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Framebridge Discount Code for O+P Readers

November 15, 2016

Framebridge 15% off discount code

You’ve heard me say this before, many times, but get those special images off your phones and computers and out of closets and frame them to hang on your walls. Unless it’s a thrifted piece, I really don’t like pre-frame, big-box-store art. I think you should really hang personal pieces on your walls, that tell YOUR story.  I love Framebridge, they make this such an easy task. You don’t even have to leave your home. You can either send them a digital file of your image or simply request a mailer to mail your art to them.

For our master bedroom, I finally had this pretty print of the Old City in Sanaa, Yemen framed (in cast you didn’t know, we lived there for 2 years). I’ve had it tucked away in our closet for almost 8 years now. That’s sad. But, now I’m so happy to have it on my wall. I’ve used Framebridge to frame some of my nature photography, so I knew I could trust them with this special piece. I chose a sleek, modern brass frame, and it looks fantastic. But, there are so many amazing frame options available. There’s something for everyone and every style.

Framebridge 15% off discount code And I’ve got a special treat for O+P readers. Enter the code OLEANDER15 to save 15% on your first order at Framebridge.

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What art piece or picture do you have that really should be framed and hung on your walls?  This is the perfect time to frame something special as a holiday gift as well.


Master Bedroom Reveal

November 11, 2016


I was very tempted to invest time and energy into painting, decorating, and styling my kid’s rooms first.  I’m pretty sure that’s what I did in our first house. But, this time around I decided to do our bedroom first. The first thing we did when we moved in was to add some closet organization to the one very tiny closet in our room. And really, that has made life so much easier. But, now that the room has a fresh coat of paint and things are hung on the wall, this really does feel like a sanctuary and retreat for us.


Here’s a look at the room before.


There are a few changes we made from our old bedroom. The first thing is we bought new/old dressers and night stands. A couple weeks before we closed on this his, Lonnie and I were wondering through a local antique mall and came across this gorgeous set of mid century furniture. And the crazy thing is, it matches my beloved mid century credenza that sits in my living room. We could’t believe it was we saw it. I know you are already jealous, just because these pieces are so beautiful, but you are really going to hate me when you hear that I only paid $499 for the set. YEP!!!! Just one of the dressers is worth probably twice that amount. I would normally choose pieces that aren’t so matchy-matchy, but I felt an obligation to keep this set of furniture together as a family. Before this set, we had lived 17 years of marriage sharing a thrifted dresser and keeping a majority of our clothes in plastic drawer containers in the back of our closet. I have to say that each of us having our own dresser has made life so much easier and organized.



While we were still at the old house, I had bought a new white duvet cover. I was ready for less pattern and a brighter, lighter look. Now with just one new statement pillow (which I found at Marshalls for $20), my very pretty brass headboard is the star of the room.


There’s probably no chance that I would buy a house that didn’t have hardwood floors throughout. Part of the reason I love them so much is because they give you a chance to play with pretty pattered rugs. And really it is nice to have a soft place for your feet to hit the floor in the morning. This fun, Moroccan hand tufted wool area rug from Rugs USA is just the right amount of pattern I was looking for. Without it, the room feels a little bare and boring.


I haven’t bought any new art for our new house. Except for one special piece that now hangs in our room.  It’s an illustrated scene of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen that I’ve had for the last 8 years. It was tucked away in a cupboard, waiting to be framed. So instead of storing it again at this house. I sent it off to Framebridge to have it framed in a sleek, modern brass frame. I’ve had Framebridge frame some of my photography before, and it’s so nice to have those images off my computer and on my walls. It’s an awesome service. You can either send them a digital file of our art, or they will mail you an already post marked box to send art into them. It making framing so easy. Now I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner. I LOVE having this piece of our past adventures on our wall.


Besides that one piece of art, I’ve mostly just taken what we already own and moved it around from room to room. Pieces that used to live in our dining room, now have a new home in our bedroom. We tend to get stuck in a rut with art.  We decided that this is always the piece that hangs in my living room grouped with a specific chair and side table. But, it’s fun to experiment and move, what you already own, to different rooms in your home. It’s like shopping, but not having to spend a cent.



In our old bedroom, there was space for over-sized nightstands. I refinished 2 thrifted dresser to serve as bedside tables. They were great – they had huge drawers for storage and a nice big surface for lamps and accessories. But, this new room, with the location of the door, required smaller scale nightstands. While I really loved my mismatched, thrifted lamps from our old room, I really love the clean clutter-free look of these super chic wall mounted lamps for Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Company. Because the house is 1918 and most of the furniture is mid century, this beautiful lamps offer a modern element that helps keep the room feeling young and fresh. I love this combination of black and brass, it really feels like these were always meant to be on either side of my bed.


We’ve been in our new house almost 3 months now, and while I want all the rooms to be done right away, I’m having fun taking my time and putting some thought into how I want to live in this house. So, this is another room done and I’m ready to take on he next.  I think the living room is getting paint next.  I don’t think I can live with these dark walls any longer.


I big thank you to Rugs USA, Framebridge and Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Company for providing gorgeous products for me to use in this room.


Style Matters Podcast

November 7, 2016

Well this was fun and totally humiliating all at once.  The lovely Zandra and Karen of Little Yellow Couch interviewed me for their podcast, Style Matters! You can listen to what I have to say about design and all my awkward giggles HERE!

There’s really nothing worse then hearing your own voice, but the good news is, I didn’t snort or say “ummm” too many times. So pretty much I feel like I’m winning.

Jeran of Oleander + Palm

Happy Monday Friends!


Upstairs Bathroom Reveal

November 3, 2016

A couple weeks ago I shared my plan for the upstairs bathroom. Well, it’s done and I’m really excited for you to see this crisp, clean bathroom refresh.  After many many coats of paint, this room feels fresh and practically brand new.

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I teamed up with The Land of Nod to bring some subtle color and texture to this very white room.  Here’s a sneak peek, but if you really want to see all the details and sources, head over the Honest to Nod today.

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Here’s the bathroom BEFORE!

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It’s amazing what paint and a few fun accessories can do for a room.

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So, what do you think? Too much white? What do you think about the black windows?

Black and white bathroom refresh.


Kid’s Bathroom Refresh

October 17, 2016

I feel like I’m working on projects around our house all the time, but I don’t necessarily share that here on the blog. My snapchat friends see a lot more of that. I bore them with play by plays of painting a room or scraping windows on the second story of my house. But, really, every spare minute I have, I’m plugging away at some project. The last couple of weeks, it’s been the kid’s bathroom upstairs. So, I thought I’d share a little sneak peek with you, so you can see the direction I’m taking the room.

We do not have the time or money to invest in any serious construction or plumbing in this room, so I’m giving it more of a refresh with LOTS and LOTS of paint and some adorable accessories from The Land of Nod.  This bathroom has only a bathtub, not a shower.  So, I did some research and found a ceiling-mounted shower curtain surround. And while it’s not perfect, it definitely makes the bathroom more useable for the time being.

Kid's Bathroom Refresh

Shower Curtain // Laundry Basket // Pink Bird Print // Green Bird Print

Bath Mat

Tile // Basket // Small Pink and Green Planters

Shelf // Hook

Black and White Bin // Wash Cloth // Hand Towel // Bath Towel

The room has great black and white tile floors, so I decided to repeat that bold combo with accessories throughout the room. Fresh white paint EVERYWHERE gives the splashes of black a place to really pop. But, to keep the room from feeling too colorless, I’m adding some fun, colorful art, natural woven baskets, lots of plants, and some colorful little pots. This is my kid’s bathroom, so I want it to feel fresh and a little playful.

Fingers crossed this all looks as good in person as it does in my head. Stay tuned! I’m photographing the room today! I’m really excited to share this transformation with you. I can taste the finish line, it feels so good to have one more room DONE!

I hope your Monday is off to a great start or at least better then mine. Truthfully, I wrote this post in the early hours of the morning and somehow all of it was lost.  So, I had to rewrite it again and this time I don’t think it’s as interesting. So, I apologize, I’ve got a bad case of the Mondays happening over here.


Master Bathroom Accessories

September 13, 2016

Be sure to head over to Emily Henderson Design today and check out the post I put together with 8 Bathroom Accessory Combos to Rescue Your Drab Bathroom. And while I was on the hunt for fun bathroom accessories, I decided I pick out a few things for our master bathroom.

Someday, way in the future, I’d love to do a little remodeling on our master bathroom. But, for now, it’s a very functional space, just aesthetically very dated. The number 1 issue is the many, many mirrors. The bathtub is surrounded with three walls of mirrors! Really, it’s the worst thing possible, having to see yourself at every angle possible as you sit into a bath. These are the things nightmares are made of. The ceramic tile on the floor is also really very unattractive. It’s kind of a marble looking peach and rust, very shiny tile. The counter tops are a natural stone, but it’s a tough color, kind of a rusty red-brown. So, in order to make this bathroom work for the next couple of years, I’m spending a little money on some accessories to make the space feel more like me.

Master Bathroom Accessories

  1. Hanging Plant Baskets
  2. Gold Soap Pump
  3. Black Waste Basket
  4. Mr. and Mrs. Toothbrush Cups
  5. Gold Wire Basket
  6. Peach Hand Towel
  7. Striped Bath Towel
  8. Grid Bath Mat

So you can fully appreciate the all the 80s and 90s glam of my bathroom, here’s a sneak peek at the floor and counter top situation I’m dealing with (more pictures to come very soon). I decided adding a touch of peach might be nice with the rusty counter tops.  But, for the most part, picking accessories that don’t have a lot of color seemed the best route to take. Can you handle it?  Wouldn’t you agree, the floor tile is pretty bad?

So, did you check out the 8 combos? Do you have a favorite? Mine is the Manly Metallics! It’s really not manly, just not super girly and feminine (which is nice when you are sharing a bathroom with a man).


Blush + Camel

September 8, 2016

Color is sure fun! Why haven’t I noticed this perfect combo before? Sometimes I just get on a kick when I notice a combination that just works really well together. And then I start pinning and searching down inspiration and before you know it I want re-do a whole room (or at least change all the pillows on my sofa).

Maybe it is the change in season, but I’ve been loving this warm camel color. It’s somewhere between brown and yellow and it feels warm and cozy. It also has this fun vintage vibe to it, probably a 70’s look and feel that I love. And blush – well I still love all these soft, subtle shades of pink.

Blush + Camel - a color combo to crush on.

shapes print // dusty pink plate // velvet arrow stitched pillow

camel tealight holder // woven cross pillow // camel paisley sheets

triangle pillow // camel serving bowl // blush arrowhead pillow

peach quilted pillow // blush linen pillow // round camel pillow

blush planter // pink leather pillow // blush folds pillow

Ok, now let’s observe blush + camel living together in the wild. I’ve got a few examples that are going to make you want to scheme up a plan to make this color combo a part of your life right away! This is such a pretty pairing.

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Plans for the Upstairs Bathroom

August 30, 2016

Well, I can’t believe we’ve been in our house a month now. It feels so much like home already. So far, we have tackled the sunroom and unpacked almost everything.  And so, I guess it’s time to move onto another room. Next up is the upstairs bathroom, the one the kids use. It has adorable black and white tile floors and the original subway tile on the walls (see the before pics below). It has a lot of storage and it’s a nice spacious room. But, there is no shower, it’s just a bathtub. With two teenagers, that is just not going to do.

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So, I did a lot of measuring and searching online and found a shower curtain surround that mounts to the ceiling and wall. And if you follow my snapchat (I’m oleanderandpalm), you would have seen yesterday that I figured out how to retro fit the shower head hose to the new shower head that came with the curtain surround. Feeling pretty proud of myself! It’s not ideal, but for less then $100, we now have a working shower upstairs.


Now that the shower is working, it’s time to make the space cute. Fresh paint is a must! The cabinets and trim are pretty beat up. And as much as I really do like Toile, the wallpaper is going. I really want to keep this room bright and white with some crisp black. I’ve been pinning and these are some of the ideas I’m considering. I love the idea of painting the door black, at least on the inside. I also think if could be nice to paint either the walls above the subway tile black or add new black in white wallpaper in a more modern pattern. And if I don’t paint the walls black, maybe it would be nice to paint the cabinets black.

Before and After: An Affordable Black-and-White Bathroomsource



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And here’s a look at the bathroom now. Here’s the BEFORES!

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So, what do you think? Are black walls too much?  How about just painting the cabinets and door black? Chime in, I’d love to hear what you think.


Fresh Fruit Phone Wallpaper

August 18, 2016

Today’s post of full of good good things. I have some fun, free Fruit Art Wallpapers for you to download and I also have an easy way for you and I to do something good for someone else. I’m thrilled to partner with Naked Juice on their crusade to raise awareness for Food Deserts and to take action on helping make fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to everyone. 

I chose three colors that I’m considering adding to our new home – white (which is a definite!), rust (I love this earthy, orangey-red hue), and yellow!  And then I challenged myself to find as much fresh fruit as possible, in those colors, to create pretty images for phone wallpapers and lock screens. Fresh fruit art, whiteFresh fruit art, white

I often take for granted that I can go to a number of good grocery stores in my neighborhood and find pretty much any fruit or vegetable.  Did you know that there are food deserts in areas of our country, places where fresh produce is not accessible?  This is a crisis that is affecting 1 out of every 10 people in neighborhoods across America. Naked Juice helping fight this problem with their Drink Good. Do Good campaign. They’re are spreading the word to bring awareness and actual fresh fruits and veggies to these places.

I live in an agricultural hub, it seems nearly impossible that there are food deserts in the cities surrounding me. But, there are! Here in California, both LA and San Francisco, residents face food desert issues. As a mom, I can’t imagine not being able to provide my kids with fresh fruits and veggies daily.

Fesh fruit art, rust Fesh fruit art, rustThis is such a cool program you guys, you can use your social media to do some good.  Here’s how it works!

1. Take a photo of yourself holding a fruit or vegetable.
2. Share it on social media using the #DrinkGoodDoGood hashtag
3. Tag a friend to do the same!!!!

For every fruit and veggie selfie shared using #DrinkGoodDoGood, Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce to communities in need.  Naked Juice has already given 250,000 lbs. of fresh produce to kick off this campaign. Now it’s our turn to help! Fresh fruit art, yellow Fresh fruit art, yellowLast year I created 3 pretty fresh fruit phone wallpapers, you can check them out HERE.

And this year I chose three more colors to play with. You can download 1 or all 3 of these FREE phone wallpapers HERE! Right now I have the sunny yellow hued image on my lock and home screen. Do you have a favorite?Fresh fruit art for your phone. FREE Download!

This post is sponsored by Naked Juice, thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 



Round Mirrors for Every Room

August 9, 2016

Lately I’ve been loving round mirrors. This simple organic shape is the perfect accessory to break up a boxy wall or room. Loon around your home, chances are most of the things on your walls are squares and rectangles. Why not throw another shape into the mix. Over sinks, in entryways, over dressers, in gallery walls, round mirrors just look great everywhere.

I decide to hunt out some good sized, modern and even reasonably priced round mirrors. And I found some really great options. Round is a shape that’s going to work with any style. Your probably going to want to add a round mirror to a room in your home. I’ve listed the width and price of each mirror for easy reference.

Online sources for stylish round mirrors.

row 1 : Rope Hanger // Dark Acacia Wood // Natural Wood

row 2: Wood Barrel Frame // Copper Frame // Tapered Edge Frame

row 3: Thin Brass Frame // Silver Leaf // Wood and White Frame

row 4: Rose Gold Frame // Black Metal Frame // Thin Bronze Frame

I recently bought a huge (like 4 feet wide) round mirror for our new house.  It will be hung as soon as a strip off the 2-stories of wallpaper in our stairway.  If you want to help, I make a mean iced coffee and I always have treats on hand.

Is there one that catches your eye? I love the wood and white frame. That combo always gets me and the price is so good. I might use this mirror in one of my bathrooms.