A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Girls’ Room: A New Industrial Brass Wall Sconce

Gold 2 Light Wall Sconce for the Girls' Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

This room is far from industrial, but for some reason the new raw brass wall sconce feels so right in this space. Perhaps it’s that it balances the gold swing arm sconces in the built-in bookshelves so perfectly, or maybe because it’s so simple that it sort of blends right in.

I’ve been on the hunt for the right wall sconce for the space above Liv’s bed for maybe a year. When we first started to transform this room into a space for two girls, one of my priorities was to update light fixtures that suddenly felt dated. When we added the two bookcase wall sconces in December our previous nickel sconce felt glaringly off. Here’s a reminder shot from a few months ago:

New Nursery Bookshelf Lighting | Swing Arm Wall Sconce | PepperDesignBlog.com

I discovered the company onefortythree from another blogger way back when and totally fell in love with their industrial style. I actually first tried this light because I loved, loved that swing neck (and thought it could do something cool here stretching over the bed), but when it arrived and we held it up on the wall it wasn’t right. It felt as though it would swing into the acrylic bookshelves and the jutting out from the wall didn’t really actually work in this setup.

Gold 2 Light Wall Sconce for the Girls' Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

I was really dying to give another light from onefortythree a go though and I was really happy that they agreed to exchange my light for no fee, despite the fact that it’s made to order. It took ages for my next industrial brass double socket light to arrive but when it did I was over the moon. The color worked beautifully with the bookcase swing arm lamps and the double socket style balanced out the single socket style of those as well.

Gold 2 Light Wall Sconce for the Girls' Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

How cool are those oversized lightbulbs, too? They’re exposed so we’ve had long talks with Liv about not touching them… that’s the only downfall I potentially see here, though technically even a shaded light bulb is exposed and reachable in this unusual spot. Still not 100% sure why there’s a lightbulb outlet two-thirds of the way up this wall… it must have had something to do with the previous owner’s furniture placement and I haven’t wanted to cover it up because any light is usually a good thing.

Installation was a pain because the sconce backing is flat, meaning that part of the sconce will sit off of the wall unless you chip away holes behind the backing to allow for the back ends of screws and wires to keep flush with the wall (most sconces have a backing that’s hollow and about 1/2″ deep to hide these sorts of things). I need to do some more chipping since you can see in the above photo that the light tilts out at the top ever so slightly.

Big difference from before though! Here’s a shot from the nursery from about two years ago. I tried to use the wall light as a functioning swing arm for the changing table at the time and it worked out fairly well for late night diaper changes.

Gold 2 Light Wall Sconce for the Girls' Room - BEFORE | PepperDesignBlog.com

But the new guy is so much better.

Gold 2 Light Wall Sconce for the Girls' Room | PepperDesignBlog.com

Adorable Fox pillow c/o Uncommon Goods, chunky mustard quilt from H&M, new tan paint is Hot Springs Stone by Olympic (one of the best tans I’ve ever found, much better than the previous yellow-tan), plastic white ‘spring stool’ from Joss & Main.

Full transformation of this room into a nursery and then a bedroom for two right chronicled right here.

Celebrating My Birthday on Craft Night

You guys have been so patient with me from as far back as my birthday week when I posed a conversation-starting question. I’m getting all of those answers queued up over here and turning them into full posts with pictures, can’t wait to share.

I mentioned that I was a little sluggish and sick around that big day and I think that I’m finally breaking through the fog. It’s been sort of sitting on my brain for several weeks straight and I can’t wait for clear thoughts again! You can tell from my below birthday photo that I wasn’t feeling top notch, but I did have an amazing actual bday which I celebrated with some wonderful ladies as it just happened to also fall on a friend of mine’s monthly ‘Kreative Craft Night‘ (cool concept, right?).

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

(They included a cake! It was so delicious and definitely the icing on the night).

Cassie (above) has come up with a series of projects – and a great excuse to get out of the house for the night – and has turned them into a once-a-month craft evening for the girls. On this particular night she led us through string art.

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

We each chose a shape in advance and she provided all of the materials. The gist of the project is 1. start with a stained wooden board (the backing for the art), 2. using a paper silhouette, tap in even, neat nails tracing shape, 3. string, string, string.

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

Detailed directions right here.

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

String Art | PepperDesignBlog.com

Can’t wait to find the perfect home for mine. It’s currently living in my office with my succulent family but I’m considering adding it to our bedroom gallery wall. Such a great way to spend time with the ladies and such a lovely night to celebrate a birthday.

Cassie’s June craft is focused on terrariums (her version looks so cool). I unfortunately won’t be able to attend because I’ll be at Alt Summit (nothing like a last-minute ticket to get things going! Martha, can’t wait to meet you!) but if you’re in the San Diego area and interested reach out to her via Kent Heartstrings. Now on to the start of the week! Looking forward to a busy one over here followed by a loooong weekend to celebrate my youngest brother’s high school graduation (he’s a baby, baby).

Beautiful photos taken by the talented Katie Beverley.

Tips for Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs

Caring for My Fiddle Leaf Fig | PepperDesignBlog.com

I don’t have a really great green thumb and I’ve been known to kill my share of houseplants, including a scraggly fiddle leaf fig that used to live in our dining room and that I was trying so hard to bring back to life. But! I have happy, happy news! All efforts made to keep my 10-month-old living room fig (picked up for $25) thriving are so far successful.

I’m occasionally asked how it’s going for this guy and if I have any tips, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned over the past two years of indoor tree life.

Caring for My Fiddle Leaf Fig | PepperDesignBlog.com

One of the challenges with my very first fiddle leaf was the way in which it was potted. I actually kept it in the same pot that I purchased it in from Lowe’s thinking that that would be its best home, what I didn’t realize was how important it was for an indoor tree to have the ability to drain its pot of all water to avoid shocking the roots or root rot. My standard pot was not a plastic 10 gallon container and it was sans holes.

 As you can see in the photo above, my new method is to use a thin plastic tray (found for $.35 at most home improvement stores) inside of my indoor vessel (in this case a big striped basket from Ikea) with the original plastic container. I could repot into any container with holes but because the basket hides the plastic I haven’t worried about it just yet. I added a little craft moss to the top when I first brought it home, Taylor’s most recent and favorite discovery :).

Caring for My Fiddle Leaf Fig | PepperDesignBlog.com

The second trick for me has been to be very conservative with water. I almost feel like the poor plant has to go through a terrible drought before he gets another bath. Per recommendations, I wait until the dirt is bone dry.

I have learned that fiddle leaf figs hate over watering. Really, really they do. They’ll tell you that they need water when their leaves begin to turn down and when they begin looking rather sad. It works out to be about every 10 days or so (in the beginning I watered every Sunday but now I watch for the leaves) and then I add a couple of cups of water until I see liquid run through to the tray. Brown leaves means you have waited too long, so if you start to see a bit tinging or even have to prune a leaf off, try for a few less days next time.

Caring for My Fiddle Leaf Fig | PepperDesignBlog.com

Within a couple of days that tree will perk right back up! It’s amazing to watch.

Last but not least is sun. These guys thrive off of sun and pull their entire bodies towards any light coming into a room. The final reason I lost my dining room fiddle leaf fig is because he wasn’t close enough to a window. And it can’t be just any window, I found that these trees weren’t thriving next to certain windows (because they didn’t get as much direct light throughout the day, etc) and played with placement in the house until realizing that it was our BIGGEST living room window that would be most successful. I sometimes rotate him so that he doesn’t start to grow at a huge angle.

Caring for My Fiddle Leaf Fig | PepperDesignBlog.com

Fiddle leaf figs will only produce as many leaves as they have the natural light to support, so if your tree starts to begin to thin it might be cause for worry or it might be that it’s just finding the right amount to thrive with. The goal is for big green leaves, new growth and stems that point up and towards the sun.

I do hope that this guy lives for years and years to come, but it is by far the most temperamental houseplant I’ve ever owned and I’m just grateful month-by-month that it keeps our living room cheery. I hope these tips help if you have a similar indoor tree that you adore!

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