Decorating with Nature

July
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We moved into a new house last month and since then we have been busy making it feel more like a home. Over that course of that time I've discovered that one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to fill up any empty corner is by bringing in some fresh color with a houseplant. It's amazing what a plant can do to make any space feel welcoming. Houseplants not only make us feel healthy and happy but they can also be just as expressive as the art on our walls. Here is a guide to my favorite modern indoor plants.

Today, there are so many ways to mix and match modern interiors with indoor planters and plants. My current list of favorites are all easy to care for and work really well in any home.

House Plant Ideas

Succulents are easy to care for since they have a unique ability to store water. They are perfect for both indoors and outdoors. If you live in a warm climate then they can be outside all year. Living in the Pacific NW means that I will bring ours in when the weather gets cold. If you grow succulents indoors just remember to give them as much sunlight as possible and try not to overwater them. Aside from their modern aesthetic, one of the main benefits of using succulents in interior design is their sturdiness. They also happen to be inexpensive and very easy to arrange. I found THIS to be one of the easiest ways to get started.

If you are going for a boho chic look then place a hanging plant like this String of Pearls in a cool macrame planter. Urban outfitters sells some great selections now too.
If you want the same look but with a floor plant then try a basket.  THIS happens to be my new favorite basket. I am drawn to the eye catching contrast.

Here are the sources for some of my favorite planters:

House Plant Ideas

Want some color in your kitchen? Outdoor vegetable beds are a great resource. I love the look of placing fresh produce on the kitchen counter even if I am not using it right away. A bundle of Kale can look as colorful as an expensive vase full of flowers.

House Plant Ideas
House Plant Ideas
House Plant Ideas

Try filling a large corner of your house with an oversized house plant instead of an expensive piece of furniture. You'd be surprised how complete it looks.

Kid's rooms are also a great place for plants. I like to let my children choose their own plants as long as they are easy to care for. Plants that really only need water every couple of weeks when the soil feels dry are the best. Succulents, Cacti and this fun Venus Fly Trap are among my kid's favorites to care for.

House Plant Ideas

Have fun bringing the outside in! What are your favorite plants?