Finishing touches are so important to us for the spaces that we create with beautiful furnishings, textiles, art rugs and accessories. One of my passions is that I absolutely love bringing in real flowers and plants to a space to make a house feel like a home. Having real plants and fresh cut flowers indoors makes a space feel alive and they add a feeling of peace and calm that is not replaceable with artificial plastic or silk substitutes, not to mention that they help to improve air quality, can help your immune system and productivity. Do you have artificial greenery as decoration in your home? I am here to encourage you to try your hand at replacing it with easy to care for houseplants.Here are a few of my recent projects utilizing real and easy to care for foliage.
A concrete pot with a blend of easy to care for foliage adds a soft touch to a console table in a beautiful living room. A Majesty Palm in the background brings the outdoors in.
A small rabbits foot fern and a Fiddle Fig placed a library we recently designed.
Fiddle figs became all the rage a few years ago thanks to their presence in design magazines. Artificial Fiddle Figs can look nice, but the real ones are amazing and super easy to grow! This is my Fiddle Fig that I potted at 10” high 2 years ago, and is now over 8’ tall.
A Bird of Paradise plant is a very easy to care for option for floor containers. They can grow to 5’ tall and have a full but airy appearance.
I love filling a bowl with greenery. So easy to maintain and swap out if needed!
Bromeliads are a fantastic easy to care for option to bring in a touch of color. They can live for a long time in the containers they are grown in, and are super easy to pop in decorative containers without transplanting. Bromeliads also make a great filler for the base of trees and leggy floor plants. These low variety Bromeliads look great in a pewter container in a dining room.
I would be remis to not mention how much I love real orchids. These orchids in an outdoor living space we worked on, are embellished with moss at the clips.
Philodendrons are also one of my favorites! The leaves can be clipped and put in vases of water and last so long! Philodendron leaves mixed with sego palm fronds are a nice easy touch on this outdoor patio side table.
Last but not least, we love adding fresh cut flowers to the spaces we design. They add a touch of color and bring instant happiness to a space. Every season brings a new variety of flowers in that allow for many opportunities for color and variety.
I hope this has inspired you to try adding a few real plant and flower options to your interiors! Remember to not over water- that is the number one reason houseplants don’t make it. Keep a spray bottle on hand to mist them every few days and water & feed according to the directions for the variety of plant. I would love to hear from you about your interior plant adventures along the way!