Fresh flowers are part of my daily life and decor. They bring a little sunshine and happiness to the week and they feel like a luxury that is within reach.   I get them from the grocery store every other week and usually get them from the clearance flowers section.   But even if they aren’t marked down, I do not usually spend more than $20 and get a variety of blooms to make a few small arrangements to place around the house.

flower arrangement

My two spring time favorites are hyacinth and peonies. Just a few hyacinth blooms can fill our entire house with their fragrance!  I love it!

While the lifespan of flowers varies on the type, overall there are a couple of things I do to make them last a little longer:

  • Cut the stems at angle
  • Change the water every other day
  • Use the packet of preservative that came with the bunch
  • Keep them away from fruit
  • Remove leaves below the water line
  • Edit – remove droopy or wilted flowers

floral arrangement

As far as styling them, I collected a few vases and containers from Goodwill and I purchased floral tape to create the grid that allows you to position the stems where you want them.

floral tape grid

Fill your vase halfway with water and then use the tape to create a tic-tac-toe type grid across the opening of the vase  If you’ve bought a mixed bouquet, separate your flowers out in your work area, putting all like flowers together and all greenery together.  I love green dianthus as a filler. It is in the carnation family and they last a long time – about three weeks!   Green dianthus, or green trick, are the green fluffy balls in the center of this arrangement.

Green dianthus

If your vase is clear, adding wrapped leaves in the vase can hide the stems and create a beautiful look.

variegated leaves

 I’ve had so much fun creating arrangements for my own home, I’ve started creating them for others as well!
-J

 

Thank you to Limitless Walls for working with us on this fun project.

Planked walls are all the rage lately.  I recently added this look to my friend’s bedroom in about an hour and half!   But we didn’t do it the traditional, laborious way using wood planks and paint.    We used wallpaper! While wallpaper can offer such a unique personalized look in your home, for so long many people have shied away from using it due to the cost and commitment involved: in both installing it AND removing it!   In fact, removing wallpaper that was not properly applied in all of my bathrooms has left such a strong impression on me, that I vowed not to use wallpaper in my own house!

DIY Planked Wall - removeable wallpaper

However, my tune has changed with the abundance of new possibilities in removeable wallpaper!  I am really impressed with the quality of this mural from Limitless Walls.  First of all, it comes well packaged in a large roll that is pre-measured and cut for your own wall dimensions.  For this wall,  the mural came in 5 panels that we hung vertically.  I expected the actual paper to be thin and even flimsy. I was surprised to find the mural is thick and substantial, the paper feels of a high quality, as if it will not easily tear or rip. It’s still very easy to work with, not unwieldy.   It took two of us a little over an hour to install the ‘planked wall’.

Removeable wallpaper

Here are the steps we followed to change the look of a plain bedroom:

Prep the Wall

  • Smooth out bumps and fill cracks in the wall
  • Remove all switch plates and fixtures
  • Clean the surface with a warm, damp towel

Install the Paper

  • Measure and mark your desired spot
  • Peel the backing a few inches away from the top of the paper
  • Apply the exposed adhesive side of the mural to the wall and press down
  • Peel the backing completely off the paper, smoothing it the wall, rub wrinkles out gently to the edge of the mural.
  • Align the second panel with the first panel with a 0.5 in slight overlap, and continue steps above for all additional panels.
  • Once the paper is adhered to the wall, cut away any excess material around ceilings, baseboards, edges.

removeable wallpaper

What’s really great is this mural can be removed and reused (on the same sized wall) too! For this reason Limitless Walls suggests saving the liner backing that comes with the mural.   This is a great solution for both those who rent and can’t modify walls, and those who just don’t want the work or hassle of installing wood planks.   Limitless Walls provides a variety of patterns to choose from, stripes would be fun too since they are often a pain to paint.    You can even have your own photo (say, from vacation) turned into a mural for a lovely, unique look in your home.

Are you ready to put some pattern on your walls?  Use “OCD30”  when ordering and you’ll receive 30% off!
-J

 

 

 

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