I love seeing what you guys do with ideas you find here or tutorials I post. Seriously, it makes me really happy inside. So you can imagine my delight when reader Sarah sent me these images of the planter she made using my Pallet Planter Tutorial.
She said she found the pallet behind her garage, and it was a hot mess, but she saw potential. She cleaned the cobwebs and dirt off, gave it a nice coat of mineral oil (which she said really helped the natural wood grain to come through), and went to work. I love love love the plants she chose, which Sarah said is actually a ground cover! She didn’t put the plants in every “shelf” since they will grow and trail down the planter.
My favorite part of her pallet planter? The architectural circle in the middle surrounded by flaking paint. Completely natural, aged over time, simple beauty. Adore.
Thanks so much for sharing, Sarah!
Do you have a project inspired by A Storied Style project idea or tutorial? I know many, many of you out there have used my Acrylic Rod Tutorial (another version of this tutorial is seen here), and I would love to see what you have created! Please send any images you have to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to see your projects – big or small!
12. Alex of Things That Sparkle – see her Style Challenge post here – Why I love it: Since Alex is a native Chicagoan, I’m sure she is used to it, but I immediately felt inward sympathy when I saw where she lived because I associate Chicago with the place I nearly froze to the death. Although I also associate Chicago with the place I had the yummiest brunch (my favorite meal) of my life (at the Drake Hotel). I digress… She really had me at that awesome boheme-vibe pillow she placed on her set, along with the David Hicks fabric on her throw pillows. The photos of her space at night show how that small space would be a great place to sit and chat with friends!
14. Tobe of Because It’s Awesome – see her Style Challenge post here – Why I love it: Pretty plants in a cluster of brightly colored pots paired with worn terra cotta containers accent this space so nicely! Her pops of color through outdoor pillows are fun, plus her adirondack chair makeover turned out great! Admittedly, in my mind, she has an instant “cool factor” because her name is Tobe. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Tobe – Because It’s Awesome
15. Erin of House of Earnest – see her Style Challenge post here – Why I love it: Um, did you see her yard? How beautiful is all of that wide, open space?! I thought her striped rugs and striped coasters were so cute, plus those drinks look yummy! And I always love flowers in mason jars!
17. Hannah of Maple + Shade – see her Style Challenge post here – Why I love it: Any girl, and dude, for that matter, that appreciates a good pair of rattan peacock chairs, are friends of mine. Plus how adorable is the fence she striped? I also really like how she used a bench on one end of her round table, and repurposed the fourth chair elsewhere. A charming space indeed!
Hannah – Maple + Shade
18. Dana of House Tweaking – see her Style Challenge post here – Why I love it: I think a mix of chairs at table are really interesting – indoors or out! Her style is very cool and contemporary, and really, my favorite parts of her post were the peeks into her house, which looks incredible! The crisp white accents in Dana’s outdoor space really brighten it and make it happy.
Dana – House Tweaking
So there you have it, friends! All 18 of the Style Challenge participants for Spring 2013! I have really enjoyed doing these recap posts because it has given me a chance to read new blogs and explore the blogging world more in general. I have a few blog favorites – some I have been reading for years and some I have been reading for the past year or so – and it has been nice to “get out a little”. I am torn as a writer about reading too many blogs because I feel like it can skew your vision a bit as a blogger, which basically means I don’t want to have something in my head because I have seen it in the blogosphere, and then you are reading about the same thing over and over. Although this happens purely by accident sometimes! I try to keep things fresh here, and write about my original ideas and thoughts. All that to say, because of The Style Challenge, I do have a few new reads!
What was your favorite blog to discover from the Style Challenge? Do you have a favorite idea or set you want to infuse in your outdoor space? (No, I’m not fishing here, ha!)