The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

30th September 2014

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So folks, I’ve jumped on the band wagon… the fiddle leaf fig tree bandwagon that is! Better late than never right?! It is such a beautiful and sculptural tree and I’m so excited to add a little green to my home. Finding this tree was no easy task. Its a really popular houseplant right now and they aren’t exactly in stock in every garden store. So I asked my local florist to source it and here it is!

But in doing research on how to take care of this tree, I found that it might as well be called the FICKLE leaf fig tree as it takes quite a green thumb to take care of this puppy. And if you know me, you know that I have a hard time keeping my cactuses alive. So here we go, I’m going to try and take care of this gorgeous thing and here’s how…

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1) I’ve heard conflicting stories on the amount of sunlight this tree needs. So I’ve started it in my bedroom where it gets filtered sunlight but I might move it to our living room later where its sunnier throughout the day.

2) This tree doesn’t seem like it needs a lot of water. My florist recommended 2 cups of water every week or two. The best thing you can do is make sure the top layer of soil is dry before watering again. And make sure the bottom is not sitting in water, otherwise the roots won’t get enough air.

3) Dust off the leaves every now and again to make sure it can breathe.

I’ll update you all on my progress in a few months! Do you have a fiddle leaf fig tree? Any tips on taking care of it?

PS – If you’re curious, here’s some more info on fiddle leaf fig trees.

A tip for throw pillows…

29th September 2014

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Here’s a little tip to get your throw pillows looking awesome and extra fancy – stuff the pillow cover with an insert that’s an inch or two bigger. So if your throw pillow cover is 18×18, use an insert thats 19×19 or 20×20. You’ll get that designer-y throw pillow look every time!

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Weekend Link List September 26th, 2014

26th September 2014


Hola amigos… happy weekend to you! Did your week go by fast or what?! Here are some fun links I found on the web this week. xo

Although I’m trying to HIDE cords around my house right now, these are a beautiful way to display them!

I’ve got this chair on my lust list.

Can I move in?!

What a pretty pale pink bag.

Remember this post? Well, I just picked these up for my bedroom — love the price and they look awesome!

Great round up of street style denim!

Have you seen this video of Emma Watson giving a speech to the UN?! She’s ah-mazing.


Artist Series: Jenny Prinn

25th September 2014

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Next in the artist series, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Jenny Prinn! She is a painter of really bright, vibrant, and bold pieces which I just adore. Jenny is such a sweet and lovely person to boot. Let’s get to the interview shall we?!

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How did you become an artist? What was your training?
I always dreamed of being an artist, but I never thought that it would be a viable career choice.  I am so blessed–I am truly living a dream.
I graduated with a degree in Art History and Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College.  And even though I have taken a lot of Fine Art classes throughout my life—I would have to say that I am mostly self taught.  Out of college I pursued art but in a different form–I started my 20+ year career as a photo stylist.  During my 20’s I experimented with painting–but I truly became a painter in my early 30’s.  From the moment I picked up a brush in 2001 I knew that this was what I was supposed to do.  The time was right and I was ready.  

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a bunch of commissions, all of them very different and of varying sizes—from quite small on paper to quite large, (48″x60″) on canvas.  I love doing commission work—I get excited to collaborate with clients to create the perfect custom piece for their space.
I’m also painting new works for Serena and Lily and for my own website shop.  I’ve been very busy!  But that’s a good thing–I love it!    

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 Where do you do your work from?
I have a studio in my home, which is super convenient and allows me to paint at any time of day!  I love the flexibility that it affords me.  And that I can be here when my youngest gets off the bus.  

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Who or what is inspiring you right now?
The shift into Autumn is inspiring me right now—and more specifically, the look and feel of Fall fabrics.  I’m intrigued by how they physically feel but more importantly, how they make me feel.  I love Fall and all that it brings.  I’m excited about translating that onto the canvas.

What are you the most proud of?
Other than my awesome sons, it would have to be the fact that I’m actually doing this–that I’m actually making a living as an artist!!  I wake up every day so thankful and so excited that I get to paint. Somebody needs to pinch me!  

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What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it?
A portrait of an old man from the 1940’s.  My father was an Antiques Dealer and he gave me this painting years ago.  I love everything about this work of art.  The brushwork is amazing–especially in his face and beard.  The palette is beautifully controlled, and I love that there is a quiet stillness about it.  My life is loud, busy and crazy—and this wonderful old man greets me every day with his calm stillness.  I love it.  I also adore that it doesn’t have a frame–instead, vintage nail heads line the sides of the stretchers.  But most of all, I love that my dad gave this painting to me–when I look at it it reminds me of him.

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Thank you so much to Jenny for the interview!!! You can find Jenny’s work on her website or at serena & lily.

(all photos courtesy of Jenny Prinn)

The Best List: Black Dining Room Chairs

24th September 2014

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Here’s another edition of The Best List whereby I do a round up of classic home goods. And this time, black dining room chairs are on my mind because, surely they are a modern day classic. They work into so many different decors – be it contemporary to traditional and everywhere in between. I have had the crate and barrel chairs in my dining room at home for almost TEN years and they STILL look great! Which one is your favorite?

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