Potted Herbs

Potted herbs for our window sill
Potted herbs in the window sill

The days growing longer and buds popping up on trees and blooming into bright leaves inspired me to add some fresh herbs to my bedroom.  So far the little guys have endured pretty well on my window sill.  I love the way they look and smell.  The pots come from a little flower shop in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood called Toadflax.  The store offers fresh flowers, luxury beauty products, and chic home goods.  It’s an endless supply of perfect hostess gifts- the shop is packed from floor to ceiling with things like gourmet chocolates, jams, and teas, candles, beautiful cashmere socks, home decorations, and specialty one-of-a-kind teams.  It’s the kind of place that sells natural bristled tooth brushes and Marvis Toothpaste, which I reviewed awhile back, you can read about more about the toothpaste here.

At Toadflax the pots were displayed empty
At Toadflax the pots were displayed empty.  They might make nice bathroom or kitchen organizers.

I walked by these charming pots sitting in the window of Toadflax a few times before I bought them.  I love how they look a little lopsided as if they were actually hand crafted.  They are made by a California company called HomArt.  Unfortunately I’m not sure how they could be procured online (but I also have not put a lot of effort into it).  I thought herbs would be a good filler and the green leaves of Rosemary and Sage would look nice in them.  As a nice bonus the herbs add a nice fresh smell to my room.  Because there is no opening on the bottom I added rocks to the bottom before transferring the herbs into the pots.  So far I have been really on top of watering them and I hope they last at least through the summer.  I’d love to use the Rosemary for cooking.  Right now I’m just really please with how they look.

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the plants potted out on the deck.  I also took some pictures of the pots on the window sill but the lighting does not do them justice.

 

 

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I am absolutely not a gardener so if anyone has advice about how to keep these alive please let me know!

 

 

Decorating

ImageMy taste in interior design is clean, comfortable, warm, and modern.  I threw together some pieces for my ideal space for hanging out.

I think the most important thing is a great couch you could spend a whole day lounging on.  Since the couch is somewhere you could study, sleep, watch TV, or relax with friends, you end up spending a lot of time there.  Invest in an awesome couch.  Next, furnish that couch with some warm blankets and pillows.  I love this wool one from IKEA, I have it in my bedroom and it is super warm.  Because I’m a nerd, I’m obsessed with this ‘Ctrl, Alt, Del’ pillows.  They also have a Command, Option, Control version for Apple fanboys and girls, but I like the look of these better.

Coffee tables are likewise critical.  I love having a place to put things like beverages, magazines, various TV remotes or controllers, etc.  I also really like this nice tray which I would put fancy puzzle toys on, just for fun.  Also critical?  Lamps.  Improper lighting can be very frustrating.

This step ladder book case is pretty great, too.  I  would furnish it in a way that personalizes the room, like with large comic book anthologies stacked horizontally on the bottom shelves, an iPod dock somewhere in the middle, and framed photos toward the top.  Simple but functional.

Now, my favorite.  The beautiful bar cabinet.  Nothing says awesome like a stocked bar cabinet.  Not to mention this one is a transformer, it unfolds to maximize functionality and space.  The top becomes like a counter so you could even serve from it.  Obviously this is a pretty decadent luxury item that I cannot afford, but it is just so Batman.

Also needed for this room but not pictured:  a great TV cabinet with lots of places to hold gaming systems, media players, video games, DVDs, etc.  I think media items are best kept out of sight.  Clutter is distracting and triggers anxiety.

When decorating I like mixing high and low in a way that looks really seamless.  Like I said before, it’s important to spend money on important things like the couch or other items where functionality is critical.  When it comes to picture frames, pillows, and other accessories that’s where I try and save money.  The bar cabinet is a splurge, but c’mon, it’s pretty sweet.

If you like what you see definitely check out my Pinterest!! Most of it is decor inspiration.