I haven't had a lot of time lately to finish composing any of the several draft posts that I have pending, however I wanted to do a quick post with some photos of things that went on in my life this past (long) Labor Day weekend, it was a very productive one for me! I was able to accomplish many of the things I had planned...
I spent time with my mother collecting pieces of her gorgeous succulent plants in the backyard and potting them, then painting the terracotta pots various bright colors, they came out beautiful! This will definitely be a topic all on its own in the near future, with tips and ideas on potting plants and succulents, as well as featuring images of the terrariums I made after inspiration from a post on one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge. Stay tuned!
I also spent quite a bit of time cleaning up my apartment and remixing a few spaces, such as the dining room. I switched out my current table base with a funky robin egg blue iron table base with bamboo shaped cast legs... someone in my apartment complex dropped it off at the dumpsters just for me to find! score! haha... Anyway, it provides more support for the glass than the other base did and its color (which I originally planned on changing) has grown on me and I think it complements all the funky colors in the space... As for the other table base, I will find another use for it soon. Now that I look at it, the blue table base is in way better shape anyway. The paint is crackling off on this one, I have always meant to repaint it, but its rustic charm always ends up seducing me into procrastination! Now that I don't need to rely on it to hold up anything, I can direct some attention to its renovation! It's an antique piece that I inherited from a great aunt, it is part of a set of two that originally held up a large rectangular piece of glass; however, since my dining area is way too small for that, my mother and and I split up the bases and now we both use them with round glass tops... ;)
The apple green wall features four framed musical instruments (I got these at Big Lots, along with my favorite Beatles art: Richard Avedon portraits of all four Beatles 1967... Since I was so anxious to get that wall done, I printed all four on a regular office printer and stuck them in dollar store wood frames that I painted and jazzed up! One day I will get nice legitimate prints, one day, hehe... And, as a side note, I can't stress enough how much I love the eclectic look of using different dining chairs!!
I cut the palm branch from the palms hanging into my patio and the bougainvillea from the corner of my complex... I love the combination, especially with the dry branches I kept from a past gift arrangement! It's fast, it's easy, it's free and it's gorgeous!
What else? Oh yes, I cleaned my patio! What a pain... My patio is pretty long for an apartment/condo unit, the drainage is bad and since we are on the first floor with palms along the wall of the patio, we get a lot of dirty drip down water during times of heavy rainfall (which is nonstop here these days!). So anyway, suffice it to say it gets nasty so frequently that it's overwhelming! Well, I cleaned it again, I am anxious for the cool weather and I want to spend time on a clean and beautiful patio... I think it looks great, which it always does after I clean and switch around the furniture and pots, but let's see how long it lasts this time!! :)
I accompanied my mother and grandmother to JoAnn Fabrics and (though I don't often look for fabric there because throughout my design jobs I have amassed so much gorgeous fabric, but....) I stumbled upon this awesome print, it looks like Ikat or Native American to me and it was 50% off, coming out to $4.99/yd... I bought two yards and now I'm brainstorming as to what to do with it!
Another surpirse... a peacock! On our way back to my moms we spotted a peacock in a neighbors yard and when we stopped and called to it from our window it came right up to the car! What a treat! It was hungry and its leg looked swollen, so we went home and my expert bird feeding grandmother whipped up some crazy concoction of bread and fruit for him...
Last but not least, my aunt gave me an authentic Lampe Berger Paris scented burner... It looks like a purple onion, my very own "Glass Onion" yeah! Here is a picture of when I first lit the stone to get it going... And, I just noticed, you get a sneak peek of one of the awesome succulents I planted over the weekend. It's in the background in the purple Goodwill ceramic planter I found a few weekends ago. Also on the table are various vintage ceramic containers, the yellow one if from Antique Mall Y'all down south and the salmon pink one with the gold painted knb top was $1.75 at a Goodwill! Score! Oh, and don't mind my Matryoshka dolls lurking... my collection is growing fast, I have two that I bought while in Russia and many others from garage sales! Whee!