Broken is Beautiful

Kintsugi— the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. Yep. That is a thing, and it’s way more beautiful than you’re imagining. Much like Hygge, the definition of kintsugi encapsulates a concept rather than just a clear cut definition of something tangible. Kintsugi is like the antidote to the consumer driven, planned obsolescence of our present. By celebrating imperfections, kintsugi points to a more sustainable future. Mending everything from pottery, to floors, to fabrics, kintsugi really is quite cool. And while the urge to immediately start breaking your stuff will be strong, you must resist. Just check out these amazing photos that show how beautiful broken can be.

image via Fromental

 

You can buy a kintsugi repair kit and diy your own masterpiece like the pictures below.

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!

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.

DIY Wall Art Projects That You Can Make This Weekend (Even If You’re Not an Artist)

These art projects are super simple. With only a few items, you can customize your own wall art to anchor your space, even if you sucked at art class!

DIY Abstract Art (Tutorial Here)

This is perfect for the minimalist. Sleek and sophisticated, it looks a whole lot more expensive than it actually is to make!

Painted Boxes Lined With Pretty Paper

Display your lightweight keepsakes inside of and on top of these beautiful storage boxes. Trust me, people will ask where you bought these!

Optical Illusion Wall Art (Tutorial Here)

This really plays tricks on your eyes! It’s a great conversation starter for when you have guests over.

Melted Crayon Wall Art

This is one I’ve made in the past. It can get a bit messy and it certainly doesn’t have the best smell when you’re making it, but if you’re looking for an easy and colorful project, this one is the way to go. Just run those crayons right through a hot glue gun (one that you’re willing to part with), onto a canvas.

DIY Dragon Scales on Canvas

All you need to do for this one is cut out some circles from poster board, glue them to a canvas, and spray paint the whole thing! It can be a little time consuming for a larger piece like the one pictured above.

DIY String Art (Tutorial Here)

This one’s been floating around the internet for a while now, but it never gets old! It takes a little bit more planning out then some of the other projects here, but the finished product is hella cool.

DIY Herringbone Art

I just love how intricate this one looks! Plus you can go all Jackson-Pollock-crazy on the canvas before you get to the masking tape. After you throw some paint around on the canvas, use tape to make a herringbone pattern. Paint over the whole thing in white. Then remove the tape. Voila!

DIY Wallpaper Art

This is perfect for those of us who aren’t always ready to commit to wallpapering and entire wall. Display your quirky taste in wallpaper by gluing it to some plywood and hanging it!

This Kitchen Remodel Cost Less Than $600!

I was standing in my kitchen last night, literally counting all the things I would change if I had $50,000. Yep. Thursday nights y’all. New flooring, new backsplash, new island, new cabinets. All that. But alas, I don’t have $50K to spend on anything, let alone a remodel of a kitchen that pretty much functions. So as I sunk into Pinterest-kitchen-coveting despair, I came across the most awesome DIY kitchen remodel I’ve ever seen.

Prepare to be amazed. This is what a little creativity and a weekend of work looks like. This dramatic remodel was not only inexpensive, but also relatively simple! See for yourself. UK blogger, Wendy Gilmour of Thank Fifi, shows us how a little bit of chalk paint, concrete, and stickers —yes, I said stickers, so let your 8-year-old self rejoice!—can transform a kitchen in just one weekend. Check out these amazing pics!

For the full scoop, check out the post here.