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

Porcelain Bird Feeders for the Backyard

Our Backyard | PepperDesignBlog.com

You may have noticed this little detail during the original backyard refresh walk through. Hanging above our outdoor cooking area in the large pepper tree that expands over the patio are two lovely little porcelain white bird feeders.

I wanted to take a moment to share with you all today more about the two amazingly talented artists who work together at their co-founded L&M Studio in New York to produce these beautifully crafted, handmade feeders. I’ve had my eye on one for our yard since last winter, but held off until we officially decided to dedicate some time and resources to updating our backyard.

L&M Studio Bird Feeders | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Backyard | PepperDesignBlog.com

The hanging feeders (or planters) are coated in a clear glaze on the exterior and a red or orange glaze on the inside. I hung one of each and I love the color contrast – especially the surprise peek of color that you spot when walking past them (and we’ve definitely repositioned them a few times to avoid any potential head contact – being the short one in the family sometimes I don’t even realize :-)).

Our Backyard | PepperDesignBlog.com

Meg and Lucie, the ladies behind L&M Studio, are friends who met while resident artists in New York. They opened their shop and a storefront in Catskills, NY in September of 2011. They combined their talents to produce a beautiful portfolio of porcelain work, all with that modern edge. I highly recommend checking out their faceted wall-hanging planters and their birdhouse, too. I am a huge fan of etsy and was thrilled to find their studio after a write up about them online. The ladies teamed up with me (at my request) to feature these feeders on the blog.

Check out the full backyard refresh over here and all posts related to digging up and redesigning this space right here!

This post is sponsored in part by L&M Studio. They provided one bird feeder and I bought a second on my own because I loved their work so much (and how the feeders look as a set!). 

Decorating for Fall

Our Home, Fall 2014 | Mantel | PepperDesignBlog.com

It might be in the high 80’s outside, but inside we are prepping for fall. Rather than wait for the weather to turn and for Halloween to be upon us,  Liv and I set out to put up decorations just as the seasons officially turned.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

I usually lean more towards white/greenish/unusual pumpkins than I do the traditional orange, so we have a mix going on on the mantel, in the dining room, on our front porch and in a big bowl in the kitchen.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Gold is one of my favorite accent colors (and it already lives in the room a lot!) so it’s sprinkled everywhere :-).

Our Home, Fall 2014 | Mantel | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Home, Fall 2014 | DIY Gold Striped Candle | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Home, Fall 2014 | Mantel | PepperDesignBlog.com

The wood slice fireplace screen is keeping up with the cozy theme, too. It doesn’t feel out of place during the summer, but it’s so perfect for fall and winter. (Also, more on the handmade wooden sunburst mirror).

Elsewhere in the room, I added little pine cones that Liv and I collected on a recent family hike (they lived outside for at least a week to encourage any loose seeds or living bugs to find a new home). I’m hoping that these will last all through winter because they turned out so pretty after we tipped the edges in gold. They’re tucked into corners of the bookshelves throughout.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | DIY Gold Tipped Pine Cones | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our dining room received a little fall love in the more traditional colors of the season.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

My favorite new addition this year might be the ‘family’ banner that I made during a Kreative night hosted by Cassie over at Kent Heartstrings.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | Family Banner | PepperDesignBlog.com

I rarely take anything previously existing away when changing things up for the holidays or seasons (too much to store and pack), and I try to stick to organic, natural decorations when possible (nature is so pretty on its own!). When I know that the real deal can’t be dried and preserved easily and probably won’t last long (like fall leaves painted gold), I opt for the faux version. Knowing me, if I did have a fantastic stash of seasonal decor I’d probably forget about it in the garage by the next year. Speaking of, I might have a fantastic stash of fall decor hiding in there now that I think about it… hmmm.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Home, Fall 2014 | PepperDesignBlog.com

A bit of gold to tie the living room and dining room together…

Our Home, Fall 2014 | DIY Gold Painted Leaves | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Home, Fall 2014 | DIY Gold Painted Leaves | PepperDesignBlog.com

This year Liv and I marbleized miniature pumpkins for the house, too. They were a little messy, but really fun to work on together during one of our lazy, creative weekend afternoons (more on the process to come). The painted pumpkins were dry the day after I took the above shots so we’ve filled them in around the house since.

Our Home, Fall 2014 | DIY Gold Painted Leaves & Nail Polish Marbled Pumpkins | PepperDesignBlog.com

I love how warm and cozy fall decorations (plus candles) can feel! Even if it’s blistering hot outside, we can pretend. How’s fall treating you around your home? Has the weather cooled off where you are? I’m terribly jealous of all of the blog posts and instagram feeds that include leggings and sweaters… Happy start to your week!

PS More fall decor: two ways to decorate with dried fall leaves, yarn pumpkins and gold ‘dipped’ pumpkins.

A Closer Look at the Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Wall Collage | PepperDesignBlog.com

I finally finished the gallery wall in our bedroom that I started back here (more on the progress and how I hammered out the layout) and it makes me so happy to have finished off such a big piece of this room! It feels like perhaps a few ‘after’ photos are finally in order for a room long forgotten…

Master Bedroom Wall Collage | PepperDesignBlog.com

While I originally didn’t put a whole lot of attention into this space (a bedroom can be so private, and it’s easy to leave to last on the home front), now I so appreciate a room that is cozy and full of mementos of our family.

The gallery wall: tribal print by PrintWork | b&w abstract giclee by Paul Maguire Art | landscape and lake & rowboat was a thrift store find | b&w photos of the girls and our family | pink watercolor and colorful acrylic by Liv & I

I love the oversized black and white of the girls when T was brand new (I had it printed at Coscto for maybe $8 and the frame is Aaron Brothers). I originally didn’t have that little pink watercolor to the right of the lamp on the wall, but the large acrylic abstract art was needing some sort of colorful piece on the other side of the wall for balance.

Master Bedroom Wall Collage | PepperDesignBlog.com

Have I shared the full room? It’s an odd layout because a little half bath pokes out from one wall (see that door to the left below) and a closet that is maybe 2×2′ sits next to it, but we’ve found a configuration that seems to work well.

Soon the the plans for the new master bathroom/bedroom will be finished and we’ll sort of start from scratch in here again.

Master Bedroom | PepperDesignBlog.com

Storage is really limited, so big wicker baskets under the bed help to make up for lost closet space (it took me a long time to find thin enough baskets to fit under the bed that were affordable, but unfortunately I don’t think Pottery Barn sells them any more).

I made the curtains from a beautiful Calico suzani fabric that I found a long while ago. The lamp next to our bed is from HomeGoods. I discovered linen duvet covers last year and it’s an amazing material for the bed. The navy set we have was a very generous gift from our Aunt from Christmas from Restoration Hardware (warm in the winter, cool in the summer). The white cotton sheets are Calvin Klein from Macy’s (it’s taken ages to find the right combination, but I think that this is it.) The rattan blinds and floor length silver mirror are from Lowe’s.

Master Bedroom | PepperDesignBlog.com

I’m waiting until the new bedroom is put back together before replacing my thrifted corner chair. It’s more of a clothes hanger, anyway.

Master Bedroom Wall Collage | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bedroom | PepperDesignBlog.com

A quick tour! and here’s a source list:

Still hard to believe that it came from here :-):

Master Bedroom: Before | PepperDesignBlog.com

Do you tend to leave spaces that are not often seen by many to the very last? My main mission for our home is cozy and comfortable for our family and especially for the girls. Still the rooms that are last to get love are those that no one sees :), but the ones that we use ALL of the time. Go figure.

Enjoy your beautiful weekend!

PS start here for all projects relating to this room (check out my ideas for the new ensuite!). You can also continue the house tour over here. A big thank you to Katie Beverley (who has just relaunched her site with a sweet deal!) for the lovely ‘after’ photos.

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