Life Love Larson: June 2016


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Moving the Fiddle Leaf Fig Outdoors

Hi friends! I decided to try something I've been wanting to try for a few years now. I recently moved our 6 foot fiddle leaf fig tree outside, to the back patio. I'm scared. I love "Jewel". I had my kids name her when we got her. Yes, it's strange. Yes, I love plants. Yes, I am the crazy plant lady! I have somehow managed to keep Jewel alive for over 3 years, and I don't want this move outside to kill her! Obviously, it's a temporary move, as we live in Kansas and it will only be hot and humid enough for her for a few months, but I am going for it. Here, you can read all about when we first got her, as well as see pictures of how full she used to be...hence my need to move her outside!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chalkboard Summer Bucket List

Good morning! I hope you're summer is off to a wonderful start! Our kids got out of school May 20th this year, so we have been in summer mode for a few weeks already. No snow days this year, so we had two full weeks before our pool opened or any activities started. Having a few weeks with nothing really going on is so glorious. My kids needed the downtime and I think it's so fun having them home. June is full of fishing and camps and being pool bums...we heart summer around here!

This is the fourth year we have made a summer bucket list on our chalkboard wall. It's a favorite and I'm so glad we started doing it. The kids are getting older (7.5 and almost 9), so we have to tweak the list every year, but I know we will be doing this for years to come. There is so much to do in our city, we should never run out of things to do!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Home Tour

It's that time of year again - summer home tour time! Marty, from A Stroll Thru Lifehas been gracious enough to put together a blogger's home tour series all this week. Welcome to the start of day two! I hope you will hop around to all the tours, feel inspired, and find some new blogs to follow! See a full tour line up at the end of the post!

Plants and greenery usually dominate all of my spaces, and of course, summer is the best time for this. Fresh cuttings from the yard are abundant right now, which is so great because they are free! Changing out pillow covers and tweaking things here and there breathe new life into our home. Maintaining our outdoor spaces (porch & patio & yard) are also a big part of our living space, as we spend so much time outdoors. I like bright and airy with pops of color, so decorating for summer is right up my alley! Many items in our home are no longer for sale, but I have listed where things were purchased so you get an idea of where I shop! :)

Nothing in our home is super expensive or fancy. We live here and we like lived-in, cozy, and fresh spaces. We never want anyone to feel like they can't put their feet up here!

I thought I would start in the heart of our home, the kitchen. We spend most of our time here and it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. It's so easy to change up a kitchen for the seasons using flowers, herbs, and fresh fruit. I also added a pink runner in here several months ago, and it just screams summer. I love, love, love pops of pink in home decor. This runner has changed the whole look of this kitchen.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DIY: (Re)Staining Our Kitchen Table

It's been awhile since I've posted about a DIY project, and this one is a long time coming! I restained our kitchen table LAST summer and am just getting around to blogging about it. Yes...last summer. I realize it's pretty pathetic! But better late than never, right? I figure I have to post before this table becomes yet another color or we get a new one!

If you have been reading for a really long time, you will remember this kitchen table has previously been stained by me before. Apparently, I just can't get rid of this table! And I actually have no desire to get rid of it. It functions well, it's sturdy, it seats six, it fits our space. There are a lot more things I would rather purchase for this house, so until I completely tire of it, I will just keep changing it up! You can read all about the first time I stained this table here. The pictures are small and my taste was different, but that's the beauty of home decor. I love looking back to see how things have changed. So, in short, this table has been oak (original), stained a dark walnut (in 2010), and now a gray wash (2015). Wow, this table has been around a while!