I hope you had a great week!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
We are in the throws of winter but it feels like spring here.
Is it like that by you too?
I’m itching to get outside and do a few things, so I’ve been cleaning out containers to prepare for spring and getting ready to start seeds indoors.
Because it’s almost that time!
A year after moving in, we still have nooks and crannies here that we need to unpack and organize.
Because last year, we moved in and hit the ground running unpacking the necessities and setting some things aside to deal with and unpack later.
Well. It’s later.
So Chris and I decided we’d do one spot per weekend to chip away at it and just get it done.
Two weeks ago, we cleaned and organized the attached garages.
And last weekend we unpacked a bunch of boxes, organized, and cleaned the basement.
It’s not very exciting I know, but it felt so good to finally unpack and put things away in these spaces.
I was feeling stressed walking into them and not being able to find anything.
So if you needed to hear that I’m working on this kind of stuff behind the scenes to inspire you to chip away at a few things in your home too?
You are welcome!
And for those that have been praying and asking about my mother, thank you. She’s continuing to slowly improve and I know she’s happy to be back here in New Jersey.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
Since I’ve been in clean out mode here, I haven’t done a whole lot of buying.
More like looking around for inspiration. But I did snag a few items to get a jump on spring.
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!
- I’m changing up my outdoor pillows for the next season. Instead of using black buffalo check, I’m going with these outdoor pillow covers.
- And I also bought some floral pillows too for the porches. I bought these and these.
- This scalloped tray is so pretty! Not sure where I’d put it but it’s beautiful!
- This pillow for spring.
- I love the color palette in this throw.
- And I’m leaning towards neutrals and green this year for the living room. Love this pillow!
- This pillow cover is pretty too.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
This week, I shared some indoor plant inspiration.
There are few older posts that I updated and wanted to put back out there because so many of you tell me houseplants aren’t your thing.
And you know what?
I struggled with them for a long time too. But after thinking about it, I realized I wasn’t working with plants that were easier to care for, resilient, or suited for my home environment.
So I tried again and found some success.
I try a few new plants every year and my stock keeps growing.
So if this sounds like you, there’s a plant out there for you and these posts will help you grow that one plant.
And when you find success growing that one plant, I bet you’ll grow a second.
For basic indoor plant care tips, you should start with this post.
And then, read this post about how to know when to water. Because we should NOT water on the same day every week.
If you do that…stop.
Finally, I shared some winter houseplant care tips that will help you get them through the rest of the winter.
There’s not a whole lot you need to do, but there are a few thing that will helop your plant babies get through the next few months until spring.
And speaking of easy care houseplants, if you want to try one to grow, look for a Christmas cactus. They are easy to grow, bloom a few times per year, and let you know when they are thirsty.
Christmas cactuses are resilient plants that are easy to propagate and a must have if want to grow a pretty indoor plant that flowers.
In addition to indoor plant care, I also shared ideas for soup you can make this winter. I make pot of soup at least once a week because it’s quick, easy, and a healthy dish for my family.
Wait until you try these quick, easy and delicious soup recipes!
I also shared some thrift store finds as we continue to hunt for more storage pieces for the foyer.
Did you see that holiday piece Chris and I found at the end?
It was HUGE!
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 never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful, budget-friendly DIYs!
This week, she shared these incredible paper roses that she made from book pages.
Aren’t they so cool???
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill also made the prettiest DIY this week for Valentine’s Day.
I love this wreath!
She made it from a heart-shaped wreath form with small wood hearts and gorgeous ribbon.
It’s gorgeous right?
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared her beautiful winter home tour this week.
I love her pretty home by the sea.
She’s got a beautiful garden and knows how to bring the outdoors in really well.
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
I love these thrift store finds.
This little library.
If you enjoy these posts, you can find past Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly posts here.
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