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I have to admit, a lot of my inspiration comes from the same place…my place of work. Im a part-time employee at Anthropologie, and being in such am artistic environment keeps the creative wheels turning. So, when some antique painted pots arrived in our store I thought, “I can do that at home.” Granted, these are a far cry from the teal and magenta drip-painted pots that ring up at over $700 a piece, they’re my own twist on decorative pottery. Try this super simple DIY, which only requires three materials. Do it out in the front the yard, and you may even make some curious new friends.

Materials:

Terra Cotta Pots (one for each of your plant babies)
Rustoleum “Forged Hammered” Spray Paint
Gorilla Tape

Directions:
Make sure your pots are clean and free of any surface debris. Tape right below the lip of the pot, guiding the tape along and slightly twisting as you go. Turn pot upside down and spray paint according to directions on the can. Make sure you get the top of the lip and slightly inside so no orange shows. Let dry for 2 hours, and plant!

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Saguaro Pt. 2

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A Colorful Place to Stay

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What Room Service Should Taste Like: Kale Caesar with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate

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Calaveras on the Way to the Bar

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Monarch Bar

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Heading Out to Explore Phoenix

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This was our first time staying at the Saguaro Scottsdale, the second time staying at a Saguaro property (see our Palm Springs post-Coachella adventure here). It’s always super fun and colorful, so when we needed a place to stay after the Motet show and noticed there was a room available on Hotel Tonight, we had to book it. Not only does this hotel have superb restaurants (run by Iron Chef Jose Garces), cool bars, and hip decor, they’re also pet friendly (dogs under 30 lbs), and offer yoga, and beach cruiser rentals…free of charge. Although we pulled the teardrop, its always nice to have a shower and king size bed for a night and usually book something, especially if were going to be dancing all night at dusty festival grounds. I can now safely say that my days of booking hotels ahead of time are over. Hotel Tonight has really hooked it up on this trip… Use promo code “HBEBOUT” for $25 off your first stay, refer a friend and receive another $25, and thats off heavily discounted prices on the coolest places to rest your head.

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DIY: Indoor Succulent Hanger and Terrarium

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An older project that is just too good not to share on Go for the Gusto. I love the idea of indoor plants contributing fresh air and creating a relaxing environment in the home. Now that we are getting into the colder weather (first snow last night in Taos Ski Valley!) and the greenery around us is fading fast, why not create your own foliage filled room. I love my hanging succulents, they add a bit of whimsy to any room, and are completely low maintenance…like water once a week. (p.s. this entire project costs only 30 dollars!)

Materials:

Assorted Succulents (about 8)
Soil (4 cups)
Smooth Gravel (2 cups)
Mason Jars (4)
Shallow Glass Terrarium Bowl
Bailing Wire
Dowel (3/4 inch)
Needle Nose Pliers
Tea Cup Hanging Hooks (3)

Directions:

For the hanger, fashion four loops of bailing wire around the bottom of the lip of a mason jar, using the needle nose pliers to create a secure closure. Measure eight wires to attach to the mason jar loops, attach using the pliers in the same way as the loop closure. Twist and loop each of the eight wires around dowel, so the jars are suspended evenly from the dowel.

Fill both mason jars and bowl with about 1 inch of gravel, then layer 1 inch of soil on top of that. Remove succulents from cups and gently loosen roots. Add one succulent to each jar, and four spaced out in the terrarium. Cover with 1-2 more inches of soil, until succulents are secure. Twist screw part of hook hangers into the ceiling where you would like your hanger to be (make sure they are evenly spaced, one hook to support the middle) facing hook side toward you. Place dowel with succulents onto the hooks and enjoy your new indoor plants!

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