Decorating Idea: What to Do With Seashells?

Three Seashells

Who can resist gathering seashells any time they’re near an ocean? Just me? Maybe that’s just a thing people who don’t live near an ocean do, but chances are even you coastal dwellers have a few seashells in a drawer somewhere.

Because really, what do you do with them? You could put them in a jar. Or a bowl. Those would be pretty, but how many jars or bowls of seashells can you have? Am I right?

I faced this same conundrum a few weeks ago when I got back from a trip to Cambodia. During the days I spent in a couple of seaside towns in Cambodia, I gathered plenty of seashells. Because when am I going to go back to the Gulf of Thailand? Probably not any time soon. After unpacking and staring at my shell souvenirs, I was at a loss for what to do with them. Then, I came up with a brilliant solution.

Use them to decorate plants!

Decorate with seashells

It may sound weird, but I like to set little objects in my houseplants to give them some flair. Usually I place a few pretty rocks on the topsoil. Maybe a small figurine if I’m feeling crazy. But seashells are even better plant decorators!

Decorate plants with seashells Add flair to houseplants with seashells Seashells decorate houseplantThey just add a little something. It’s subtle. And pretty. And it makes me feel like I’m actually doing something semi-creative with my seashells.

What do you think?

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Travel Day: Cambodia


Today I leave for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cambodia! I’m sorry I’ve been so out of touch recently. An upcoming move (yes, I’ll be moving again this summer) and excitement over this trip has made me not in a writing/working mood. A vacation always changes that though! I hope to come back feeling refreshed and inspired.

I love the feeling of the unknown before a trip (especially when traveling to a completely different country and culture). You don’t completely know what to expect and you can only imagine what you’ll see. I’m ready for an adventure!


Where are you itching to travel? Tell me about it in the comments! 

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Weekend Finds: Saturday Garage Sale Haul


Last weekend I got up early and hit the garage sales. Driving from spot to spot, I scoped out some good deals. It was a prefect weekend for garage saleing. The cool weather meant tons of people were having sales. I didn’t drive far at all and found some great stuff for low prices!

Here’s what I found:
Small wooden end table: $3 (Yes, $3)
Glass ice bucket: $5
Two books: 25 cents each
Random hardware: 25 cents
Two 4×6 Crate & Barrel rugs: $35 total
Two dark wood shelves: $15 total


I bought a couple of cheap paperbacks to take on my upcoming trip to Cambodia!. You can’t beat 25 cents each.


I’m excited to add this ice bucket to my vintage bar cart!


Perhaps my best finds of the day were two barely-used 4×6 Crate & Barrel rugs. They’re a pretty white and beige color and they feel so soft! Also, they’re pup-approved.

Check out my past weekend finds!

What do you think of my finds? Let me know in the comments!

Why Snake Plants Make the Best Houseplants


Calling all black thumbs; I’ve got the houseplant for you. Have you ever heard of snake plants? These fancy-looking plants feature sword-shaped leaves and can get as tall as eight feet! (Mine aren’t taller than a foot or two, though.) Snake plants are closely related to Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, which is the same style plant but with a yellow border around the leaves.

For those of you who aren’t so good at keeping plants alive, you’ll have a good run with snake plants. These houseplants are super hardy and can even grow in poor soil. Here are a few more reasons why I think snake plants make the best houseplants.


Decorating helpers
Houseplants in general just make a room look good. They add life and a bit of green to a space. And snake plants are particularly good looking. Their vertical leaves are really interesting, and they look excellent in groupings.

Fit with any look
Snake plants definitely give off a modern vibe. I can picture these plants decorating a sleek home that’s all black furniture and minimalist. But snake plants also work just as well with my vintage-inspired style. They’re extremely versatile.

Easy to care for
Snake plants are about as easy as it gets when it comes to taking care of them. Keep them in the house near ample natural light, let them dry out between waterings and they’ll be fine. Snake plants also grow well outdoors on a porch. They prefer warmth, so bring them indoors during the winter. When you’re not sure, err to underwatering.

Space savers
Their dramatic vertical leaves don’t just look striking; they also save space. While many houseplants spread their vines or grow bushy, snake plants just grow vertically. You can stick a snake plant just about anywhere. And it’ll grow up—not out.

Improve indoor air
Snake plants are particularly good at filtering air. They can even filter out pollutants like formaldehyde. Keep a few in your bedroom to improve the air quality while you sleep.


Here are a few more of my favorite houseplants.

What houseplants do you like to grow? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Start Seeds in Newspaper Pots

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Gardening season is here! If you’ve never tried starting seeds, it can be really rewarding—and really frustrating.

Take it from me, starting seeds for the first time is a challenge. You wait and wait and wait. Then finally the little seedlings emerge—or they don’t. You have to tend to them to make sure they’re thriving. And it takes quite a while until they grow big enough to transplant to the garden.

Buuuuuut when you do, it’s so rewarding. It’s crazy to think that you started that little sucker from seed and now you’re eating tomatoes off of it! Here’s how I do it.

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Folding newspaper pots

I like to start seeds indoors in newspaper pots. You fold sheets of newspaper origami-style into little pots to hold your seedlings. After your seeds grow big enough, you can even transplant the newspaper pot straight into the ground because it breaks down into the soil.

I learned how to make newspaper pots to start seeds by watching this video. After a few tries, you’ll turn into a newspaper pot-folding machine.

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How to grow seeds

After you finish folding your newspaper pots, fill them with soil. Then, use tweezers to place  a seed (or several) in each pot under the soil about 1/4 of an inch. Water the soil evenly. Keep an eye on your seedlings and follow the care instructions on the seed packet and you’ll be growing your own newspaper pot garden in no time.

How to start seeds in newspaper pots |


How to start seeds in newspaper pots |

How to start seeds in newspaper pots |

Bonus tip: I like to use leftover water to water my seeds. By that I mean, the water I used to soak a dish (so long as there’s no soap in it) or the water sitting in the glass on my nightstand from the night before. That way I don’t spend any extra money watering my seeds and I reuse water that would otherwise just go down the drain.

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