Taking care of your potted plants

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Crazy plant lady here hi! My small studio apartment has currently ten, yes ten, plants. Some could say that´s quite a lot, but I actually like the green around me. And it is good for the room air also, so win-win situation. But tell me, when is the last time you have changed the potting soil of your plants? If you can´t remember, please dedicate an hour or two this weekend to take care of your green family members.

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We don´t have to put new potting soil every year, but it is good to do so every few years depending on the plant and its condition. I try to do this every two years, and spring is said to be the best time for new soil. As I know this is something that most of us easily forget, I wanted to write few tips for you, and hopefully, your plants will be greener than ever after little extra love this spring.

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There are few easy steps you can follow:

  1. First, the plants should be watered thoroughly so that the root ball can be kept better together later in the process
  2. It is good to choose a new pot which is few centimeters wider than the old one
  3. Water the new plant soil in a separate container before placing it in the pots. A suitable ratio is about 50-100 ml water per liter of soil
  4. You should place the root ball in the center of the new pot and then fill the edged with new potting soil. Be careful with compaction
  5. Remember to leave little space to the top if the pot does not have a underwatering system.
  6. After the process is good to protect the plants from direct sunlight
  7. To avoid wilting you can spray your plants with water
  8. Give the new soil dry for a couple of days before the first watering

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I am definitely not an expert when it comes to plants, but I have few tips and tricks to share. You should keep the potting soil moist, but not wet. If the soil is too wet or too dry you can end up damaging the roots. Check always how much watering is required for different plants. Underwatering pots are from my experience easier when you are not sure how much watering is good. Don´t move your plants around a lot, as plants are actually quite sensitive to changes. They adapt slowly to their new environment and have different preferences when it comes to the amount of sunlight. Plants also do not enjoy temperature changes. Remember to prune your plants regularly. This helps to keep the plants healthy and you don´t have to replant so often.

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I am wishing you a weekend full of good moments!

xx,

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Easy coffee table transformation

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When I knew I would be moving to my studio apartment, the amount of time I spend in Pinterest was crazy. Luckily I had a holiday before my moving day, so we can just say that time well spend right? I wanted to find ideas how to style small apartment, and seek inspiration for furniture also. I only had a kitchen table, so needed to find quite many things, such as sofa and coffee table. First I thought I could find a nice small coffee table made from marble, but the prices were quite high, so I wanted to rethink the idea. And then suddenly I remembered, that my mam had bought some years a go cool set of three small tables from the flee market. Luckily she did not need them; jackpot for me!

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As I had decided, that I want to have golden details in my new home, it was clear the tables would need a little transformation. The tables were luckily in a nice conditions, and did not need too much work. I washed the tables, used little sandpaper and then sprayed two layers of paint.

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I ended up using two different paints, which was not my original plan. The paint I originally bought ended up being little wrong shade, so I went to buy another color for the final layer. A good solutions in the end, as two layers is not only covering better the original shade, but is also more durable. Just remember to have long enough drying time between the two layers.

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Here you can see the difference between the two layers (sorry for the super bad photo). The first paint gave the tables more bronze tone and was matte. The second paint I used was more shiny and the end result more the tone I was hoping for. Especially in the photos with the crazy chicken candle holders it is easy to see, that the end result fits perfectly to other golden details I have. I ended up also using the same painting method to one other DIY project, but let´s talk about that some other time!

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How do you like the end result?

xoxo,

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Green and gold

Finally I have few details to share from my new home. It is starting to look more and more “ready” (can interior ever be ready btw?) and everything seems to find right place. I still have few things I have not found, and around million DIY projects going on, but I decided that I want to share few detail anyway. Like I told before here, my previous homes have been very different than this one, and gold has never been my color. So I have absolutely no idea how I ended up decorating with golden details this apartment, but I could not be happier about my decision.
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I have tried to add golden details in small amounts to here and there, and one of the first things I bought was the golden basket from House Doctor you see in the photo above. I think I have to make a separated post about the brand, as they have so many beautiful things available. The white pineapple is a gift from a friend, and from H&M home collection. Some of you might remember my crazy addiction towards pineapples in home decor in my old blog, and I am happy I finally have one!

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I absolutely love hat boxes, and storage in them so many things. I like the round shapes, and they give so much prettier look than normal boxes. This one I found from Stockmann, it is from Bigso box of Sweden. I am currently using this one for all gloves and hats, but I have few more full of candles, office assessors and other small things.

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I actually asked only for one Christmas gift last year, a new carpet, and got it from my family. This is probably nothing new for most of you, as similar style has been dominating the interior blogs and magazines for a quite long time already. One could even say this is so last season, BUT I do not care! It was what I wanted, and I think it fits nicely to my home. This one is from Ellos, and called Zagora. I wanted this one as it is allergy friendly, so for my asthma it is perfect. For the summer I am hoping to fins something little lighter!

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These crazy candle holders are for sure my favorite thing in my home, and I will be telling more about them later in separate post. They are too cool not to have their own moment, haha!

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Addition to gold and gray, I have been trying to add a hint of blush pink. I made all the pillow covers myself, and found the pink fabric super cheap from sales.  I am just thinking now if I should get rid of the gray velvet ones, and add something lighter instead, what you think?

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And then there is the green! Well I have super small studio apartment, and currently six, yes SIX plants. Haha, I am allergic to animals so I am making my self a crazy plant lady. But seriously talking, I think everyone should have plants in their home. They are so good for the air, and gives fresh and clean feeling. I also like the contrast with gray and white, just perfect combination. But you need to take good care about your plants, so I am writing a post about that as soon I have time to edit the photos for that story.

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I had a talk about the amount of candle holders a girl needs. Well my friend Miss. V and I believe the amount is a lot! I am the kind of girl who had a huge box full of candle holder when unpacking all my things. Yeas, a full box, and I am not even shamed of it. The ones in the picture are my favorites, and I am using them almost every evening. Just imagine the amount of candles I use..I know! The glass ones are called Iittala kivi, a true classic from Finland,  and the other ones are from Granit.

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So how do you like my green and gold details so far? After taking these photos a lot has changed already actually, and I can´t wait to be home in the day time the upcoming weekend, so I can make some new photos. And hey if there is something you would especially see/read about my home please let me know!

Have a nice evening,

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