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Plants in the Home - Smitten Studio | Squirrelly Minds
Smitten Studio

Plants in the Home - Style by Emily Henderson | Squirrelly Minds

Emily Henderson

Plants in the Home - Jelanie | Squirrelly Minds


Plants in the Home - Smile and Wave | Squirrelly Minds

Smile and Wave

Plants in the Home - Apartment Therapy | Squirrelly Minds

Apartment Therapy

Indoor plants terrified me. Correction – terrify. I joked for years that I had a black thumb because everything I grew died. I still have terrible luck, but as I kill I learn, and I’m becoming more in tune to a plants needs. I’m now getting pretty good at keeping indoor plants and want to fill the entire house with them.

So far there’s the orchid in the kitchen, Jorge the avocado plant in the dining room, our aloe, 2 other succulents, lipstick, and kalanchoe’s alongside Tilly the tillandsia in the living room, my 11+ year old bamboo in the bathroom (I kept something alive!), and Lucky the oxalis in my studio.

I want more.

And yes, we name many of our plants.

Next I want a fiddle leaf fig and I shall call him Tevye.

What’s your favourite indoor plant?

The Bungalow Purchasing Files – The Master

The Bungalow Purchasing Files - The Master Bedroom | Squirrelly Minds
1 Botanical print from Anthropologie / 2 Cream Moroccan Rug from Furbish Studio / 3 Vintage Alarm Clock from Hallder Vintage / 4 Polka Dot Ring Dish from Baba Souk / 5 Pink Cushion from H&M / 6 Ranarp Clamp Spotlight from IKEA / 7 Round Mother-of-Pearl Mirror from Pier 1

Have a peek at our master bedroom in its current state. Most of it is purchased. Our furniture was a wedding gift from my parents when we moved into the house, our bedding and curtains were bridal shower gifts, and we just purchased the above Ranarp lamps from IKEA which will replace the mismatched lamps currently on the bedside tables. But what our bedroom is currently lacking to astronomical lengths is character. We need art work, we need accessories, we desperately need a paint job. The above items are what will take our master bedroom from a place I only go into out of necessity to sleep and dress, to a space I’ll want to spend time in.
I can’t wait to share the transformation with you.

Paint colours. What’s your vote?
White, light grey, dark grey, or other?

DIY | Mantel Fringe

Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
When hosting this archery themed baby shower, I knew I wanted to decorate the mantel with fringe to match the garland, but I didn’t want something permanent that would damage the paint. By using washi tape, double sided tape, and gold glitter tape, I was able to create a fringe that looked polished and was safe to use. Yes, this DIY is tape galore.
P.S. Please ignore the black smoke stain on the fireplace. That’ll be clean as soon as roaring fire season is over.
Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
If you’re wanting a fun and non-committal way to dress up your mantel, this mantel fringe is just the ticket. And it’s pretty darn easy.


  • Measuring tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Washi tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Gold glitter tape

Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds


Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
1 Measure your mantel. Cut tissue paper into rectangles of various sizes and colours, totalling the length of your mantel. Carefully cut each rectangle into strips, leaving a 1/4 inch margin at the top. A guillotine style paper cutter works great for this.
2 Clean your mantel, making sure there’s no dust or debris.
3 Lay a strip of washi tape all the way across the top of your mantel.
4 Lay a strip of double sided tape on top of the washi tape.
5 Place each piece of fringed tissue paper across the double sided tape. Make sure to keep it in a straight line right at the edge of the tape.
6 Cover the top with a strip of gold glitter tape all the way across the mantel.
There you have it!
Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
Now one thing I regret not doing and highly recommend is, before cutting, to iron your tissue paper to make it as flat as possible. That way you avoid that wrinkly look I have going on.
Mantel Fringe DIY | Squirrelly Minds
Happy mantel fringing!

Check back tomorrow for the arrow straw and cupcake topper DIY’s.

Story and question time:
On my mantel is a deer antler my dad found in their backyard.
It’s one of my most favourite items ever.

What’s your favourite item on your mantel?

The Bungalow Purchasing Files – The Studio

The Bungalow Purchasing Files - The Studio | Squirrelly Minds
1 Linnmon tabletop from IKEA / 2 Alex drawer unit from IKEA / 3 Finnvard trestle leg from IKEA / 4 White office chair from Wayfair / 5 Abstract print from Ammiki / 6 Geo pendant from Urban Outfitters /
7 Ranarp work lamp from IKEA

This edition of purchasing files is perhaps the most relevant. Firstly, we’re in the middle of (finally) painting my office. See? And most excitingly, this weekend we’re heading to Vancouver for a massive house shopping trip. I can’t wait! I’ve been perusing sites and writing lists for weeks now.
I’m still figuring out what I want to do with the space, and one area I really struggled with was lighting. As soon as I saw the Ranarp work lamp from IKEA, I knew it would fit perfectly. But I wasn’t sure what would work as a ceiling light fixture…until I saw the above geo pendant from Urban Outfitters. Isn’t it gorgeous? Sadly, my heart broke when I found out they don’t ship internationally and it isn’t available in any nearby stores. *sigh*. So I shall forever hunt for its equal.

Now guys, I have a bit of a dilemma regarding my work desk. I can’t decide if I should get the trestle leg in white for an all white desk, or stick to my original vision (white top with wood legs or vice versa) and get it in natural beech? Or….mix it up even more and spray paint it gold.

What’s your vote?
Should I get the trestle leg in white, natural, or spray it gold?

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