Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fresh Greens :: Decorating with Houseplants

One of the best and easiest ways to breathe new life into a space is with live plants. I'm telling you, nothing adds that special touch quite like a shiny burst of green in the corner of a room or on a tabletop. Of course, live plants are the best way to go, but these days there are some pretty incredible silks that will do the job. I rounded up several spaces that show you exactly what I'm talking about - plants are a MUST! They bring everything to life. Let's take a closer look, shall we...

Loving the layered look of potted plants on top of the natural wood console. The tall potted palm to the left adds a hint of drama. This space looks fresh and natural. [Image Source]

This happy window was styled by none other than the fabulous Emily Henderson (you MUST see the rest of this space and read the heartwarming story behind it). She mounted brackets and glass shelves in front of the window to display various potted plants. The result is cheerful and bright without being too cluttered. 

The pair of potted fiddle leaf fig trees create balance and symmetry in this cozy space. They add just enough green without taking up too much space by being too full or bushy. [Image Source]

For a more minimal / modern look, go with potted succulents and cactus. The bonus with these types of plants: they require little water, which is perfect for those of you who can't keep a plant alive to save your life! [Image Source]

Again, succulents can add the right touch of green, especially if you're limited on space. The single potted succulents on this cocktail table are so cute! [Image Source]

The tall fiddle leaf fig in the corner of this bright white bathroom brings everything to life, don't you think? [Image Source]

Another fiddle leaf fig towering in the corner adds a touch of drama and makes the ceilings feel higher than they are by drawing your eye up.Trees in the corner are a great way to create height in a space. 

So, by now are you looking around your home wondering where you can squeeze in a plant or two? I know I am! Sad to say, I don't have any live plants in my apartment at the moment...but that's all about to change very soon. How do you feel about indoor plants? Which ones do you love? Below are 6 houseplants you can purchase that are easy to keep alive...especially #3 - because it's fake ;)
Shop These Plants 
1. Ficus Pandurata (aka: Fiddle Leaf Fig) - available in all different sizes
2. Potted Succulents  (image for inspiration only)
3. Large Potted Succulent via Crate & Barrel
4. Snake Plant (aka Mother-In-Laws-Tounge...pretty hilarious, right?!)
5. Golden Pothos - very easy to care for 
6. Philodendron - these are really easy to maintain!


  1. I couldn't agree more, they are a great and relatively inexpensive way to add to your decor.

  2. Wonderful collection of examples! I myself am on the prowl for a "tall" house plant, (2 meters) I have yet to find it! Who knew tall plants would be hard to find... Those fiddle leaf ones look perfect.

  3. I love all these houseplants and the rooms featured look gorgeous. I've already written a note to myself to get some more indoor plants! Thanks so much for this inspiration.

  4. Plants really do look great inside but youve just got to pick the right ones! Im a big fan of the succulents they dont need much light or water and coming from a black thumb they are impossible to kill!

  5. AnonymousJune 04, 2013

    Thanks for the inspiration! I've had a snake plant for years that I intermediately neglect & it has still thrived. It really anchors the room. They're also a great air detoxifer!


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