You guys, I will actually say to Scott: “I need to talk to you about [ insert random subject ] but we need to go to the Thinking Room to discuss it.” And off we’ll go. -ha!
This is just a small bedroom that we overhauled into a very zen-like, technology-free room. One wall is black with gold polka dots. The other walls and the ceiling are all a dark, smoky gray. And I am in love with it! Let me take you on a tour of our little zen thinking room – but let me warn you, it is more-is-more-is-even-more decor! Lots of layers and textures and patterns and as always, plants for that good air quality cleaning factor.
Barely visible, in the corner is my new string-of-pearls plant that I named Fiona after the cutie pie girl named Fiona who was working at the register when we checked out at Heartland Garden Center. I have a cream-colored macrame’ hanging plant holder on order for her.
This is where I am most every morning. Reading. Devotions. Day planning. Praying. Meditating. The sun is warm as I slowly and intentionally wake up to the day.
Daybed turned sitting area…
Zen-like, right? This Buddha head sits on top of my mother’s devotional books. There is a church bulletin stuck in the top book that I just don’t have the nerve to remove it and throw it away, even though it sticks out all herky-jerky like. According to the date on the bulletin, it might be one of the last ones she remembers using. So it stays in there, holding the place of an important passage she was reading in her favorite devotional book. It means a lot to me to have it in the room with me when I’m chatting with the God that directed her entire life.
Mixed textures and patterns make my heart soar. So does this fabulous shag carpet. We bought one for our living room and loved it so much we went back for a second one for this room. We aren’t the only ones who loving laying on it and squishing it under our feet. 😉
I posted this string of beads on my Instagram a while back. A wonderful thrifter friend in California sent it to me. She found some beaded carseat covers (you know the kind?) She unraveled all the beads and made tons of beaded strands with it. So clever! It fits nicely in this corner with a thrifted throw rug I found recently.
I love this rattan hinged-top box I also found while thrifting. It’s not in perfect condition, but it works perfectly for holding up plants and goodies in this room.
Another recent find was this cedar adjustable shoe tree. I loved its wooden element in this room.
My new prickly cactus named Trump…….. [insert inferences here]
My daughter won’t let me buy Boston ferns anymore. I kill them every time. I consider myself fairly adept at plant keeping. But Boston ferns and I just never mesh. On the other side, my husband de.TESTS asparagus ferns. Personally I love asparagus ferns and grow them easily and large! However, every time he goes to move it for me, they are prickly little suckers and can really hurt. So HE has forbidden me to buy asparagus ferns. Sooooooo…I’m claiming there is a loophole in all that fern forbiddenness and purchased this delicate Fluffy Ruffle fern. We’ll see how well she likes me. I suppose I should name her so she feels at home. But I’m reserving my love for her for now. (Hardened Plant Mama!)
This beautiful walnut salad bowl makes the perfect plant holder. My son and his wife gave me this adorable mushroom pitcher a few years ago for Mother’s Day. It fits so perfectly in this 70’s-vibe room!
Finding pottery makes me do a little mental happy dance right in the middle of a thrift store. Tucked in here and there are a few disco balls that were sold as Christmas ornaments this year. Disco magic is a year-long goal around our house though!!
I have already used this aloe vera plant a few times since we’ve had it. I must admit, aloe vera plants both make me intrigued and a little grossed out all at the same time! 🙂
Waiting for me in one corner is my painting easel. For now it holds a cross-stitched bee that needs to be framed, a friendly reminder to take it easy and be a nice human – and my rather sadly discarded MY HONEYSUCKLE DREAMS store sign.
This Anthropologie lamp shade hangs from the ceiling watching over my hanging vintage postcards and a prism my parents gave me a few years ago. When the light catches it in the morning, we have rainbow prisms everywhere!
My mother-in-law gave me this discarded frame. I wrapped it tightly with string and now use it to tuck in airplants, love notes and favored Kansas City business cards. It’s a quick use of old frames and makes a great bulletin board.
Kate, from Salvage Dior, sent me this sweet note in her package of bead strands. Again, another reminder that it isn’t that hard to simply do good for people, be nice, and love unconditionally.
I have had my eye on a few different kinds of wooden hanging thingamajigys from the 70’s. But I have to tell you, people. This particular decorative piece is not for the OCD faint of heart! Ugh. I mess with it constantly (definitely messing with my “zen-like” spirit in this room!!!)
This White Bird of Paradise plant is new to me. I’m hoping this room is bright enough for it. Otherwise, it will have to be relocated to the Sun Room. Anyone with advice for me? It brings a nice tropical vibe to this room! I named him Marty Feldman. There is a little bit of reasoning behind the name. In one of our faaaaaavorite movies, Young Frankenstein, Marty Feldman plays Igor. (Hold on to that thought a second, I’ll be back to it…)
Haddie is a Shag Hag. She kneads and kneads at the carpet and loves lounging on it like the goddess she believes herself to be!
Marty Feldman. Igor. The below book, Urban Jungle, is the basis for our Thinking Room. This book is filled with so much inspiration and lots of great plant information! The authors, Igor and Judith, are the authors of the Urban Jungle Bloggers blog and this is their first book – which is a well-deserved bestseller. I highly recommend it!
So do you see the connection now? Marty Feldman is paying homage to the Urban Jungle authors. Thank you, Igor and Judith, for putting such informational inspiration out in the world!
I still have some plans for the room. Like a wall hanging that I will use as a cafe curtain on the windows, for instance. For the most part, we are finished and ready to do some deep thinking and (more accurately) some hard laughing together in our dark and moody, zen and crazy, plant-naming, pattern-playing Thinking Room.
Thanks for taking the tour! Do you have advice for me? What do you think? I’d love to hear! For any of you small-house or apartment-dwelling people out there, little spaces of oasis are completely possible! This room was completed with some paint, a lot of thrifted goodies, and when you don’t know what else to do to decorate – always choose plants! Make you home yours – no matter where you live.
Marty Feldman, Trump, Fiona, Haddie, Scott, g + friends 🙂