Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breathing Life Into Your Home

My dear, sweet "friend," Nate Berkus,
regularly includes on his list of decorative accessories
the use of at least one living thing in each room.

Nate Berkus

Personally, I wouldn't mind so much decorating
with a little bit of him in each room, but since I can't seem to
find him anywhere in the Queen City,
I'll make this article about accessorizing your home with house plants.
Here's one of his designs using a few varieties.

Nate Berkus Design

Starting in the foyer, this dash of bright green is the perfect compliment 
to the subtle hues of pink, metallic and earth tones.

House Plants, Greenery, Pretty Foyer, Design

I cut a little Aucuba from our yard 
and situated a vase next to the console in our foyer.
The great thing about this shrub is that it lasts for weeks, 
even up to months.  A little water is all that is needed!

Aucuba, Pretty Foyer, House Plant, Yard Clipping

I also used Aucuba here to flank both ends of the mantle in our den.

Aucuba, Greenery in the House, Yard Clipping, Mantle, Den, House Design

Orange Trees as a House Plant?  Absolutely!

Orange Tree as House Plant

I love this little planter.

via Furbish Studio

Here, I cut a sprig of Magnolia from a tree in our yard 
to add a little life and color to our home bar.

Magnolia Sprig from Yard used on Home Bar

Or, toss a little Magnolia into a basket, and Voila!

Magnolia Sprig cut for in home use in basket

I've always admired this powder room.
A fern is perfect for the bathroom 
with its desire for moisture and filtered light.

Domino Magazine Book of Decorating, Fern used in Bathroom, Pretty powder room, vanity, fern great house plant

Pockets of greenery add character to an already charming kitchen.


A few sprigs from the yard add a pop of 
green to this colorful and eclectic room.


One house plant I particularly love is the Split Leaf Philodendron.

Split Leaf Philodendron

It is such a unique and lovely bird.

Split Leaf Philodendron, House Plants in den

Another favorite low-maintenance house plant 
is the Zamioculcas Zamifolia.
Did you get that? You can just call it the Zi Zi plant.
This interesting fella requires very little water and attention, 
while effortlessly boasting a high level of interest.

Zi Zi Plant

How about this Rhapis Excelsa?
It's size and stature propel this plant to work of art status.

I've perhaps, though, been most love-struck as of late by the fiddle leaf fig.
Don't you just love the quirkiness of this delightful specimen?

I love it so much  that I couldn't resist one for our own home.
Meet Dee Dee, the newest member of our family!
Isn't she a beaut?  So long, lean and lovely at four feet tall.

Fiddle Leaf Fig, Bright Home Design, Living Room, Bright Pillows, In House Greendery, Pretty Living Room, Bright Lamp Shades, Mercury Glass Lamps, World Market Lamps and Pillows, Home Goods Orange Pillows, Mrs. Howard seashell box

What is your favorite In-House Greenery?
Is your home accessorized with any shown here?
I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for two things:
Lovely and Low-Maintenance.
I'd love to hear any of your recommendations!

For the love of the always stylish accessory of life, Whitley


  1. Hey Whit! Love that fig leaf!! I am a huge fan of fatsia (fatsia japonica) as a house plant!. It reminds me of that split leaf philodendron and you can find it at most garden centers (I've never seen it at Lowes/Home Depot, but you never know). Maidenhair fern is also one of my favorites, and also reminds me of this pretty Kate Spade china! :) Cheers!,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=kate-spade&q=gardner%20street&navid=search

    1. Good morning! Thanks for sending these awesome recs on house plants! I will absolutely look into them! I am intrigued by the Maidenhair fern, since I can't picture it... I'll get looking. Have a great day! xo

  2. Thanks for sharing all these fun plant uses. I'm so not good at plants, but LOVE clippings from the yard. The inspiration was great!

    1. I'm with you Holly, and I've always wondered why the clippings from the yard seem to live longer and be so much easier to maintain! Have a great weekend!

  3. Hey Whitley!
    Another great post. I totally agree and have clipped greenery from pretty much every plant, shrub and tree in my yard. Fig branches with the green figs on are a personal favorite. PS your house looks so cute!

    1. Susu, hello there! Thank you for this! Thanks for the complement on my house too... it is a work in progress, no doubt. Right before I started this blog, I bet I rearranged every room in the house at least... oh... say 5 times?! Needless to say, I've laid off a little on the house with recent energies going into my keyboard. You will have to come over to the house sometime soon and share a glass of wine, coffee or drink of your choosing with me!


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