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    April 14, 2014
    Flower Power

    Lovely Flower Tea Chimes from Anthropologie, $28-$68.


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    January 27, 2014
    Hanging Out

    This is a great way to bring plants indoors without using up all of the counter / furniture-top space that you could otherwise use to leave your stacks of unread mail and pocket change. Or decorative items. Whatever floats your boat. All you need is a length of pipe, rope or wire, a few hooks and a level.  Via Blood & Champagne. 

     


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    January 21, 2014
    Etsy Find: The Right Address

    Amazing metal address plaque that doubles as a succulent planter. $250 from Urban Mettle.


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    July 9, 2013
    Glam in the Garden

    There are some things you just don’t think you’ll ever see. One of those things is a designer hose caddy (with matching hose). These are made in Sweden by Garden Glory and cost 110 € - 275 €. Via Poppytalk.


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    June 12, 2013
    Leather and Lace

    I was surprised to find out that this beautiful leather plant hanger is a DIY, and even more surprised to find out that it is relatively easy to make. Get the full instructions at Design Sponge.


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    June 5, 2013
    Too Cute

    I found this while searching for a watering can on Amazon. Sadly, I had to go with a larger, galvanized number. Gnute the Gnome watering can, $13.88.

     


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    June 4, 2013
    Style Steal: Ikea Brommo

    The Ikea Brommo ($60) is definitely one of those outdoor pieces that is just begging to be brought indoors. It’s got a classic mid-century look that could easily be dressed up with a sheepskin or a Kilim pillow. A very similar chair (below) fits beautifully into an elegant modern living room.


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    May 30, 2013
    Urban Gardening

    I grew up in the suburbs and, until recently, always had at least a little bit of yard. But, for the last two years, I’ve lived in condos. I have to admit I miss growing things – especially tomatoes. You just can’t beat a homegrown tomato. So, now that things are warming up here in LA, I have to admit I’m obsessing about how to get some gardening in. My apartment has no balcony, so I’ve been mulling over a couple of possible solutions, like the planters above which could be hung in front of a window. They’re made from repurposed rain gutters.

    Another window hanging solution. With enough of these, I could ditch my ugly mini blinds.

    Plants can end up taking up valuable stuff-stashing real estate in a small place. This white oak planter is great because it offers a little extra storage.

    And for those of us who have trouble keeping up with our keys, much less our plants, a really nice looking self-watering number from Uncommon Goods.


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    May 29, 2013
    Herb Garden Ikea Hack

    Curbly featured an interesting Ikea hack which transforms the VURM wine rack into an indoor garden. My only concern is finding pint glasses that fit securely into the openings. They didn’t include a link to the glasses they used.


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    May 14, 2013
    Backyard Bananagrams

    I had never heard of the game Bananagrams, but Wikipedia tells me that it is similar to Take Two (a variant of Scrabble I’ve also never heard of – seriously, I’ve been missing out!). The gist is that you have a pile of letters and you arrange them into a word grid. The first person to deplete their pile of letters wins. Usually the word tiles come in a banana-shaped pouch, and are, you know, small. But these are made from cardboard and designed for play outside. Sounds like my kind of summer fun.


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