8.30.2014

Inexpensive Pretty Indulgences

It's Back To School time so why not treat yourself to a bunch of freshly sharpened pencils?  These are from Target (widely available) $2.79 for twelve.  

Grab a branch from your backyard, or in my case the SF Flower Mart to bring some texture inside.



I just replaced an orchid with this, according to Sherry Hart from Design Indulgence, "Hard To Kill Plant".  She got hers at IKEA...mine came from the SF Flower Mart.  I like the new growth on it.
Speaking of new growth...look at the curly willow branches' new growth.   The branches transition into the Fall.

Here's another new "Camouflage the Cable Box Plant"...hopefully I won't kill this one.  It looks pretty hearty.

My sister told me about how long those green fluffy things live…I've had them over a week and just added new $3.99 roses from Trader Joe's...autumn colors.


If you want to see a gorgeous wedding, 
please check out Sherri Cassara's work…
Months ago, we were at the Costa Mesa Design Center and both recognized each other from our blogs...happy coincidence!

Look what I spotted at Home Goods in the East Bay yesterday...
Last night, we were giving visitors from Florida a tour after dinner.
And we went down Lombard Street, The Crookedest Street in the World...a good time to go without tourists.  

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!!

24 comments:

  1. Love that branch...combined with your candles in sand - perfect Labor Day transition. I've pinned it.

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  2. Omgosh I bought some of those green fluffy things in my last bouquet for the kitchen and they lasted 2 1/2 weeks. I love them, I don't know what they are, but the stems look like carnation stems so maybe they are in
    that family.

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  3. Love your new "transitional" additions, especially the branch and the plants. By any chance, do you know the name of that plant that you replaced your orchid with? And I'd kill for that lamp from HG! But I know it would be an impossible task to try to hunt one just like it down. They never have the same good stuff in all the stores! But I'll give it a try!

    Happy Labor Day weekend! Doesn't seem possible that summer's just about over!
    xo Gail

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  4. I need one of those plants you can't kill. Having great luck with the fiddle leaf figs so far. I love the color of those roses you added to that arrangement. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Love the addition of the branch and the flowers So pretty and I love Lombard St. too. Great fun.

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  6. The tabletop vignette in front of the window is gorg! Love all the textures. I've only used curly willow dry. I had no idea it could be placed in water and grow---now that's a win-win! The apricot roses with the fluffy greenery (is that readily available?) is so romantic. Aren't you smart for with your jump on all things fall! Have a grand Labor Day weekend!

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  7. What a great picture from the top of Lombard Street with Coit Tower and the bridges in the background! It's beautiful.

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  8. The Lombard St. Pic is my favorite...memories! What kind of plant is the hardest to kill that you used to replace the orchid...name please? Have a great weekend! ;)

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  9. I agree with Sherry, the ZZ plants are easy to care for. I have 2 and neglect them, but they just as pretty as the day I bought them. I'll be in your neck of the woods this week. So excited to see Lomard St. and other touristy attractions.

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  10. Love all of the plants and flowers you've added. Such a simple way to brighten a room. I remember visiting SF and Lombard Street when we lived in the Napa Valley area in 1970. Beautiful part of the country.

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  11. Excellent ideas - always inspiring!

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  12. Happy Labor Day weekend, Mary Ann. I never thought to display some pencils -- what a great idea, and I love that those are black. Your plants and flowers all look great. I think some flowers are in order for me today!

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  13. I have had a ZZ plant almost a year and it's thriving. You will probably have to repot at some point, I believe they grow up to 3 feet tall. I will check out the green "fluffy" flowers next time I am at TJ's.

    What a great idea to go to Lombard street at night...love your picture with Coit tower in the background. I always wonder how it would be living in the homes on that street having tons of tourists outside your house all the time but one would probably get used to it. Weird but cool at the same time I guess!

    Linda in S.D.

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  14. I love seeing snippets of your life in SF, Mary Ann. Definitely on my short list of places to go. Live plants add so much to a space. I love those fluffy things your sister told you about….I'll have to keep my eye out for them :)

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  15. Fresh pencils and branches ... a perfect start to September! Thanks for the mention on the wedding Mary Ann - you are so nice! xo

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  16. Good finds......you always have such good ideas. I think the fresh pencil idea might be my fave though...it will remind me of being a girl getting ready for school....I loved my sharpened pencils! That last picture is beautiful...happy to see you enjoying life in SF~!

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  17. I'm going to have to buy some of those green fluffy looking plants...I'm always killing plants...I'm shocked I can keep my tree alive!

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  18. Great finds! I love dressing up little corners of my house with pretty things like these ;)

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  19. I kill almost everything but I have that same plant you have to hide your cable box and mine is doing great! Hopefully you have the same luck with yours! Happy Labor Day!
    -Shelley

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  20. Hi Mary Ann,

    Wow! I am loving this post! The branch is my favorite. Gotta have it! :)

    Have a Blessed week, my friend.

    xo

    Luciane from HomeBunch.com

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  21. These green fluffy things are really cute, what's its name and where can I buy some of them? Is this brunch have a lacquer on it or is clear? very interesting decorating idea.
    Tenancy cleaners Wimbledon

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  22. Thanks for the tip on the green fluffy flowers. My farmers market bouquet from Sat is pretty much dead after just a few days.

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  23. I like to decorate with plants and flowers as well. Typically, I have a hard time keeping my orchids alive, but recently the orchid food from Whole Foods has been helping one of my orchids grow three new buds. I am so excited. I have also been liking airplants from West Elm, they are super easy to take care of. Thank you for sharing the shots from around your place.

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  24. I have used those little green moss plants many times...they are so darn cute. The best and most durable plant [the Z plant] from Ikea is my go to for durability!!! I have never killed one.

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