New Things Around the House

Aug 04, 2014 comments   

Added some prints in the bedroom. A wooden serving tray for the kitchen. And started propagating lavender from my garden in a dairy jar for the bathroom.

aya takano prints


I don’t really like keeping soil indoors because pests like gnats can show up. So when I read you could grow a lot of common herbs in just water I was eager to try it with the lavender. I’ve been pleasantly surprised! Especially since I’ve stopped having flowers in the house due to the sinus surgery I had a few weeks ago. I don’t want anything interfering with the healing process and it’s best if my sinuses remain dry right now. So green plants are better decor for me at the moment. I found the dairy glass at an art supply store for $1.50.





Simple Floral Arrangements

May 19, 2014 comments   

I am borderline obsessed with having fresh cut flowers in my house. It hasn’t always been that way though. I used to think flowers were only something given to you on special occasions. I wasn’t really aware of the affordable choices at most supermarkets. I thought I’d share some tips because having these flowers throughout my house have really made a big difference in my mood. And that maybe in the past I took flower arrangements a little too serious to enjoy!

flowers in the bath

I never ran out and bought proper vases. Most people only have the vases they’ve received with a gift bouquet. I have a few of those that I use for larger arrangements but I enjoy the look of various small collections around the house more. Simple glass jars I leave on the nightstand, in the bathroom, and on windowsills. Spaghetti sauce jars, jelly jars, honey jars can all be used for floral arrangements. Soaking the labeled jar in water overnight or using a spray such as Goof-Off for removing labels is pretty easy.

flowers in glass jars

Three “vases” that were once a sauce jar, a pickle jar, and a pancake syrup jar.

Choosing flowers

Flower choice can also make a difference. Sometimes I pick my favorites like tulips and roses but they can be quite pricey. So instead I sometimes buy a small batch of those then a cheap filler flower like Baby’s Breath to fill out the arrangement more. Also some flowers last much longer than others saving both time and money. Mums, carnations, alstroemeri, and daisies can all last for two weeks and beyond if well maintained.

Opting for spray roses in place of long-stem roses is a cheap alternative that still has a big payoff.

Greenery such as ceder clippings, especially in winter, last and last while adding vibrant color. Some greenery such as philodendron leaves have been known to last for months.

General cut flowers tips

I remove all leaves that would otherwise be submerged by water. Sometimes I just remove all of them for a minimal look. I then cut the stems at an angle at least 1 inch from the bottom tip. More if I plan on using them in a small jar. I recut stems at a diagonal every 3 days when I switch out the water to make the flowers last longer. Keeping the flowers away from direct sunlight helps them last longer but I just love how they look in the windows too much to always do that.

For roses I will pluck off an exterior petal or two and then carefully spread the inner petals out when I want a fuller looking rose. The next morning the roses look almost as if they’ve bloomed bigger.

Don’t overthink it

While there are definitely good tips out there I think they can sometimes seem overwhelming and make you believe that unless you have an oversized bouquet of roses and white lilies in a crystal vase on a marble table you’re doing it “wrong.” There’s no wrong way. Buying yourself flowers is not wrong. Putting those flowers in jars or glasses instead of a glass vase is not wrong. Displaying them in small corners of a room instead of a grand centerpiece is definitely not wrong. And you don’t have to spend a fortune. The $4.99 bunches of mums or sunflowers are spray roses are perfect for this style :)