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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

So we are just gonna dive right in.

Last week, my mother suffered a stroke while visiting her brother out of state. She needed to be hospitalized but has made significant improvements since then and we were able to transport her back to New Jersey.

Because her and my stepdad drove down there, Chris flew out mid week to drive back with my stepdad the following morning.

All is well now, everyone is back home, and my mother is settled back in New Jersey. We’ve been visiting with her and I know they are happy to be home.

So it’s been a little bit of a week here behind the scenes to say the least!

potager garden in early winter at sunrise

On another note, I put away every stitch of Christmas and didn’t keep out any winter decor. I don’t know, I’m just not feeling it this year.

So instead, I’m focusing on my houseplants, indoor flowers, and thinking spring!

Speaking of spring, we are lining up some projects. And first up is the potager garden.

Chris is an architect so he’s helping me design that whole garden with raised beds that he’ll build for me in spring.

We’re still planning to keep the table out there and possibly work in a small outdoor kitchen, but we are still kicking around a few design concepts.

So stay tuned!

Click here to shop my vintage farmhouse with close up of the front porch with flowers

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I needed to update my wardrobe, so I shopped around for some cute outfit ideas that I can mix up, layer, and change around.

Here’s what I bought this week!

  • Love these boots aren’t they so cute? I needed something I could dress up a little without wearing a tall boot (which is mostly what I have!)
  • I’m a huge fan of flannels like this one and this one. I love to layer them with a puffer vest or sweater.
  • Snagged a new sweater too because it was a steal!
  • I also realized I have mostly all brown boots, so I bought this pair in black.
  • On the homefront, I bought a few wreaths to hang around the house that can stay from now through late summer when I start changing over to fall.
the cottage at sunrise in winter

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

For starters, I rounded up a year’s worth of seasonal table decor ideas. Whether you are hosting a party or casual gathering, or just want to decorate your dining room, there’s lots of fun centerpiece and tablescape ideas that will inspire you to create your own look.

We also chatted about easy-care cottage garden ideas that will help you design and grow beautiful flowers with less maintenance.

Then we sampled a DELICIOUS Italian seafood stew recipe that I enjoy making for special occasions. Wait until you try this one!

And finally, we talked about how to care for your houseplants in winter. It’s so easy to overcare for your plants but trust me when I tell you, less is more during winter. Learn what you need to do here.

monstera plant in farmhouse family room with sectional sofa and white throw pillows with round mango wood coffee table

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse flipped this cool flea market find.

She spent a little time working on it to make it better and I love what she did.

Wait until you see what it looks like now!

thrift flip of a dresser

My good friend Wendy from WM Design House made this super fun wreath with lemons.

It sounds so easy to make!

And looks like a great way to decorate before spring.

lemon wreath by wm design house

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

This is why you need more houseplants in your home.

This inspiration for a wonderful new year.

I love this spring living room refresh.

These tips for cleaning glass lights.

These budget decorating ideas for Valentines Day.

And these tips to transition your decor from Christmas to winter.

fun planters at the garden nursery with houseplants

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Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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  1. Same with all brown boots!!! I just pulled out another pair that I forgot I had.
    Can’t wait to see your garden this year!! I just keep staring out my bedroom window at mine mentally planning it all out.

  2. Oh my gosh Stacy. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom but happy to hear she’s doing a bit better! 💕 As far as winter decor, I’m with you! I’m skipping over and thinking spring! Haha

  3. Stacy, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. What a stressful week for you. I’m glad she is home and recovering.

    Sending lots of hugs your way!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom Stay but happy that she is feeling better. How scary. I can’t wait to see all the things you’re going to do with your garden and outdoor spaces this year. Thank you for sharing my winter decor post. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

  5. Stacy, I am sorry to hear about your mother’s stroke. I am glad she is back home recovering. Please know that I will keep her in my prayers. Thank you for sharing my Valentine’s post. It was so sweet of you. Looking forward to seeing your potager garden.

  6. What a great post full of wonderful suggestions. Love the new black boots. Thanks for sharing my lemon wreath. I will be sharing one of your gardening posts next weekend.