One of my favorite things about the spring and summer months is the gardening. It's the perfect time to head into the garden center and pick up trees, plants, and shrubs. I began in April with a couple Royal Palms, and added a slew of succulents over the next eight weeks, or so. I'm not finished, but here is some of what I've done and learned, thus far.Read more
And what a difference these Royal Palms made! Also known as Majestic Palms, they are pretty simple to take care of. Once at home in their pots, I watered them until their soil was completed soaked through, and water drained into their dishes. In the day, they receive a good mount of direct sunlight and are able to stay warm. I trimmed any brown edges from their leaves, and removed any dust. Now, these palms will hang out in their new home, and I won't have to water them, again, until their soil is dry.Read more
After ordering the perfect mirrors from Amazon, I was disappointed when they arrived completely shattered. So, I opted for a set of mirrors from IKEA, which were less expensive and hand-delivered by our local store. This way, I could assure they would arrive intact.
Also, after months of waiting, the specific curtain rods I had my eye on since we moved in October, finally came back into stock. So, when I received notice from Home Depot, I couldn't wait to order them! These drapery rods are made from one solid piece of steel, so they are non-telescoping, and are adorned with finials made to look like cut and polished crystal. I ordered mine in a chrome finish.Read more
For the first two months after moving into our new place, we lived without proper lighting in the master bedroom. Before leaving our old place, I sold my wobbly crystal lamps to my crazy neighbor for $35. I never did get that money. So, now, here we were, in our new place, using an old lamp with a faulty switch, that didn't match with anything in our new place. It was time for new lamps.Read more
In October we moved into a brand new condo, and when we did, we made a very important decision. We were starting over. This move was all about shifting the energy in our lives, letting go of the old, and looking forward. So, we ditched the majority of our furniture and housewares, and started buying new stuff. It had been over a decade since I'd bought anything new, and this shift was just what we needed to manifest our goals in the last quarter of 2017 and beyond.Read more
After moving into our new place in October, one of the very first things we had delivered was a new bed frame, mattress, and boxspring. I wanted the place where we rest our heads to be free from bad energy from the past, I wanted a fresh start, and a new bed signifies just that. So, during the summer, months before our move, I began stalking a number of frames and settle on one very beautiful bed that added a touch of felinity and sophistication, while honoring the masculine energy that would be sharing this space with me.Read more
When it comes to organizing, simplifying, storing, and space-saving, IKEA is king. And for most of us, the first place in our homes that we desperately need to organize is our closets, especially if we're sharing them with our significant others. One of the biggest issues are shoes –– so many shoes, so little space. And what about sweaters and scarves, belts, gloves, and handbags? A quick trip or online order from IKEA can help anyone organize their closet on a budget and with style. Here are a few of my favorite organizational helpers...Read more
When I was about 7 years old, my mother taught me how to organize a closet. Over 30 years later, and I am a wizard when it comes to pulling a closet together. So, as I am organizing my new place, I am excited to pull my clothes out of boxes, and place them on new hangers, and in my closets. Today, it's all about the coat closet, and organizing this space is simpler than organizing a main closet.
I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but then again, who cares. I am less than a year away from 40 years old, and I have never owned hangers that weren't white and tubular. Sure, I have always known that other kinds of hangers exist, but it just never dawned on me to have a different kind of hanger than the kind my mother used all my life –– until today.Read more
This year, just in time for my 8th Annual Fourth Quarter Clean-Up (Q4CU), I decided to pack up and move! Well, actually, I'd been planning to move for over a year, and started the process earlier this summer, just on time for a fall move-in date. Moving can be very stressful, or it can be organized and swift. My moves tend to be a lot less stressful than thud of other people, and I actually enjoy the process! When I say that, others then to look at me strangely, but I think I enjoy the process because I'm great at planning, organizing, and executing –– and this is what it takes to make a move as painless as possible –– that, and keeping it simple.Read more