Going Green: 3 Easy Tricks for Perfectly Styled Plants

Have you ever walked down a street or through a town that on paper should be really pretty nice architecture, clean streets, cute shops but somehow, in real life, falls flat? And then you look around and realize, ahh, where are the trees! The grass! The bushes! (We had this experience in Nice, which despite its moniker, was not all that nice, and certainly wasn’t all that green either.) If you’re paying attention even 10%, it’s easy to see how much character, life, and joy greenery brings to any urban environment. And when it’s not there, things have a way of feeling, well, busted.

The same logic applies to interiors. A well-designed home can be firing on all cylinders, but without plants, it’s never going to feel warm and complete. Unlucky for me, I have no green thumb whatsoever. In college, I couldn’t even keep my friends cactus alive for one measly semester. And it’s been more of the same since. But worry not, I have a husband! And he has quite the green thumb, if not two. Which means we have an abundance of plants. Which I love and am very thankful for. But do I love all of the individual plants themselves? Well not necessarily. We’ve got some winners, but there’s also some (decidedly not) dead weight that’s rather ho-hum. Add to that some questionable pots and containers, not to mention incongruous groupings, and it’s clear we’ve got room for improvement.

All that to say, it’s definitely time for an official plant audit around here. First, we need to edit down our collection to include only the plants we love, and figure out what new greenery we need to bring in to round things out. Then the fun part we get busy styling, switching out containers and moving things around until it works.

And what exactly are the tricks to making it work? While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few guidelines that will be sticking to keep our plant revamp on track.

Think (Successful) Groupings

A grouping of potted plants can look very cute or disastrous. One foolproof way to keep things on the cute end of the spectrum is to either change up the plants, or change up the containers, but not both. I’ve tried it other ways (and might even be *currently* trying it another way, I’m embarrassed to say), but trust me, keeping one element consistent always looks best.

Case in point, the containers used in each of these two rooms are different, but by sticking to just succulents, the end groupings feel cohesive.

On the other hand, in this grouping, the plants are different but the containers are similar, which also totally works (and please people, no more boring terra-cotta!).

So just remember you can switch up one or the other, but not both. How easy is that.

Think Big

Obviously every room needs scale big things, medium things, small things. Your big thing could be an armoire or some other piece of furniture. But why not make your big thing a potted tree? They’re not cheap, but they’re probably cheaper than an armoire, and they bring so much more lightness, texture, and life to a room. I (along with everyone else on the planet) am partial to the fiddle leaf fig tree. Definitely going on my must buy list!

See how a potted tree can anchor a room without feeling heavy? Its magic.

Think Symmetrical

Ok, this last one is definitely an advanced-level plant trick. But if youre willing to try it, using your potted plants (or trees) like bookends can go a long way toward framing a room. This look is architectural and bold, so if thats your style (aspirational or otherwise), this is your golden/green ticket.

Who would have guessed you can flank just about anything with matching greenery, and it looks so instantly wow factor?

Thats it for tips and tricks. Im already picturing how much better things will look around here with a few simple changes. What about you, whats your plant sitch? Could it use a little updating?

Decorate Like a Stylist with These 5 Easy Tricks

If you’ve done any home decorating of your own (or happen to have a threat-level orange Pinterest addiction), you know that putting together a great room is like putting together a great outfit it’s the unexpected touches and finishing details that make it work.

Of course, trying to figure out those touches and details can be trying, difficult and, in the end, expensive.

Here to the rescue are five styling tricks that are not only easy and inexpensive to implement, but are also pre-vetted by those in the know, and therefore nearly foolproof. Who knew you don’t have to be an actual stylist to pull off some stylist-level home wizardry?

Here we go!

  1. Look down

When adorning walls, the natural tendency (and one I’m hugely guilty of) is to decorate at eye-level, leaving the bottom half of the wall empty. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you want to do like the pros, try giving the bottom of the wall some love. A gallery wall extended all the way down, with frames leaning against the wall (try either on the floor, atop stack of books, or resting on a low bench), looks pretty amazing. You’ll never stick to just eye-level art again!

  1. Fancify your couch

Sometimes a room has to be oriented so that when you walk in, you face the back of the couch. It’s not ideal backs of couches tend to be pretty boring and not so pretty to look at but often there’s just no way around it. Unless you want to live without a tv (blasphemy!) or move windows or a fireplace (impossible!), you need to make do. If this is your lot in life, try tossing a throw blanket over the back of the couch. Voila! You have an inexpensive disguise and a great way to bring in color and texture.

  1. Think asymmetrical

A lot of times, things look great centered. But if you’re dealing with a room that looks a little too perfect and could use a dose of the slightly unusual, try playing with the orientation of big items, like your TV or a large piece of artwork. Skewing them off-center, to one side or the other, seems like it shouldn’t work, but it can actually be just what the room doctor ordered.

  1. Camouflage your TV

TV screens are total eyesores. But they’re also total necessities. And in my book, the bigger the better. I want to feel like I’m literally in the lab making meth with Walter. Or in the servants kitchen assisting Mrs. Patmore. Or in Dons office sitting down to drink my liver inoperative. And the only way to do these things properly is via a giant, delicious TV. But back to the eyesore point, TVs are pretty ugly. To combat this, treat it as part of a gallery wall (yes, sorry, more gallery wall action), which will help to camouflage it and diffuse some of the focus. Brilliant, right?

  1. Work in a console

There’s something forbidden about pushing your couch up against a window. It must be really, unspeakably bad, because stylists never do it. What they do instead is put a console between the couch and the window. And then they style the console with lamps, books, frames, plants, and covetable objects galore. Not surprisingly, it looks pretty great and is a clever way to both ground a room and open it up at the same time (did your brain just explode?).