I'm not sure about some of you, but with the day to day craziness that is our norm, I often have grand ideas for ways to decorate and improve the home. I cannot tell you how many times I've added flowers to the table or a plant in the corner to try and add life and color, or just 'cheer' to a space. However, and let me know if you can relate, I almost always end up killing a plant or throwing out flowers about 2 weeks after it's 'prime'. Well, I'm happy to share with you the joys of 'faux-real' plants, in particular Pottery Barn's newest faux succulents.
Thanks to the always amazing Christy at Colonial House of Flowers for having us on board to work on this DIY with you! Here's a brief overview of the how-to, as well as some of our ways of incorporating them into your home design! You're going to love the backdrop we chose over at BMA Home, and be sure to check out more of their shopping and registry options online as well!
Photography by Noi Tran Photography
Choose your style
Not all succulents are created equal, or rather, there are so many more varieties than you might even know about! So choose colors that you're inspired by, and Christy suggests you mix it up a bit to keep it interesting. She states, "Think tall, trailing, round, spiked, and lots of elements. Contrasting textures, shapes, and sizes look great and are the key to a natural design. Basically, succulents are either compact, long leaf, or tall, and the Pottery Barn collection is devoted to all three."
Choose your container
From Christy -
"The vase really sets the tone for how your arrangement will be perceived. Go for something unusual, like a keepsake. Classic Pottery Barn vases are always a great pick, but salad bowls, cake stands, tea cups, mugs, cocktail shakers, and dough bowls are unexpected, whimsical, and easy, too. I used the Portland Perfect Salad Bowl, Eclectic Ivory Ceramic Vase, and an eco-friendly PB Found Dough Bowl to offer different options for varying tastes."
Pick your plants
"Start with the largest plant first to give a strong focal point to build from. Here’s a tip: Turn the plants upside down to fluff the petals to their full potential! The Agave for example, are tall and totally bendable. Spread out the leaves for value and great looks, and if you need material to stabilize your arrangement, simply fill your container with leftover newspaper, tissue paper, packing paper, or Styrofoam," - Christy, Colonial House of Flowers
Fill in and finish
Once you have the larger pieces place, just fill in the empty spaces with smaller succulents of your choosing, and then cover the remaining visible foam with some pretty green moss. It adds texture, make it look more life=like, and it's moss! We love moss!
Please remember, you can't mess this up! Every arrangement is unique to you and the space that you place it in. All you need are the right pieces, a little how-to, and then have fun with it! We highly recommend attending the Succulent Design Workshop with Colonial House of Flowers + Pottery Barn, coming Saturday, February 25th at Pottery Barn Lenox Square! It's going to be a blast!
- A private, interactive workshop with one of Georgia’s top floral designers who will teach you how to care and design with these luscious plants
- $50 workshop fee includes fresh flowers, materials, a Pottery Barn vase and instruction
- Light bites and refreshments
- $50 Pottery Barn gift card raffle*
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Feb. 24th to reserve your spot.
A green home is a happy home
Anyone who has ever DIY'd knows that smitten feeling of self-satisfaction when you can sit back and admire your work. Here a few ways we like to bring life to a space through succulents! We can't take credit for the lovely backdrop we had to play with over at BMA Home. Can we just bring our office to you and work out of your cozy and chic shop?!
We added these single planted pots to a side table, but the same could be for a bedside table in a guest room. Don't you think it's a sweet little reminder of how nature fits into all spaces? Also, we are slightly obsessed with this Mineral Forest lamp.
I am a huge fan of decorating your entryway simply but with a statement. It's the first impression once someone steps into your home. Shouldn't it speak true to your personality and taste? It's also easy to forget to water plants on your way in and out, so these faux-real stems are a (plant) life-saver! You can choose a taller arrangement, or something small and simple!
Cozy on up
"I don't like dough bowls filled with beautiful plants (and faux plants)," said no one literally ever. We can't get over this statement piece by Christy over at Colonial House of Flowers, using a Pottery Barn Dough Bowl, and we love how it's overflowing with both real and faux succulents and cacti from Dramm and Echter and American Grown Flowers. Girl has magic up her sleeves, I swear!
Needless to say, we had a hard time letting go of all of these pieces. Disclaimer: I am currently snuggling with this beautiful and super soft throw, pictured above. Go get it, immedietly so that you can cuddle after your workshop experience ;)