“Tee-se-itse (Do-it-yourself) TUESDAY!” A Simple Garden

It’s “tee-se-itse TUESDAY!” That’s “do-it-yourself” in Finnish! If you’re like me, you’d love to have a beautiful vegetable or herb garden, but just don’t have the time. Why not create your own simple “tee-se-itse” simple garden? It can be as manageable as you need it to be. For me, a few herbs in pots will do!

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I like the idea of making your little garden decorative and using out-of-the-ordinary items like tea cups. You can recycle and use ordinary aluminum cans.

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Simple terra cotta pots on a window sill in your kitchen can make you smile.

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I rediscovered an old white bench I had in our garage and moved it to our garden. I planted oregano, thyme, basil and strawberries in inexpensive terra cotta pots. I placed it in a sunny location.

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I smile everytime I see it.

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My son, Constantine, likes to put our bunny, Snowball, near the herbs to see if he’ll eat them. Constantine also loves watering the herbs and watching them grow.

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I love my simple and manageable “tee-se-itse” garden!

A Simple Picnic Table No More

Looking for a new dining table but living on a budget? Why not use a simple picnic table? That’s right! A picnic table! Look how some designers incorporated a simple picnic table into chic and sophisticated interior design.
You can keep it rustic or paint it. I love the idea of mixing it with an elegant chandelier. Remember, a modern approach is all about the mix!

 

A simple picnic table can really be transformed into a traditional-looking piece of furniture. Looks great in a dining room or kitchen.

You can emphasize its rustic-ness with shabby-chic accessories, integrate it into an industrial edgy look or dress it up for a more sophisticated and refined approach.
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Che figata FRIDAY! … Patterned Paint Rollers.

It’s “Che figata FRIDAY!” (that’s cool, in Italian!) I stumbled upon the coolest thing ever! Patterned paint rollers! You can use the rollers as an alternative to wallpaper. Or paint a pattern on a piece of furniture or fabric.

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You no longer have to worry about being an amateur artist. The roller does the painting for you.

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These patterned paint rollers come from Clare Bosanquet at The Painted House. She brought the idea to the UK from Romania.

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Che figata FRIDAYSo adorable! And very affordable. Che decisamente figata! (That’s definitely cool!)

 

Mother’s Day at Spring Lake

Here in the United States we celebrate a special day commemorating all the hard-working Mothers… Mother’s Day. Every year my husband and I pack up our three kids in the car and head for the Jersey Shore to spend the day running on the beach, flying kites and just hanging out together as a family. One of our favorite locations is Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Spring Lake Beach

Spring Lake Beach

Spring Lake, NJ

Spring Lake, NJ

It was a perfect day in a beautiful town where the shore is lined with breathtaking mansions and beach houses. While my husband and kids were flying kites, I took a little stroll.

Mansion on the shore.

Mansion on the shore.

Beach House at Spring Lake, NJ

Beach House at Spring Lake, NJ

Beach House at Spring Lake

Beach House at Spring Lake

Many of the homes have sprawling lawns, large porches and colorful awnings.

Spring Lake Beach House

Spring Lake Beach House

Manson on the beach

Manson on the beach

The streets are lined with large trees and lavish green lawns.

House with a wrap-around porch.

House with a wrap-around porch.

Spring Lake, NJ beach house

Spring Lake, NJ beach house

I even caught a glimpse of a bride and groom having their picture taken by a photographer!

Bride & Groom at Spring Lake Beach

Bride & Groom at Spring Lake Beach

After drying off and trying to get all the sand off our bodies, we enjoyed a pizza in the adorable Spring Lake town. I plan on going back during the week to window shop!

Town of Spring Lake, NJ

Town of Spring Lake, NJ

I had a lovely Mother’s Day at a wonderful beach and a fun dinner with my family in a quaint and picturesque town.

Che figata! FRIDAY (That’s cool, in Italian)

 

Happy Friday! Here are some fun do-it-yourself candle holders that I think are very cool…

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Wisk candle holders (above) from Chez Pixie. Unique and industrial-looking. Would look great hanging from tree branches or around a deck or patio.

Cement goblet tea light holders (above). An easy diy project using a simple cement mix and plastic cups. Another industrial-looking décor piece. Paint a terra cotta color and sand them down for a French look right out of Provence!

Twine tea lights (above). What a simple idea. Use double-sided tape and twine to give plain tea lights an organic and natural look. Would look great lined up on a fireplace mantle or down the middle of a table. So cute and so simple.

Paper covered tea lights (above). Another simple yet cute idea using ordinary tea lights! With double-sided tape or glue, apply patterned paper to the sides of basic tea lights to decorate for a theme party. Would look adorable for a baby or wedding shower. Use maps for a going away party!

I hope you have a wonderful “Che Figata! FRIDAY” by finding cool things that inspire you!

Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

In the small town of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico the fine art of weaving rugs has existed for centuries dating back to 500 BC. The Zapotec Indians of Teotitlán create hand-crafted rugs and other textiles from wool and natural dyes. The designs and dye palettes are unique to each family’s tradition.

The colorful geometric patterns reflect artistic traditions of the Southwest, Latin America and Asia.

I love the Mexican/Southwestern/Spanish influence in interior design:  earthy tones, arched entryways, heavy woods, colorful tiles and stucco walls. I also love blending it with other design approaches. I found some interior design ideas that do just that:  Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

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Although not very modern at the core, the bedroom above at modenews.zalando.nl reflects a more traditional Mexican feel with ornate woods, conventional décor and lots of decorative textiles. It has a modern sense with its mix of the southwest. I love it.

By incorporating Mexican textiles as rugs and pillows, an otherwise modern or minimalist room can reflect a natural warmth.

A simple Mexican textile can add an eclectic surprise even when remaining monochromatic (below).

You can mix a single rug into a sparce space to keep lines simple and clean (from plastolux.com above) or layer several textiles for a more dramatic effect (below).

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Clean white stucco walls and coarse elements as raw woods conjure up an earthy Mexican image.

Touches of colorful textiles, ornate woods, ornate iron elements and simple stoneware exude a southwestern feel.

Simple flat weave rugs whether Mexican, Indian or Persian can accentuate any form of modern design.

Traditional Mexican colors mixed into your home’s interior can add a southwestern feel. I adore the fiesta ware below from Diane Keaton’s home in Architectural Digest and featured on cactuscreekdaily.com.

I hope you have enjoyed the Mexican design style with a modern twist. Here’s how I’ve incorporated a bit of Mexican style into my own home…

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My Fiestaware Kitchen!

My California Mission tiles.

My California Mission tiles.

My Mexican inspired deck.

My Mexican inspired deck.

I love the Mexican style with a modern twist. It is an eclectic and non-conforming approach which reflects a modern design sense –  that is all about the mix!

Tina voi, tina voi – What to do with a tin can?

With three children, we use a lot of ordinary tin cans. Normally, I throw them into our recycling bin, until I came across the beautiful tablescape below featured on Déco en Nuances.

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My ordinary recyclable items became tina voi – the beautiful Finnish word for tin can. Its amazing how they can be transformed into elegant centerpieces and décor.

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Its incredible how such an everyday item that is usually discarded can be utilized in so many different ways.

 

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You can strip the labels off and let the natural aluminum shine or keep them on to add to your décor. Finding vintage cans at junk stores, antique shops and yard sales is a great idea.

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They can be used as containers in so many different ways.

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Covering them with decorative paper can add to a theme – spring, baby shower, destination wedding, etc.

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I loved the idea of spray painting them a gold/copper color and using them as vases. So I began by collecting various cans over time.

My own aluminum cans.

My own aluminum cans.

I bought a metallic spray paint and sprayed each one.

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My spray painted cans.

Like Deco en Nuances, I added white flowers for an elegant monochromatic look.

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I love my “tina voi” tablescape!

globalknockoffstincans2A simple, inexpensive yet elegant décor piece! Now, I know exactly what to do with a tin can!

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