Want to make your space look inviting? Bring in the green stuff — and we don’t mean money! Plants add texture, depth, color, and a natural element to a space, and there are plenty of affordable, low-maintenance options to fit your style.
We’re particularly fond of terrariums. There’s just something about the contrast between glass and green that makes our hearts happy. Air plants and succulents are the darlings of the interior design world for a reason: they’re gorgeous and they’re super easy to work with. When we’re trying to keep our living spaces looking luscious — despite the fact that we’re actually living in them — low-maintenance is paramount.
Then there are those of us that prefer to opt for no maintenance, and that’s ok too. There are some major benefits to going faux and with all the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Alive! “silk” options out there, you can rock your terrarium game minus the plant-parent angst. Winning!
A great terrarium is all about the packaging so we start with a container and go from there. We always keep our eyes peeled while thrifting for a funky vessel to fill with green goodness. Since you’re using faux plants, your container doesn’t even need to be watertight! We’ve made terrariums out of everything from conch shells to hollowed-out plastic dinosaurs (CrazyCouture sells some awesome ones in their Etsy shop).
Sand makes an effortless neutral background for succulents and conforms easily to the shape of your container. If you’re not geographically blessed enough to live with a stroll of the beach, you can buy sand from a craft supply store (check the candle department) or order some on Etsy. You can also use pebbles, marbles, sea glass… get creative!
We recommend starting with three different plant species, mixing height, textures, and colors. We found a great selection on Afloral.com, or you can try a floral supply store or large craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Because you don’t have to worry about making your plants happy, you can choose a home for your terrarium that makes you happy! We like a terrarium perched atop a stack of books, a coffee table tray, mantle, or on a table in the entryway. You could even suspend one (or two or three) from the ceiling.
Depending on the look you’re going for, a miniature figure, crystal, shell, tiny toy, or other object of interest can add personality to your terrarium or spark a happy memory. The key is to keep the object small in proportion to your plants — something you’d only notice if you looked closely. A little whimsy never hurt anyone!
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Glamorous Interior Designer we have two words for you:
Waiting for cardboard boxes to arrive. Squealing when cardboard boxes arrive on time. Wringing our hands in agony when they don’t. Signing for deliveries of cardboard boxes. Opening cardboard boxes. Moving cardboard boxes from here to there. Lifting cardboard boxes into and out of Jeeps. Wrestling through packing material in cardboard boxes. Graciously allowing our dogs to inspect each and every one of the cardboard boxes. Transferring materials between cardboard boxes. Taping them shut. Ripping them open. Breaking them down. Dragging them to the recycling station. Stepping on them. Tripping over them. Banging our shins on them. Cursing them, carrying them. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them. Soooooooo many cardboard boxes.