House Plants

I haven’t always had the best luck with keeping plants alive.  Poinsettias dry out before Christmas, cactuses that are supposed to be hard to kill- wilt away and trees I’ve had end up being a trunk with roots.  I threw in the towel with my efforts of having a green thumb and bought a bunch of fake plants from Ikea.  Although the fake ones are fun to decorate with, there is no comparison to the additional life, real plants bring to the room.  After being inspired by rooms I’ve seen on Instagram and Pinterest, I decided to give it another shot.

I purchased a Parlor Palm, Peace Lily, Sansevieria Snake Plant and Golden Pothos.  All require keeping the soil moist, temperatures between 65F-80F and bright light to shade.  I cleaned an old bench we had under an outside table and found some random pots around the house to put them in.

Maybe now that I am being more responsible with other areas in my life, I will be disciplined enough to take of some house plants.  Like myself, to keep plants growing and doing their best, they need to be fed well and hydrated, some sun, and need to be cared for.  In return for caring for them, they will keep the air fresh in my house and look beautiful.  The air already smells fresher in the room!


Gallery Wall

Tacoma, a mid-size urban port city known as the City of Grit or the City of Destiny, is where I call home.  Although not as popular as Seattle, Tacoma has it’s own culture, with a quirky personality. Those of us who live here take pride in shopping local, craft beers and art.  Home to many museums, such as:  the Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Lemay- American Car Museum.  The close location of each museum, makes Tacoma unique in that scene.  Inspired artist sell their works in local shops, anything from pottery to canvas prints.  Since we are big on being frugal, upscaling items feels practical and trendy.  Buying refurbished furniture, painted and enhanced by local creators, or doing it ourselves, adds character to our home.

Last year I became part of a group called Beautiful Angle.  The Facebook page they manage, describes the group as this:
Beautiful Angle is a guerrilla arts poster project in Tacoma, Washington. Approximately once per month, graphic designer Lance Kagey and writer Tom Llewellyn create hand-crafted, letterpress posters and then distribute them around the city’s downtown core via wheat paste and staples.

Each month, on a random Tuesday, clues will start to post on Facebook of different locations of the posters.  Some will hang on telephone poles, others on the side of a building.  Sometimes they will give posters out of their van or from a booth at the bar.  The community comes out of their homes and begins the search.  We ask those who are lucky, where they found their poster and see families walking together on the streets, out for the hunt.  The posters that are created are beautiful, unique and normally have a special meaning behind the message it portrays.  I’ve collected five posters so far and love everything about the memories that are made from searching for them and being able to hang them in my home.

This past weekend, after being inspired by Pinterest, we created a gallery wall in our t.v. room.  We hung up our Beautiful Angles posters, prints we bought from local arts, canvases we painted, travel finds and antiques.  Showcasing local art and pieces that have meaning to us, is way better than the Ikea clock we had hanging there.  This wall will continue to grow as we find more treasures.