My green sanctuary.

It’s no secret that I love plants–particularly houseplants. I have a ton of them in my apartment, centered around two large windows facing northeast. Many of the plants and/or their pots are result from bargain-hunting, or were acquired recently as freebies.

I scored these two beautiful pots from separate thrifting missions.

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Pretty $4 pot from Ryan’s Relics. Now inhabited by a thriving dracaena. 
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8 inch antique brass pot – $10 from the Habitat Restore. ISO inhabitant!

 

Some friends of mine recently moved overseas, and before they left, they entrusted me with some of their lovely green friends. Yep– free plants! Here they are…

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Some type of fern, along with planting basket, both originally from IKEA. Found the perfect spot for it!
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This gorgeous purple vine plant is called a Wandering Jew. Hope it gets enough light here in the window sill. The vines are several feet long!
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Evidently this is an Imperial philodendron. Needs to be repotted and could use some fertilizer!

 

See this previous post and this previous post for more greenery-related wins! 🙂

Tiny treasures from LCR.

Yesterday I visited one of my favorite thrift stores, Lancaster Creative Reuse. You might remember this place from my post a couple months back (“Spotlight: LCR.”). Anyways, yesterday I picked up a bunch of cool items for a whopping total of $7.47!

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I even decorated my receipt.

 

So, here are my cheap thrills from LCR.

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Teeny brass incense holder.
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Assorted bits of tile. So pretty!
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Mix & match Scrabble letters.
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Small blue & white flower pot.

 

In addition to these tiny treasures, I also picked up a glass jug (which I proceeded to break within a couple of hours), and a rather perplexing brass decor item that I will share with you at a later time.

Do you have any tiny treasures? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Upcyling.

While I don’t do it as often as I’d like, upcycling is a creative DIY activity that can save you $. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy feeling like they got something new for practically nothing?

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Let’s start with the small glass vases. Basically, I thrifted them from Goodwill, bought some cheap paint from Michael’s in a fun color, and coated the insides of the vases with the paint. Honestly, though, getting the paint to spread evenly was tougher than it looks. I used this website for guidance.

Similar deal with the two flower pots — I got a couple of plain terra cotta pots and simply painted them anew. I spray-painted the turquoise one, while I used a paintbrush for the darker blue. If you plan on putting your pots outside, definitely make sure you purchase outdoor paint or use some type of appropriate sealant. Here’s a helpful how-to website. Also, the little sprouts you see inside of the pots are baby succulents that have resulted from my attempt to propagate–another budget-friendly DIY move. They’re taking their sweet time growing, though!

Lastly, the larger succulent (bottom right) sits in a re-purposed candle container that was originally purchased from Anthropologie. Such a beautiful container–why throw it away when the candle is gone? My friend Katie was the one who originally thought to use it for succulents, and a great idea it was. In fact, you can use pretty much anything as a succulent container–just make sure you find a way to address the drainage issue. Katie lined the bottom of this one with marbles; you could also use stones or something similar.

Do you have any affordable upcycling ideas or tips? Please comment and share! ❤

Plants are pretty much always the answer.

We’ve all experienced it: you find a piece of furniture that you absolutely love, except it’s got a flaw. Maybe it’s chipped, or scuffed, or discolored. Yet, because of this defect, the item is on sale. We are tempted to buy, yet ask ourselves: Is it worth it? Do I really want to spend my money on a flawed item?

I did.

While browsing Craigslist one day, I came across an adorable (second-hand) mid-century modern square coffee table listed for $5! What a steal, I thought. But then, I took a closer look at the photos and noticed a huge water stain on the center of the table. “Ah,” I mused. “Now I get it.”

At this point, however, I had become emotionally invested in the table. “I’ll find a way to make it work,” I insisted to myself. “I’ll cover the water mark with something.” And then it hit me: a plant. A nice big plant. I would re-purpose this coffee table by using it as an accent table/plant stand.

And, voila!

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There’s more to me than meets the eye.
A lovely pothos plant, with its graceful trailing vines, was the perfect centerpiece for this table. Additionally, the teacup and saucer are strategically perched on the table’s corner in order to conceal a smaller water stain, this time my fault. :-/

I’m still totally smitten with this little guy, flaws and all.

Are you as plant-obsessed as I am? I’d love to hear about a time when a plant solved one of your decorating problems. Comment below!