Friday, June 29, 2012

garden party pt. 1

I do not have a particularly green thumb. I have killed many plants in my lifetime, even a succulent here and there, which are generally thought to be pretty foolproof. I mean, they barely need water - how hard can it be? But I continue to try anyway, and have actually succeeded in keeping a plant or two alive. As my gardening confidence grows, I am ready for a new challenge. There is a corner of land outside our bedroom window that is a serious eyesore. Just a small square of dirt that is so hard it might as well be cement. And even though it looks like no life would survive there, my aesthetics tell me to do something to make it beautiful. Inspired by gardens like the ones below, I think the perfect solution is a raised garden bed.

{1, 2}

Both of these gardens are much more spacious than mine, but I love the vibes of each one. I can picture myself walking through the first garden filling a basket with fresh produce for dinner. And I love all the colors and textures in the second picture. That bench would be a lovely space to just sit and relax.

And so I present to you: step 1 - the raised garden bed:

It doesn't look like much yet,  but I think with a bench, some gravel, and a few more potted plants, we'll really be onto something. And I highly recommend this frame - I put it together myself with just a drill. It only took about ten minutes. Next step is laying down some gravel to hide that depressing dirt. I'll keep you posted on the progress! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

color combo: coral and gold

My boyfriend and I recently moved into a new house. Most of our existing furniture fits nicely, but we have a guest room to furnish, which we didn't have before. My favorite part of that has been deciding what color scheme to go with. I tried to get away with working some pink in there somewhere, but that didn't fly with the other half so I have settled on coral instead. And lately I have seen coral paired with GOLD and I am in love. Next to the pop of color, the gold acts as a balancing neutral.

The inspiration:

{1, 2, 3}

Get the look:

{1, 2, 3, 4 (similar), 5, 6, 7}

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

hi, i'm kate

I have so many ideas. And although I feel very lucky to work where I do, in the industry I do, I feel creatively stifled. I don't get to use a lot of my ideas at work. I can't keep all these thoughts inside my brain anymore - they need out. So this is what my blog is for. I have learned so much about fashion, cooking, gardening, everything! from blogs, and I'd like to pay it forward. And let my ideas loose on the interwebs.

So here we go.