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.

Pretty $4 pot from Ryan’s Relics. Now inhabited by a thriving dracaena. 
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…

Some type of fern, along with planting basket, both originally from IKEA. Found the perfect spot for it!
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!
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! 🙂


Because “I liked scotch.”

Today’s post, a guest contribution from my friend Kath, showcases a unique hand-me-down.


Kath: When my grandmother downsized into a smaller apartment, I was given this decanter set because “I liked scotch.”


Belonging to my great – grandmother, this Tantalus decanter features a locking mechanism on the top – to keep your expensive spirits safe from either your househould staff, or young teens (depending on the home). Initially, the Tantalus cabinets were meant to showcase your expensive spirits in an appealing way, prior to the cheaper store bought bottles we use today.

Unfortunately for me, I accidentally locked it, and have no idea where the keys would be. I am also missing the third brass label – which, I’m going to hazard a guess, was bourbon. Even though they are empty and will presumably never contain alcohol, I enjoy looking at the set and the connection with my family (and their love of whiskey).

What an interesting family treasure. An added bonus: free!  🙂