Houseplants of any size are definitely a decorating must-have in my book. Not only do they help circulate and clean the air, but it’s always nice to have something alive in your home. There are tons of options for small space-friendly houseplants, but it seems like size is always an issue. We have quite a few large indoor plants in our tiny bungalow, which means I’m often asked for tips on incorporating them into homes. I know it can feel daunting to bring a giant tree into your space, but these styling hacks will help you hoard plants with confidence!
image source: photography & styling by Jojotastic.
Has anyone noticed how “plant lady” seems to be the new cat lady? If you are anything like me, you have more than one gardener or plant hoarder in your life! When Joanna asked me to help find gift ideas for our annual plant lady gift guide, I truly wanted to curate pieces that I would love to receive or give. There is almost nothing better than giving someone with a thoughtful present that speaks to them in a special way. I just love holiday gift giving! Here are a few plant lady gifts to surprise and excite all the plant lovers on your list, whether she has a green thumb or always wished she did.
Thanks in part to Joanna, I am slowly but surely becoming what can only be described as a crazy plant lady. What started with an impulse purchase of a braided money tree in the plant section of IKEA lead to a trip to my favorite local nursery where I procured a maidenhair fern and some ivy that I promptly killed (what can I say — I’m still learning). And then, a few weeks ago, Joanna bequeathed me a beautiful monstera plant and we got to talking about our shared obsession with bringing the outside in, especially in our small city living spaces.
After that chat, I starting thinking about a chic, yet inexpensive, way to make some beautiful hanging planters, therefore fueling my newfound plant-hoarding tendencies. I settled upon a pair of terra cotta pots painted with a cool (and easy to execute) geometric pattern, strung up with rope and finished with some really cool, chunky wooden beads. Scroll on down to get the full tutorial for our paintng hanging planter DIY!
This definitely won’t be news to long-time readers: plants are one of my favorite ways to decorate a space — indoors and out! There’s just something about them that make an empty house or apartment feel like a home. For example, when I moved into #mytinybungalow the first thing I brought over was my giant tree! And because I majorly have plants on the brain right now thanks to our complete backyard overhaul, I thought, why not put together some of my best recommendations for styling a variety of plants in a small space? Of course you can use these tips for any size space, but I did put some thought into all the awkward nooks and limited window space of tiny homes.
Here’s the thing: I love decorating with crystals and plants, but that chic combination can start to get very expensive very quickly. But I couldn’t shake the idea of a huge, statement-making crystal planter that wouldn’t break my vacation-savings budget, so I set about figuring out a way to grow my very own crystal rather than buying one.
And that’s when I learned about the magical properties of Borax. That’s right—the powdered laundry detergent booster that can be purchased plentifully and cheaply from Amazon grows into stunning crystal formations with just a little bit of know-how and some science fair-style gumption. After doing a few experiments of my own (and possibly tricking my roommate into thinking I was turning our kitchen into a Breaking Bad tribute set), I’m here to share the full tutorial for how to make this absolutely stunning crystal planter for the price of a single Postmates order.
Every year this is always my favorite gift guide to write… probably because I am the plant lady! I’m sure you’ve got lots of friends with plant babies. You know, the friend who is always offering starts and propagated cuttings for you to start your own indoor garden. Or maybe the friend who spent all summer harvesting her own veggies from her yard. Either way, these are the perfect presents for the plant lady in your life this holiday season!
Have you heard the news? Apparently ‘plant lady’ is the new cat lady! I’ve got loads of these people in my life… and I’m probably one myself, let’s be real. Here are some gifts that will make your plant lady friend squeal with delight!