Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

 

 

2016-03-22

Clockwise: Jade Plant // Succulents // Rubber Plant // Snake Plant // Air Plants // Iron Plant

Spring is officially here! I am patiently waiting for the plant nurseries around here to open up. All winter I’ve been making a list of plants I want to pick up, as I do every year, but this year I have done some research and made a list of ‘hard to kill’ plants. I like to consider myself fairly domesticated, but apparently that stops at maintaining plants. I was not blessed with a green thumb, but I am trying really hard to at least fake it ’til I make it. Here is what is on my list…so far.

 

Jade Plant

A few years ago, Brian and I bought a Jade plant. It’s the first plant we’ve had that has really thrived and it has been so easy to care for. Seriously, it is practically indestructible. The thing has been outside, inside, in full sun, in not full sun, and it always looks awesome. It only needs water every couple of weeks, at most. It has been living in our upstairs bath since we moved here, and it makes the space feel so happy and alive. I think every room in our house needs a little green. So now I’m on the hunt for more low-maintenance plants that look awesome.

Succulents 

I love succulents. I love all the colors and variation. They are hardy little plants, even though, I have admittedly killed my fair share of them. I have learned they need to get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. I try to keep mine near an East-facing window and that seems to help. They need to be watered when you notice the soil is dry, except in the Winter time, then they just need water every 2 weeks or so. Succulents also need a good water-draining soil if they are going to be in a container.

Rubber Plant

I want to get something with some height to it, like a small tree. I think a rubber plant would be good for that. It needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. It requires a little more attention during the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too much, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off. During the dormant season, it may only need watered once or twice a month. If the leaves begin to droop, but not fall off, increase the water you give the rubber tree houseplant gradually until the leaves perk back up again.

Snake Plant

I’ve also been looking for a Snake plant, which are also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue. I actually tried to snag one last Spring, but none of the nurseries around here had any, so I am determined to get one this Spring. They do well in low light and require little watering. I have also heard that they can purify the air in your home which is awesome. I would love to put one in each of our bedrooms.

Air Plants

I have been seeing these guys pop up on blog after blog. I’m intrigued. These beautiful little guys grow with no soil. Their roots are used only to attach themselves to things. You can just plop them down without a pot or anything.  They need little water, just a mist once or twice a week. They love warm weather, but do well in partial shade. Don’t let them sit somewhere that gets lower than 45 degrees.

Cast Iron Plant (Iron Plant)

I mean, a plant with that name, has to be a sturdy son of gun, right? These guys can pretty much grow in the dark and they require little water. The plant also thrives in very hot, dry summers and is not easily damaged by cold winters. Insects seem to leave it alone, and it very rarely is bothered by disease of any kind. This plant would be great if you are just trying to add a little green to a space.

What indoor plants have you had good luck with? I’d love to check some more out this Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hang It Up

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Right?! Daylight savings never used to bother me until I had little ones. Little ones who already refuse to go to sleep before 10pm….They’ll sleep when they’re teenagers right?  Anyway, I have a project this week that, even with lack of sleep, is easy to accomplish. I am all about easy, quick projects these days. Between changing diapers, fetching apple juice, nursing, and trying to keep the house from looking like a bomb went off, my project list is being severely neglected.

I started making over our upstairs bathroom way back here. I had originally thought I was going to go with a boho kind of feel in there, but it has evolved into something entirely different. It all started after I made over this antique cabinet that came with the house.  The black and white tile I chose for the top really inspired me to stick with a simple color scheme.  I added some rustic wood shelves over the toilet, which led to adding some wood frames for my black and white prints, which led to this project. Towel racks.

I needed two towel racks, one near the sink and one near the bathtub. I shopped around, but didn’t really find anything I liked. I knew I wanted to bring in more wood tones, and I have a ton of metal hooks that I’ve found in closets in the house that I wanted to re-purpose. I made a rustic wood coat rack in the entry way and decided to repeat that process, but I wanted to change it up a little bit and add a simple black design to it.

I started by spray painting my metal hooks black so they all matched. While they dried, I also cut down my wood to size.

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Next, I used a coffee stain (one part coffee grounds + one part vinegar) and applied it with steel wool until I got the color I desired.

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You could skip this next step, but I wanted to add a graphic, black print to my wood. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to draw, but I just grabbed a straight edge and a sharpie and went to town.

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I started drawing some lines at different angles and left some negative space for the wood to show through.

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I did the same technique to the other, smaller piece of wood, but I went with a little bit different design so that the two towel racks would go together, but not be too matchy. I also measured out where I wanted my hooks and pre-drilled my holes.

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Here it is hung up with the freshly painted, black hooks. It’s really, pretty subtle in person, which I like. You could make the lines more heavy for a bolder look.

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I just love how they pick up the other hints of black and warm wood tones in the room.

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We still have a few things to check off in this room, but things are feeling a lot more finished in here. I love having a plan for a room, but I also like when things come together more organically over time too.

Things left to do:

  • change out the light fixture
  • add the claws back to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower to the tub
  • add some storage to the sink area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillowfort at Target

Have you all checked out the new kid’s line Pillowfort at Target? I’m in love. Cute stuff for boys, girls and tons of gender neutral stuff too. The prices are actually pretty reasonable, I picked up a new comforter set for Hollis for $40 + 10% off + free shipping. I want it all, but I’ve narrowed down a few of my faves!

 

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So cute right?! I didn’t even pin pics of all the adorable bedding, so many great sheets, blankets, and comforters!

Inspirado: Garden Goals

The weather here in Kansas has been so awesome the last few weeks, it is really feeling like Spring these days. We’ve enjoyed being able to play outside and take walks, but it also has us thinking about our garden plans. I’m also very aware of our lack-luster landscaping and projects I’d love to tackle outdoors when I get the okay from my doctor.

Last year I wrote about our garden, and while it was mildly successful, it wasn’t a home run. It was definitely a learning process for us. I’m glad we did it, because we were able to figure out what worked and what didn’t. We decided this year that we would probably do better with some sort of raised garden beds. We just couldn’t keep the weeds or the rabbits out of our garden last year. We also are scaling back on how many things we should plant, I think we planted too many varieties of things last year and it was hard to keep track of what was what. So this year we are trying to plan things out a little better and keep simple.

I’ve been on Pinterest oohing and ahhing over other people’s beautiful gardens, because what else is there to do when your up at 3:30am feeding the baby? Here’s my faves so far…

 

These simple, counter-height garden beds are exactly what I’ve been picturing in my head. I’m just afraid with the crazy winds we get out here, that we may have to shorten them a bit to keep them from blowing over.

These might be a little too low for us, but I like the idea of gravel around the garden beds to keep from having to mow or trim around them. It would also be nice to water and not have to walk around in the mud. It just looks so nice and clean.

This is so smart. You wouldn’t have to worry about wood rot, there is a spigot to drain water, and you wouldn’t have to assemble anything. But….I’m not sure how expensive they are though, so they could get costly.

I love this look. These are up against a fence, but I think you could build standing garden beds with this similar look fairly easily.

This garden is just too pretty not to share. It is seriously #gardengoals. I would feel so zen working in this garden.

Not sure exactly which direction we will go with, but hopefully we will have better luck than last year!