Mid-Century Plant Stand DIY

I'm on a serious DIY kick. From birthday parties to artwork, and now plant stands. The number of Pins in my DIY projects Pinterest board is constantly growing. But I was recently able to check one more off the list - the Mid-Century Inspired Plant Stand.

While our living room is almost to the point where I'd call it complete, it's still lacking plants. A little greenery goes a long way to making a room feel more inviting. So says the woman who didn't have a single plant in her apartment forever! I decided that I wanted to make this room just a bit more plant-friendly. Enter the plant stand. 

Source: West Elm

I love the West Elm Modern Planter. And, with my recent state of mind of Super DIY, I felt like it was something my husband and I could tackle. He gets dragged into any project that involves wood-working. I'm convinced he loves it, especially the getting-new-tools part!

I found this tutorial ages ago and decided it was the one we'd follow. 

It was a little harder than expected. Key tip from my husband, turns out it works best if you actually have a drill press rather than a Forstner bit (don't I sound like I know what I'm talking about?!). But with a LOT of encouragement from me, my husband powered through and made it work.

A little jerry rigging, sanding and staining later, our plant stand is complete! All thanks to my sweet husband. I like it so much, we may have to make a larger one in the next few weeks, now that we know what we're doing.

And my plant is thriving in its new home! I should have moved it ages ago.

Here are a few more planter options from West Elm that are also Mid Century inspired and really attractive. Maybe we'll get into wire-working, or maybe not.

Ahh, Summer

My girls, husband, and I spent the last week visiting family in the North East. And I have to admit, there is nothing like an East Coast summer with its lush greenery, the summery "glow" that only a bit of humidity can bring, and fireworks displays to die for. 

It's amazing how alive the landscape is there, as compared to our arid California landscape this summer. Oh how the drought has taught us to value every drop of water! It was a sad day when we decided to stop watering the front lawn in an effort to conserve. With the crazy measures we've taken to save water, I never thought a blue bucket would become a dear friend ;-)

Above are a few pictures my mother-in-law took of her yard, where we spent our vacation, so lush and green, ahhhh. The girls were in heaven!

I took a short video of the wind blowing through a hydrangea bush, birds chirping, it was amazingly peaceful! As it's my first video for the blog, I hope it does my mother-in-law's slice of heaven justice. If not, I'll do better next time! 

With the inspiration of lush greenery in my head, I thought I'd share some landscapes that I'm wishing were in my own backyard.

Enjoy your summer!