Do you know what was the first thing I got for my new flat?
Two succulents, to be more precise.
Aren’t they cute?
And yes, I did check how photogenic they were. I am kind of a little bit obsessed with photography and they have become my test subjects for lighting. Also, if you look at them from the top, you can kind of see that their leaves follow some kind of pattern
And after spending some time into Pinterest (more like a couple of hours) I really want to create a terrarium with them! Or maybe just a long planting pot that still allows me to open the window. I will keep you informed about what I choose in the end!
(But seriously, I have fallen hard for this ferm LIVING plant box)
(Images via ferm LIVING instagram)
But maybe you are way to busy to properly look after your plants, or have a cat that keeps chewing at them, or small kids that are at the exploring stage where everything has to get tasted…
They don’t have to be alive to decorate you window!
1. Artificial plants
This is a difficult one, because usually the cheap ones look really fake.
In this case, I would empbrace embrace the ‘fakines’ and paint them on really unnatural colours. Or, if the leaves are big enough, I would love to paint some patterns on them!
For this I go to the arts world for some inspiration. I seriously love Beltrás use of colour, but my little pattern heart cannot help but be drawn to Illenberge painted leaves. Also, I find the mauve backgound + yellow pattern quite interesting (Maybe, could it be a mauve pot with a yellow plant?)
I think this is a classic, because you can get ceramic figures of all kinds (I am guilty of having gifted a few of the to my mom over the years)
For this, and if you don´t mind cacti, Ikea comes to the rescue with its budge frienly design options. Or if you have a little more to spend, you could go for the ones that Lina Cofan has designed for Hay.
But if you want to stay succulent, Etsy is the place to look for a ceramic one. There are some really talented people out there, and on the succulent ceramics field Owen Mann is one of my favourites.
On my quest for bright looking plants I came across some prety amazing stuff. On one hand, I found the felt sculptures from Wandschappen, that are really colourful and pretty big (and a little too muc for my pocket). On the other, I found aout Monika Popowitz‘s succulent felt creations: just as colourful but slightly smaller (and mor affordable money wise)
If you are of the crafty kind, you could give it a try to knit your own plant! This cacti from ZoeCreates are just too cute.
Again, the internet is full of tutorials on how to create your own paper plants. But I think that getting succulents right is quite tricky, but it seems that Kate Alarcón has found the way to make her paper creations look even better than the real ones. But if you’re just starting on the DIY world, these paper plants tutorials from Corrie Beth Hobb seem easy enough to follow and the results are pretty funny
5. Window drawings
But you may not have artistic skills, or you don´t have the bugget. Or maybe your window does not have enough space for any of the above. Well, you could get the plants into the window itself by painting them on it! These window drawings from dutch designer Anke Panke are just too cute. Also, on her website you would find the instructions on how to paint them and the material. I am seriously tempted to get one of her cats.
And you don´t have to limit yourself to the white pen! You can get inspired by Sarah Abbot window paint for MoonKo and add a little bit of colour to your drawings.
Which one of the non-living options is your favourite?
Here you have some Instgram inspiration: