Monday, November 6, 2017

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
Baby girl is supposed to make her debut in about two weeks, so I am trying to show you the projects completed to make room for her. Since we decided to use Ian's room as the nursery, I transformed Zion's room into a shared space for him and Ian. The changes made were minor, but still big on impact and of course the map mural still shines in the design. 

Although the bed pictured also transforms into a bunk bed(see below), and the boys have slept on it countless times as a bunk bed, I was a bit concerned about the quality of sleep Ian would be receiving since he would be at the bottom bunk and in this room, the vents are in the floor, not the ceiling.

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
bed as a bunk bed

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
After giving it some thought, we decided to go with two matching twin beds.  

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before

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
after

I also repainted the walls from the green pictured above to Benjamin Moore Brittany Blue. It's a soothing palette and goes great with the accent wall below.

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
You might remember when I painted this wall with paint from the Aphrochic line

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom


A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom

A Shared Space to Make Room for Baby- design addict mom
It was an easy transition as the boys would spend time in each others rooms anyway. I think going to the separate beds(in our case) was a great idea. They both have been sleeping great and seem to really enjoy sharing a room. xx

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except for 3rd pic, images are by photographer, Lea Hartman


Friday, October 27, 2017

A Sweet Girl's Happy Place Enveloped in Pretty Pastel Colors


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Pastel colors reign in this lovely girls bedroom. Recently my friend's daughter,  Evie, opted to make over her bedroom for her birthday. She chose this lovely pastel color for her wall which really makes the white furniture pop. A few days ago, while she was in school, I added and styled her bed with this whimsical quilt and pillows from the Happy Places Shopkin Bedroom Collection that I was gifted from the kind folks at Moose Toys.

A Sweet Girl's Happy Place Enveloped in Pretty Pastel Colors- design addict mom
The colors in the pillow and quilt go so perfectly with the wall color, you'd think they were the inspiration for the room design. The Happy Places Shopkin Bedroom Collection is available exclusively at Target.

A Sweet Girl's Happy Place Enveloped in Pretty Pastel Colors- design addict mom
So pretty, right? Evie was so thrilled about her surprise pieces from the Happy Shopkin Bedroom collection when she came home from school. Btw, I'd also like to add that Evie's Mom, Lea(who is also the talented photographer i work with all the time), made that beautiful piece of art above the bed. She taped off a canvas to form that design and used left over paint from various projects to paint the different areas-such a genius idea!


* Although I was gifted these pieces, the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. 


images: Lea Hartman for Design Addict Mom

Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Maintain Your Houseplants During the Fall and Winter Months

How to Maintain Your Houseplants During the Fall and Winter Months- designaddictmom
Doesn't Glory the Fig look fabulous? 

Now that the weather has dropped during the evenings, my plants were no longer safe on the porch, so I decided to take them all inside. But how does one maintain his/her plants during the Fall and Winter months? Here are some tips from the experts over at The Old Farmer's Almanac on how to care for your plants late Fall into the Winter months:


How to Maintain Your Houseplants During the Fall and Winter Months- designaddictmom


LIGHT

Most flowering plants need to be within three feet of a sunny window.
Most plants require 12 to 16 hours of light per day.


WATER

In late fall, water houseplants sparingly until the light begins to increase in the new year.
More houseplants die from overwatering than from anything else.
Water plants with room-temperature water.
Add a few drops of ammonia to one quart of water used for houseplants; it will improve foliage color and increase growth.
Water houseplants in unglazed clay pots frequently.
Frequent mistings under the leaves of houseplants will discourage spider mites.
If your houseplant leaves are dripping, even when you haven’t watered, it’s trying to rid itself of excess water (a process called “guttation”). This makes a plant vulnerable to disease-causing bacteria, so you’ll want to avoid this problem by reducing the amount of water you’re giving the plant, especially in winter months. Also, watch those drips because they contain salts, sugars, and other organics that could stain whatever it is they’re dripping on.

HUMIDITY

Most houseplants are happiest when the relative humidity is 50 percent or higher.
Group houseplants near each other to form a support group to cope with the low humidity of most winter homes.

FERTILIZER

In winter,  feed sparingly; house plants will be sensitive to overfeeding at this time of year.

How to Maintain Your Houseplants During the Fall and Winter Months- designaddictmom

PESTS

To get rid of bugs in houseplants, push a clove of garlic into the plant’s soil. If the garlic sprouts and grows, just cut it back.
Spider mites are apt to thrive in warm, dry houses. Frequent misting under the leaves of houseplants will discourage them. A solution of 1 cup flour, ¼ cup buttermilk, and a gallon of cool water, applied in a mist, is a good organic deterrent.
Your houseplants may sprout bugs once brought inside your house because they no longer have outdoor predators.
Remove aphids from houseplants with a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water and add a drop of dishwashing detergent. Apply this to troubled plants with a soft brush.

WINTER MONTHS

In colder regions, houseplants that have been outside for the summer should be brought in at the end of of July. A sudden cold spell will be too much of a shock for them to survive. This is also a good time to take cuttings.
It’s also good to bring in plants before you start heating your home. This gives them a chance to adjust. Wash them thoroughly before bringing them in to rid them of any pests and eggs.
You can also dig up your rosemary, basil, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, English thyme, parsley, and chives to grow them inside as houseplants. Keep them in a cool, sunny spot, and allow the soil to dry out before watering. Snip off the leaves as needed in the kitchen, but do not strip them completely.
Divide and re-pot any pot-bound plants so they will grow well during spring and summer. Prune judiciously to create a compact, attractive specimen.
Provide extra protection to houseplants on windowsills if it is very cold. Place cardboard between the plants and the glass. Be sure the plants don’t touch the windowpanes.
As houseplants are growing more slowly in December light, cut down on watering by half until active growth resumes. Hold off on fertilizing as well.
If your plants seem a little worse for the winter, provide lots of sunlight, fresh air, and frequent bathing.

I hope my plant lovers found this information useful and here's to healthy and thriving plants. xx



images of my home by Lea Hartman

plant tips via The Old Farmer's Almanac