Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

“Being in a garden is very relaxing and peaceful
as plants are restorative to our health and emotions.”

I was sharing some images of my lilacs on my Instagram stories the other day and I learned something new. Some parts of the country don’t have lilacs! WHA? How sad to be deprived of these luscious smelling beauties? If you don’t have them where you live, if only this post could be scratch ‘n sniff so you could experience them in all their glory (actually if you scroll to the bottom of this post I’ll tell you one of my favorite ways to enjoy all kinds of plant scents!).

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

When we moved into this house three years ago in September, I had no idea that we had huge lilac trees in our backyard. You can imagine what a wonderful surprise it was that first spring when the scent of lilacs filled the air as they began blooming in our backyard. First the purple ones, then on the other side of the yard, the white ones. Oh, the scent is HEAVENLY!

We discovered we have a magnolia tree, camellias, hydrangeas and rhododendrons, among others! Each plant, tree and flower has a unique scent, too.

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

I’ve said before that I love puttering around and improving a garden almost more than I love working on my house, so that’s saying a lot. I’m not a skilled gardener at all, but I still love plants. Every day at least once I go outside and walk around the yard to breathe in the scents and just relax and enjoy the beauty. I also love bringing cut flowers and stems inside, so it’s fun for me to be able to go outside and forage around for something pretty to bring inside.

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

Discovering all of the blooming trees and shrubs in our yard was a dream come true.

A couple of our past houses had mature plants, trees and flowers and it was literally the best thing ever for me! Being in a garden is very relaxing and peaceful as plants are restorative to our health and emotions.

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

Did you see Lily’s Garden? I planted all kinds of fragrant things there like lavender, lemon verbena, and honeysuckle. It’s going to be a sweet little spot as all of the plants grow and fill in. She loves being out here, too!

I’ll show you much more of our various gardening spots in the upcoming weeks. I’m especially excited because now we have climbing white roses, several peonies in whites and pinks, and jasmine. My senses are HAPPY HAPPY! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, I show videos of some of the plants and flowers there, too (along with the house and pups, of course)!

Tell me about your yard or garden in the comments! I’d love to hear about your plants or plans :).


Speaking of happy senses and the therapeutic value of plants, there’s a big sale right now on my favorite set of “plant potions”, aka essential oils. :) It’s been two years since this set was on sale. Between today and Friday May 25th 11:59 PM MST, you can get 10% off a set of 11 everyday essential oils + a pretty diffuser + my favorite non-toxic cleaner concentrate that will make you 2 spray bottles, PLUS an additional $25 back from me. The details are here.

I diffuse oils every single day to make my home smell amazing naturally (I’m always trying out different fun blends, I ditched most of my candles and don’t miss them one bit!). I also use oils daily to support my family’s wellness (for better sleep, supported immune systems, balanced emotions and happier hormones, natural skincare and so much more). My home would really not be the same without them.

When you get the kit, I send you a pretty welcome packet and a helpful oils book in the mail, as well as an invite to my private community called the Pure & Lovely Tribe. My girls and I have so much fun hanging out with women in this group who are all excited about wellness, making natural changes, and using essential oils to enhance our lives.

We host free weekly classes, share our tips and favorite natural recipes, and just get to know each other! It’s become a really sweet community and we’d so love to have you a part of it.

The last time Young Living had a 10% off sale like this was over 2 years ago, and with the extra $25 back from me it’s really the best discount I’ve seen. The deal ends Friday May 25th and you can read more here. If you have any questions I’m happy to chat, just send me an email at theinspiredroom@gmail.com!

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Do you love working outside in the spring as much as I do? You’ve probably heard me say this, but I have so much fun creating special little areas within our yard that I can enjoy in spring and summer. It’s more manageable for me to focus on progress in small areas, as well as being so therapeutic!

Sponsored by IKEA

Today I am happy to show you two cute new spots in my yard!

When we added the new concrete steps and patio area, we ended up with an empty little niche next to our stairs (and I promise, the whole entire side yard makeover and back of house project we’ve been working on will be FINISHED and REVEALED with BEFORE and AFTERS in the upcoming weeks!).

New Backyard Garden Areas!
While it’s a tiny area, I knew it could be a really useful spot if it had a designated purpose. I was really intrigued with using the space for some sort of potting area for our cooking herbs. It even has a faucet for watering plants!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

When I saw this darling ÄPPLARÖ / KLASEN cart at IKEA, I knew it was exactly what I was envisioning for this space. The cart is also perfect for holding pots and supplies, too. And the little white “greenhouse” is absolutely adorable, isn’t it?

New Backyard Garden Areas!
Pink and White Pot / Plant Pot with Saucer / Watering Can / String Lights

Our cart will also be doubling as a serving cart for backyard entertaining! With the wheels we can easily roll it over to use by the BBQ, so it’s really going to be handy.

I love that this cart inspired helped us to turn an awkward, unused little area into a practical and cute destination.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

The second area I’ve been having fun with lately is a neglected spot I had been looking forward to working on for awhile. This plant stand with an outdoor bench and shelving from IKEA (the bench has a removable lid so you can use it for storage!) was just the inspiration I needed to get started on a new garden to enjoy!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Our yard in general has so many established plants, but there are a few spots that I knew could be filled in a bit more. This particular spot is where a larger tree had been cut down at some point, so it was begging for something new to fill the space. I can’t wait to see it fill out with our new plants!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

This little area is now affectionately called Lily’s garden since she LOVES to sit out here and take in all the sights and scents. We used scented plants like lavender, lemon verbena, and honeysuckle so it really smells like a dream!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

The new bench and trellis with the shelf make this both a focal point and a functional space. It’s been great to have a spot out here to keep a few supplies and tools.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

One of my favorite things to plant in a garden is “steppable” plants that creep around stepping stones. I am pretty excited to finally have some flagstones! It will be fun to watch plants grow and fill in around them.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Pillow / Watering Can / White Metal PotWhite Ceramic Pot

I am also obsessed with all the white pots and accessories from IKEA, and the blue and white pillows, too. They just look so fresh and pretty in the garden, don’t they? I love them so much I might use them to pot some indoor plants, too.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Isn’t this outdoor hanging pot the sweetest? You could use it for a bouquet or plant, but I think even empty it looks super cute.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Much better, yes?

New Backyard Garden Areas!
Lily is so happy we made this garden for her! She’s out here all the time.

New Backyard Garden Areas!

And in case you’re wondering, Jack loves playing nearby, too. :)

Stay tuned, I have lots more outdoor projects and spaces to show you, including the BIG side yard and backyard REVEAL coming right up!

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

css.php