6.13.2017

7 Ways to Refresh With Indoor Plants (and Some Cool Fashion)

The color green is very NOW... and have you noticed a resurgence in the popularity of house plants?
They are great to add color, freshness and clean the air.  They work well in all sorts of décor: bohemian, modern, classic traditional, farmhouse casual... you name it.  And with places like Trader's Joe's and Home Depot...they can be affordable, too!


1.  Succulents planted in unusual containers.  This was an industrial baker's loaf pan purchased at a flea market...with pebbles added.

2.  The fiddle leaf fig tree...yep, still cool...and add some greenery to the base with moss and shine with Green Glo Spray.

3.  Buy affordable orchids/plants (this one was $12.99 at Trader Joes) and accessorize with twigs, shells and moss.
4.  Potted hydrangea or other flowers. Here are two $10 plants from Trader Joe's and I love how they keep blooming...I water when the soil is dry to touch by placing ice cubes in under the leaves (avoids dribbling water on the table, too).
5.  Ferns on your table, mantel or in the fireplace during summer.




6.  Topiaries for vertical spaces...like in my tiny office...

7.  Hanging plants in woven slings (on sale) are retro/trendy...and fun.


                                                                           This set of three porcelain planters would be pretty                                                                               in a bathroom or with herbs in a kitchen.

Also, instead of fake, dusty ivy plants on top of bookcases or kitchen cabinets, consider baskets or ceramic jars like these from Wisteria...
See the rest of Lisa's living room make-over here in case you missed it.

It's a good time to buy sunflowers...these were a great deal at the SF Flower Mart.
Yesterday, I met some fashionable ladies for lunch at Neiman Marcus in Union Square.  My buddy, Cindy Hattersley was there along with Elizabeth from The Vintage Contessa (I finally met her in person after several years...she is charming) and her friends, Sandra Sallin Apart From My Art (up from Hollywood) and Brendra Kinsel (from Sonoma).  

I definitely had the easiest commute to lunch :)  
It's always fun to meet like-minded bloggers--even though I don't do a lot of fashion...
I DO enjoy it!

I even bought some sturdy flat sandals at the Macy's sale for our upcoming trip to Sicily....


Needed a size smaller.                                                                 2.  Cute Tassels

Speaking of fashion...you know how denim is always in style?  Here is Chief's look while staying with Mom B (aka daughter, Alie) in West Hollywood...
I texted her..."who makes the vest?"  And her answer was (I kid you not)...
"Vest was purchased from baby gap for my friend's movie about a french dragon puppet.  Just the right fit."
L.A.!  

Hope your week is off to a great start!!!

24 comments:

  1. Well, MONDAY couldNOT have been any BETTER in my BOOK!Meeting up with SANDRA and CINDY and FINALLY meeting YOU and this BRENDA DAME from up NORTH was so DELIGHTFUL AND FUN!!!!Plus, it only took me an HOUR to get home I left at 3............normally it takes more than an hour after THREE!SO, it was MY LUCKY DAY!!! WE Must meet up after your trip as I need TO HEAR about EVERYTHING.......CAFTANS included!!Dinner HERE with the HUSBANDS......who can TALK FOOD and WE can CONSUME and TALK BLOG UPDATES!XX

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    1. I would love that, Elizabeth! Howard thinks he can speak Italian after some wine...we may need to Uber over :)

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  2. These photos feel cool and calm, just looking at them.
    I'm especially fond of topiaries.
    Looks like your outing was a success!

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  3. Love greenery in my home and your suggestions are spot on. What a fun group of fashionable ladies!!

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    1. You need to join us sometime, Kathysue!!

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  4. Chief's get up is hilarious! Way to go Allie!! Love those Bass Sandals...do I need another pair?!! Great post and great fun yesterday!!

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  5. First....what a simply gorgeous group of ladies who lunch!! How fun to meet fellow bloggers who have so much i common! Love all the plants and flowers but your Fiddle Leaf is AMAZING!!! Mine died and I need a new one. I think you're gets great light! Chief is adorbs in his cool denim vest! SOOOOO West Side!!!
    Sicily...wow, have a terrific time!
    xo Gail

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    1. Gail, for that spot in your living room...I think we need a faux fiddle leaf...they are making really good ones now.

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    2. I'd love a faux fiddle leaf but haven't seen any that look that great. I'll keep looking though. Thanks!

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  6. I thought you ladies looked fab until I caught The Chief in his LA vestments. How totally rad!!! Planters in hanging slings. I know it's the 50th for the Summer of Love, but macrame is back as well? From someone who celebrated her 50th high school reunion this year, I know of which I speak.

    Have a wonderful time in Sicily. You are so brave for so many reasons.

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    1. I know...I bought a black jumpsuit that is just like one I wore in the 80's...is that so wrong? I even got some wedge sandals like I wore in college.

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  7. Oh you gals look so fun and interesting to hang with! Great ideas for houseplants.

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  8. Love your plants. They look so healthy! What fun meeting you and the other ladies. I think this is the beginning of a lot of fun. I have just the place for a fake fiddle leaf. I know there's not enough light but it needs some life in the corner. I'm going to enjoy your posts. Hoping to see you in LA.

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  9. Mary Ann,
    I loved the idea of a shell at the base of an orchid. What a great nod to summer. I also liked the idea of using the ice cubes to water the hydrangea.
    It looked like a fun get together with Cindy and the other lovely blog ladies.
    Happy Summer.
    xo,
    Karen

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  10. Your dog is so cute all dressed up! Great ideas here for plants in your home. You always do such a great job styling.

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  11. If you see a really good fake fiddleleaf, would you share the source? Actually, if you spot any fake houseplants that don't scream "green plastic" could you share? A plant always perks up a room, and sometimes fake is necessary for vacation homes or porch areas (it is still in the 30s at night in the mountains.)

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    1. That is a great idea...there are some good fakes out there...I will start a post. The thing is...the good faux trees are expensive...but cheaper than replacing several live ones.

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  12. Your plants look so beautiful. And that fern at your Lido's house mantel....ahhhhh ! My mom always tells me: if you have an awkward corner at your home or a surface in need of something special, get a plant and invest on a beautiful cachepot (mom knows best !!!!). I treat myself to fresh flowers weekly, and at my office, with the lack of natural lighting, I've been able to keep my plants alive using growth light bulbs inconspicuously placed ( you can use them directly at your can lighting or at a pharmacy/task floor lamp). It seems like you ladies had a wonderful time, isn't it great to meet like minded people through the blog world ?!
    Sicily is really hot this time of the year, stay cool and "fate un buon viaggio".

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    1. That is awesome advice about the growth light bulbs...how did you find them? I just bought flowers for my coffee table...a treat. I have read it will be hot in Sicily. The people we are meeting are coming from Florida so they will already be used to it!

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  13. I love your posts Mary Ann...they are always informational, eclectic and fun! You ladies all look fab.....and Chief is the cutest in his vest!!

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  14. I have such a black thumb that it's not even funny! For me it's fresh cut flowers and that's one of the reasons why. How fun to get together with like bloggers Mary Ann!

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  15. Lovely that you Northern CA bloggers had a chance to get together. How fun! You give some nice suggestions about decorating with plants. I just wish I had a better green thumb, as I can't keep house plants alive to save my life!

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  16. Hey, Mary! Thanks for the tips, I'm thinking about getting myself some hanging plants. They're beautiful, fell in love with them at first sight!

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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