Wednesday, October 9, 2019

One Room Challenge -Week Two

One Room Challenge -Week Two- design addict mom
Hello, hello! We made it to week 2 and I feel like I might be behind already! Before we delve into the design details, I've been receiving questions on Instagram if I am the one doing all the work. And the answer is no way! It's no secret that I am a one woman show, but although I'll be doing quite a bit of the work myself, I surely couldn't tackle a project of this size myself and especially within a 6 week timeline. I did have a moment of panic trying to figure out who I was going to hire to help; would they meet my standards? how expensive would they be...? However, the universe smiled on me and it turns out my hairdresser's  husband was the perfect fit as he is a professional in this field. I've known my hairdresser since before I had the kiddos so we go way back.  Basically, I feel very comfortable and confident having her husband on board to help. Shout out to panarican_handyman!

One Room Challenge -Week Two- design addict mom- the bathroom
I mentioned last week that for the bathroom, I wanted to lighten it up in there. I am keeping the layout the same and I also intend on keeping plumbing where it is. To move the plumbing is rather expensive. We actually already ran into an issue where part of the plumbing comes up from the floor and as a result I had to change the design of the vanity to the one pictured. The one I originally chose from the wonderful sponsor, Signature Hardware was  more modern and higher which would make the plumbing visible. Thank goodness, the initial order was not yet shipped and the switch in vanities could be made. This one still has modern lines but is much lower and I love the organic element it adds to the bathroom. The vanity tops, sinks, and mirrors will all be from Signature Hardware. I am also very excited to incorporate these lovely tile selections from The Tile Shop! Check out that 12x24 Calcutta Marble for the floor-yum! I went with that Rosa Char subway tile for the shower because it conjures up memories of the Master bedroom and I love its natural look. All the lighting is from Hudson Valley  and there will be pretty accessories like those baskets from Garnet Hill.  Art is from Minted. I am still undecided about whether or not I will only repaint or also incorporate wallpaper in here...

One Room Challenge -Week Two- design addict mom- the closet
This closet redo has definitely been exhausting mainly due to the fact that I had to remove over 100 pieces of hardware from the wall from the prior closet set up system. There are holes everywhere in the wall but I keep thinking about what it will look like and so I champion on. Remember, I mentioned last week, that the closet is located off the bathroom. The old and worn carpet was ripped out and the beautiful new Gentling floor from Lifecore Flooring already arrived. Even more beautiful in person! With LIFECORE Flooring Products, you get beautiful and unsurpassed hardwood flooring collections with complete confidence, thanks to forest to floor quality control, zero-added formaldehyde and low VOC hardened finishes. There will be a couple new closet system with all the bells and whistles courtesy of Overstock and the pretty flush mount is from Hudson Valley. I was tempted to wallpaper the entire space but it's so tiny and once the clothes are back in place it would be difficult to see the paper, so I've turned my eyes to the 5th wall aka the ceiling to add some pretty paper. I am still deciding what to choose.



One Room Challenge -Week Two- design addict mom- the bedroom
Of course, I have to also show the bedroom some love. It's currently a disaster zone mainly due to the Master bathroom renovation. We had to move out, but I am looking forward to giving it some much needed tlc once everything is in place. The changes are only cosmetic in the form of luxurious layers and some new sophisticated lighting. I plan on adding draperies and reupholstering a chair with fabric from FabricutSumptuous bedding and blankets from Garnet Hill, art from Minted, lighting from Hudson Valley and Couture Lamps, and full length mirror from Varaluz will make it very difficult to ever leave the bedroom-staycation every day in here! Well that's it for now-thanks for stopping by to check out my progress! Be sure to visit the other talented designers below too. xx






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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

One Room Challenge- Week One

One Room Challenge- Week One- design addict mom
Hello everyone and welcome to another round of the amazing One Room Challenge. In case you're you may not know what the One Room Challenge is- it is where 20 designers/bloggers are invited to transform a space over a six week period. Each Wednesday we detail our progress until the finale on November 6th.  Though I've participated in the One Room Challenge before when I tackled the Master Bedroom many years ago, I am ecstatic to be participating again. Thank you to Linda for inviting me and for once again putting together another stellar round of the ORC.

I guess I was feeling quite ambitious this round, because I am not transforming  just one space, but the entire Master suite!The bedroom will only receive cosmetic updates; no repainting etc., but I have big plans for the Master bathroom and the Master walk in closet. The first pic shows the current state of the Master bathroom.

One Room Challenge- Week One- design addict mom
It used to be this color until I was so tired of looking at it like this, I gave it a quick makeover when I was pregnant with Cheyenne and painted it a dark color to create a moody look.

One Room Challenge- Week One- design addict mom

However, that was a temporary fix and ideally I wanted to give it a gut job and replace everything. Guess what? With this makeover, I plan to do just that. I want to really brighten it up and make it feel more expansive and airy.

Here are a few more before pics:

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 I can't wait to get rid of these dark tiles in the shower!


One Room Challenge- Week One- design addict mom
These vanities take up so much visual space and square footage and I hope to replace them with smaller ones. I will definitely be sharing lots more about the design process in Week 2, but right now, let's move on to the before of  the Master walk in closet.

One Room Challenge- Week One- design addict mom

Yikes! Sorry you had to see that! The walk in closet is only 10 x 8 and is actually right off the Master bathroom so you have to enter the bathroom in order to get to the closet. Like the Master bathroom, I plan to lighten up the closet especially since there are no windows. I'll be ripping out the carpet and definitely doing something with those walls! More about all this in Week 2; now on to some pretty pics. Let's check out the inspiration I gathered for these spaces:

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Be sure to tune in next Wednesday as I break down the design process! Can't wait to share! Until then, kindly visit the other featured designers as they also unveil the space(s) they plan to transform. xx







Wednesday, August 28, 2019

5 Easy to Care for Plants With Plant Care Tips

5 Easy to Care for Plants With Plant Care Tips- design addict mom

Plants make me happy and that is not a secret especially since I have so many. I recently added some more beautiful plants to our home through my partnership with 1-800- Flowers.com. There is no such thing as too many plants and as someone who loves to give plants as gifts, I was so thrilled when I recently found out that 1-800-Flowers.com has expanded their plant category  to provide even more options for customers whether for self-purchasing or gifting. With this expansion, 1-800-Flowers.com is adding some of the hottest trending houseplants, as well as new succulent offerings, to their already broad assortment.  

*This post is sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.com, but all opinions expressed are my own

5 Easy to Care for Plants With Plant Care Tips- design addict mom


Some people feel that plants are too much trouble, but for beginners who might not feel confident in their plant care abilities, choosing plants that are easy to care for is a great start! There is quite a variety of  easy to care for plants to choose from in the 1-800-Flowers.com plant shop and would make great plant gifts. Some great examples of these are the snake plant((sansevieri), the aloe vera plant, the pilea peperomioides plant, the zz plant, and the dieffenbachia plant (dumb cane). I recently added a couple of these exact plants to my bedroom and as you probably already know, having plants in the bedroom is a great idea and can promote quality sleep. 

These easy to care for plants are also great for purifying the air and below you will find some easy to care for tips for each:



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The Aloe Vera Plant

Light

Proper light is important for aloe vera plants to thrive. Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light. A western or southern window is ideal. Aloe that are kept in low light often grow leggy.
Aloe vera plants  prefer  temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C). The temperatures of most homes and apartment are ideal

Water

Aloe vera plants do not like cold weather so in the evening if nights are cold.

Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. Water the aloe plant only when the soil has dried out completely, or every few weeks to discourage root rot. Water it even less in winter. To water the aloe vera, pour water onto the soil near the base of the plant until the soil is thoroughly wet. 

Feed

Fertilize sparingly (no more than once a month), and only in the spring and summer with a balanced houseplant formula mixed at ½ strength.

The Dieffenbachia Plant

Dieffenbachia, also known as dumb cane, is an incredibly easy-to-grow houseplant which makes it quite popular. 

Light

Just like most tropical houseplants, grow dieffenbachia in a relatively warm, humid spot with plenty of filtered lightDieffenbachia prefers filtered sunlight or partial shade, but will tolerate full shade, which is why it is well-suited as a houseplant. It thrives in temperatures between 60 and 75°F.



Water
Dieffenbachia plants like regular watering, but they don't ever want the soil to be wet or soggy for extended periods. Because more indoor plants die from over watering than under watering every year, it's best to keep dieffenbachia on the dry side if you're in doubt about whether to water it. During the summer, it’s also important to provide a lot of water. Soil has to stay moist but never fully wet – being wet can promote the root rot. During the winter, all the watering should be reduced.
Feed
This also depends on the growing season. During the growing season, meaning, March to October, you should feed it every other week, when watering. It’s best to use a complete liquid food. During the winter months you should not fertilize at all – this is when you should water only, and make sure to reduce even that one.
Soil 
The Dieffenbachia plant likes a well-draining soil. It’s best to use 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite. Another good choice is to use an African violet mix.


Note: The Dieffenbachia Plant should be handled with care and be kept out of the reach of pets and children. The sap from this plant is toxic and it can cause allergic reactions, painful rashes, numbness and other problems. When handling the plant, avoid getting any of the sap in your eyes or mouth. It’s always best to wear gloves when working on this plant.

Pilea

Light


Pilea loves to be in front of a window where it can get a lot of bright indirect light, but almost no direct sunlight. Since too much sun might stress the leaves, a north or east-facing window will work best. Make sure there will be enough space between the light source and the plant.

Pilea's leaves tend to grow in the direction of the light source. For this reason, you will need to rotate your plant a few times a week if you want that it keeps a nice and symmetrical shape.

Water


Water this plant when the soil is completely dried out and if it takes too long to dry out, it may not be getting enough sunlight.


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The Snake Plant

Snake plants are a type of Sansevieria and the plants  in this category share  characteristics like narrow, upright leaves and short, thick roots. Native to West Africa snake plants  are known to help to remove harmful toxins from the air and are popular with plant lovers because they are so easy to care for. 



Light

Give your snake plant bright, indirect light if you want it to do well. While it can survive in low-light conditions, it will grow slower and have less color. A good spot for it would be about 3-6′ away from a window that gets a lot of light.

Water

Because snake plants have succulent leaves, they don’t need a lot of water. Keep the soil slightly moist and never over water. If you water too often your snake plant will become mushy and start to rot quickly.​
Soil

Snake plants are sensitive to water and prone to root rot, so it’s important to plant them in soil that drains well



The Zz Plant
The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is the ultimate plant for beginners as it's one of the easiest plants to care for. It is one of the very few plants that can take months of neglect and low light and still look amazing. 
Light
The ZZ plant is very hardy and though they thrive best in bright indirect light, they can also tolerate low light conditions. They do not like direct sunlight and that is usually evident if the leaves become scorched.  
Water

Allow the soil to dry between watering. Don’t let your plant sit in water because it can easily cause stem and rhizome rot. Your plant can survive months without water, but will grow faster if watered more regularly
 Like the plants mentioned above, over-watering can lead to root rot which can be detrimental to the plant. 


Note: You should take care when handling this plant because it can cause skin irritation or more serious ailments like stomach pain. The oxalate crystals make the plant especially poisonous for cats and dogs, so make sure to keep it out of reach. Zamioculcas zamiifolia are still safe to have in your home as long as you keep them out of reach from curious pets and children.


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Taking care of plants doesn't have to be a daunting process- with practice and experience, and learning what the optimal environment is that is required for your plants to thrive, you'll earn your plant whisperer badge in no time. 




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The Plant Shop at 1-800-Flowers.com features houseplants, succulents, blooming plants, bonsai and bamboo, plus resources to help customers select and care for plants.  xx