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!
I met up with some friends this week and enjoyed an amazing brunch at my favorite spot, Sally Lunn’s Tea Room. They have the most amazing food where everything is made and served fresh.
It’s been a favorite of mine since we moved to the area and whenever I get a chance, that’s where I’m brunching!
While in the area, we stopped by the Chester Library where my good friend Margaret is showing her incredible artwork. And one of the pieces she’s showing is a painting of our pond garden. Isn’t it amazing?
Margaret paints all types of things from pet portraits to landscapes and other scenes you’ve got to check out. She’s a great resource if you are looking for a gift for that special someone that is unique and personal.
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Chris traveled to Cincinatti last weekend and while he was there, he caught up with our daughter Shana who’s at school. While he was gone, I spent some time cleaning and organizing what we call the cottage.
The cottage is a separate outbuilding that I use for my office and garden supplies while also housing my decor and DIY supplies. We used to store things in our attic and basement but I don’t really have that kind of storage space here.
Our basement is unfinished and not set up to really store things on display where I can see them and the attic space we have isn’t easily accessible for me.
So I’m still in the process of organizing it as we pretty much moved in and dumped everything there with minimal unboxing. So I guess you can say, I’m almost moved in. LOL!
I’m planning to move some desks in there for my office and it’s turning out to be a great space!
Someday in the next year or so, I would LOVE to take all of the liriope out and plant it up with a cottage garden design.
Not sure if it will happen this year or not, as we are taking on the potager garden. This area will have a whole new look before May. We laid it out this weekend and plan to get started on the raised beds over the next few weeks.
Weather depending of course.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I finally bought some new pillows for the living room and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been shopping around for quite sometime and haven’t loved what much.
Because we aren’t in this room all the time, I also decided to choose pillow covers that will work from spring through fall so I can set and forget it until the holidays.
Oh and I also started shopping for Valentines Day too. So here’s what I bought or am still shopping for this week!
- These are all pillow covers that I bought to use spring through fall and hopefully for the next few years if I can keep my dogs off them: pillow 1, pillow 2, and pillow 3
- I’m IN LOVE with this gorgeous vintage fluted bowl for arranging flowers.
- Love these faux yellow ranunculas for spring decorating.
- And I love this fluted bowl planter too!
- Decorating with baskets are a great way to disguise those plastic nursery pots without having to repot them right away.
- I’ve also been looking at a few outdoor area rugs for the front porch. So far, I’m loving some neutral boho styles, like this one and this one.
- I ordered this garden tool belt a while ago and have been using it a lot lately. I highly recommend if you are in the market for one.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
I also shared ways to create a backyard zen garden. And let me tell you…I didn’t know I needed on until I had one.
So you should read up on whether this type of garden is for you here.
Although the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, we are moving into full on spring mode here. I’ve been shopping around for spring decor and more specifically, throw pillows for my living room.
And I found some beautiful mix and match patterns that I think you’ll love too! You can check them out here.
Finally, I shared my love for one of my favorite easy care indoor plants, the anthurium lily. It is resilient and forgiving, blooms long, and is super simple to grow. You can learn more about anthurium lily care here.
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.
I LOVE the grapevine wreath my good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill made this week.
How pretty is it?
It’s the perfect easy DIY craft idea for spring that costs very little to make!
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells is always busy decorating her home with pretty flowers, so this week has been no exception!
This week she shared her favorite ways to decorate with flowers for Valentines Day and the thing that I love about it is that it’s not in your face Valentines Day decor.
Wait until you see how making some simple decor changes can elevate your Valentines Day style.
My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms always has the best life hacks.
And this week, she’s sharing some great ways to organize the kitchen on a budget.
Can we all just admire how beautiful her kitchen is too?
And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!
These easy Valentine’s Day tree ornaments.
This DIY spice rack copper craft is AWESOME!
These are the best vintage repurposing projects!
These tips for creating a vintage look with your dining table centerpiece.
I love these St. Patrick’s Day decorating ideas.
This easy taco soup recipe sounds divine!
This new old cabinet.
And this spring table centerpiece with garden statue is simple and so elegant.
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