Ikea Hack: Balcony Herb Garden

When you live in a city, space is at a premium. I suppose Angelenos might have a little more space to move around than our Yankee friends, but we all have to work with what we’ve got, until we move to the valley and trade in our balconies and hip corner bars for patches of grass and dirty liquor stores.  Ahhh, The American Dream! So until I till my own land and tend to the rabbits, I cooked up this little Ikea hack and planted a luscious balcony garden! Say goodbye to herbs slowly rotting away in their produce bags. Yes, I am now the proud owner of a thriving herb and lime colony!  I’ve got herb-y salads and sauces on repeat around here. And it makes such a happy cocktail spot! Our lime tree has yet to produce a lime, but you bet your buttons that when it does I’m having you over for margaritas!

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This project will cost around $50 for the herb wall and around $100 if you want to spring for the dwarf citrus tree.  Here’s a shopping list!

Home Depot:

1. A handsome trellis ($15)

2. Plastic rectangular planter ($10)

3. Potting soil ($4)

4. Dwarf citrus tree. ($25)

Ikea:

1. condiment stand ($16.99)

2. flatware caddies ($6.99)

3. s-hooks for ($0.99) (If I was feeling more ambitious I would have sprayed the hooks black but I’ll leave that up to you!)

4. Plant pot ($19.99)

Trader Joe’s:

1. Potted herbs ($14) I used Dill, Basil, Lemon Verbena, Mint & Cilantro.

(Update:  I eaten and/or killed most of the plants featured in this post.)

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Titilating Titles: The Seven Year Itch

These come from the Titan of Titles; Saul Bass.  Cards flap, pop and flash across the screen in a color palate of tan, red, orange, yellow, pink, black and white. Prettier than a Mondrian painting!

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The fanciful hand-lettering is by Harold Adler. You can watch the full title sequence here. Such good visual inspiration for home decor…

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Party backdrops

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…And of course, cocktails!

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Mongolian Lamb Pillow / Orange Coffee TableBend Chair in Persimmon / Yellow Abstract Wall Art / The End Bookend / Wine Glasses / Rectangular Serving Platter / Color Block Console / Square Appetizer Plate / Abstract Coral Crewel Pillow /

Dress Your Desk

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Pencil Cup / Paper Clip Mail Holder / Pill HighlightersPink Stacking Boxes / Pink Quote Notecards / Green iPhone Handset / Lucite Stapler / Coffee Mug / Floral Waste Bin / Light Pink Le Pens / Green Periodical Holders / Lucite Stacking Trays / Girly Girl Bright Pink Pencils / Diamond Paper Weight / Watercolor Weekly Planner

Happy Monday! Now get to work!

Snag The Look

If you saw last Friday’s post you might be wondering if I made a boo boo and posted the same thing. No! And, yes! I’ve had this entry swimming around in my head for days! (weeks? months?) It hails from The Meyerhoffer Residence in La Canada,CA and it is to die for! Such a beautiful use of materials and color. After muddling over how to have the same feeling in my own home, I couldn’t help but compile a Snag the Look! A couple liberties were taken for budget and feasibility sake, like swapping out wood paneling for grasscloth wallpaper, but other than that, I’d say it’s a dead ringer! Feel free to redecorate!

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Door Color: Benjamin Moore Outrageous Orange / Grass Cloth / Ceramic Floor Tiles / Ceiling Fixture / Brush Paint Art / Foo Dog / Brass Mushroom (Floor) Lamp / Teak Root Console / Silk Rug (great deal!)

If you are more of a DIYer and/ or are short on dough, here are some alternatives to pricier items listed above!

1. DIY Sputnik Chandelier on Little Green Notebook

2. DIY an abstract brush painting by purchasing a large canvas and grabbing yourself some black and white acrylic paints and a large brush!

3. Etsy Mushroom Lamps especially love this one!

4. Teak Root Side Table or Teak Root Cube. Maybe gate a couple and have a glass top made for them?

Digging This: Lady Penelope’s Dressing Room by Christopher Peacock

This guy! Now this room is pretty as a Peacock! (Pun very intended.) Feast your eyes on this ladies dressing room in the 2014 Kips Bay Showhouse by Christopher Peacock, based on Lady Penelope, a pink, 6-wheeled Rolls Royce driving spy puppet from the 1960s UK show, Thunderbirds. This dressing room boasts pink lacquered closet doors, 24K gold hardware, pink leather-lined shelves, and a boat load of Pucci fashions! I love everything about this room, down to the Good & Plenty filled candy dish, but I think that my favorite element is the Patterson, Flynn & Martin carpet in a David Hicks geometric pattern. The avocado and pink color combo just tickles me! The vanity wall is covered in a glistening gold grasscloth by Thibaut. Kitchy Glamor at it’s finest! Happy Weekend!

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Images Via NY Times, Lifestyle Mirror, Quintessence BlogGo Design Go, and NBC NY.