Design Projects Revisited…..

I thought it would be fun to look at all the different design projects that have been completed in the past 12 months.  If you are like me, you sometimes feel you haven’t “done” alot but it is always amazing to look back and see how much thought, effort and work went into these various projects…..

One Minute Night Light

Wood & Brass Lamp

Tree Stump Planter

Terrarium Tutorial 

Moroccan Tea Table

Coaster Shadow Box Tutorial

Patio  Planter Boxes

Nailhead Trim Nightstands

Mini Succulent Planters

Master Bedroom Display Shelving

Piet Mondrian Inspired Nursery Art

But I have to admit that my favorite project of the year was the thrift store chair I recovered in a rug from Uzbekistan.  It’s bright, bold and definitely follows my emerging design aesthetic that things don’t need to cost a fortune to look like a million bucks!

Guest Room Chair

You know my favorite but do you have a favorite from this year’s projects?  Let me know!

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Succulent Planters…..

It’s no secret that I regularly kill plants of all shapes, sizes and varieties.  The only success I have had to date has been with succulents and even then I have come close to killing a few.  Thankfully, the succulent container garden I planted earlier this year is growing beautifully and with warmer weather approaching should explode with color as its flowers bloom.  However, the same can’t be said for my orchids who all bit the dust about the same time.  It was like  mass suicide….they all bit it within a span of 24 hours!

So for the moment, I am done with orchids but I still like having greenery in the house.  I knew I didn’t want ferns and replacing cut flowers on a weekly basis is a tad expensive, so I was at a loss as what to do.  Pondering my plight, my eyes fell upon this marble urn that sits on my bedside table….

Originally designed to hold bathroom sundries, I bought it at Home Goods for around $5 as a bit of “bling”.  Seeing the urn made me realize that it would make the perfect planter for a miniature succulent.  Carrying with the theme, I made a quick run to Home Goods and luckily for me, they had three different sized marble containers for which I paid a total of $20, about the price I would pay for a nice pot, or so how I justified this random shopping urge.

Fortunately, I had a credit at Home Depot and was able to purchase three very adorable mini succulents for $1.98 each.  Once home, the project took about 30 minutes to complete thanks to the addition of some extra potting soil.  I think they turned out really well…..

After filling in the sides of the containers with extra potting soil, I was left with the issue of having soil in all the nooks of the succulents which was not exactly the look I was going for.   Remembering a trick from my event planning days, I pulled out a small artist brush and gently brushed the dirt off the leaves — worked like a charm!

Right now, they will reside on my coffee table until I find a more suitable spot, but then, I just may leave them there.  They can’t fare any worse than their orchid brethren……

Now I just have to figure out what to do with the tops that came with the containers.  Suggestions for a nifty DIY project for the tops would be appreciated!  Leave your ideas in the comments section or shoot me an email.

I am off to attach trim to the curtains — it will either look awesome or like crap.  Isn’t it funny that the divide between these two extremes can be so small at times?

Spring Has Sprung: Part Two

I am a man of my word.  Yesterday, I promised to show you pictures of the final succulent container garden and here they are:

I am quite pleased with how the pots turned out.  I used Rust-oleum textured spray paint on the pots to make them look like stone.  So for $11 for two cans of paint,  I was able to transform two pots I already owned into two large stone-like containers.  Real stone pots would have set me back $20+ each at a home improvement store.  Using “shopping math” (thanks Sarah for the phrase), I used the money I “saved” and splurged on a variety of succulents to coordinate with the small pot I started last year.

Speaking of that pot, it is doing well — actually almost too well.  I am afraid that the pot I used to plant  it last year may now be too small.  What do you think?  

I also freshened up the pots at the front of the house with some new plants…..

With Spring in full tilt, I am now more ready than ever to tackle a big project for my patio to replace the SAD looking potato vines  that have claimed residence along my back retaining wall.  Details to come!  So with Spring in the air, what gardening projects do you have your “To Do” lists?