Bringing the Outside In: My Guide to Indoor Plants

Spring has officially sprung in Houston! Not only has the weather been gorgeous the past couple weeks, but have you seen the azaleas around town?! I love driving around right now and seeing all the beautiful pink, fuchsia, red, and white blooms! But Spring isn’t just about your front flower beds, but your inside plants too! 

Growing things inside can be finicky, and quite the test of your green thumb, but with some attention and care, you can have beautiful plants both inside and out. If you study any great interior or shelter magazine spread you will always find something green. I’ve listed a few of my favorite indoor plants with care instructions below!

My favorite place to shop locally for plants, is Tall Plants on Katy Freeway. I frequent there often. Here's my little helper, Byrdie, helpin' momma pick out some plants for a client! 

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Closet Plants: Also known as the Peace Lily. I’ve got one of these in the middle of my dining table in a huge brass container I picked up at an antique mall and I love the deep green waxy leaves and life it brings when I don't have my table set. These are super easy to take care of and far more tolerant of under watering than overwatering if you happen to forget. Just touch the soil and see if it’s dry. If it is, water it. If it’s not, don’t. Easy peasy. I put mine in the sink once a week and give it a good watering and add fertilizer. Done. Closet plants are a great place to start for new indoor gardeners!

Myrtle Topiaries: Love me a good topiary. They add a great manicured look to a space. You can find the best Myrtle Topiaries at Thompson Hanson, here in Houston, but they always sell out so check with them before you go. Good drainage is important with topiaries, and the soil should be nice and damp. They love sunlight too so put their pots near a window. 

Maidenhair Ferns: See the plant below on the coffee table. I love these frilly guys and have one in my entryway. These sweet plants are delicate and light and a beautiful shade of green. They like low light and moist, but not entirely wet soil, liking a little bit of water everyday. I take mine into the bathroom and spritz it with a water bottle almost every day. They can be testy and a bit high maintenance, but I promise the reward of enjoying this beauty is worth it!

 The Home of Gary Hagar, Long Island

The Home of Gary Hagar, Long Island

A question I get all the time is where to find unique pots for your indoor plants. Don't shop at the nursery for containers, but instead keep an eye out for interesting cache pots and containers at antique stores, flea markets and home stores. A decorative bowl or basket can serve as a container for your plants. Just don't pot the plant in the container itself. Keep it in it's original plastic, then take it out and place in a sink to water it thoroughly, allowing it to drain. Then, put it back in it's decorative container with a plastic saucer inside to collect further drips and protect the container. Boom! You've got a cute pot and a healthy plant! 

Last, while planning out your spring blooms or doing a revamp of your flower beds, plant flowers and greenery that you love outside, just as much as in. Clipping a few azaleas right now and putting them in a vase in your family room or kitchen adds some freshness and pretty color. Skip the store bought flowers, and enjoy your own! Heck, you’ve worked hard in those flower beds! 

What are your favorite indoor plants? Let me know in the comments below! Enjoy the cooler temperatures while you can and happy gardening! 

Crushing on Blush

Oh February, the month of LOVE.  There's a lot to love around my house this month, it's my husband's birthday month and also my twins who will be turning one!  And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, one thing I’m LOVING right now is…ALL THINGS BLUSH!

Pink has always been one of my favorite colors - it's soft, warm, and flattering on everyone and it keeps showing up in my design palettes! I’m loving the subtle feminine touch and softness it brings. Blush is a color I can use as an accent to a room or in a full blown design scheme. From wallpaper to chairs to rugs to lamps and everything in between, blush keeps popping up on my radar. And I’m truly smitten with it! 

Some of my favorite palettes lately have been combining blush with unexpected partners, like forest green, a rusty orange, and mustard yellow. The blush brings a good, soft contrast to these bolder partners. When I went to Dallas Market recently, it seemed like everything I was picking out was blush! 

I’ve curated some fun pieces I’m blushing over (see what I did there….) for you to shop and add to your spaces that need a little touch of blush! 

Happy Month of Love my friends! May your Valentine’s Day be sweet and special! 

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Throwback Thursday: Dallas Design Weekend

Last week, my assistant, Molly, and I headed up to Dallas to explore Dallas Design Weekend! We were on the hunt for some cool pieces for a few of my clients, and just to get an idea of what DDW has to offer. It was a crazy and quick 48 hour trip and we saw lots of great furniture, art and accessories. 

First stop in Dallas, the Dallas Design Market at the Dallas Market Center. It was crazy busy and a whirlwind as we worked all 15 floors in 6 hours! Talk about speed shopping! 

 Loved this cork dresser from  Currey & Company . Clean lines, great texture and really digging the lucite and brass hardware. Three drawer nightstands are my favorite for ample storage and a pretty look. 

Loved this cork dresser from Currey & Company. Clean lines, great texture and really digging the lucite and brass hardware. Three drawer nightstands are my favorite for ample storage and a pretty look. 

 InDetail had some awesome finds. These  cFc  blush pink velvet tub chairs were a highlight of the weekend. Great looking and definitely passed the comfy test!

InDetail had some awesome finds. These cFc blush pink velvet tub chairs were a highlight of the weekend. Great looking and definitely passed the comfy test!

 One of my favorite accessories were these magnetic acrylic displays by  Wexel Art . What a great idea for displaying kids art or framing photographs and I love how simple they are. I’d love to have these in my office for client inspiration boards!

One of my favorite accessories were these magnetic acrylic displays by Wexel Art. What a great idea for displaying kids art or framing photographs and I love how simple they are. I’d love to have these in my office for client inspiration boards!

 Was happy to stop by one of my favorite lighting companies,  Visual Comfort & Co.  They carry some really unique pieces from a variety of designers and brands. They're my go-to lighting company.

Was happy to stop by one of my favorite lighting companies, Visual Comfort & Co. They carry some really unique pieces from a variety of designers and brands. They're my go-to lighting company.


On our second day in Dallas, after some much needed coffee, we hit up some independent showrooms and stores. 

 The  James  showroom was hard to beat, hosting some of my favorite fabric and wallpaper lines... please open a showroom in Houston! 

The James showroom was hard to beat, hosting some of my favorite fabric and wallpaper lines... please open a showroom in Houston! 

 The  Rebecca Atwood  papers and fabrics at James were gorgeous and definitely some of my favorite, perfect for a few projects I’m working on. 

The Rebecca Atwood papers and fabrics at James were gorgeous and definitely some of my favorite, perfect for a few projects I’m working on. 

  Made Goods  had a great showroom too, with quite a few furniture pieces that made me swoon. Loving this green. 

Made Goods had a great showroom too, with quite a few furniture pieces that made me swoon. Loving this green. 

 Some more awesome chests were found here!

Some more awesome chests were found here!

  Gracie 's handpainted wallpapers are STUNNING. Their showroom was beautiful to walk through. Can you tell I'm crushing on green right now?!

Gracie's handpainted wallpapers are STUNNING. Their showroom was beautiful to walk through. Can you tell I'm crushing on green right now?!

 The detail is incredible. My head was spinning with ideas for where these should go in my client's home!

The detail is incredible. My head was spinning with ideas for where these should go in my client's home!

 We stopped by the  Waterworks  showroom to see some of their fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms. Saw a ton of great hardware! 

We stopped by the Waterworks showroom to see some of their fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms. Saw a ton of great hardware! 

 My favorite Waterworks tub. Needing a bubble bath, STAT!  

My favorite Waterworks tub. Needing a bubble bath, STAT!  

 Looked at their great tile collection too. Love this display! 

Looked at their great tile collection too. Love this display! 

 Our last stop before heading back home to Houston was a store I’ve followed for awhile but had never been too, and boy, it did not disappoint!  Blue Print  is a beautiful shop in a gorgeous old house near downtown Dallas.

Our last stop before heading back home to Houston was a store I’ve followed for awhile but had never been too, and boy, it did not disappoint! Blue Print is a beautiful shop in a gorgeous old house near downtown Dallas.

 If you’re ever in Dallas, definitely make a pit stop here! Their art selection is fantastic and their displays are beautiful! Found lots of goodies here! 

If you’re ever in Dallas, definitely make a pit stop here! Their art selection is fantastic and their displays are beautiful! Found lots of goodies here! 

 One of the Rebecca Atwood wallpapers we saw at James, shown here on the ceiling. So cool. 

One of the Rebecca Atwood wallpapers we saw at James, shown here on the ceiling. So cool. 

What a fun couple of days it was! We came back with lots of ideas and ready to hit the ground running on client projects.

Until next time Dallas....

The Annual White Sale is On!

Since most of you are likely snuggling up in bed today with this arctic blast happening I thought I’d share some of my favorite bedding options with you.  And have you noticed many retailers are hosting their annual “White Sales”? From bedding, sheets and pillows to towels, shower curtains and bathmats, January is a great time to stock up on staples for your home. I’ve been seeing lots of white, lavender, navy, and seafoam in the best of the sales this year, all great additions to any color palette.

You all know I love me some color and bold patterns! But I’m also a huge fan of mixing some neutral pieces into my colorful designs. I’ve listed a few of my favorite things on sale below with links in the captions. But hurry, some of these sales end in the next few days!

 {Monogrammed bedding by  Leontine Linens  and custom patterned pillows in a  Robert Allen  fabric; Design by Celerie Kemble and  Lindsey Herod  for  Kemble Interiors }

{Monogrammed bedding by Leontine Linens and custom patterned pillows in a Robert Allen fabric; Design by Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod for Kemble Interiors}

Bedding

I love to layer bedding, combining solid colors and florals with a neutral coverlet or throw. My favorite luxury bedding line is D’Porthault. Their patterns are iconic and I love to mix them with simple bedding staples. AND their famous sale is going on right now!  

One Kings Lane is having a great sale on bedding, including a few of my favorite companies. Matouk is fantastic, I love their embroidery styles and applique options they have for duvets and shams.

 I love this sweet embroidery  style  and the apricot hue.

I love this sweet embroidery style and the apricot hue.

  This style  would look great in a young boys room.

This style would look great in a young boys room.


 {Design by  Lindsey Herod , bed featuring  Matouk  linens}

{Design by Lindsey Herod, bed featuring Matouk linens}

Sheets

Sferra has fantastic sheets, and I love their plain white percale sheeting (it’s what I have on my bed at home). These are great quality, super soft, and wash/wear so well!  Horchow is having 30% off until the 17th!

 Shop my favorite  Sferra sheets  here

Shop my favorite Sferra sheets here


 {Photo by  Patrick Cline ; Design by Celerie Kemble and  Lindsey Herod  for  Kemble Interiors }

{Photo by Patrick Cline; Design by Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod for Kemble Interiors}

Bath

Towels and bathmats are a great place to go white as you can throw them in the wash with bleach and call it a day! Easy cleaning for the win.

My favorite towel brand: Ralph Lauren. I watch for these to go on sale at retailers like Macy’s and grab new bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths. I like to replace our everyday and guest towels every couple of years and my guests always comment on how soft they feel. Towels are another great place for a fun monogram too!  I’ll take these to my local monogram shop to make them more custom.

 Shop these Ralph Lauren towels  here  

Shop these Ralph Lauren towels here 

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What are you favorite white sales? There is lots of fun shopping to be had right now! Kick off January with some new bedding or nice towels and treat yourself! You won’t regret having quality staples in your home.