I’ve been hemming and hawing over floating shelves for my kitchen since I bought and moved in last June. I looked at Ikea and hated the quality–twice. You can see where I’d hang them from most parts of the house and I wanted something sturdy and substantial, something that “shows” and is a piece of art in and of itself.
I found some amazing Japanese burned ones that blew my mind. Then, I priced them out. In my “forever” home, I thought.
So I went to a trusted source: Etsy. I support local, small shops and artisans who create incredible things every day (hello! I make, too). And why I never started there is beyond me, because I stumbled on Sound Side Carpentry and their amazing reclaimed barn wood pieces.
Last weekend, we finally got our floating shelves delivered. We also purchased a hairpin leg stool that doubles as a million different things (which I love!): a side table, a stool to sit on when we have extra guests for a party, a plant stand for our cactus which traveled 3,000 miles from Phoenix with Sean to live with us in Boston last summer.
And it fits my eclectic taste. I would never want to walk into a house and know what store, and when in time, that owner bought and decorated everything. I spend a lot of time thinking things over and deciding where it should go and whether it makes sense. I love vintage antiques. Unique pieces. One of a kinds. I’ve even sometimes bought something that didn’t work right then but knew at some point, it would be a must piece that completes my space.
My floating shelves are amazing and finally let me display some of my bowls and glassware and vases and kitchen trinkets I’ve collected along the way. I get to show off some of my vintage Blakley Arizona cacti frosted glass collection (I’ve got more on my bar cart), too.
See more snaps from my home here and here.
Sean bought me this amazing–and jazzy in champagne leather–cactus pouch from the brilliant Amelie Mancini, for Christmas this year. It’s great in my black leather bag to carry all kinds of odds and ends like travel sized emergency advil, lip balm, and hand cream.
I love it. Go, quick. Buy something from her. She’s incredible.
Gifted to me by a former student; adding to my cactus and succulent collection, and so happy to do so. I can’t live without plants, and I appreciate low maintenance ones.
I spent Thanksgiving with my guy Sean and his family in sunny Phoenix. These saguaro never get old. Right?
From my sketchbook this week. An assortment of cacti and succulents.
I’d always like my collection to be larger, but alas, the ones I do have, are currently doing really well and it makes tending and caring quite easy.
What kinds of house plants do you like?
Going through its fourth blooming of the year already. This plant is magical and must just have the perfect amount of light.
Dyed in various shades of turquoise this Easter. Check out my other egg designs here.
My sister is a talented artist; she can draw and paint anything, but her work as a medical illustrator and animator often plays a huge role in her personal art work, too.
She recently gifted me this drawing of the merging between my favorite: a saguaro cactus and the bones of a hand. It’s brilliant and it now hangs in my bathroom. Everyone should have original art work, even in their w.c.
I spent my spring break on two camping trips–I began in southern Arizona, surrounded by more than 5,000 saguaro cacti, and then flew to Savannah, Georgia to meet my mum and sister to camp along the eastern seacoast all the way home.
It was a blast; the weather in Arizona was delicious, and I managed to read 3 books and knit 2 sweaters in all the relaxation.
You can check out snaps from the trip here. Or, wade through last year’s cross country camping trip as well.
My plants and I are desperate for sun and spring. Are you?
It just never.gets.old.this.cactus.thing. Swoon.