Archive for March, 2009

Budget Blooms: The March Mix

I’m back to share my cheap-o monthly bouquet (a super sweet Christmas present from the hubs). This time to usher in March I grabbed a mixed bunch:

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One of the fun things about a varied assortment means the scenery changes when you spin the vase (or the old-bathroom-drinking-glass-turned-vase). Here’s the same arrangement from another angle.

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One big pink beauty plus some fun lime colored blooms along with some smaller pink cuties = love.

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But you know we love to get at least two arrangements out of one $4.99 grocery store bouquet (making each arrangement less than $2.50). Here’s the other half:

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Look at those fun purple flowers. The flowers have flowers! Little white blooms erupting like barnacles.

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What do you guys think of my March mix? Do you know what kind of flowers they are? The thing about getting two flower arrangements for under five beans is that they don’t really come with any information at all. And my flower knowledge is seriously limited.

The biggest surprise so far in our cheap grocery store bouquet “experiment” is how long they last. Each month’s bouquet always looks lovely for at least three weeks (changing the water every few days and recutting the stems once a week seems to help). Both my January and February flowers went strong for over 21 days each. Here’s to my March mix taking me all the way into April!

And speaking of April, has spring sprung for you guys? Anything you’re doing to usher in the warmer weather? From spring cleaning to annual planting, we’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Matt & Michelle’s Design Dilemma

When we heard that Matt and Michelle needed our help with their living room, we fired up the laptop and got right down to business. Here’s their letter:

We like a room that’s traditional/modern and we like the look of Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Arhaus. The living room has all new furniture that we’d like to keep, but we’d like to replace the rug and bring in some window treatments, art, and accessories. We are really looking for ideas for the bookshelves and accessories & wall art in the room. We’d like to keep the wooden box that’s located on the right side of the shelves. We aren’t sure about lighting because the sofa and end tables aren’t up against a wall so we can’t have lamps on them. I really want new pillows for the sofa. We know you only do one room but if you had a suggestion for window treatments for the sunroom we would really appreciate it. We just painted the room a light green but are open to painting the back of the bookshelves. When it comes to color, we like blues, gray, taupes, and greens. I wouldn’t mind  splashes of color in accessories/wall art.We look forward to seeing what you come up with! We really enjoy looking at your website! -Matt and Michelle

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This living room has potential to spare, so here’s the plan:

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And now for the mood board breakdown.

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