Target Launches Project 62 and It is Amazingtastic

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I’ve recently been obsessed with mid century modern furniture and home decor. To be honest, while I still love the whole Scandinavian minimalist style, I’m finding more and more that when you have kids and pets, you can’t have nice things. Okay, you can have nice things so long as they are functional, hard to break, and easy to clean. I find myself constantly replacing a lot of damaged or dingy things around the house. No bueno. That’s why I’m completely over the moon for this new home decor line from Target. Project 62 is the perfect marriage of form, function, and affordability. Seriously, this line speaks for itself. Check out the pics below and enjoy free shipping on purchases of $35 or more!

Spa Oasis: The 4 Best Shower Plants To Add to Your Bathroom + A Nifty Idea for the Commitment-Phobic Plant Lover

This summer I went to Stockholm and got to see Scandinavian design first hand. Ikea definitely rules the city, but one thing that I hadn’t really noticed before my visit was this new trend that’s sweeping across the internet: shower plants. I stayed at this cute little air bnb and the bathroom was full of potted plants. I absolutely loved it. The shower stall had hanging plants creeping down the side of the wall and the tub was adorned with beautiful potted plants. It made for the most relaxing spa shower I’ve had in a long time.

As soon as I got back to the states, I knew I just had to add a little green to my shower. I did some investigating and soon discovered that Swedes might be on to something here. Not only are potted plants in the bathroom totally beautiful, but they also serve the function of purifying the air of bacteria and humidity. Perfect for a bathroom! It’s no secret how much I love houseplants. Even though I have the worst luck in keeping plants alive, I’ve found some houseplants that totally thrive even when they are in the care of an herbicidal maniac like me. Finding houseplants for your shower is no different. These plants are totally well suited for a bathroom’s humid environment and are all seriously low maintenance. Check it out!

Air Plants

These amazing little guys are really making the rounds on Pinterest lately. Practically impossible to kill, they add a touch of elegance without all of the fuss. They don’t need soil and when stored in a bathroom, they get most of their water from the air. Just perfect!

Ferns

An oldie, but goodie. Ferns never lose their charm. They require little maintenance and are super prolific. they don’t need direct sunlight and your shower will feel like a rainforest. These look amazing on a vanity, on the lip of a tub, or on a shelf above the toilet.

Spider Plants

Spider plants serve double duty by adding a beautiful touch of low maintenance green to your loo, while at the same time purifying the air. They don’t need much light and they really do well in the humid environment provided by a bathroom.

Eternity Plant

So aptly named, the eternity plant is virtually impossible to kill. Seriously, I tried. I am horrible at taking care of plants, but this one here doesn’t mind the fact that I, ahem, never water it, never talk to it (aren’t you supposed to talk to plants?), and have only indirect sunlight in my bathroom. Forget about marriage, this guy will never give up on his relationship with you.

Nifty Idea: Bath Bouquets

Ok. So what if you’re not willing to even attempt to care for a plant, no matter how low maintenance it is? I totally understand. I have a guest bathroom that I seriously never use. I only go in there to wipe it down from time to time when I know I’m going to have company. Not an ideal place for indoor plants that rely, even just a little bit, on human interaction.

For that bathroom, I like to put together a bouquet of eucalyptus, mint, lavender, rosemary, or lemongrass stems that i tie up with natural twine (find it here) and hang from the shower curtain. These ‘bouquets’ last for weeks and release the most beautiful fragrances when in an enclosed space. When and if you do use the shower, the bouquet reacts to the steam and creates an amazing aromatherapy shower. Such a cool little idea! You can avoid commitment, but still enjoy the benefits of bringing the outside in!

Scandinavian Design With a Bohemian Twist

My first love is definitely Scandinavian design. I love the muted colors. I love the simplicity. I absolutely love how practical, functional, and streamlined the furniture is. Most of all, I think, I love the lack of clutter. A place for everything and everything in it’s place, ya know? If I’m being completely honest, I’d have to say that I don’t mind bold colors or wacky furniture as long as there isn’t any kind of clutter. So how do you marry the sleek and functional with your inner bohemian?

Start with a Blank Slate

Paint your walls white. Before you get upset with me, just hear me out. White walls allow you to see your space in it’s natural state. This is a perfect situation if you live in a rental. You can add color in the furniture and the accent pieces you choose without having to paint and then repaint.

Layer Colors

Think of those white walls as a blank canvas. The colors you choose will really pop and create visual interest without compromising the overall streamline look of Scandinavian design. Try maintaining a simple color palette to unify the space.

Use Texture

Chunky knits paired with soft fabrics and jute rugs are really the unifying elements of both Scandinavian design and Bohemian design. To get started experimenting with texture, try draping your furniture with an interesting throw. Don’t fear the sheepskin, that’s all I’m saying.

Personalize the Space

Remember that awesome wood carving you got from that roadside shop in the middle of nowhere? Or that thrift store score? That funky lamp that nobody likes but you. You can put those items on full display! Create a beautiful mantel or a well thought out occassional table. The key is to keep your bohemian items from looking cluttered. Try to keep these items within the same color family and overall theme of your space.

Images: ElleDecor MyDomaine

Vintage Style 4th of July Barbecue

So I’ve been binge watching the Wonder Years on Netflix and it’s totally gotten me into this nostalgic kinda mood. The show takes place in the late 60s, but somehow manages to make you feel like you’re remembering your own childhood. Anyway, I guess I’m mad impressionable because now I seriously want to host a vintage style get together. With the 4th of July right around the corner, I decided to go with a vintage Americana theme for this year’s barbecue. Thank goodness for Lia Griffith, y’all! She absolutely nailed the vision I had in my head and even has some handy printables and DIY tutorials to make this dream a reality. Check out the pics and get inspired!

How gorgeous is this?!! Every little detail, right down to the matchboxes!Just beautiful. I’m super excited to host this year’s celebration! Check out more of this amazing design here and here. You’ll find links to all of the cool tutorials and printables.

Also, if you’re in need of a perfectly grillable veggie burger recipe to appease your hungry vegetarian friends (note: I am one of your hungry vegetarian friends), check out my favorite recipe here.

2 Ingredient Homemade Mosquito Repellent + Sleep Spray

Just as I was settling back into a relaxing sleep routine, the heat wave hit. Tossing and turning. Then the temperatures started to cool down just enough this weekend for me to start to get comfortable…BAM! Mosquitoes!!! I can say without a doubt that mosquitoes are my least favorite part of Summer. I can be surrounded by people and literally every single hungry mosquito in a 5 mile radius will bite me. Just me. My mother says it’s ’cause I’m so sweet which (don’t judge me) actually makes me feel a little better. Mommies are awesome like that.

Anyway, I was in desperate need of some mosquito-free rest and relaxation. I’ve always heard that the go to mosquito repellent is citronella. I really am not too keen on the smell of citronella, especially when I’m trying to get some shut eye. Fortunately, citronella isn’t the only scent that mosquitoes hate. We’re talking lavender, y’all. Who knew?!

Lavender is probably my favorite essential oil. For real, I use it in all kinds of recipes. Seriously, I go through those little bottles like water. I always keep a homemade lavender face mist at my desk to relieve stress. I use a lavender leave in conditioner daily. And now I have a new recipe to add to my arsenal, and yours. This recipe goes straight ninja on mosquitoes all while calming you into the deepest, most restful sleep of your life. Check it out and you can totally thank me later!

Homemade Mosquito Repellent + Sleep Spray

Ingredients

  • witch hazel
  • lavender essential oil

Directions

  • pour your witch hazel in a small mist bottle (I used 2oz bottles) leaving a little space at the top
  • add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil, or more to really get that lavender scent up and running
  • if you’re feeling fancy, you can add some fresh, dried lavender
  • close the bottle and shake well
  • to use, spray the mist all over your bed linens and your whole body
  • store on your bedside table

This spray is so gentle that you can use it directly on your skin without fear of irritation. I really use a lot of this spray, so I tend to have to make more on a weekly basis, but it’s so worth it. For the first time in years, I get to sleep at night… the deep slumber of a person that has absolutely no mosquito bites.

Images: pinterest/eyeswoon + pinterest/annieselke