Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hey Fiddle Fiddle

Good morning fine folks!

Looking forward to spring around these parts. We had a few 75 degree days a few weeks ago and I want them back! 

Daylight savings also kicked my butt. I hadn't changed some of the clocks and I was walking around thinking I had plenty of time on Sunday, when actually I was running behind! Argh! It doesn't help when it's still dark getting the kids up and out the door Monday morning. Oh well. I guess I'll adjust.

I have been wanting another fiddle leaf fig tree. I love the big leaves and having more green in the house just brings more life to a room. I had one a few years ago that I kept alive for a while but I did feel like it took a little more maintenance. It was finicky. I couldn't move it or it would rebel by turning brown or dropping a leaf. It started out full and greenbut I think when the weather turned cold, it couldn't cope. Or maybe it was me.

When I was approached by Commercial Palm Trees, I was excited to try a faux fiddle leaf fig tree. I chose the Outdoor Fiddle Leaf Tree. What did I have to lose?

When it arrived, I was surprised how real the leaves looked. They felt pretty substantial too. I was expecting it to be a bit heavier though so when opening the box, it didn't seem possible that a tree was inside.

Although the leaves looked real, the connectors to the stem did not. They are made of plastic and it was hard to fan out the leaves and get them in the positions I wanted them in. I literally had to bend them to get the leaves to lay flatter and I was afraid I would break them off if I used too much force.

I couldn't wait to put it into a basket. I bought a FLADIS belly basket from Ikea. The tiny pot the fiddle leaf comes in is really tiny so there is tons of space round it and the inside of the basket. I need a filler to fill the space and add some weight to it since it's so lightweight. Good thing it's in a corner that doesn't get used often or it would constantly get knocked over.

I do love the look of this fiddle leaf fig tree but I do wish it was taller and fuller. From certain angles, it looks bare since there are only so many leaves on it. I noticed this when photographing it. I had to re-do some shots because it looked like totally different plants. The stem looks decent though. I don't think you can tell it's faux until you get up on it and see the plastic-y connectors holding on the leaves.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the tree but for the money I would expect more. I've seen some that are comparable in price and more full with great reviews. They also had a shorter, fuller option I would have chosen had it been in stock. It looks good in this corner of my breakfast nook and adds a good pop of green. This is a good option though. I think it'll definitely hold up and I don't have to worry about watering it. Check out their other options of faux trees.

I am still on the hunt for a real one. I saw some in Home Depot months back but I passed. Big regret. I haven't seen them since but I'll probably start stalking them pretty soon.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pinterest Home Trends for 2018

Pinterest has released a list of Top Trends for 2018. They give the top trends for several different categories according to pins last year. Per this list, the Home category grew 75% in 2017. I'm not surprised. I'm always pinning project ideas, big and small. It also says people who pin spend 27% more than people who don't. Go figure! There are projects I wouldn't have done if I didn't see them on Pinterest.

Resort-Inspired Style

Why go to the spa when you can create it at home?


Mixed Metallics

Mixing metallics can be fun and create an eclectic feel. Mix that brass and chrome. No more worrying about your light fixtures matching the faucet and handles in your space.

Hello, Terrazzo

A popular tile from the 70's is coming back.

The Fifth Wall

 More people are adding texture to the ceiling. Whether it be paint, beams, or tile, take advantage of the extra wall.

Bone Inlay

This look gives a unique global flair. This will definitely be a piece your guests are sure to talk about.


 This zigzag pattern makes a statement! It's a popular modern pattern used on floors and walls.

Statement Doors

I have always loved seeing houses with colorful doors. I was so excited to finally be able to paint my own front door red. Even changing the interior color of the door is growing. Most often that color is black or gray.

Patterned Plants

No longer are people just using green plants in their homes. Now the way to go is using plants with a pop of color or unique leaves.

Big Wall Art

Go big or go home as they always says. Large posters or prints are easy ways to fill a blank wall.


Neutral Sage

The light green color was a popular search last year. It is being called a neutral now since it pairs well with so many other colors.

I can really get with all these trends. Looks like I have a lot of work to do because I'll take one of each.

Are any of these trends in your home? Are there any you intend to add to your home this year?

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

An Organized Linen Closet

Good morning friends!

I have joined some of my favorite blogging ladies for #4daysoforganizing. We are all sharing some tips on organizing our homes in the new year. If you are visiting from The Handy Home Girl, welcome! Come on in!

If you are like me, I have decided that I need to get my home in order. I like to think of myself as an organized person but there are many areas of my home that I lack a system for. The first being my pantry but that is going to take more time than I have right now. I have decided that I will start with the linen closet in our master bathroom.

The before isn't horrible but you can see that we just kind of tossed things in without thought. We knew where things were. Having wire shelves can prove to be difficult because things fall between the cracks and bottles don't sit up straight. It is frustrating to balance a small bottle just right on the shelf.

The first thing I did was pull everything out of the closet. I did this so I could see exactly what was in the closet and what could be tossed or kept. I grouped my kept items into categories. There's one for first aid items, one for nail polish, and the other two are random items that we may need to reach for.

Here is the after. It feels so much lighter in here now. No more clutter.

I picked up these collapsible baskets from Dollar Tree. I think putting things in baskets really keeps like things together. They also hide the contents well even if the contents are just thrown inside. I could have a dirty little secret and no one would even know. Those pesky bottles and smaller items can no longer fall between the gaps of the wire shelves either.

I like to use simple white towels to keep it looking uniform. We have collected different styles over the years but since they are all white, they still look neat and put together. A bonus is they are easy to wash. Just throw them in the wash with bleach.

We have always kept the cleaning supplies in this closet. I already had this caddy for holding the sprays. The caddy makes it easy to carry them from bathroom to bathroom throughout the house. I bought the white basket from Dollar Tree as well. It holds additional cleaners and sponges.

I don't know why I had not done this closet purge before. I already feel like I've accomplished so much with this simple closet overhaul.

Be sure to check out the other great tips from these ladies on organizing this week.

Carli | Made By Carli
Whitney | Whitney J Decor

Ashley | The Handy Home Girl
Andrea | Decorating Cents (me)

Crystal | The Holliday Collective
 Erin | Live Pretty on a Penny

Nicole | She Does a Bunch
Megan | The Walker Haven

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