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5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

The sun came out in the Seattle area this weekend (YAY for vitamin D in the Northwest!) and it inspired me to do a little planting. While I wasn’t quite ready to start an outdoor project (it still feels a tad too chilly for me to dig in the dirt outside), I couldn’t resist a little succulent gardening in the kitchen. Little gardens are always my favorite anyways.

5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

I picked up a few little hens and chicks and other succulents at our local garden center and rounded up whatever containers I could find around the house.

5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

Pea gravel is great for drainage. Succulents don’t need a lot of dirt so rocks are the perfect base. I don’t worry about using containers with drainage holes because you shouldn’t be watering that much anyway! The rock helps the soil retain a bit of moisture too so you don’t need much water at all. Just a little drop or two of water every once in awhile is all they need to be happy.

Keep in mind that this advice is coming from me, a.k.a. PLANT KILLER. SO, there’s that. But, I have had pretty good success with keeping succulents alive longer than most plants!

The way I look at it is these little plants are just a few dollars each. If or when I manage to kill one, the investment was small but the joy was big while they lasted.

5 Minute Succulent Garden in the Kitchen

What is your favorite easy to grow plant?
Come see my Teacup Gardens & my 5 Minute Tiny Gardens!

 

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}via Lindsay Letters

Being that this blog is called The Inspired Room, it’s fun to talk sometimes about ways I find inspiration for color schemes or decorating a room, or how I add personality to a space. One fun way is to be inspired by art! Quite awhile ago sweet Lindsay of Lindsay Letters sent me a beautiful canvas (you can find it on her website, here). I loved the art so much it inspired me to design a room around it! That room ended up being the guest room, which is partially to almost done now. Eh hem… I feel so s l o w, but it’s just how I am. My house definitely evolves slowly over time!

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}art via Lindsay Letters

I remember singing this hymn as a kid, I just love it! The colors are so fresh and yummy, too! The palette reminds me of being a kid and having ice cream sherbet.

I know you’ve only seen part of the room (really it’s the most significant side anyway since it has the bed and the bookcases). The reason I haven’t shown the other side is mostly because it has a dumb roadblock I haven’t been able to solve yet — we painted a small antique armoire and now can’t figure out how to get the doors back on it. Heh! Fail. We are such talented DIY’ers.

But until we can figure that little glitch out and finish up the room to show the entire space, I wanted to at least show you the beautiful canvas that inspired the room. I’m excited to show it off today!

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

I’ve loved Lindsay’s artwork for a long time so I am pretty honored to have one in my house!

I’m on the hunt for small bench to tuck under the art. The room is quite small so there isn’t much extra space, but I think a bench could be the perfect finishing touch. Lindsay’s art is so lovely — I think it’s the perfect inspiration to wake up to right across from the guest room bed.

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

It makes me want to pretend to be a guest and sleep in here sometime! It’s a cozy but cheery room and it makes me happy every time I see it.

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

I was excited to see that Lindsay has a art download section, too, where you can download some of her work for free or a nominal charge!

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

She offers so many lovely ways to inspire a room and bring color, meaning and personality to a space.  I love this little print!

An Inspired Room {Art by Lindsay Letters}

Let hope anchor your soul

Have you ever used a piece of artwork to inspire a room?

Lindsay Letters

My Soul Will Rise Canvas

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