It’s no groundbreaking statement to say that plants bring your home to life… that, we know. I think the bigger issue for most people is keeping plants alive. This can be particularity challenging if you travel quite a bit, as I have been recently for both vacation and work. Luckily, I have a friend who’s been willing to take on the role of “plant-sitter” while I’m away. Clearly, not as exciting as pet-sitting: there’s no fuzzy face or wagging tail to greet him, just leafy greens sitting around… but none the less, still need to be looked after.
Most of my plants are within the succulent family, so very little care and water is needed. These are perfect for anyone who’s frequently away from home (or doesn’t have a green thumb!). However, the needy one in this family is the fiddle leaf fig tree. You’ve all seen them (made popular over the past few years via blogs, virtual home tours and Pinterest), but not everyone is confident to take on their fussy demeanor. Generally, these trees aren’t exactly cheap, so risking their life (and your wallet) is a gamble. I actually found mine at my local Home Depot for only $80, so I went for it and took the risk! It definitely went through a few adjustment stages getting used to it’s new home, lighting, and “feeding” schedule. At first, all the lower leaves went brown and dropped. Of course, I panicked – and started reading endless online articles about care of these trees. This can be a bit like looking up symptoms on WebMD. Suddenly, you’re even more worried- there seems to be no hope and the tree is doomed! Ok, relax… it’s just a tree. Since I’m not a plant expert, I’m not going to solicit any specific advice, but in the end I dialed back on the watering (about 4 cups per week – seriously!) and just made sure to be consistent with it. It’s been fine ever since! I also have staghorn ferns in my home. This is another handsome looking plant which is really quite easy to care for: just lots of (indirect) sunlight and an occasional watering.
Since I decorate my home in very neutral colors with lots of earthy, organic accessories, layering in these few plants is an important part of my “interiors equation”. They not only bring needed color, but reinforce my love of nature and how it inspires me. I feel every home should have some type of living nature incorporated into it. But please, PLEASE don’t buy fake plants. They truly are my pet peeve. I’ve hassled my mother for years about this. Despite her great taste (and deceiving realistic looking plants, I’ll admit) I’ve busted her out on her fakes. I think she’s finally replaced most of them with the real deal. So Mom, if you’re reading this… hi! thank you! and well done! Now for the rest of you, choose your plants… then get the rest of the look:
- seascape painting: $75 from The Curated Wall
- my lamps are vintage, but you can find similar ones for $169 at West Elm
- shapely textured vase from Jonathan Adler: $98
- I use my wooden shoe last as an incense holder… you can find plenty of them on Etsy.
- the rope knot ball was found in a vintage shop in Chicago, but they can be sourced on several websites, including Ballard Designs for $49.
- I recently purchased two of these metal carts to use as end tables for my sofa. They are a nice clean, modern contrast to my rustic accessories. Go-Cart from CB2: $99.95