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.)

Digging This: Thuss + Farrell

Since I can remember, I’ve had an affinity for paper goods. Not just notebooks and stationary, more like good-ies, made from paper a la Claes Oldenburg. (Stop what you are doing and acquaint or reacquaint yourself with his work right now.) So when I saw that this husband and wife design duo’s portfolio was filled with paper and fabric fancies, my heart skipped a beat! (In part because my dream is to be one half of a husband wife duo, which from the look of disgust on Mikey’s face when I suggest this will never happen, even though, yes, I am his muse.) Feast your eyes! But probably not your mouth…

thuss + farrell soft desserts

thuss + farrell paper dessert bar

thuss + farrell bellflowers

thuss + farrell sorft schnitzel

thuss + farrell red hot shoe

…and a Red Hot-filled shoe just for kicks!

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 seven year itch titles

the seven year itch titles

the seven year itch titles

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

 saul bass inspired interiors copy

Party backdrops

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…And of course, cocktails!

seven year itch cocktails

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?