIY living room ideas are you going to make?
Posted by Alyssa on March 26, 2019
Coming up with different ideas of how to make your garden more unique doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you’re planting flowers or vegetables, think outside the box and make your garden beautiful. Here are five ideas you may want to think about doing this summer!
via Fine Gardening
Think about including trees in your garden area. Obviously you’ll need the sun to grow your vegetables, but a fruit tree to the side will break up your garden and be delicious. In your flower garden, trees will add height and depth.
Add gravel walkways through your garden. For a modern look stick with straight lines and sharp edges. If you’re hoping to create a more organic feel, curved paths are the way to go. It’s a budget-friendly way to stop weeds and create an inviting space.
Lights in your garden will make it shine at night. Think about adding bistro lights hung in trees or small solar lights scattered throughout.
via Country Living
If you have small children or grandchildren exploring your garden, include a small fairy garden for them to find. Nothing could be more magical!
Add interest with vertical planters in your garden. This DIY planter is beautiful and will help create different sections in your yard.
What what you do to your garden this year?
Posted by Andie on March 25, 2019
As my husband would say, 'it's the most wonderful time of the year!' Happy March Madness season, folks!! How are your brackets doing? I'll be honest- I'm not typically a big sports person, but I love everything about March Madness! Especially when the underdogs come out on top! It's not too early to start making party plans for the championship! Here are a few great, yet simple ideas if you're thinking about hosting.....
Throw A Cereal Party
Is there anything better than binging on sugar cereal every once in a while? Have every guest bring a box or two of cereal, you provide the bowls and milk, and BAM- you've got yourself an awesome evening! The best part is that you can try a variety of cereals in one night! I dare you to stop at two or three bowls....
Host A Make Your Own Pizza Party
Give every guest their own chunk of pizza dough to roll out, and then have a bar filled with all of the pizza toppings you can think of under then sun. Easy set up, delicious eats, and everyone is happy!
Host A Fast Food Party
Sometimes greasy fast food is just what the doctor ordered (especially when you are watching sports)! Pick up burgers and fries from a handful of fast food restaurants, and make it a night of basketball watching and taste testing. Wouldn't it be fun to vote on who makes the best fry?
Natural lighting, or the light from the sun, is one of the best sources of light. Using natural light in your home will not only help save money on your electrical bill but it also it creates a warmer environment, increases your productivity, improves your mood, helps you sleep better, and gives you an increased exposure to vitamin D. Unfortunately, not every home has enough windows or access to natural lighting to turn off all your electrical lights, but when you have the chance, pull up your blinds and let the sunlight your home!
Check out some of the amazing natural light these homes get and see if it will inspire you to turn off your lights more throughout the day.
Natural Lighting Definition
via Bob Vila
How much natural lighting do you have in your home?
Posted by Alyssa on March 23, 2019
It’s finally spring and you know what that means - spring cleaning! I’ll admit that I don’t often have the drive to seriously clean my house, but there really is something about the change of seasons that makes me want to tackle all the grim that has built up all winter. Get your spring cleaning done before it gets so nice outside you won’t want to stay in your house! Throw open your windows and follow these spring cleaning tips.
Spring Cleaning Tips
- Make a list of everything you need to do. Think about the places you skip on your day to day cleanings, like baseboards and air vents. This Spring Cleaning Checklist I found from Sylvane can help you get started.
- Declutter as you go. This is your chance to load up your car with everything you want to donate and get rid of it! You’ll not only feel more organized, but you’ll also be able to keep your home cleaner longer as well.
- Work from the top down. Wiping off the blades of ceiling fans or brushing cobwebs from the corners of the room will make your floor dirty, so save yourself time and don’t redo jobs you’ve already done.
- Wash your windows on a cloudy day to avoid streaks and clean your window screens. Take your screens out, squirt them with soap, and rinse them down with the hose outside. You’ll love looking out a clean window.
- Move furniture around so you can get hard to reach areas and the dust mites that hide there. You’ll be surprised, and a little grossed out, by all the dust sticking to your walls behind your furniture.
- When cleaning your kitchen, take this as a chance to get rid of any appliances or kitchen tools you don’t need. You’ll be able to open drawers and cupboards easier and keep things more organized.
- Wash all your bedding, including your down comforter. To keep your down comforter from balling up and getting ruined in the wash, throw a couple of tennis balls in your dryer to puff it up.
- If your shower curtain is covered in watermarks and stains, throw it in the wash with a few towels and hang it up to dry. It’ll feel brand new and make your whole bathroom fresher.
- Wipe down your patio furniture with warm water and dish soap so that you’re ready for the warm days ahead.
What are some of your tips for spring cleaning?
Posted by Andie on March 22, 2019
One of my favorite compononents of a house plan is an entryway with a great staircase. Am I right?! At first glance, staircases might sound basic, but they are anything but! There are actually more kinds of stairways than I ever realized! Read on to discover 9 of the most commonly used staircase designs in homes. Which is your favorite?....
1. Straight Staircase
The straight staircases is your basic staircase. It is the most common type of staircase, and you find them everywhere. Since the staircase is simply attached at top and bottom and doesn't require additional support, it is very affordable.
2. L-Shaped Staircase
The L-Shaped Staircase is another common staircase used in many homes. It is essentially a straight staircases with a little pizazz, a little turn at the top or bottom of the staircase. These staircases are especially great in the corner of a room, and they don't take up too much space.
3. U-Shaped Staircase
The U-shaped staircase typically consists of two flights of stairs that go in opposite directions with a generous landing at the switchback. This type of staircase takes up less linear floor space, and is visually interesting.
4. Split Staircase
A split staircase is typically used in the entryway of a very large, grand home. It's there to make a statement! It starts with a wide flight of stairs at the bottom, which leads to a landing that then separates off into two different flights of stairs going in opposite directions.
5. Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase is fun, and very tiny. Spiral stairs have one central post to which all the radiating steps are attached, as they spiral upward through a space in the floor above. Becuase they are so narrow, they can be tricky to navigate. Generally they are used in beach houses or very small spaces. Visually they are breathtaking.
6. Circular Staircase
A circular staircase isn't quite as tight and narrow as a spiral staircase, but it still features a nice circular curve. They do require a lot of open space, and are very expensive to build.
7. Curved Staircase
Curved staircases make for a great show stopping entry way. They do not form a circle as spiral or circular staircases do, and instead, are simply curved. These are difficult to build, and costly.
8. Floating Staircase
A floating staircases is essentially a straight staircase, except there is no tread beneath the steps. Instead, they are attached to the wall. This creates a very modern, open look.
9. Winder Staircase
A winder staircase is a lot like an L-shaped staircase, except that there is no landing. Instead, the stairs are continuous, taking on a wedge shape as they make the turn. They are traditionally found in older homes, but are making a bit of a resurgence because they are great for small spaces.
Posted by Alyssa on March 21, 2019
When it comes to decorating your apartment, it can be hard to find the motivation to actually make your apartment feel like home. If you’re planning on only being there a short time it can be tempting to just deal with what you have, but once you’ve decorated your apartment you’ll be able to see what a difference a few personal touches can make! With RC Willey’s Small Spaces Furniture, you’ll be able to fill your apartment with things you love and create a space you want to stay in.
Find furniture that makes a statement. Most apartments are pretty basic, so adding pops of color or style will immediately make your home stand out. Something like this turquoise sofa sleeper or this leather sectional would be perfect!
via RC Willey
Create a more layered look by adding rugs. Most likely your apartment has uninspired carpet or easy to clean laminate flooring. Rugs will make your room cozier and will help tie everything together. I love the looks of this charcoal rug, don’t you?
Just because you’re in an apartment doesn’t mean you shouldn’t display art. In fact, displaying art is the best way to make a room feel finished and lived in! If you aren’t able to put holes in the wall to hang your art, propping it up against a fireplace mantel or on top of a dresser will work as well.
via RC Willey
Apartments often lack storage, so if you can find furniture that has storage options you’ll be able to have a much more organized and put together apartment. For a guest room or a kid’s room, this daybed with storage underneath would be a great way to save space.
via Emily Henderson
Window coverings can be dirty, old, or worn out so consider adding curtains to hide the eyesore. It’ll completely change the feel of the room!
Do you have any good ideas for apartment decor?
Posted by Andie on March 19, 2019
If you want to add a little sophisticated glam to your home, a great option is to incorporate a little velvet! A rich velvet sofa or chair can help create a soft, warm, inviting atmosphere with just a little hint of feminism. Go big, or go small; go bright or go neutral- whatever way you do, you can't go wrong. Check out the interiors below- I mean, what's not to love? I'm sold.
What do you think?