DIY Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Art on the Cheap!

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It’s time for me to fess up. The first step to treating a problem is admitting you have one, right? Right?! Okay, here it goes…

Hi everyone, I’m Morgan (hi, Morgan) and I am obsessed with Urban Outfitters’ Apartment section. I love everything, I want everything, and don’t feel remorse about drooling over stuff for two hours and pinning everything I like.

The only thing I’m not a fan of is the prices. I will never pay $150 for a duvet cover. $80 for a towel? No. $20 for a soap dish with an ironic deer in hipster glasses motif? Absolutely never. $25 for a pretty piece of paper to hang on my walls? Ehhh, it’s a stretch.

It’s not a secret that I’m Mr. Krabs cheap, and if I can do it myself for less, I probably will, and then I will blog about it.

I love this print (which is now $10,  a little better I suppose), but as soon as I saw it, my Martha Stewart DIY or Die brain came to life with a primal roar.

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This is so easy to recreate, and just imagine all of the possibilities with color and flower combos you could create. It could be totally customize-able to you and your space, which is awesome. There’s even an optional step to add more pizazzle (but really, when it involves pizazzle, is it really optional?)

Here’s all you need to get started:

Something to use as a solid color background (I used a photo box lid, but paper would work just as well. You can even experiment with patterns!)

Flowers

A camera 

Some way to print your photos on sturdy paper (this can be done at home with photo paper or cardstock, or you can order prints!)

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The first step is as follows: Arrange your flowers in any way you like on your background and take a picture when you like it. Bam. Free. A true reflection of your soul in flowers. You can experiment with this for hours, creating all kinds of different combinations until you find a few you love. I used the square format because I liked the Instagramesque look it gave the project, but experiment away, my friends! Artistic license is a beautiful thing.

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You could have a variety of flowers:

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Or you could go minimalist:

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Or you could stick with just one type of flower (this would be super cool if I had thought to use more buttercups)

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There a kajillions of combinations you can come up with:

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Now, you can stop here and print out your picture to hang if you like the natural look. It’s pretty similar to the original:

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OR you could pop over to Pixlr.com and edit the colors of your photo to get something out of this world.

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Here’s how:

1. Open your image.

2. Go to the ‘Adjustments Box’

3. Click “Color”

4. Use your mouse to scroll through different hues. Your flowers will become even more incredible. Once you’ve decided on one (or four) color choices you like, save your image.

You could go a little further and turn it into a poster, if you’re a sucker for typography like myself:

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You can add a space overlay even!

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Too much? Eh…

Anyway, after you’re done editing, print out your picture and hang it up!

You can even press your flowers afterward for more fun!

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(This was my favorite arrangement)

 

Enjoy your own personalized, one-of-a-kind botanical print!

(Also maybe link to a picture of yours in the comments…I’m very curious to see what you guys come up with using flowers in your area. Aside from being a home decor enthusiast, I am also a proud plant nerd.)

Morgan

 

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How To: Gold Stripe Flower Pot

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Are you also loving the gold accent craze that seems to be sweeping the internet lately? Do you like gardening and painting? Then this post is for  you! *confetti!* Jazz up an old pot and add some flair to your gardens with a simple band of gold paint in this super easy tutorial.

 

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Supplies:

A pot of any variety (except glazed and smooth plastic–the paint won’t stick very well to smooth surfaces)

Gold craft paint 

Paintbrush (the thickness depends on how big you want your stripe to be)

Shellac if you’re painting the pot for outside use (a spray can would work just fine)

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Step 1: Wash your pot the best you can to ensure that the paint will stick. I just used some dish soap and the scrubby side of a sponge. Let dry completely before painting! Otherwise you’ll end up with weird water streaks. No bueno.

Step 2: Put your first coat of gold paint on the bottom of your pot (or middle, or top. Your choice!) I needed about 3 coats to finish my pot, but this will vary based on the paint you use and the type of pot you’re painting. Let dry completely in between coats. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the process, but if you do it on a sunny day, you shouldn’t have to wait too long. Patience, young grasshopper.

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Step 3: Once your paint is dry, spray with 1-2 layers of shellac. I didn’t do this on my first pot, and it got ruined in the rain tonight ( 😦 ). If you’re painting the pot for indoor use, you can skip this step, but if it’s going to be outside, you’ll need to protect it.

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Admire your trendy and modern creation.

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Step 4: Now fill your pot with a layer of rocks and/or sand on the bottom for drainage, and then add potting soil. You can plant whatever you want, but I made a little succulent garden. I am in love with it.

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And it’s as easy as that! Enjoy your new pot!

Happy weekend!

Morgan

 

 

The Meadow

 

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Here’s a quick photo tour of the meadow behind my house…During the summer it’s absolutely gorgeous, and sometimes the grass gets to be 7 feet tall and deer hide among dew covered buttercups and the whole thing is essentially a poem in motion. I was stupid and went barefoot the other day, forgetting about all of the SUPER sharp nettles that call the meadow home, so I couldn’t spend as much time wandering as I wanted to, but I did manage to get quite a few pictures. Some of them are of the woods leading to the meadow, but it’s just as magical there. Despite the nettles, this is a very special place to me, and I hope you all can enjoy it through the internets.

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Do you have any special places?

Morgan

How To: Arrange Hanging Baskets and Flower Pots Like a Pro

As you are all probably very much aware of, I’ve been doing a lot of gardening and flower buying. A lot of flower buying. Maybe too much. However, I’ve picked up some tips along the way to share with y’all, and today I’m going to give you the run-down on how to create some gorgeous hanging baskets, (and by using the same tips, you can create lovely pots too!) because who doesn’t love flowers in a container? Only cold hearted curmudgeons, that’s who.

Most of these are examples from the greenhouses I went to, so they’re actually created by the pros. First, let’s cover some color basics, and then we’ll take a look at a few hanging baskets and see why they work so well.

The Color Wheel and Basic Color Theory:

The color wheel, if you are not familiar, is this thing:

 

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Color theory, which tells you which colors look best together, is based off of this wheel, and while there are enough technicalities about color theory to fill an encyclopedia (boooooringgggg), we only need the basics for hanging basket design.

According to color theory, there are three basic ways to make yourself a color palette (for a room, a painting, or, in this case, flowers).

The first is by using Analogous Colors. Analogous colors are three or four colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel. This is why reds, oranges, and yellows or greens, blues, and purples look good together. Here’s a flower example for your viewing pleasure:

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The second is based upon Complementary Colors, or colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, orange and blue are a complementary pair. So are purple and yellow. Here’s an example:

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The third is simply a Monochromatic palette. This means using one color (or variations on that color)  to fill your palette, like this:

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And of course, there are hundreds of other combinations that look good outside of these rules, but these are just some simple and fail-proof guidelines to start with.

If you’re having any trouble visualizing, or are bored and like interactive tools (yay internet!) you should definitely check out Paletton, a great interactive color wheel that shows you a palette based on whichever color you click on.

 

Now for the fun part!

Building Your Basket: What Works

Of course color plays a huge role in your hanging basket arrangement, but there are other things to consider, too. Specifically, the shapes and sizes of the specific flowers you’re putting together. This is mostly personal preference–as you’ll see, some baskets combine flowers with similar sizes and petals, and others contrast them. Both can work! Magical!

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These flowers are close in shape and size, and are also very close to complementary colors. There’s enough of a contrast between the two to create a lot of visual interest.

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Here’s a great example of an analogous palette. Reds and oranges, both with similarly sized smooth petals, work really well together in this basket.

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These are also close to analogous, but you can’t go wrong with pink and purple. It’s one of those things that has always been true with flowers and 5 year old girl’s rooms. These flowers are also similar in shape and size, but I like how the purple is a solid color, allowing the variety of the pink to stand out.

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A very monochromatic basket, indeed.

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This is my favorite complementary combo. I love how both flowers have different colored (and analogous!) centers for even more interest.

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Another analogous palette, with two different heights of flowers for some artsy flair. The yellow of the top bloom also picks up on the yellow in the petunias, which is a great tactic.

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And this is one of my baskets. It’s not hanging but it sure is complementary! Not only do the colors contrast, but the shape of the flowers are different as well for some fun clashing action.

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Complementary (purple and yellow) AND analogous (blue and purple). Krazy!

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Another fun idea is to plant unconventional flowers or plants in hanging baskets, such as  strawberries, snapdragons, or portulaca.

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This one has a lot of cool stuff going on. It’s mostly monochromatic, but plays up very different flowers in the same color. The white accent flower adds some visual breathing room, too.

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And of course, you can combine all the colors if you want to and still have it look amazing. YOLOOOOOO.

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This is my preferred method because I like my life to be an explosion of almost dangerous color.

I hope these tips helped you out and inspired you to go plant some stuff!

What’s your favorite way to create baskets and pots? Do you have any pro tips of your own, or do you usually just mix flowers you like and it works? Which is your favorite basket here? Sound off in the comments!

Have a lovely day!!

Morgan

Moar Flowerz.

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Still can’t stop buying flowers! Here are some more pictures for your enjoyment.

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These are quite possibly my current favorite.

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MINI CACTUS JR.! How cute. And spiny.

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Our haul. Nooo we’re not flower hoarders. Nope. Nooooo.

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This flower is so cute. It’s like a flattened out poppy.

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My cactus! I need a good name for him though. Suggestions welcome.

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And, of course, it’s not a garden until you’ve planted Fluffy Ruffles.

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That’s not all of the pictures, so stay tuned for my next post about how to make kick-butt hanging baskets for more!!

Any fun in the garden lately? Or are you less of an outdoorsy person? It’s okay. We can still be friends!!

Morgan

Conquering Monday Vol 6.

 

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Alternate title:  I got 99 problems but not enough photos of trees and stuff isn’t one of ’em. So yesterday I went for another one of those evening walks to a place by the river that I find perfect for thinking. On the way, I couldn’t help but take some photos, and I thought I’d share with you lovely readers on this week’s Conquering Monday. Enjoy!

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Please pardon my muddy shoes…

 

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The dew drops just after the rain were so beautiful on everything, almost like little diamonds.

 

 

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The view from my favorite sitty spot. Sometimes I sit on those rocks out there, but I decided not to yesterday. I didn’t feel like getting my butt wet, which sometimes happens.

 

 

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I hope you all have a fabulous start to your weeks! Anything fun/out of the ordinary planned?

❤ Morgan

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Goin’ to the Flower Shops

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I went to a greenhouse again. Here are some more photos. Again. I sure hope you guys aren’t sick of flowers yet…because I’m not! (And if you’re not, might I suggest clicking here and here?)

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This greenhouse had the most gorgeous hanging baskets. I never would have thought Portulaca would be a hanging basket sort of flower, but would ya look at that?

 

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Also the most gorgeous window boxes. So much color, and somehow still poifect.

 

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I took this guy home!

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I almost bought one of these, and definitely might next time. I forget what they’re called but they are amazing.

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Baby pepper! SO CUTE. #plantbabies

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I am super obsessed with Dahlias.

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Half baskets for trees!

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Does this tiny garden make your heart melt? You’re not alone.  Succulove.

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I want an indoor cactus garden very badly, but I know that I’d end up full of needles and so would the felines. So…I’ll just dream for now. It’s safer for everybody…

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These conical baskets are the coolest.

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It’s like a minimalist mod Hibiscus.

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Succulent lovers, plant your heart out.

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So it’s no secret that greenhouses are my Wonderland. Imagine how fun it would be to work at one! Just being around flowers all day, maybe planting some baskets using your never-ending supply of blooms…that’s the life.

It’s raining today, so, oh darn I can’t push mow my entire lawn (and two hills…), but we might be finishing up the veggie garden soon. Also, the rainy weather means a bit of a delay on the DIY lawn and garden decor, but when it comes it’s gonna be awesome! (Or a wicked hilarious failure. You’ll know either way.)

I hope these blooms brightened your day a leeeeetle bit (or a lot bit. That would be cool.), but if not, just remember…

Two days till Friday! Have a great day 🙂

❤ Morgan