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.

My Current Obsession

My Obsession du Jour is succulents.

It must be the drought on my brain, but I've let a bunch of my potted plants die and now I'm replacing them with all sorts of succulents. Ever since I killed my Fiddle Leaf Fern (it was a truly depressing day when the last leaf fell and I realized there was absolutely no way I could save it) the house has been sadly plant-free. I've been trying to find the perfect replacement plant forever. They're all too palm-like, too stalk-like, too hanging, too "not right for me." Then I realized it was staring me straight in the face, since our backyard is full of them! What plants can take the heat, no water, and my penchant for killing plants? SUCCULENTS! 

I've been pouring over pictures of succulent arrangements, how-to-plant guides, lists of various types... And I must admit, I have developed a relationship with them that I just don't want to quit.

Last week I decided to replace the row of pots by our front door as my first "test" into seeing how hard (or easy) it would be to plant succulents. Low and behold, it was crazy easy!
Here's the how-to-plant guide I used.
I bought river pebbles and cactus soil at Lowes and everything is still alive - granted its only been one week, but I'm hopeful!

Since then, I've re-potted my snake plant and put together another pot by the front door with a string of pearls plant from the local Farmers' Market, aloe from Lowes, and one that I can't remember the name of for the life of me! I'm also in the midst of planning another pot, I'll share pics as soon as its done. Seriously, I'm obsessed!

I love this string of pearls plant! I may have to fill the pot with a few more succulents, its looking a bit empty

Apparently I'm not the only one. Not only did I find a great hanging pot of succulents at Disneyland, but the hillside by the Casey Jr. Train was amazingly landscaped with a sea of succulents. Who knew Disney was into succulents, too!

2015 Design Trends

Now that 2015 is here and 2014 is "so last year", what new and exciting things do we have to look forward to?

I've searched high and low to come up with my top 5 best new trends for 2015 so that your designing is fresh and of the moment.

1.) Color, color, color!
Despite the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 being Marsala, I'm seeing some great blues that I'd chose over Marsala any day (not that it's a bad color!).
Vibrant blues are all over the place. Whether its Mediterranean blue, cerulean blue, blues with a glossy finish, to mixing blue with green (ranging from lime to olive greens), this color is where its at in my book! 

2.) The new "It" plant
The Fiddle Head Fern has a new rival - the Pencil Cactus. Gardenista put together a very convincing argument as to why it's so great (despite being mildly poisonous). Having a very different look than the Fiddle Head Fern, the Pencil Cactus doesn't have the same broad leaves, rather it has small almost-spines. A great change for a new year.

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

3.) The 2015 Neutrals
One of my favorite blogs to follow, Poppytalk, has a beautiful run-down of some fabulously inspiring neutral rooms. Rather than using white, use grays, creams, and pastels to create absolute serenity.

4.) Pattern and textures
From fabrics to wall paper, high impact patterns and textures are all over the place; natural woven fabrics that feel very bohemian, wild patterns on the walls. Keep it exciting by layering your space.

5.) Soaking tubs!
To round it all out, I thought I'd throw in a bathroom update. If you love taking a bath, then you are in luck because it has never been trendier to bathe, so live it up this year! Make sure its a free standing tub to really be on-trend.

What are you loving for 2015? I'd love to hear your thoughts!