Interior Design

Succulent Terrariums and Vertical Hangings

Isn’t it interesting how you can go from being mildly aware of something to being fairly obsessed in the span of a day? Up to last week, I’d been gently kicking the idea around that it might be a nice to have a terrarium. They’re quite trendy right now, so you can find beautiful glass bowls around fairly easy, like this very one at West Elm, with a brass base…

It has a classic appeal, and since people typically plant resilient succulent plants in them (sounds naughty, right?), they are supposedly easy to care for. That’s key for me since my flat doesn’t get any direct sunlight, and I basically have a black thumb.

I mentioned this thought in passing to someone last week, and when I saw her yesterday she handed me a very adorable money tree sprout (in the photo below) that she’d rooted from a bigger tree she has at home. This got me so excited that I started looking up terrariums, which led me to remember some amazing plant walls that I’d seen in West Elm and Anthropology stores here in London.

The stores have massive walls that are covered in plants, much like the first two photos above. I thought they might be some retail witchcraft that wasn’t possible to duplicate at home, but it turns out that it is possible! Now, I’m completely torn trying to decide if I’d rather make a wall hanging or a terrarium. I’m slightly leaning towards the hanging, though I’d like to know more about how people find the caring process.

Either way, I’m going to need a bunch of succulent plants, so I’ll go ahead and collect a few while I’m deciding what to do with them. I went by my local florist last night to see if they had any, and they didn’t (boo), but they did have this beauuutiful leafy plant! Sidetracked much? I don’t care. It was £5 and the big architectural leafs reminded me of a fig plant. The lady had no idea what kind of plant this is, which I think contributed to its very cheap price.

After getting home and sending out a distress tweet to find out what it is, I learned that it is a fig plant! A fiddle leaf fig, actually– which I’ve had a crush on for a while. These are hard to find, and typically very expensive, so this is a super lucky find.

Does anyone have any tips for fiddle leaf fig care?

First three photos via 1, 2, 3.

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  • Reply
    September 10, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hello! I know you must be busy now with the new home, but I’m a little obsessed with the pattern of your black and white pillow! Do you know if it has a specific name? Thank you!

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    September 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Hi! It’s me again! I forgot to ask where did you get the black and White pillow! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Ferren Gipson
      September 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

      It’s Ikea! :)

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