How to Create an Indoor Flowering Cactus Garden

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Spring is all about flowers but keeping fresh flowers in the house all the time can get expensive!  Enter the indoor desert oasis of the mini cactus garden.  It’s adorable, right?  The textures and colors make this perfect for adding visual interest to the flat lines of your kitchen or bathroom and it’s easy to do.

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When to Start: Spring

At Its Best: Early Summer

Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

Materials Needed:

  • shallow planting bowl
  • pebbles
  • cacti soil
  • sand
  • newspaper
  • spoon
  • heavy-duty gloves
  • watering can
  • miniature cacti; this selection includes: silver torch cactus, Mammillaria, elephant-ear pricklypear and Rebutia

Before You Start

Cacti famously survive on little water, but if you want them to grow and flower they should actually be watered regularly during the growing season. Giving them a thorough watering before planting will help the roots make good contact with the new soil, and they should grow very well.

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Aid Drainage

All cacti hate to sit in water, so make sure it will run freely through the growing medium, and out of the bottom of the pot. The container should have lots of drainage holes, covered by a layer of pebbles, to prevent the soil from clogging up the holes.

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Set Out the Plants

Put on your protective gloves and start arranging your plants. If you have chosen the position for each of your cacti before you start, planting will be easier and you are more likely to end up with a good overall effect. It makes sense to put smaller ones at the front and larger ones at the back, but also consider planting those with different habits, textures and flower color next to each other.

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Planting Tips

Wrap a folded strip of newspaper around the top of the plant. This will help you slide it out of its pot and maneuver it into the larger planter without getting spines or fine hairs in your fingers. It also protects the plant.

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Fill in the Gaps

Once the plants are in position, use a spoon to carefully fill the gaps between them with a cacti soil. Add small amounts of soil at a time and keep firming it down with the back of a spoon to ensure that there are no air holes left around the plant roots.

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Brush Off Soil

No matter how careful you are, some soil will inevitably get caught in the cactus spines and hairs. Use a soft brush to remove it and to keep the plants looking clean and neat.

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Water the Plants

Water all the plants in well. In summer, they can be watered whenever the surface of the soil dries out. In winter, they should be left dry; start watering again sparingly when you see signs of growth in spring.

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Apply a Sand Mulch

Use the spoon to spread fine sand around the surface of the planter. This helps water quickly drain away from the surface, preventing rot, and gives the planter an authentic desertlike appearance. Set your arrangement in a bright, sunny position.

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Top Tip: Watering Crowded Pots

Cacti are often sold when the plants are almost overflowing the sides of their pots, making it tricky to water them properly before planting. Sit these in a container of water until the root ball is damp.

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Smart Tiles..Before and After Makeover

Last weekend I decided it was time to revamp my kitchen and I wanted to start by doing a tile back splash.  Neither my husband or I are very “handy,” and by that I mean our tool box is not a box at all but rather a small duffel bag. The thought of grout and a wet saw was a bit overwhelming.  I had almost given up until I came across these Smart Tiles at Home Depot.  I will be honest…at between $6.97 and around $10.00 for a 9.7 x 10.95 in. wall tile they are not much cheaper than the real thing.  What they do offer, however, is a quick and easy makeover with little to no mess and I was super impressed by the results.

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This was our starting point.  I read some tutorials and hit up YouTube for installation recommendations and all suggested wiping off the wall with a degreaser or all-in-one cleaner prior to placing the wall tiles.  Other than that, all we needed was a straight edge and a box cutter.

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The sheets or wall tiles are peel and stick so getting them up on the wall was the easy part.  The challenge was making sure that they were lined up correctly.  If you take this project on this Spring make sure to do your measurements!

All together I had the tiles in place and the outlet covers back on in about 3.5 hours.  Here is the finshed product!

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Although to me the tiles look pretty great on their own, I added a line of white caulking between the Smart Tiles and the counter tops to give it a more realistic feel.  Total cost was about $120 and the kitchen looks like a totally new space.  Clean up took just a few minutes…love it!

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Beautiful Beds and Bedrooms…Design Inspiration

John Robshaw Textiles

John Robshaw Textiles

I love decorating and redecorating my bedroom.  I’ve done several posts on bedroom color combinations and design and bedding…I just can’t get enough!  For me, the bedroom is really the only place in the house that’s completely mine (well, and maybe my husband’s? :-)) It’s my reading nook, a place to relax and think…the perfect set up for a late night bowl of cereal and a few hours of HGTV.  Every time I come across an inspiring bedroom picture I pin it and I’d love to share a few of my favorites with you.  Follow the link to the Board ‘Beautiful Beds and Bedrooms’ for some more bedroom inspiration!

Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren Elizabeth

This bedroom is proof that you don’t need a large space to create a sitting area.  Instead of several small pieces there are a few large ones that fill the space perfectly and separate sleeping from lounging.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Boho Bedroom …love it, tried it…cannot pull it off.  Those who can throw 15 colors and patterns together and still come out with a cohesive look should be given a medal.

Architecture Art Design

Architecture Art Design

What makes this room stunning is all the attention to detail.  A mix of modern and classic design with pops of bright colors and soft neutrals give the room a chic contemporary feel.

The Rooster and the Hen

The Rooster and the Hen

Simple and elegant.  I’m known for picking up mixed matched pieces and I really enjoy the eclectic look that creates.  This room, however, is symmetry at it’s best…the simple layout and pale neutrals really encourage rest.

Home Designing

Home Designing

My husband saw this picture and told me he was moving in with that guy.  I can’t blame him.  Pretty awesome.

Houzz

Houzz

Orange and grayed jade might be my favorite color combination.  The french doors and bright natural light make this room really special…lovely.

Ozvip

Ozvip

I have a 9 year old son and I’m pretty sure he would never leave this bedroom.  As much as we as adults need a clean and organized place to end our day, our children really need the same thing.  I love the idea of picking a theme, in this case vintage airplanes, and building a room around it.

Indulgy

Indulgy

…and for my 4 year old little girl.  The painted barn board is precious and whimsical and the colors and perfect.

10 Clothing Storage Solutions…Perfect for Every Space

Bonanza

Bonanza

Hanging and folding clothes is not my forte.  In fact, I try to avoid laundry at all costs.  I love to clean and mop and dust and decorate…I just really, really hate laundry.  Can anyone else relate?  With that in mind I am constantly looking for easy ways to organize clothes – making the transition from the dryer to the closet seamless and if possible skipping the whole folding thing all together.  We’re in an apartment for the time being so for now space is an issue too.  If you’re in a flat or studio apartment then creating a closet space is really the biggest challenge.  Here are some great clothing storage solutions for any type of home and for anyone who hates folding as much as I do!

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

I love this because traditionally if you’re in an apartment you’re stuck with white walls.  Hanging your clothes is plain site brings in a lot of color and texture and besides, what could be easier than standing up on your bed and deciding what to wear!

Ifra Lahell

Ifra Lahell

Whimsical and perfect for displaying clothes in a nursery or toddlers room.

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FFFFound

My husband has a hundred hats and I find them laying all over the place which is why this set up would be great for him.  The idea of a shelf and hanging bar would be excellent for heels and skirts as well.  Displaying a picture over the clothes storage area completes the look.

Ikea

Ikea

Oh, IKEA…stop making things that I want to buy.

We Heart It

We Heart It

Closet systems are available everywhere and are relatively inexpensive.  This one is a shoe rack, dresser and hanging closet combined.  I love the colorful storage boxes; they give this a polished look.

SF Bay Girl

SF Bay Girl

This is a guys room down to every last detail.  The clothes are easily accessible and organized and they look perfect hanging in this space (which helps if you’re bringing a girl over).

Radical Possibilities

Radical Possibilities

I have to admit, this is one of my favorites.  All you need is some hardware and a corner.  Utilizes every inch of space which is vitally important when space is limited.

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Vintage perfection.  You can find these salvaged pieces at any thrift shop and mimic the set up of any prefabricated storage system.  Love this.

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Again, accessibility is key and with this you can go from the laundry basket to hanging in one step.  The natural look is nice here, too.

Be Different Act Normal

Be Different Act Normal

Finding creative ways to organize accessories can be challenging – all this is from a cork board!  Very cool.

Design Inspiration for Your Entryway…Tables and Storage

Inspirations by D

Inspirations by D

I have an entryway table that just never looks right.  It seems simple enough; a collection of vases, some pictures, a mirror maybe…but the real trick is knowing how to pull it all together and keep it that way.  It’s just a table, but it’s also the first thing people see when they walk into your home.  In my house it’s a dumping ground for keys and book bags and papers and despite my greatest efforts to keep it clutter free…clutter always finds its way back.  Here are a few entryway designs that I would love to try and recreate…not just for the style but for the practicality and storage space as well.

Inside the Loop

Inside the Loop

I really like the monochromatic look of this set up and how it allows the large portrait to take center stage. The big storage boxes would be great for umbrellas and rain boots and they really help balance everything out.

Remodel Aholic

Remodel Aholic

This is so beautiful and balanced but a little overcrowded.  To make this work, I would lose some of the smaller pieces in the front and add storage underneath.  I love the lamps.

Homeslice

Homeslice

Really great for an apartment or town home or any home that has limited space by the door.  The drawers are perfect for organization and the mirrors running up the wall make the space look much larger.

Today and Yesterday Design

Today and Yesterday Design

I adore the look of unfinished wood and the accompanying terracotta really adds to the earthiness of this design.  There’s something very peaceful about natural tones and bringing a bit of the outdoors in as you enter the home.  Again, good storage space with the drawers and basket underneath.

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The Sweat Beast

I did a post on dip dyed furniture and this is one of the pieces I featured.  I love it; it makes the table a focal point whether or not the surface is decorated.  Again, in the absence of drawers I would add storage underneath to keep the table clutter free.

Farmhouse Porch

Farmhouse Porch

When my kids grow up and move out I will have this table and just throw my stuff on the floor… : )

10 Color Combinations for a Beautiful Bedroom…

Fabulous Home Blog

Fabulous Home Blog

I love introducing new color combinations into my bedroom – I recently went from greens and yellows to browns and blues and the change is really nice!  There was a time (unfortunately not too long ago) where I thought the more color the better…blue bedspread, green curtains, yellow pillows and a red throw…yeah, that kind of works, right?  (My husband very graciously let me work through that phase in my own time.). What I found though was that focusing in on one or two complimentary colors and adding in neutrals around them really gives the room a polished finish and allows the eyes to rest.

Here are 10 beautiful color combinations to consider for your room!

#1.  Pink and Green

The Suite Life Designs

The Suite Life Designs

#2.  Blue and Orange

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

#3.  Gold and Navy Blue

Style Design Life

Style Design Life

#4.  Purple and Teal

Turn View

Turn View

#5.  Orange and Brown

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

#6.  Greyed Jade and Salmon

Decor Hound

Decor Hound

#7.  Pink and Navy Blue

Sheridan French

Sheridan French

#8.  Brown and Red

Style at Home

Style at Home

#9.  Brown and Pale Blue

Sunday in Bed

Sunday in Bed

#10.  Coral and Taupe

Fabulous Home

Fabulous Home Blog

And here’s mine!

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Transforming Mini Blinds into Chic Roman Shades…Weekend DIY

 

The Happiness of Living

The Happiness of Living

Window treatments can totally update the look and feel of a room but they can be so expensive!  Thanks to The Little Green Notebook that’s not a problem anymore.  Take your old, unflattering white blinds and use the bones of the slats and pull string to create custom roman shades – with no sewing at all!!!

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Supplies–
Tape measure
Scissors
Fabritac (or comparable fabric glue – NOT HOT GLUE!)
Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)
Fabric (yardage depends on the size of your window)
Trim (optional)

1. Measure you windows carefully. Then do some math and figure out how many folds you want in your shade. I like the look of a fold every 9 inches, which meant I only needed 6 slats for my small windows.

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

2. Let out the blinds all the way, making them the longest they can be. Carefully cut away all of the thin tilting/ladder-like strings, being very careful not to cut the thicker lift cord. I simply ran my scissors along the top of the slats, cutting away the tilt strings and avoiding the lift string altogether.
3. Take out the plastic plugs from the bottom of the miniblinds and remove and put aside the thick bottom slat piece (you’ll need this later). Then simply pull off most of the slats, while leaving the few you’ll need for the folds of the shade. Like I mentioned before, I only needed six slats for my shade.

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4. Make sure the blinds are still let out all the way. Measure carefully and reinstall the thick bottom slat so that the length of your window and the full length of the shade are roughly the same. I decided to make my shade about 1″ longer than my window measurement. Just to make sure it would be long enough.

Trim the extra cord away off the bottom.

Now cut out your fabric, using the shade skeleton as your pattern and leaving a 2.5 inch (or so) border on all sides.

5. Congrats! You’re done with the hard part! You should have something that looks like this:

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

It’s time to start gluing.

6. Start with the top of the shade. Fold over and glue the fabric together to make a clean edge and glue that to the front of the big top rail mount. **NOTE: Do not glue the folded hem to the very ends of the rail mount. You need to be able to slip the rail into the wall-mounted brackets, so the fabric needs to stay unglued on the very ends.

7. Measure 9″ (or your preferred fold length) from the top of the rail. Adjust and glue a slat into place. Continue all the way down, gluing the slats to the fabric. I glued the rounded, convex side of the slat to the fabric so there was more slat-to-fabric contact. Make sure not to glue the lift cord to the slats or the fabric.

8. Glue, turn in and glue again the three other sides of the shade to finish off all the edges. Let it all dry.

9. (Optional) Glue on some trim to the bottom slat. I picked up some super, super tiny ball trim at JoAnn’s for less than $1 a yard. (only needed one yard)

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

10. Hang up the shades just like hanging up mini blinds. The cord still functions the same way and, as long as you didn’t glue the lift cord to your slats or fabric, the shade should lift and fold beautifully.