Houseplant Love

For the past couple months my houseplants have been driving me bananas. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep them alive, but they’ve been looking rather messy and totally unloved. Recently, I’ve had this idea to stick with all white planters. White is a common color throughout my house. This way if a plant needs to be moved to get more light or if I need a change of decor, then I can essentially move them wherever I like. Makes sense, right? Well, trying to find white planters in the dead of winter has been one of my most unsuccessful endeavors. Thankfully though, I was able to find a few to at least get me started with some of my plants.

Houseplant Love | Inspired by Charm

Houseplant Love | Inspired by Charm

I found very cool long oval shaped planter at Joann’s. It’s probably one of my favorites. You may also remember the little pig I found at HomeGoods on my shopping adventure with my mom. I also ended up getting my mom two of these adorable bird planters from West Elm. When I saw hers, I knew I needed a pair for myself.

Houseplant Love | Inspired by Charm

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I tend to shy away from planters without a hole on the bottom. I’ve killed too many plants from overwatering. Having good drainage helps me out a little bit. However, this time I took the risk. I put a few small stones in the bottom and will be extra mindful when it comes to watering. As you can see, I have a lot of succulents. After killing so many, I’ve finally realized that succulents love dry soil. Now I often go weeks without watering them and they seem to thrive. So if you tend to kill succulents, it’s probably from overwatering.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying to declutter, do some spring cleaning, and get organized. Once that’s done these cute little planters will be distributed around the house to add a little life and color. At that point, I’ll share some tips for decorating with indoor plants. In the meantime though, I highly recommend checking out this Pinterest board. It’s created by a group of fabulous bloggers called Urban Jungle Bloggers. Seriously, the board is filled with gorgeous indoor plant inspiration.If they let me, I may even join along each month to share ideas. It would definitely be an interesting challenge, plus it would help me take better care of my own plants.

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What about you – what’s your view on indoor plants? If you love them, what are some of your favorites?

  1. Love these, and love the white planters! My husband actually got me a set of adorable succulents for Valentine’s Day, but I’m noticing they’re starting to wilt and not really thriving at all in their glass containers. We only watered them once — when we first assembled them — but I have no clue what we’re doing wrong. I tend to kill all plants . . . sigh. Perhaps I’ll have to just admire yours instead!

    • Maybe they need some sunlight? Or maybe they were overwatered before you got them. Hopefully they come back to life, or you find some that work. :)

      xo Michael

  2. Thanks for the pinterest board! ANd that little piggy is just too cute. I’m a succulent killer as well. As soon as I see that it’s dying I feel this urge to water that I can never overcome. Like that’s the answer when I know it’s not. I didn’t know that you could go so long in between waterings though. I guess that’s the secret!

    I’m on the lookout for affordable artificial succulents and it’s making me insane. Hello Hobby Lobby– through me a sale bone! I totally get what you mean though about not finding what you want!

  3. I’m with you on the importance of drainage holes in keeping my house plants alive! I’ve taken containers to the hardware store in the past to have them drill a hole for me (for things like porcelain mugs).
    Like you, though, I am also experimenting right now with no-hole containers. I just planted a couple cactus gardens in glass bowls, but I put 1-2 inches of rocks in the bottom first (photos on my blog). I love the color and texture the cacti add to our home, but I won’t be able to relax until these babies survive a couple months…. I’m so worried they’ll be unhappy without that little hole at the bottom of their planter!

  4. Piggy!! I love your unique use of the piggy and bird planters- I’m not an indoor/house plant kind of girl, I prefer getting my hands dirty in my garden! But your use of these planters has planted the seed of inspiration so now I may adventure into trying my hand at an indoor succulent. =) Also- I am NOT a fan of your new email campaign with Mailchimp. =( What happened to the old way? I loved being able to read the entire post in my email- now I have to jump to your website (which I totally get, as it gives you more ROI and all that jazz). But, I deal with that all day at work and I am a bit saddened that you have now also gone the way of the Mailchimp. Oh well. Your emails are lovely and I love getting them! Rock On Michael!

    • Heather – Thanks so much for your feedback via MailChimp. Unfortunately the old system was doing a poor job with a lot of things. I just needed a switch. Plus, I’m hoping to incorporate some bi-weekly / weekly newsletters, ‘secret posts’, and giveaway via email only. It will definitely be worth it in the long wrong. Thanks for baring with the transition!

      xo Michael

  5. How lovely. I’ve been leaning toward light/white pots and planters as well! It’s so versatile, and I’ll pull out the crackle medium and ivory paint to transform anything that’s still terra-cotta-blah. It might not be your style, but lately I’ve been giving macrame, hanging glass terrariums and air plants a try. Pothos, succulents and air plants are literally all I can keep alive (I’ve watered too many cacti to death to claim that type of plant). Cats + too many windows (yes, there is such a thing) + having the heat cranked all winter + me overwatering = something not even Phoenix cacti can survive!

    • Oh snap! These are so freakin’ cute!! Thanks for sharing!! I totally need to order a few!

      xo Michael

  6. If you find a planter that you like with no drainage holes, you can use a drill bit for ceramics/pottery that you can get at the hardware store for like $7. I just put masking tape where I want to drill and make as many holes as you like then take the tape off. easy peasy!

    • I thought this was a possibility. I guess I’m just scared to bust the pot. Thanks for the tip!

      xo Michael

  7. I absolutely love house plants and have quite a few. I have palms, spider plants, african violets, asparagus fern, aloe vera (for medicinal purposes mainly), philodendron and some succulent things I don’t know the name of. I started growing them when we found out our daughter was severely reactive to cut flowers (my husband used to buy me a bunch of flowers every week for years). I was so desperate for some nature inside that I took the time to learn how to keep indoor plants alive. I also got some advice from my Nana who has, like, 10 green thumbs. I went through a phase of killing everything through over watering or under watering and so I asked her secret. She told me she just stuck her finger in each pot to feel how wet the soil was and watered it if it was getting dry! That was it. I have followed her simple method since and have hardly killed anything. I even over winter my large potted geranium inside (it wouldn’t last in the snow) and they grow and even flower all winter (luckily it doesn’t affect my daughter). Oh, I love all white pots too and I have been collecting them over time from thrift stores. I just check out the pot section each time I go in and I have found some gorgeous ones. I have found a bunch of white hobnail milk glass versions and a larger square faux bois ceramic one for just a few dollars, amongst others. I love, love, love those little bird planters!

  8. Oh, I LOVE those bird planters. West Elm, you say? I must visit those and see if they’d like to live at my house.

    I will admit that I’ve killed succulents. It’s not something I’m proud to admit, but I didn’t really know about overwatering back then.

    My thumb is much greener, but houseplants still have about a 75% chance of making it in my house. With time, we’ll get a much better success rate ’round here.

  9. I fully understand and can relate to your housplant love. As an Urban Jungle Blogger I am absolutely passionate about houseplants and using them to make the living space healthier, comfier and beautiful of course!

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