J and I have been working on turning our home into a funky, bohemian oasis with a TON of plants EVERYWHERE.
Our apartment, in Somerville, Massachusetts, is by far an abnormally large place considering the proximity to the city + it’s CHEAP.
We really lucked out on our humble abode and are trying to make it as homey, and as our own, as you can get when you live in a rented place.
So, right now. It’s winter. There is about a foot of snow outside of our house as I am typing this.
Not so fun.
However, on the inside are the beginnings of a tropical sanctuary.
Plants breathe life and make a room feel so fresh and bright. Everything is alive!
It is proven that when you are closer to nature everything’s better – your general well being, physical health and life expectancy.
So why not bring the outside, inside, and create a mini, temperature controlled (you guys know I don’t like it too hot) escape inside of your home?
You have to decide how much you can handle. Taking care of plants is no joke. It takes time.
Some plants need to be watered more frequently, or need a rotation of new soil, lots of light etc. the list goes on.
Know the plants environment. You wouldn’t put a succulent in the bathroom – succulents like a super dry environment so they can thrive – a bathroom is usually pretty humid.
Don’t play it safe! For the longest time I thought I was a murderer.
A plant murder. Slap on the cuffs and take me in officer.
Once I did a little research (ugh…work?) I got my watering schedules down for my plants, which ones needed more light and from there, it was super easy!
I managed to keep an orchid alive for over a year (going on 2 now!) and I upgraded my murderer status to queenie. QUEEN OF THE PLANTS.
Over dramatization again.
Once you are ready to take the plunge, head on over to your local Home Depot, garden center, whatever, and pick out those babies!
Make sure you pick a variety. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I totally believe all my plants thrive off each other.
I remember once, one of my orchids was dying so I put it next to my super active orchid and within a few days the other once seemed to flourish.
When one plant flourished the one right next to it did and so on.
Make your display totally personal to fit the vibe YOU want.
Grab different textures – big leaves, small leaves, colors, heights, prickly, fragile, meaty, overgrows, copper pots, terracotta, maybe you keep it in the black plastic pot it comes in.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.
All of our plants are in baby stages right now and we are going to add more into the living room and on the shelves in our dining room.
Our goal is to have a total jungle by the end of the year.
Creating a vibe.
Some other cool things you can do to make the appearance of woodiness, or jungliness (making up words again) is to create wall art.
We found this awesome looking branch so I got this bright idea of hanging it up in our house.
J mounted it while I got crafty with my glue gun, rope, mason jars and little pebbles.
We hung it up, got a vine plant (I freaking love those plants) and started to wrap its leaves around the branch as it grew.
This project was not pricey at all and brought a lot of character to our dining room.
As we continue to furnish our place and add more plants I will update ya’ll via Instagram!
Should I do a post on all our funky furniture? Maybe a video with a peek inside our home?
GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS.
What is your favorite plant, flower, tree….whatever? Let’s chat!