Garden Update with Rust-Oleum

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Throughout the course of several years in the strong Georgia sun, our watering can faded from a bright red to a dirty pink, so last year I painted the watering can white. There were several problems with this, mainly the fact that white shows dirt very easily and had not been applied very consistently (it was still pink in some spots) so I was surprised and excited to find that Rust-Oleum carries textured metal spray-paints in their line of Universal paints (paint and primer combined, for use on almost any surface!) including a nice dark silver “Antique Pewter” finish that provided the perfect new skin for the watering can.

Materials

- Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered Metal Spray Paint

- An aluminum metal watering can

Instructions

1. Set the watering can on a protected surface in a ventilated area.

2. Shake Rust-Oleum spray paint for one minute (make sure the ball rattles inside).

3. Spray evenly across the watering can, including as much of the inside and you can get and the undersides of all the pieces of the can. Avoid over-spraying as this will lead to drips.

Now It looks like a galvanized tin or aluminum can, thanks to the subtle texture of the paint that provides a convincingly-metal finish!

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Besides a little makeover for our watering can, I decided to paint some terracotta pots we had lying around to experiment with color blocking with some green and white spray paint.

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

Materials

- multi-sized terracotta pots

- tape (painters or masking tape)

- Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover spray paint

Directions

1. Turn pot upside down on a protected surface in a ventilated area.

2. Shake Rust-Oleum spray paint for one minute (make sure the ball rattles inside).

3. Tape off any areas you would like to remain terracotta, and spray paint evenly, using more than one layer if necessary to completely cover.

4. Wait 24 hours for paint to dry before taping off stripes or another design on top of base coat (this is to prevent paint from peeling up when you pull up the tape). Once paint is dry, tape off and spray next layer. Wait another 24 hours to dry.

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

GARDEN UPDATE: DIY spray painted tin watering can and color-blocked planters with Rust-Oleum

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Rust-Oleum ® Universal® Spray Paints offer a variety of on-trend colors and unique finishes, and boast the first-of-its-kind 360 degree any-angle delivery system that allows DIYers to tackle those hard to reach areas, even upside down.

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Sophisticated Neutrals in Paris

French design firm D.Mesure took minimalism for a wild and luxurious ride, giving it sophistication only a Parisian eye could pull off. Mixed textures, hints of metallic, and the perfect amount of neutral space create the palette for this astounding space.

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou SwellSophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

The living room has a dramatic edge, with pieces like the blue velvet sofa, gold tiered coffee table, and vibrant painting on the back wall. The white curtains soften the right side of the room and the rug-less floor. Its decor is minimal but not stark, with details that infuse glamor into the space.

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou SwellSophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou SwellSophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

This bunk-bed room is a bit more rustic and playful, with less gold and more wood accents.

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

The bathroom may be my favorite room. Just look at that sink, along with the pendant light, vanity, and tub. Plus there’s plenty of natural light… It’s a beautiful melange!

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou SwellSophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

The high contrast bedroom uses black and white to ground the room and boasts some striking photography. I also love the green bedding.

Sophisticated minimal Parisian apartment by design firm D.Mesure via Thou Swell

(via Domaine, photography by D.Mesure)

Last but not least, this patio just blows me away! It’s unbelievably lush, and the colorful patio set provide a fantastic and unexpected color twist. I could spend all day out here!

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Love/Lust/Want/Need with Decorist

My picks from Decorist / Thou Swell

NEED: This neutral Kilim rug from West Elm is a must because it’s light, patterned, and modern. It is super versatile (I mean, what doesn’t go with cream and black?) and the wool makes it super comfortable!
WANT: I love the pop of blue this chair could add to a room – it’s certainly bold and surprising, and could bring so much life to a room (especially with a great accent pillow thrown on top). 
LOVE: It doesn’t get much more basic than this, wood and clean lines. This coffee table can tie a room down with it’s simple but solid design and would create a sleek display for some brass accents or big coffee table books!
LUST: This chandelier is a total showstopper. It’s an explosion of shiny gold that’s sure to spark conversation above your dining room table, or bring energy to your living room. Its pizazz would be the perfect balance to a room full of modern lines.

I was recently contacted by Decorist to curate this list of love/lust/want/need products from their site, and I was excited to experience their innovative approach to interior design. When you sign up for Decorist, you get to select your favorite furniture to create your dream room. Once you’re done, Decorist uses these choices to create your design profile, and it builds your whole experience on their site to cater to your aesthetic. Here’s what mine said:

You like eclectic styles at heart with an eye towards integrating more modern looks.

You prefer to mix and match different styles rather than be totally traditional or modern, but you like to use the clean looks of more modern pieces.

You love figuring out how to combine different designs into one cohesive whole.

I thought it was pretty spot on! After creating your profile, Decorist curates a feed of products that fits your aesthetic, which you can shop or save to mood boards. It also has a whole personal design program that pairs you with a designer, who can help you with personal shopping, an accessory refresh, or a mini makeover, all of which are super affordable services! Intrigued? Hop on over to Decorist to check out my love/lust/want/need decor list!

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Arranging Sans Fleurs

Though it’s quite a joy, keeping flowers around the house is a bit of a luxury. A fantastic alternative is a simple vase of green branches, using fresh foliage from outside in easy arrangements. Oftentimes these branches can be found right outside your window – herbs, bushes, and trees can all provide beautiful cuttings.

SANS FLEURS: Using greenery for easy and impactful arrangements via Thou Swell

(via Refinery 29, photography by Lucy Lu)

Pick Your Greens Wisely

Pay attention to color, shape, and texture when you look for branches to arrange. Stick with round-edged leaves as opposed to pointy ones, and pick leaves with a green hue that’s more blue or grey (there are some nice examples in the image above).

SANS FLEURS: Using greenery for easy and impactful arrangements via Thou Swell

(via Sfgirlbybay)

SANS FLEURS: Using greenery for easy and impactful arrangements via Thou Swell

(via Mother Mag, photography by Maria Del Rio)

What looks like a privet bush cutting graces the side table in Courtney Klein’s bedroom (above). These common bushes have pretty clusters on fragrant buds on their stems, and since they’re so hardy, it’s easy to cut from them. We’ve got a bush right by our front door, and I recently cut some for my bedside table. I love seeing that bit of green by my bed every morning!

SANS FLEURS: Using greenery for easy and impactful arrangements via Thou Swell

(via Julia Kostreva, Lindsey Meadowsid, Happy Home)

I’ve been wanting a Monstera Deliciosa (cut-leaf philodendron) plant for a while now, and it turns out it makes a super minimal tropical arrangement when cut and placed in a vase (see top image). Eucalyptus is also a classic vase filler (sage-green round leaves, bottom right). 

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Airy Los Angeles Apartment

Jessica Comingore’s apartment is the perfect reflection of her clean and clutter-free aesthetic. It’s clear she’s set the tone for simplicity in her bright space, with modern furniture and vintage details creating a peaceful and neutral space. This peek at her mantel below is a beautiful example of her incredible styling skills.

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

Vintage, gold, and wood accents all make the space feel warm and comfortable. The white balances it out and keeps it feeling bright and open.

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

Jessica Comingore's airy Los Angeles apartment / Thou Swell

(via Jessica Comingore and The Everygirl)

Black, white, green and brown set a beautiful palette, similar to this apartment I shared earlier this year. How’s that for some calming vibes to start out the week?

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Portfolio Peek: Kimberly Genevieve

Portfolio Peek: Kimberly Genevieve

I love finding an awesome photographer’s portfolio that features lots of light-filled interiors. I’m excited to kick off this Portfolio Peek blog column with some shots from Kimberly Genevieve’s interiors portfolio. She’s captured some cool California vibes… I really love that reading nook in the photo above.

Portfolio Peek: Kimberly Genevieve

Portfolio Peek: Kimberly Genevieve

Kimberly Genevieve is a lifestyle & editorial photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Her editorials merge California’s sun-kissed surfer aesthetic with chic urban fashion influences. She pulls inspiration from bright colors, everyday life, and the sunset strip.

Portfolio Peek: Kimberly Genevieve

Kimberly is based in LA and has an impressive client list, including blogs, magazines, and companies, from American Express to Oh Joy. You can check out more of her photography at Kimberly Genevieve.

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Dining Alfresco

Dining Alfresco / Thou Swell

Now that it’s Spring, it’s time to enjoy the warm weather and longer days with alfresco dinners on the porch, deck, or patio (or an open window)! Set the perfect table with these essentials…

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As it gets dark, turn on lanterns for warm lighting that will make the dinner feel even more intimate. Our lanterns were a recent purchase from Target, who has got a fantastic selection of lanterns this year. We added flame-less candles to the lanterns, which are set to a timer and automatically turn on each night!

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Go foraging in the yard for some blooms. I found white azaleas, lenten roses, columbine, and a fern frond. Look for three or four flowers or leaves with different sized blooms/foliage and complementing colors. Thanks to my Momma for putting this little arrangement together!

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Plates, bowls, and glasses are all opportunities to add another hue to the palette of the table – just make sure you don’t go overboard. Pick one and make sure it corresponds with the arrangement and the overall aesthetic of the table. In this case, these green plates continued an overall neutral palette from the table’s surrounding and the arrangement.

(palm leaves via rushhhhhh on Instagram)

See more photos and a video(!) after the jump…

Dining Alfresco / Thou Swell

Dining Alfresco / Thou Swell

Directed by yours truly and graciously filmed by my little sister.

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A Cut Flower Garden / Removing Ivy

Planting a Cut Flower #Garden / Thou Swell (via Luisa Brimble)

(via Luisa Brimble)

As I mentioned in my first gardening post this year, we’re planning to plant a cut-flower garden in our side yard, but first we had to remove the thick ivy that covered the area. Originally, this space was a dog pen for our dog to stay in during the day, but she kept escaping from it (Houdini dog). Because of this we already have an area blocked out by some wire fencing, so we’d like to plant that area with cut flowers (grown from seed) so we can enjoy fresh flower arrangements all spring, summer, and fall! Continue reading to learn some tips on ivy removal (and see my very first GIF!)…

HOW TO REMOVE IVY / tips and tricks from Thou Swell #gardening

Ivy recalls a sense of formality and classicism in a garden, but its invasive nature makes it hard to control, and when it gets out of control, which is quite often the case, it climbs over anything in it’s path (like a tree) and strangles it. Once you are tasked with removing this plant from the ground, you’ll think twice about planting it. Ivy removal is no easy task, but with these tips you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes, and how to do it most efficiently!

HOW TO REMOVE IVY / #Gardening with Thou Swell

Anyone else planting a garden this summer? Let me know in the comments!

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Modernism at Play

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Happy Monday, folks! Sorry for my absence over the weekend, my computer decided to change the time on me when it fell asleep and I couldn’t access any websites. Fortunately, its all fixed up now and I can share this funky modern Australian apartment in Sydney, Australia, home to Johnny Paradiso and Rebecca Hill. It’s got a lots of clean white lines and also houses some great indoor plants (and you know I love me some indoor plants)! 

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I love this vignette – those urns are so unexpected and contrast the super mod art and sculpture.

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The color-coded bookshelf is a bold choice but works with the colorful aesthetic in the rest of their home (plus it matches that awesome skateboard on the wall), and the tulip table and bentwood chairs are a great duo. Reminds me of the pairing of wicker chairs and tulip table in this apartment from last week!

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The simple bedroom doesn’t try to compete with the very green and expansive view from the adjoining balcony, and results in a very airy and natural bedroom that feels super relaxing.

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(via The Design Files, photographed by Sean Fennessy)

This balcony is a modern oasis, and a beautiful continuation of the simple white/green/neutral palette in the bedroom. With such an amazing view, it would be so relaxing to read a book out there!

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Spring Gardening Checklist

The trees have started to fill in, the bushes are growing new leaves, and it’s time to start realizing those mid-winter dreams of spring plantings. I thought I’d make a short checklist that you could use this weekend to get started – just three easy steps (with some gardening tips in-between)!

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Out with the Old

This might not be the case for you, but we had lots of dead leaves from fall that acted as mulch and protected our perennials throughout the winter. It was super but not the most attractive thing for our beds, so it had to go! We cleared out all the dead leaves from the beds, and actually started a compost pile with them around the back of the house. Another good side to this is that you get to see what bulbs are coming up, but be careful when removing the leaves as to not break any new shoots.

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Get Planting

Adding new plants is my favorite part, and we added lots of herbs and perennials this year that I’m excited to watch grow and fill in. It’s such an exciting process! Make sure to look at the tags on the plants you buy to see what kind of light they like best, and think about whether you’d like to fill in with annual color or some perennials that you want to see grow back every year. When you plant them, make sure to shake out the root ball and dig a hole larger than the plant so that the dirt around it isn’t compacted.

Spring Gardening Checklist on Thou Swell

Hydration is Key

The ideal planting conditions is cloudy because the sun might cause unnecessary stress to your plants as they adapt to their new settings, but otherwise plant them in the afternoon and wait to water them until the sun goes down, to prevent burning them. Also, sprinkle fertilizer around your plants or use a liquid fertilizer in the water to encourage new growth all summer long!

I hope these steps and tips are helpful! We’re hoping to plant a cut-flower garden in our side yard (as opposed to a produce garden) this year, but it will take clearing a lot of very thick ivy so those plans might or might not work out. I’ll keep you posted!

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