Happy September! I can’t even believe it’s almost halfway through the month already. Around here, we actually really love the change of seasons that September and early fall have to offer. It’s the time of year when days are getting shorter, temperatures are slowly dropping and, as much as I hate to admit it, summer is starting to fade away. But there’s also a certain beauty in the start of autumn, especially the rich tones of peach, golden yellow, and burgundy. We’ve shared lots of fall centerpieces in the past (you can see them here and here), so this DIY needed to feel different. We embraced the warm tones of a late September sunset and created an elevated centerpiece that is easy to recreate in your own home!
We’ve all been there: we’re in a hotel room, we’ve unpacked our heels and steamed our dress, we’ve applied our winged eyeliner (and wiped it off and reapplied it), and it’s time for the finishing touch. The jewelry! We rummage through our bag and pull out a snarled mess of gold chains and dangly earrings and we curse the fact that we have to spend the whole cab ride trying to untangle microscopic knots. Not anymore, my friends. Today’s DIY jewelry roll is here to rescue you and it’s so easy to make.
After our elaborate ombré peony installation last month, we decided to go back to the basics to showcase summer’s floral bounty this month. August is always an odd time of year because it feels like peak summer, but with a hint of the cooler months to come. It’s been too hot here in Seattle to do anything over the top (does anyone else feel like it requires tons of extra effort to do stuff when it’s blazing hot out?), so we kept this DIY pretty simple and straightforward. Using a custom handmade Jill Rosenwald vase, we chose to compliment the bold, blue tones in this vase with whites, greens, and a touch of blush. The combination is a floral arrangement that’s easy to make and quite stunning!
An All-White Floral Centerpiece Inspired by Summer | DIY
Raise your hand if you think spiders are literally the worst. You can’t see me, but my hand went shooting up lighting fast. I am 100% not a fan of spiders, but they absolutely thrive during this time of year because of the heat. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t need any spiders crawling around in #mytinybungalow. Because I’m guessing you don’t want any eight-legged creatures invading your home either, I’ve been doing some research lately on the best way to naturally keep these guys away. As much as I hate them, I don’t necessarily want to kill them, and calling pest control can get a little pricey. And store-bought repellents have all kinds of crazy chemicals in them, which frankly freak me out more than the spiders do. So what’s the alternative? Natural remedies using essential oils.
After a quick search of the interweb and talking to some essential oil enthusiast friends, there are actually several ways to go about using natural, plant-based oils to rid your house of spiders. And it’s your lucky day because I’m going to share exactly what you need to do in this post.
How To Get Rid of Spiders Using Essential Oils
Is there anything more relaxing than a bath? Maybe just a warm bath infused with a homemade bath bomb (especially with a glass of rosé in hand). In the past, I’ve mostly associated bathing with the winter — when it’s cold and grey out, lazing around in hot water sounds downright heavenly. But after a particularly hectic (in a good way!) summer, I’ve come to realize how wonderful a summer evening bath can be. Instead of focusing on making it a warm and cozy experience, I like to think of it as being refreshing and invigorating. That’s why I decided to flavor my summer-inspired bath bomb with the most refreshing drink that exists: mint lemonade.
While peony season is over, we didn’t forget about it! We’ve had something special up our sleeves to share with you that is an over-the-top homage to Instagram’s favorite flower. When Joanna first suggested ombré peonies, both of us started brainstorming ideas. We thought of everything from simple tabletop flat lays to piles of peonies on antique ladders, but then Joanna came up with the idea of peonies + a vintage car… or as she called it, “a concept shoot to break the internet.” Genius. I was so excited to tackle the task of how to display the flowers and create a DIY floral arrangement that felt like more of an art installation.