Using wild plants and flowers to decorate

Jun 21, 2013


Sometimes a we look around and find that there is a corner in our home that is missing something. Maybe it is a photo frame, or a work of art, but have you ever wonder how a little bit of green will look? If not, now is the time to close your eyes and visualize how great and special that corner will be by just adding a group of plants. Now, don't think for a moment that I'm talking about fake ones, or big boring trees. I'm thinking of a natural or wild approach that can be change and diversify when one gets tired of it.
What I am proposing here is a gather of multiple rustic and ordinary everyday plants to be placed on a simple vase. The beauty of this assembly lies on its natural uncommon grace. As you'll see on the photo I've shared above, it took less to nothing to make this arrangement. I have to confess that most of the plants were either lying on the street or fallen leaves from my mini-garden. From my bouquet you'll notice there are some palm tree fruit stalk pruning, two leaves that had fallen from one of my ferns, a leave (left by a gardener after cleaning a nearby house) from a "Swiss cheese" plant (also known as the "Mexican breadfruit" plant) and a small bunch of some sort of white wild flower.
All you'll need is your imagination to make this. I can assure you it'll be an attention grabber because of its natural and almost country style. Here are more examples on how to make a similar gathering using only wild plants.
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I've gathered here some dried Magnolia's cuttings and placed them in a wooden bowl to go with the color scheme. Also, in the back, I used a vintage style vase to place some more green palm tree fruit stalk pruning and the "Swiss cheese" leave. This are all decorating my desk side by side to my terrariums.
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Lovely how simple and gorgeous this arrangement by Elizabeth Ann Designs
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From left to right: beautiful arrangement of driftwood and some wild flowers from Completely Costal. A grouping of various vases and plants from Design Sponge and also from them, a bunch of wild flowers on a coffee can.
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On a more colorful side, also from left to right: a beautiful center piece from Style Me Pretty, a lovely and delicate arrangement from All Things Bright and Beyootiful and my favorite one from Elizabeth Ann Designs
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Join us on the #8decoshots challenge for the month of June

Jun 13, 2013


This month's 8decoshots (on Instagram) comes with some sea breeze inspiration. On this side of the planet we are in the middle of Summer, so what a better way to celebrate this season than with this . If you are going through the season of Winter, come on and jump in to keep yourself a little warmer. We are starting this next Saturday June 15, 2013; but as always you can join us at anytime, just make sure to do the complete 8 photos. Always remember to use the hashtag #8decoshots and also @yaniralapuerta and myself (@idknowhowshedoesit). Here is the sun-kissed list! (ADVISORY: You might want to use your shades and some sunblock just in case!!!)
Saturday 15: plastic
Sunday 16: zen
Monday 17: concrete
Tuesday 18: souvenir
Wednesday 19: black and white
Thursday 20: rope
Friday 21: sand
Saturday 22: vacation
For those of you who are participating for the first time, this challenge is run on Instagram and all you have to do is submit one photo with the daily theme. The photo must communicate each topic with clarity. Yanira La Puerta (interior designer) and myself will do a daily selection, but at the end we'll choose an overall winner. Take a peek at passed challenges here to get a clearer idea. Hope to see you there!
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Favorite corners around my home

After some minimal styling and a lot courage from me, I dare to show you my quartet of favorite nooks or corners around my home. Hope you like them and feel free to share yours here or on Instagram by tagging me @idknowhowshedoesit.

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1. Master bedroom: Having a huge canvas on the back of the bed  helps to minimize the size of the otherwise boring white wall. This art, an inexpensive acquisition from Ikea, also gives a cozy feeling to the entire room. The quilt (also from Ikea), is ideal because of the neutral colors which makes it easy to combine with other sheets or decorative pillows. The transparency of the side table lamp lets the eye have a direct contact with the canvas on the back. The decorative soft pillows are from HomeGoods as well as the silver plate and wood bowl. The brass tassel is from Target. 2. A mini-garden on the balcony: Since I live in an apartment, the size and distribution can sometimes be a tad daunting. Nevertheless, and taking advantage of my recently discover green thumb, I make good use of the space by planting on wine boxes (crates). This is a practical way to be green and to live a slightly more organic life. 3. Making a focal point: If you go way back on my blog,you'll recognize this wall in many of my entries. It used to have a chevron pattern, but I frankly got tired. So in comes the dark navy blue, which at the beginning was a little to much for my taste. After styling the ever-changing shelve, I have to confess I fell in love with this color. What I really like about this wall is the way it makes all my decorative items pop, and how the color changes with the natural illumination of the space throughout the day. (I used Twilight Chimes paint from Behr at Home Depot). 4. A huge glass vase: I've placed this tall light brown vase from HomeGoods as an accent piece on my room. I sometimes use it alone (like in the photo) but other times I like to put long stemmed flowers to decorate the area. On the right I have two architectural frogs from Pottery Barn and they all are placed over a bench which hides inside all my other sheet sets.
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Ideas on reusing Goodwill findings

Jun 11, 2013

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So finally I got to visit my nearest Goodwill Store last week and was so surprised with all the little treasures I found over there. Though this store has mainly a huge store department, I could find some interesting items. As you'll see from this photo, I got a great deal for only $6 in total. So what I got, you might be asking: a pewter vintage mug, a set of transparent teacups, a small etched flower vase and two old books. Here are some ideas that pretty soon I'll be trying on my new found items.

Reusing old teacups:

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These are some of the ideas one can try on old teacups. 1. Stacked cups can be used to place candles and placed them in  a safe area far away from little hands (Photo: Johanna Vintage).  2. Old cups can also be used to grow herbs on your kitchen area (Photo: BHG). 3. If you like to have your everyday jewelry at hand, a teacup is the perfect size to place your favorite earrings or your necklace (Photo: Pinterest).  

Playing with paper:

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Lately I have seen a tendency to use old books as decorative items. But not just over a coffee table; they are been use as accents by folding their pages in various very creative ways. 1. As you'll see on the first picture this book has its pages folded in a way it almost seems to be a carousel. For a complete tutorial you can visit A Whimsy Willow. 2. Old book pages can also be use to decorate your wall making a focal point of it. On this picture found on Pinterest you'll notice these pages have been printed with colorful illustrations. This idea can be an excellent option for a kids room. 3. Encasing old books with folded pages inside wooden boxes is another great example on how to reused them to decorate a wall. This piece of art was made by Keri Muller and is called "The form of things". 

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A cardboard deer transformation

Jun 9, 2013

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 Some of the items used for this collage, including the deer head, are an excellent idea for gifts for Father's day.
I have to say that from all of the project I've done so far, this one has been the easiest one to make. With all the buzz that's been around quite a while now about deer and animal heads as accents pieces in decoration; I knew it was time for me to hang mine. The revelation came while I was in Michael's the other day looking for something for another project, when suddenly making an acute U-turn in one of the alleys, my eyes got struck by the sight of two beautiful carton deer head styles. The price was unbelievable, and the possibilities of crafting were endless. So, I grabbed one determined to hang it just as it was, anywhere in my home. But then I thought "what about paint it all white to make it look more porcelain-like?". Not a bad idea at all. Just then I remembered that I've recently bought a gift wrapping paper at HomeGoods that resembled an old newspaper, and that this would be a great way to decorate the head.
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I've made this photo styling using the deer head for the #8decoshots challenge on Instagram. To find out more about this, visit me on Instagram. We are running this fun game monthly. Join us! (Address on the IG button above)
So now with hands full and head tumbling with ideas, I headed home. The first thing I did was to paint the deer antlers with a gold spray I had at home. I used for this project Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in gold from Home Depot, because It dries to the touch very fast and the shine it gives resembles the one of gold-leaf paper.

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While those antlers were drying, I started cutting my gift wrapping paper. This paper was so nice and interesting because they were different 1800's newspaper ads collage like the real thing back on those days. So I cut many in different sizes. I have to confess this task took some time but not because of the difficulty, it took time because I read each one of them. I found one that read "Coffee 21 cents the pound" wow!
So after reading and cutting, I started to paste each of the ads in different positions to give this deer head an interesting look. I simply used spray paint for this task and I only glued the ads on the outside of the head, not inside.

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At the end of the project, I thought of giving a tint over the ads I just pasted to give them an old look. Though I didn't do it, I know it would have given this little cardboard taxidermy a great final. Hope you've enjoyed this project. Throw me a comment to let me know.

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