Inspirational window sills

Jul 31, 2013

Window sills are a great opportunity to show your collection of antique vases.
For many of us window sills are great areas that most of the time receive direct natural light. These little nooks can often pass unnoticed, so wouldn't it be nice to add some personal touch to yours? The window sills can be adorned with anything going from plants to a collection of colored bottles. What ever your heart fancies, here are some lovely photos to get you inspired.

Sometimes we have windows sills near the kitchen. If this is your case, feel free to place your cooking books here. This will add a personal touch to the space (Photo: A Place to Dream). For the terrarium lovers, window sills are the best place for this little small worlds (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens).
Add a little color either by painting the frame of the window (Photo: Elle Interior) or by placing some colorful glass or vases (Photo: Skonahem).
Glasses around the window sills can be a great opportunity to let more light go in. On the photo at the left by Moon to Moon the glasses double function as vases for air-plants (How fabulous!!). On the photo at the right, the big aqua vases are a wonderful sublime accent for windows (Photo: House Doctor Dk).
Can't get enough of this gorgeous amber color vases. Did you noticed my window treatment? Made out of newspaper! Talk about recycling. (Photo: I don't know how she does it)

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A heavenly succulent nursery

Jul 25, 2013


Last weekend I discovered a heavenly place in South Florida called Isaac Farms. If you are a fan of succulents as I am, this place for sure will be your dream come true. They have a huge variety of these types of plants besides bromeliads, bougainvilleas and air-plants just to name a few. One of the owners of this spectacular nursery, the lovely Isabel, was very kind to guide me through the place and to point out some of their beautiful succulents based on a photo I showed her. Needless to say I spend more than an hour in the farm mesmerized at all the beauties and trying to decide which plant to take home. At the end I picked 15 different succulents which I used some on my latest tutorial, Succulents on a Basket.

Loving the soft colors of these selections. 
Here I'll present you some some pictures of the plants that captured my attention the most (with the consent of Isabel). Hope you like my collages and if you are in the area, don't forget to visit Isaac Farm. They are open 7 days a week! To contact them you can visit their website and also through their Facebook page were they have more pictures of the place. Thank you Isabel for your generous kindness!

I call this collage "The spikiest ones"
The beauty and the rare.

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Succulents on a basket


I've always loved succulents in any of their forms. And for a time now I've been dreaming on doing something special with them. During one of my HomeGoods visits, I found a lovely basket on the Clearance section (only $10) and felt in love with it. With new basket at hand, I realized that this would be the perfect carrier for my new project: a Succulent Basket.

1. Materials 2. Remember to take a picture for remember the layout for later. 3. Pour the soil inside the screen
For this project I went to a succulent nursery here in South Florida called Isaac Farms (I'll later post pictures of this heavenly place). With a great selection of these types of plants, it was very difficult to just pick a few. Besides the succulents and the basket, I also used organic potting soil (available at Home Depot), some twine and a roll of charcoal fiberglass screen (also from Home Depot).
The first thing I did was to cut a big piece of the fiberglass screen to place inside the basket. The size will vary depending on the container you are using. This screen will prevent the soil from getting out of the basket but at the same time will help with the draining. Remember these plants don't like to be drown with water! Now, I layout the succulents (still on their original pots) inside the basket to get a better idea of how they will look once planted. Make sure to take a photo of this so you'll remember the placing for later. Now I filled the area of the screen with the soil and removed with scissors the excess at the top.

I secure the screen and soil for when this baby goes on my wall.
Now for the tricky part; in the future (when the succulents grow a bit more) I'm planning on hanging this basket on the wall. With this idea in mind, I have to secure the soil and the screen to the basket. The way I did this was by using some twine around the top part of the screen (sewing it to the border of the basket as shown on pictures 1 and 2). I also made some stitching on the bottom of the basket to really secure the screen (you can do this step before pouring the soil). Once the soil was in, I pressed it down to make sure it would stay firm and placed another layer of screen (picture 3) on top of the soil. I also sew this to the basket (pictures 4 and 5).

So many varieties of succulents available at the Isaac Fams. As you can see on this photo, I removed the soil they came with and added it to the one in the basket.
To plant my succulents I just snip some holes sparingly but according to my previous setting (the one I took the photo) and used a pencil to dig holes. As you'll see by the final picture, without even being at their top sizes, these beauties are making my basket look like a million dollar accent. I can't wait to see them all grown at their fullest. I'll keep you all posted for when this basket is ready to be hang on the wall but until then, let me know what you think of this project. What other container would you've used? What flowers of plants would you've preferred instead of succulents?


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Playing with candy

Jul 19, 2013


I have to confess that when someone speaks of pastel colors, the image that come into to my mind is of some sort of 1980's nightmare. But thankfully as years gone by (and a lot of color therapy later) I can now speak of pastels as if nothing ever happened. These colors are quickly making a comeback and for me, ready or not, is an opportunity to taste the waters (or should I say the candies!).
So in order to prepare myself for what was coming, I went into my nearest supermarket (yes, you read correctly) to look for some sort of sweet inspiration that might help me in my quest of pastels. After grabbing lots of goodies, I arranged them trying to look for the colors that really stand out. As you can see this mess ended up in a selection of four color groups: "Less than Tweety yellows", "Minty Wasabi greens", "Cotton Candy pinks" and "Easter Bunny blues and purples" (All fake names!).
For the "Less than Tweety yellows" we have from Glidden: Buttercup, Buttered Sweet Corn and Fresh Pineapple.  On the "Minty Wasabi greens" group there are Lime Sorbet and Spring Leaf also from Glidden  On the "Cotton Candy pinks" are Peony from Martha Stewart and from Glidden Sugar Pansy Pink and Pink Carnation. Last but not least the "Easter Bunny blues and purples" with Lagoon from Martha Stewart and from Glidden True Turquoise, Sugared Plum and Lavender Phlox.
And if still you don't have a clue of where to use these colors, I leave you with some ideas on how to incorporate them on the interiors.
On the interiors a bit of pastels here and there can never hurt anyone. As you'll see by these photos, you can incorporate chairs with sublime candy colors. The trick here is to use these types of colors on statement pieces such as the Egg chair on the photo at the left or the pink Windsor style chairs on the right.
A mix of candy colors on the walls can make any room turned from bland to WOW! On the outside, although a little risky, the coral of the wall and the aqua of the door are just amazing.
Now, where would you apply these colors? What are your favorite sweet candy colors? Lets chat!
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I'm a winner of #GiveMeTheArt

Photo from Beautiful Hello Blog (usage permitted by Emily Jeffords)
I recently met via Instagram a talented young lady named Emily Jeffords. On her blog, Beautiful Hello Blog, you will find inspiration everywhere you look. With just one glimpse you will notice how everything is so perfectly design and flawless, so thought through.
On her Instagram account, Emily was having a giveaway called #GiveMeTheArt (I just love that hashtag) in which, in order to participate, one must submit a photo of a wall or shelf around the house where the art she was giving away could be placed.
So guess what?!?! I won!!! And I could be happier! The piece I won is one of her original arts and I can't wait to show it to you. In the meantime you can go and visit her gorgeous page, Beautiful Hello Blog, to see work or on her Facebook. Pinkie promise you won't regret it!

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Spirograph art for your wall

Jul 18, 2013

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Who hasn't played with Spirograph before? When I was a little girls, I remember playing vaguely with them. But now that I see those intricate forms, I can not resist the urge to play with them again. Spirograph is an instruments that allows us to make patterns, mostly with curves and circles. The final result of the design will depend mostly of the size of the molds one is using. I personally love the forms produced after much swirling and twisting. The more turns I do, the more I love the result.
For some time now I wanted to do a mix of acrylics with these Spirograph, so I decided to do an easy tutorial with some simple materials. Refer to the image below for the list.
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For this project all you'll need is an old (very old) book, the Spirograph (believe it or not, mine was from my nearest supermarket, Publix), acrylic paint  (I'm using kid's acrylics from Target, the colors are gorgeous), a white colored pencil, a paper punch (this one is from EK available at Michaels) and some brushes (the one above is from Martha Stewart collection also available from Michaels).
After cutting some pages from the old book, proceed to paint in them very freely. I grabbed some colors and started painting adding more water as I brush to sort of take some intensity and to add some levels of tones. After you are all done (remember there is no specific technique for this kind of painting), let the paper dry. Since I wanted it to dry faster, I carefully ironed them. After all dry, I cut a nice wavy curve on one of the borders using a paper punch to give it a cute detail. Then the fun part stared! Using the Spirograph I did some forms, trying in some instances to layer and mix them. Again, use your imagination for this. To make the whole paper a little bit interesting, I use some rubber stamps which I painted using the same acrylics. And that's it! I wrote some "love" words over it all, but you can skip this part if you wish.

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These little works of art can be hanged from the wall using a bit of washi tape or they can also be framed. Let me know your thought about this easy tutorial and share your ideas on using the Spirograph.

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Vintage inspired apps

Jul 11, 2013

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I'm using on the iPad MiTypewriter and on the iPhone the 60s 70s app.
I'm not a techie or a digital connoisseur. But one thing I do love and can talk for hours is vintage. I adore the vibe and look of old things and, while searching for an application, I found some pretty amazing ones with great antique/vintage skins. Here is a quick list of apps for iPhones or iPads in case you are interested.

MiTypewriter: Just line an old typewriter, it also makes that funny noise when you hit each keyboard. This app is for iPads ($1.99 iTunes)
60s 70s: A music player that gets music from your iTunes library and plays it with various vintage radio designs. For iPhones and iPads (Free iTunes)
Vintage Camera: One of many great free apps that can turn your phone into an antique camera. Is like taking pics while using your grandpa's photographic equipment.
Vintage Bokeh: If you like the bokeh effect in your photos, you'll love this app. It applies vintage light bokeh to your camera live view. For iPads and iPhones ($0.99 iTunes)
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Small trip to San Francisco, CA

Jul 10, 2013

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Recently I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco, or "The City" as some of you may call it. Although the visit only lasted for a couple of days (and I was touring along and with a baby still on a stroller), I had the opportunity to see some interesting areas while in town. I really don't want to bore you with the "bla, bla, bla", so I'm leaving you with some visuals with a brief description of them. Hope you enjoy!

Alcatraz: 

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Looking from near the Fisherman's Wharf you'll get the first glimpse to the Alcatraz Island
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Although infamous to some by all the ghost stories, this mythical place surely has an incredible and strange vibe. As you can see, the day was very bright and beautiful making the architecture of this place seem far more interesting that in some photos I've seeing before.

Japanese Tea Garden: 

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This is for the zen at heart. I wanted to stay there all day since the peace one feels is incredible. I have a short video of some interesting corners of the Japanese Tea Garden on my Instagram account, so feel free to take a peek.
These are some of the photos I've uploaded from this trip to my Instagram. Go over and visit me for more pics.

Musée Mécanique (Mechanic Museum): 

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Love this place! Everything is so old and vintage. Each of the machines had a story to tell. 
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The Musee Mecanique is filled with lots of fortune teller and animated pictures machines.

Nature and architecture: 

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Never in my life I've seen a display like this! What a feast for my eyes was to see these pine cones still in the tree. 
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For more pictures visit my Instagram acccount. 
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