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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: 6 Examples of Foliage Indoors

Cut flowers or branches, a little houseplant on the edge of the sink, herbs in the kitchen — these little touches really brighten a room, don’t they? I have a few potted flowers in ceramic pots on the stoop outside our front door, but nothing inside right now. I should change that!

Plants in Kitchen via Ikea Kitchen Dreambook
Plants in farmhouse kitchen via pages 50-51 of the Ikea Kitchen Dreambook

Muguet in Old Bottle - via Tongue in Cheek by Corey Amaro
Muguet in Old Bottle via Tongue in Cheek by Corey Amaro

Citrus Branches in Vase via Jessica Comingore Project Bly
Citrus Branches in Vase via Jessica Comingore / Project Bly

Sink side flowers via Real Estate Listing by Alexander White as seen on Interiors StockholmSink-side flowers via real estate listing by Alexander White as seen on Interior Stockholm

Anna Malin of Helt enkelt on the Sköna Hem blogFig tree in living room via Anna Malin of Helt enkelt on the Sköna Hem blog

branches in blue mason jar via mariefriis

Branch in blue mason jar via Mariefriis

How have you incorporated foliage into your home?

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: That’s Why They Call it the Blues

I’m not quite sure what to call this shade of blue-green, other than beautiful. Maybe a combination of ice blue and pale turquoise. I apparently like it paired with neutral shades of white, tan, and light grey — I didn’t even realize that until I saw all these images next to each other!

This is one of those colors I like a lot, but don’t currently have represented anywhere in my home. Can you relate to that with certain colors, too?

The Solitudes - Penguin Cover by Designer Eric White
Penguin book cover by designer Eric White

Carry-All via PanacheBox
Leather Carry-All via PanacheBox

Polar Bear via Miss Malagata
Polar Bear via Miss Malagata

Recycled sari blanket by  JEANETTE FARRIER as seen on 51 Stars Paris
Recycled sari blanket by Jeanette Farrier via 51 Stars Paris

Astranzien Styling Anne Beckwilm Foto Janne Peters
Photography by Janne Peters; Styling Anne Beckwilm via JannePeters.de

Typographic Embroidery via Rosalind Wyatt
Typographic Embroidery via Rosalind Wyatt

Let's Hold Hands as We Grow Old by Arian Armstrong
Let’s Hold Hands As We Grow Old” by Arian Armstrong on Etsy

lieschen mueller
Outfit by Lieschen Mueller

P.S. Here’s the previous edition of Monday’s Pretty Things.

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: 5 Impossibly Delicious Pictures of Food

Tarta de ruibarbo -Rhubarb Tart -via Elle.es
Tarta de ruibarbo via Elle.es

Cannelle et Vanille -Alaskan Black Cod
Alaska black cod via Cannelle et Vanille

blueberry coconut lassi via cook republic
Blueberry coconut lassi via Cook Republic

Potato Salad with Dill - A Thought for Food
Potato salad with dill via A Thought for Food

Mimi Thorisson - Artichoke
Artichokes via Manger by Mimi Thorisson

(You guys, Mimi’s blog is seriously one to add to the reading list. Before her current home in Médoc, France, she’s lived in Hong-Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik and Paris. The photography is stunning, and the stories she weaves as she prepares food make you feel like you’re tagging alongside her. Check it out!)

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration

Nicole Porter Design on Etsy | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.comWooden striped bowls via Nicole Porter Designs on Etsy

Laurent Chehere Airport  Photo | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Airport photo via Laurent Chehere (you’ve probably seen her Flying House series on Design Mom!)

Japanese Flying Carp - Koinobori DIY via Squirrelly Minds | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Japanese flying carp/koinobori DIY via Squirrelly Minds

Console-Styling- via the Happy Interior Blog | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.comConsole styling transformation via the Happy Interior Blog (Igor’s blog is a favorite of mine! Click through to see the other styling option for this consol. Amazing what some color can do!)

Japanese striped skirt | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Striped skirt via the Japanese store Ambidex

Ben Q Photography of Mexican birthday party via 100 Layer Cakelet | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Ben Q Photography of Mexican birthday party via 100 Layer Cakelet

Tie Dye Cloth Napkins via Griottes | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Tie dye napkins via Griottes

Gray Malin overhead photograph of beach | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Aerial photograph of Lisbon beach via Gray Malin

Koolabah Tee | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Kids’ tee via Koolabah

Lisa Congdon Illustrations | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Wall of illustrations by Lisa Congdon

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Cleaning and Organizing Inspiration (and a Confession)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Glass Hand Soap Bottle
Glass Hand Soap Bottle via Mrs. Meyer’s

As I sit down this afternoon to share the prettiest kind of cleaning and organizing inspiration with you, I have to be honest and say that sometimes when I clean, things get ugly.

You should have seen me in the kitchen earlier today. I decided to take apart the entire crisper drawer and lower shelf assembly inside the fridge, so I could give it a good scrubbing. That was fine. But putting it back together was another story, since all the parts disconnected from each other when I took them out of the fridge.

An hour later — sweating, frustrated, and nearly in tears — I finally managed to get everything back into place. (At one point I even downloaded the owner’s manual PDF from the manufacturer’s website. The only help it offered on the plastic piece in question? “Note: Be sure to replace center support before reinstalling glass shelf.” Gee, thanks!)

I’m not sure why I allow things like that to get me so riled up and frustrated. A whole lot of pride and indignation, I suppose, “I should be better at this! If this is still taken apart when Josiah gets home, I’ll be so embarrassed!” But it’s a ridiculous sort of thing to get angry about.

It’s just a fridge drawer (or rather, a series of pieces, which, when properly aligned, magically comprise a set of drawers.) And contrary to the arbitrary pressures I put on myself constantly — news flash! — I don’t actually have to be good at everything (like making crisper drawers out of puzzling plastic parts.) I don’t have to be an expert at all the things. I don’t have to be an expert at all. And I don’t have to be perfect.

Now why is that such a hard lesson for me to learn?

Organized Swedish pantry via jordgubbar med mjolk
Organized Swedish pantry via Jordgubbar Med Mjolk

Wicker laundry basket from Crate and Barrel
Wicker laundry basket via Crate & Barrel

Coffee art print via Billy & Scarlet
Coffee art print via Billy & Scarlet

Linen and Burlap Towels Hanging on Nails with Soap from the Portfolio of Johanna Pilfalk
Towels and soap via the portfolio of Johanna Pilfalk

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: For the Love of White – 7 Bright Interiors

Sometimes, on Mondays, I need just a little more sunlight, a little bit less clutter on the countertops, a little more music, and a little more coffee.

You too?

Here are seven pretty rooms I’ve had my eye on this past week.

Caroline Coehorst image, styling Femke Pastijn
via Caroline Coehorst, styling by Femke Pastijn

via ledansla
via le dans la

Mini Empire wallpaper as seen on ladnebebe
Mini Empire wallpaper via Ladnebebe

organized shelves via Hildas Hem
via Hildas Hem

Mikael Axelsson photo via Feel Inspired blog
Mikael Axelsson photo via Feel Inspired

Child's room via Baby Ramen
via Baby Ramen

Studio Oink as seen on Bloesem
Studio Oink via Bloesem

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MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Whimsical Coral

Sometimes these Monday’s Pretty Things posts practically write themselves. So many things I bookmarked this week shared the same shade of coral!

Circus Decorated Envelope by Nasya Kopteva of Fish Mail Art
Circus Decorated Envelope by Nasya Kopteva of Fish Mail Art

Vintage Kantha Quilt via Niki-Jones
Vintage Kantha Quilt via Niki-Jones

Madame Monsieur Necklace no.26 by La Camille via Minikin
Madame Monsieur Necklace no.26 by La Camille via Minikin

Doll in Coral Dress from Moemoe made
Doll via Moemoe Made

Page from Applique Your Way Appliqué Your Way 35 Pretty Projects and Patterns  By Kayte Terry,Photographs by Jennifer Causey

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