There’s nothing like vacation to give you a new-found perspective on life. I came home from this year’s road trip refreshed and ready to take on new things. That said, the second we got home my gaze landed directly on the front room of our house and I couldn’t let it go: this room needed some sprucing up.
More specifically, two things had been bothering me about this space: this part of the house gets the most sun and I’ve always wanted plants here and all of Reggie’s gear is in this part of the house and it was looking really worn down.
A few before pictures:
Cue sad trombone – Reggie’s old scratching post and dilapidated basket/bed:
Mom, please don’t take my stuff!
First things first, I ordered Reggie all new cat swag online. His scratching post was replaced with the PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge. Our friends Melissa and John have one for their cats and I knew Reggie would love it too. It is made out of recycled corrugated cardboard but looks sleek and snazzy with its modern style.
Reggie loved it immediately (obviously) and nestled right in to its comfy, ergonomic design.
And Reggie’s sad basket was replaced with a Cat Tipi! I have had my eye on one of these for about 6 months and finally bought one for him. They are made in the US from cotton canvas and birch wood.
The tipi couldn’t have been simpler to put together – it comes pre-assembled, all I needed to do was set it up, put a blanket inside for His Highness, and let him enjoy it!
We played around with a few different arrangements in the front room. This is the one we started with just so Reggie could get used to his new stuff:
Next up – plants!
In early May I saw these gorgeous planters on A Beautiful Mess and knew I needed to have them. They are hand crafted in Brooklyn by Farrah (Light + Ladder on Etsy) and made of porcelain and leather. I love them so much, I already have plans to buy more for other rooms in the house.
We bought three small plants from Home Depot – succulent, ivy, and marginata.
I got some small rocks for drainage and put them in the bottom of each planter (that way any excess water won’t rot the roots). I then carefully transplanted each plant into its own planter, removing some of the dirt so that watering wouldn’t cause an overflow.
We hung the plants on the wall that gets the most sunlight, with the three slightly off set.
After a little tinkering, we finally got the set up in the front room just right.
We love the new look of this space in our house! Reggie is much more comfortable, we’re happier with our lush, oxygen rich plants, and the room has benefited from a sleeker style and new pops of color.
I couldn’t resist adding a few more Cat Tipi pictures. He just loves it and I cannot get over how cute it is!