We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy.
For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.
Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.
The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.
The home that I decorated in East Falls is finally complete! This space is the home of my friends Holly, Dan, and their daughter Piper. We started with a blank slate by using white paint throughout the first floor and up the stairs. Everything was painted the same shade, Snowbound by Sherwin Williams, even the trim. The house was previously painted yellow, and the white really brightened up the rooms.
The asian flower art above I picked up at an estate sale. The green shadow box was from Joann fabric.
The light fixture was originally black with chandelier bulbs. We spray painted it red and added new modern round bulbs, which completely transformed this light fixture. The total cost to update the light was about $30. That is a huge savings compared to buying a new light, which would have been at least $100.
The shelving unit above is from IKEA. This shelving unit is very versatile and affordable. It comes in many different sizes and also in the more basic black or white. We wanted to inject some color into the space, so we went with red. The light above was spray painted to match.
The view above is what you see when you walk in the front door. Dan had the great idea to use the Velvet Underground Andy Warhol poster. It matches perfectly with the smaller Andy Warhol prints. Do you remember them? They are from a DIY that I shared with you before. Most of them ended up in this space, along with some art that Dan and Holly already owned. The lamps are from Target, the side table is from Joann fabric, the coffee table is from IKEA, and the chair on the left is from Homegoods. The cactus and succulents are from a wonderful new shop in East Falls, which you need to check out. It’s called Vault + Vine and they have a great selection of plants, gifts, and coffee. It’s a win, win.
Dan also found the pillows below. How could I say no to Big Lebowski pillows? I couldn’t, and they’re awesome. The sofa is the Monroe from West Elm in celestial blue velvet.
The entryway I have blogged about before, but here are a couple new shots.
The amazing mirror and rug are from an estate sale. The secretary desk is from Craigslist, and the light and ceramic dogs are (mostly) from homegoods. Using a secretary as an entryway table is a great way to hide all the clutter that collects by the front door.
You won’t believe the transformation. Here are the photos from before:
What do you think? I think it looks incredible! And all of this was done on a budget of 3k. That was the initial budget, but it actually came in closer to 2k. We found a lot of great deals and we DIYed where we could.
Let me know if you need help decorating your space, and we can work on a plan to tackle it!
I just picked up this beauty from the upholsters. Look how great it turned out! The before was a sad and very aged cream nubby fabric. Now this chair is as amazing as it was meant to be! Find it at the Clover Market this Sunday, September 10.
Vintage MCM Chair
Vintage Swivel MCM Chair
Find me at the Clover Market!
I’ll also have these wooden candle sticks, bowls and containers. Mark your calendars!
I thought it was about time to makeover the brand*eye home brand, so I worked with Sarah from Wellstruck to create a new logo and brand style. I am so excited with the results! You will notice that my brand looks a lot more polished and professional and I thank Sarah for making it all come to life. Let me know what you think and stay tuned for details of fall markets that I’ll be attending starting soon!