Thursday, October 18, 2012

My Favorite Neutral Accessory

Plants are one of my favorite accessories to use in a room. There is a price point for everyone and they can transition easily from room to room depending upon size. Plants breathe life into a room - literally. Check out this article I found on the 6 house plants that improve air quality.

Plants can also be thought of as a neutral. I remember back to my color theory class where our instructor pointed out that green was a neutral. I had never really thought about green in terms of a neutral. I think most of us automatically think black or white, but green is a neutral too. Think about green in terms of nature...green can basically pair well with any color.

Below are a few of my favorite plant choices that I've added to our own home and one that I borrowed from my full-time workplace:


The air plant is a snazzy little thing. As you can see it can stand alone without having to be submerged in soil and just requires a spritz of water weekly or so. I credit Jenn and Sherry for turning me on to the air plant (how do you like your air plants ladies?). I got mine for $9.99 at a local nursery. Some may think that sounds like a lot for this, but this thing is going to last and you can move it anywhere you like. I've already moved it from standing alone to sitting in a glass container in our bedroom. The possibilities are endless.

The orchid is beautiful isn't it? There are orchids placed throughout the office at my full-time job. They are meticulously cared for as evidenced by this photo. An orchid like this one shown will cost you a pretty penny - think triple digits - but the impact is grand. This particular orchid is one of a pair that sit on a credenza in our main reception area. It's simply beautiful.

The other plant is a Fittonia which I picked up recently when I got the air plant. The Fittonia has white veining which make it really interesting. Right now it is a small plant that has some depth to it. Hopefully as it grows it will start to cascade. It requires medium light and moderate watering. It fits perfectly in a piece of milk glass my Mom had given me.

I have a few more plants that I'll post about soon.

How have you added plant life into your home?


15 comments:

  1. Speak of the devil, I was just at Lowes yesterday and picked up a $9.99 potted fern. I put in an white urn when I got home and I love the dose of green it adds!! It's a small price to pay for a new accessory!!

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    1. They really add an extra dose of happy to a room, don't they? Post a photo of yours Fran when you have a chance - I'd like to see it.

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  2. HOLY I LOVE DECORATE WITH PLANT
    SALUDOS DESDE CHILE
    ANGELICA

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  3. I have such a brown thumb when it comes to houseplants....but I may have to give that airplant a try!

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    1. The air plant is really easy Cathy and you would enjoy the whimsical shape and movement of it too. It's a fun thing to add to a bookcase or mantle as well. You would also really like the Fittonia - it's so pretty in person and very easy to care for so far.

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  4. I love the texture and life they bring to a space, I'm always bringing greenery in from our yard too, anything works for me!

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  5. Love this! I was just telling Lana a few days ago I think we need to start using air plants more often...this was just the inspiration I needed to head out and get some :)

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  6. Great post, Holly! I tend to kill things..and I hate that our house doesn't get a lot of sunlight, but that air plant is really cool! Might have to give it a try:)

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    1. The air plant would be great for you and you would enjoy moving it from place to place depending upon how you want to use it. It's got a great shape and would add a dose of organic wherever you needed it. The Fittonia is also really cool and very low maintenance. Because we're in a twin, lighting can be tricky too but all of these (except for the orchid) are doing well.

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  7. I LOVE my air plant! Seriously, when I saw this post it reminded me that I needed to water it, but it's been about two months and it's still going strong. They're hardy little plants, and so cool looking!

    I also love orchids. Have you read the book the orchid thief? FASCINATING! Seriously. Unfortunately, I think they're a little too high maintenance for my brown thumb :)

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    1. No but I need to put that on my reading list. I have seen the people who come in to care for the orchids and it's amazing what they do. I think they come in every week or every other week to care for them. They are extremely high maintenance but I'm so fascinated by them.

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  8. I love having orchids around the house, but that air plant is really cool too. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.

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  9. I love having orchids around the house, but that air plant is really cool too. I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.

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  10. I have killed even an air plant! It took about 3-4 years though. I have never heard of Fittonia but it is so pretty. The green and white will be lovely during the holidays. I do love plants and flowers around the house too and have tried over the last 2 years to add more and actually keep them alive! :) It's getting better. Any tricks you know of? I found most plants need way more water than I thought they did...

    -Lane

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  11. Are you kidding me??!!! That air plant is FAB! Must look for one. I, too, love orchids but whoa, those suckers are touchy aren't they? :)

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