Many of you may not know that I have a bit of a plant addiction. Actually, most people I meet have no idea, until one day I invite them over and they see the dozens (not exaggerating!) of plants I have lovingly scattered across my home. As one friend put it, “Holy jungle Jen!”. This particular friend hadn’t been over in awhile and she wasn’t aware that I had recently discovered how to propagate succulents. If you’ve never tried propagating, I urge you to give it a shot! It is highly addictive once you learn which succulents you can pull leaves off of and grow into whole new plants. Well it was just my luck that this year’s Pantone color is greenery! Recently I was encouraged by Douglas Elliman’s Florida real estate team to share how I would use greenery in my Spring entryway Check it out:
Tip #1 : Sets of Three – This is a decorating rule that’s been around for awhile but it also applies to plants. Group your plants in sets of three, in varying heights. If you don’t have plants in varying heights, you can do what I did on the left, and add books to prop up one or more of your plants.
Tip #2 Don’t buy all babies! – Keep in mind when shopping for plants, especially if you’re just getting the hang of your green thumb!, that nurseries sell everything from cuttings and babies to more mature plants. While the cost usually increases with maturity, sometimes it’s worth it if you need a larger plant for a larger space. Normally when I go to my local nursery I’ll take a lap around before placing any plants into my cart. It lets me see what all my options are and plan out what I need or am looking for.
Tip #3 Lighting – Another thing to keep in mind is the natural lighting in your space. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your entryway, you may want to think about a pothos. I have several and not only are they very easy to take care of but they do well in low light. An added bonus is that they help purify the air in your home. Which is part of the reason I have so many! A good rule of thumb is one air purifying plant per 100 sq. feet of your home. The two plants shown above are jade, a form of succulent. Succulents are incredibly easy to care for but usually require bright light. Also if you find that your entryway is just too dark or you haven’t found your green thumb, there are some very realistic faux plants out there.
Tip #4 Put your plant in something unexpected – Air plants (like the one shown above) are a miracle of nature. You can basically stick them anywhere. This one I’ve put into a seashell but driftwood is another good option for your coastal home. Try looking around and see what you already have. Maybe there’s something you love that you just weren’t sure what to do with it. Put a plant in it! (haha I’m joking but not really)
Tip #5 – Small Spaces – When dealing with a smaller space remember that you can go vertical. I bought this carved piece of wood (you can’t tell but it’s about 6′ tall!) at Home Goods for around $80. When I bought it, it was a dark wood with gold leafing but a little primer and a little paint, it soon fit right into my home. I added wire so I could hang plants on it. Something I was inspired to create after watching an episode of Fixer Upper! While this item isn’t in my entryway, it is in a tight space where I can’t have something jutting out. It works perfectly and would be great in an entryway as well. You can see a close up below.
Sardinia, a small island off the coast of Italy is home to this amazing rustic beach house. Almost every room in the home has a 180 degree view! (With pretty fabulous views I might add) Depending on what room your in, you might get a look at the beautiful turquoise waters, or growing grape vines by the in-ground pool. The owners spared no expense with the furniture, importing doors from India and sofas from other parts of the world. There’s even a sofa made entirely of rustic logs that you must check out below!
Doorways had to be expanded to fit the antique doors from India
Confession : I’m obsessed with these antique turquoise seltzer bottles! I even have one in my own home.
Amazingly this log sofa still looks incredible comfortable!
ahh those views!
via AD Magazine
This DIY for my Coastal Easter Eggs is incredible easy and uses only a few materials. It can be a little bit messy but I think that’s how most egg dying events go down. I’ll show you all my tips and tricks for making this process as easy and effortless as possible. As well as a quick and easy fix if you mess up any of your Easter eggs!
- Eggs – the amount is up to you. I made sure to have a few extra on hand.
- Vinegar – I used white vinegar
- Paper Towels
- Egg Dying Kit – I bought one similar to this one at a local craft shop for about $4.
If you don’t want to use an egg dying kit, I’ve included the other materials you’ll need below:
You’ll want to start by placing your dye tablet in the glass with 1 tbsp of vinegar. Allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes until it’s fully dissolved. (see below)
While your dye is dissolving take your crayon and begin drawing on your eggs. *Quick tip* Go over each line of your design 5 – 6 times. This will ensure your design really comes through the dye. Once your dye has dissolved add 1 cup of room temperature water to the glass. The instructions on my kit said 1/2 cup but I found that I didn’t want my dye as strong so I added more water. Place your first egg in.
I left my eggs in for about 3 – 4 minutes. When you take your eggs out put them some place to dry. If you don’t have a kit, I suggest using the egg crate.
You may notice (see above) that some of your designs didn’t come out very clear. I have a really easy solution for this, one that you most likely have hanging around the house. A Tide To-Go pen! After letting your eggs dry for about 10 – 15 minutes, you can go over your designs with the Tide pen and then quickly dab with a paper towel. I recommend being very gentle with the Tide pen on the egg because you don’t want to much liquid to come out. You can see my before/after below:
Once your eggs have dried and you’ve fixed any mistakes, you’re ready to display them! Overall this is a pretty easy way to get that coastal look for your Easter holiday. One last tip – avoid any designs that are more intricate, i.e. a lighthouse or a nautical flag. I tried a more detailed sailboat and even with the Tide pen there was no saving it (but that’s what the extra eggs are for!) and you can always turn it around to use it as a blank colorful egg.
This charming island home is located on Stradbroke Island, Australia. (also known as “Straddie) It’s filled with coastal vibes and seaside treasures. My biggest obsession with this home however, sits right on the front porch. It’s a distressed and painted wooden bench. (see below in pictures 3 + 4) There’s just something about distressed wooden furniture that makes me swoon! Take a look:
This bench has my heart!
Another obsession I have is with inlay furniture. This blue and white piece is too good!
I love all the blue and white pottery!!
If you love all things shiplap, dutch doors, and stripes then this nautical beach house is for you! I’ve expressed my love of dutch doors before in this Coastal Home post, and just like my love of tiny houses, my love for dutch doors is never ending. I think my love for this style door comes from the fact that you really need to live somewhere warm and sunny if you plan on getting any real use out of it. Also if I’ve never told you how much I love shiplap, let me take a minute… or two. Being the nautical lover that I am, I gravitate towards stripes. I feel like shiplap is the stripe lover’s architectural equivalent. The bonus of shiplap, if you happen to love stripes too, is that it’s a sort of neutral stripe. Therefore, you can layer other stripes (think pillows and fabrics) on top of stripes (aka shiplap). It’s an abundance of stripes, and I’m loving it!
Dutch door love!
a little closeup of the entry way – notice the rope-like mirror, this is a theme throughout the house
In love with these rope mirrors and lobster wallpaper!!
This simple set up makes my heart swoon
I love the coastal blue walls and shiplap ceiling
My new life’s mission is to find myself some anchor sheets stat!
If you love coastal living rooms as much as I do, this would be a very easy one to recreate. There’s only a few key elements but they make magic when they come together!
via Change & Co.
Last week I spotted something (gasp!) unsightly in my home. A clay pot that about a month ago I’d painted white, was slowly reverting back to brown. After a few weeks of watering, the clay color was starting to come through the paint. (pictures below) Instead of repotting my plant, which it didn’t need, I choose to give it a little makeover. This DIY coastal rope planter is incredible easy! Although I suggest using a planter that doesn’t currently have a plant in it. Check it out:
Above is the after pic. I had all the materials on hand and you really don’t need that many. I would say it took me about 45 minutes BUT only because I left the plant in the pot and used a very skinny rope. It would have been a lot quicker if this was just an empty pot. Not to mention that a thicker rope will take up more space, which in turn will take you less time to cover it.
You can see the brown clay starting to leak through in this close up (yuck!)
- Clay pot – any size will do
- Rope – I used macrame rope because it was what I had on hand but again a thicker rope would take you less time!
- Glue – I used E6000 which you can pick up at any craft store. You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough glue for your project because you’ll be using a lot!
- Toothpicks – I used these to dab the glue onto the pot because I found it allowed for neater gluing
- Something to cover the table – I used parchment paper to put the pot on and a ziplock bag to put the glue on
- Lazy susan – I didn’t have one on hand but it would have made the whole process a lot simpler!
- Bag clip – You’ll need something to hold the end of the rope until it’s done drying once you’ve finished the project
I made sure to start my rope at what I considered the back side of my planter. I put a huge pile of glue of the ziplock back and dipped the toothpick into it. Then dotted the glue along the outside of my pot. (See arrow in above pic) Initially I started without the toothpick but the glue comes out in large goops that showed through the rope, something I didn’t want. The toothpick allows for a much neater and cleaner look. As you start to glue it’s also important to lightly push down the rope so your pot isn’t showing through in any spots. This also allows for much neater horizontal lines of your rope. You’ll keep going till you get to the very top.
I found that once I got to the top of my pot that dabbing the glue on the pot wasn’t enough. Put a dab of glue on the pot AND on the top of the previous rope. This helps hold your rope in line as you go along the very top portion of your pot. Below is a bird’s eye view of this.
Once you’ve completed gluing the rope around your pot, you’ll want to grab your bag clip to hold the end of the rope in place while it dries. I picked up these cute anchor bag clips at Home Goods (see below)
I gave my rope planter a good 72 hours to dry. Another tip that I realized before starting this diy project: Make sure you don’t need to water your plant during the time it will take your glue to dry. I made sure to start a full four days ahead of when I would need to water my plant.
Here’s a close up of the before and after. I think my Coastal Rope Planter looks so much better now!
After I finished my coastal planter I wanted to put her somewhere she’d be seen. Especially since she looks so much better in my white and turquoise home than all the brown clay pots I have! I really love the look of this planter and how it fits in perfectly with my coastal home. I have enough leftover rope to probably do two more smaller pots. I also like the idea of using a thicker rope on the bottom of the planter and a thinner one on top (or vice versa!). Just to change up the look a bit, since I don’t want all my planters to look exactly the same. You can see more pics and a close up below of the finished project.