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9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds
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It feels SO good to be back, and to come back to an exciting weekend.

I’ve searched for a fiddle leaf fig all year with no luck, until Saturday.
Walking through Home Depot I stopped dead in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it and seriously approached the tree like a feral animal, afraid it would run away. But it stayed put there and all they way home until it landed in our living room.
Her name is Frankie. Isn’t she beautiful?

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds
Yes I name my plants, and I have a new theory. If you don’t name your plants, they will feel unloved and die.
At least that’s what happened to my dear aloe vera plant. I had to cut the root off and save each healthy stem in hopes that I can create new plants. Wish me luck!

I’m still quite new to the indoor plant thing (I used to have quite the black thumb) so I’m always on the hunt for plants that thrive indoors and are easy to take care of. From purifying the air to being dead easy to take care of, here are my top 9 plant picks for your home. Click on the sources for more suggestions and information on the plants:

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds

These plants work extra hard to purify the air in your home. Be sure to do a bit of research to find the best growing conditions for each one.

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds

For those afraid of being a plant murderer, these guys are your best bet. Many lists included aloe, which I managed to kill. This one didn’t so I’d say it’s fairly reliable.

9 Perfectly Indoor Plants | Squirrelly Minds

Sometimes it’s hard to find a lot of light for your indoor plants and your window area ends up being hijacked by the green beasts. These guys are perfect for homes with a little less natural light to go around for all.

Plants are meant to live a long time, and if your style changes often then buying plants may not be appealing. Did you know you can rent/hire plants? Find a gardener who rents/hires plants, choose one you like and keep it until you want a change. This is especially perfect in an office or for an event.

If you’re in the Sydney area, Gaddy’s Plant Hire not only has plants you can hire, but they’ll also take care of them, making sure you don’t have to worry about how much water or light the plant is getting. An easy solution to indoor greenery! They have quite gorgeous containers too, like the marcato and quadro desktop planters and the lechuza floor planter. Can you tell I like white? Check them out if you’re in Sydney (Oz) and tell me what you think!

What are your favourite indoor plants?

Home | Camping in Cute Campers

Camping in Cute Campers | Squirrelly Minds
Image via Miss Gracie’s House

For a while I’ve thought about campers and how fun it would be to get an old one and update it to maximum cuteness. This past weekend when I went away camping for a night I realized it wasn’t only a fun dream of mine, but that it would one day have to be a reality. I mean, once we have kids there’s no way we’ll want to hunker down in a tent. Nope, I’ve decided, we’ll have to get a camper. It will have to be something small that can hitch onto the back of our CUV (compact suv), but large enough that we can sit around the table while it pours outside, because living on the west coast you know that’s always a possibility.

It won’t happen for a few years now. After all we have a house to remodel before we can even think about a ‘summer home’. But that doesn’t mean I can ogle over some amazingly cute campers now right?

Camping in Cute Campers - My Vintage Party | Squirrelly Minds

My Vintage Party

Camping in Cute Campers - The Modish Manor | Squirrelly Minds

The Modish Manor

Camping in Cute Campers - The Fancy Farmgirl | Squirrelly Minds

The Fancy Farmgirl

Camping in Cute Campers - Cody and Audra Wright | Squirrelly Minds

Cody and Audra Wright

Camping in Cute Campers - Sweet Meas | Squirrelly Minds

Sweet Meas

Some more examples:
1950′s camper remodel on Design Sponge
1964 caravan remodel on Apartment Therapy
1968 Serro Scotty camper on Westphoria
1972 Frolic camper remodel on The Joy of Caking

Do you camp in a camper?
If so I want to hear all about it – is the maintenance worth getting one?

Home/Life | Dining Room Makeover – After

Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly Minds
Remember what our dining room used to look like? It’s a far cry from that now! This room really was a labour of love from day one. We worked on it slowly overtime, and in fact are still working on it. What you see here is not the final product, and to be honest I was hesitant posting this knowing it isn’t the final remodel. But if I waited until everything was put in place you might not see the dining room until another few months…if ever.
Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly Minds After refinishing the dining room table, the light fixture was the first thing we changed in this space. We were determined to find a statement piece but something that was still suitable to the modest space. Because we knew the rest of the dining room renovation was going to be fairly cheap, we allowed ourselves to splurge a little here. So the light fixture was the first to change, followed by the curtains, and several months later, the wallpaper. And oh man ripping down that wallpaper made all the difference. As much of a pain as it was to remove, it was well well worth the trouble.Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsWe actually began tearing down the wallpaper in November, but this 30+ year old glue didn’t want to play nice. We only got a quarter of the wall done until we had to call in a dry waller to fix all the deep gouges. With basement renovations taking over and Christmas in Cuba around the corner, we ended putting the room on hiatus for longer than intended. We finally got back to it last month and it came down much easier than anticipated. *phew*!Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsI’m insanely happy with the wall colour. Hoping to divert another disaster like this one, we bought four paint samples and painted them all on a wall. Over 24 hours we observed the paint colours in all forms of light until we finally made our choice – Behr Marquee in Cascade Green.
A HUGE thanks to Home Depot for sending me a gift card. We picked up a gallon of Behr Marquee paint, and now I’ll never paint with anything else. This paint went on so smoothly with such amazing coverage. It only took one coat plus touch ups! I’ve since raved about this paint to my friends and anyone who will listen because it’s that good. I promise you, I am not just saying this because I was given a gift card. These are totally my own words and opinions!
Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsWe also freshened up the old wooden wainscotting with a coat (or 5) of crisp white paint. We used left over paint but let me tell ya, I wish we had gone out and purchased a new one from Behr Marquee. Because of the oils on the wood, it took several coats to turn the panelling from yellow to white. We got there eventually and are super happy with the results.
Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsDining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsDining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly Minds
Dining Room Makeover - After | Squirrelly MindsAs the above picture demonstrates, the kitchen (which badly needs a redo) leads into the dining room. While the set up makes them two distinct spaces, you can’t be in one room without seeing the other. Which leads me to ask for your help:

What do you think I should do?
- Paint the kitchen walls white with Cascade Green cabinets (dining room wall colour)
- Paint the kitchen walls Cascade Green with white cabinets
- Paint the kitchen white, grey, and maybe some other accent – but not Cascade Green.

What’s your vote?

Shop the room:
Light Fixture – McLaren Lighting (local)
Curtains – Jysk
Chairs – Overstock (We bought ours elsewhere but they’re no longer available)
Sheepskin – IKEA (We bought ours at Costco for $27 each – steal!)
Bamboo rug – Natural Rug Co
Lamp – Urban Barn
Silver Hammered Bowl – Target (Ours is from Superstore)
Silver Frames – IKEA
Botanical Prints – IKEA

Home | Backyard Dreaming

Current backyard | Squirrelly Minds
This is what our backyard currently looks like. It’s a good size and has plenty of potential, but right now it’s lacking a whole lot of lustre and, most importantly, access.
I currently don’t use the backyard nearly as much as I’d like to. Every time I’m back there I focus on a countless weeds in the lawn and garden, and on the ugly patch of garden waste and unkempt space. We were left with a decent garden edging the south side fence, but one with plants we don’t care much about filled with weeds.
We’re slowly starting to add more trees and plants, and fill the raised beds with edible goodies. But this backyard transformation is going to take a lot of energy, time, and resources (aka money). Here’s a bit of an idea of what I’d like.

Deck - City Home Collective | Squirrelly Minds There isn’t an easy way to get to the backyard from the upstairs of the house. We have to exit our dining room door which leads into the tenants’ entrance, exit out their door, go around the fence and then enter through the gate. It might not seem like a big deal, but when you just want to nip out quickly for a few fresh herbs while dinner bubbles away, those extra 30 seconds seem like an eternity. This plan is far far in the works because it’s the most costly, but here’s what we’re thinking. Look up at the picture of the house from the back. The fence and overhang above the door will have to be moved, and the window on the far left (dining room west window) will be converted into french doors. This will lead out onto a little platform deck where the barbecue will sit, much like the above picture from City Home Collective. Then stairs will lead down to the rest of the deck, which will cover the current cement patio.
You might be thinking “Tan, why don’t you convert the south side window into a deck where you have more space?”. Because our neighbours, and the neighbours beside them, have a deck in the same location. I don’t want to be constantly waving to both my neighbours while on the deck – and more importantly I don’t want to block up 3 windows in the basement suite. That’s a huge no no.

Moroccan backyard - Emily Henderson | Squirrelly MindsAs we relaxed on the last night of our honeymoon on the rooftop of Dar lalla F’dila in Marrakech, we vowed that our future house would one day have a Moroccan inspired backyard. I’m loving the colours and textures Emily Henderson played with here. While we can’t transform our entire backyard into a Moroccan oasis, we plan to incorporate a little something. Right now I’m totally in love with the idea of building this.

Cedar fence - original source unknown | Squirrelly MindsThe neighbours behind us have a very unkempt backyard and home, and we currently have a very unkempt tall bush hiding the unpleasant views. Fighting fire with fire. I would love to rip out the bush (therefore gaining an extra 4 feet of backyard space) and replace it and the chain link fence behind it with this gorgeous horizontal cedar slat fence. I think the mister’s carpentry skills are just advanced enough to pull this off, right honey? (source unknown)

Patio string lights - This is Brick and Mortar | Squirrelly MindsPatio string lights, like these ones from This is Brick and Mortar, are a must. ‘Nuff said.

Food Forest - Milkwood | Squirrelly MindsRyan is a permaculture guy, completing his design certificate, teaching courses on earthworks and other components, and working on a 5 month internship in Australia at the permaculture farm Milkwood. Needless to say, he knows about sustainability and producing as much as possible off the land. Above is a picture of Milkwood’s food forest, which he helped develop 4 years ago. We are currently putting in a food forest on the south side of the house (behind the oil tank in the photo above). Just the other day we put in a goumi berry tree, and we have a fig, several herbs, nasturtiums, and two blueberry bushes waiting to go in the ground. We plan to add an apple and mulberry tree, amongst other edibles. You can cram a lot in a tiny space if you plan it right. If you’re interested in permaculture or creating your own food forest in an urban setting, this is a great guide, and I highly recommend Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway.

Can you tell I have backyard design on the brain? That turned out to be a longer post than intended!
I don’t know what we’ll get done this summer aside from starting our food forest, but I can’t wait for the day that I want to spend time in the backyard, every single sunshiny (and some rainy!) moment.

Do you spend a lot of time in your backyard or does it lack that inviting feel?

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