Succulents On Windowsill

5 Original ways to have plants on your window

Do you know what was the  first thing I got for my new flat?

A plant.

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

succulent plant echeveria orion green grey red

 

(According to the tag from the shop) Rossete of grey-green succulent leaves with grey-red margins and tips. Poor thing already has a broken leaf because in the beginning I placed it way too close to the window handle.

 

succulent plant echeveria derenbergii green silver
Small rosette with fleshy, glaucous light silvery blue leaves with pink tips. I am kind of struggling too see the pink at the tips.
The pretty colours were not the only reason for me to choose them. Succulents are quite a resistant bunch: they can take direct sunlight and don’t need that much water (I water mine every other week, but it depends on the plant and on its location)
I got mine at my local greenery (Camden Garden Centre) and here in London you can find them pretty much everywhere. If you don’t have where to get them close by, you can also get them online (check that they are being send from some place relatively close to you!)

Window Goals

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!


(Images via Sarah Illenberge Website | Ana Breltrá Instagram)

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?)

2. Ceramic

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)

(Images via Owen Mann Instagram | Hay Website | Ikea Website)

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.

3.Textile

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)
 

(Images via Wandschappen Webshop | Swooned Magazine)

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.

4. Paper

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

(Images via Kate Alarcón Instagram | Corrie Bath Hobb Website)

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?

 

Bonus

Here you have some Instgram inspiration:

Concrete stairs and a kooky plant lineup ✔️

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Hackney. #greenupyourgaff #graceandthorn ?

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On the blog today, our visit to @plantthefuture ??✨ #jungalowstyle

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