Low Maintenance House Plants – No Green Thumb Required!

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share how much I enjoy having GREEN plants in my home!  Not only are house plants visually appealing, but they purify the air and can provide a selection of fresh, edible treats.  Given my minimal green thumb, I definitely go for low maintenance house plants!  Below are a few of my favorites:

  

Hydroponic Tulips & Other Bulbs

While hydroponic bulbs don’t live as long as potted plants, they certainly outlast cut flowers!  You can pick them up during spring in many grocery stores.  Bonus – you can save the bulbs and plant them in your outdoor garden!  The tall glass vases are also good for storing corks, seashells, Christmas balls or other small items at a later date.

Low Light Hanging House Plant (aka: Pothos)

This is one of my all time favorite house plants, because it thrives with low light and once weekly watering. Typically they can be found in the garden center in a hanging basket.  However, if you are looking to purchase more than one, you can buy more economically online.  If your plant comes in a hanging basket and you don’t wish to hang it, you can simply removie the ‘hangers’ or transplant into a pretty pot.  Placed on a stand, these plants make a great accent to the corner of any room!

Succulents

Succulents are hearty plants, requiring very little water.  Some appear more cactus-like while others have smooth leaves, but all are easy to grow!  You can find them in many home improvement stores and garden centers, but the most economical way is to purchase small plants online and transplant to larger pots as they grow.  You can find them in varying quantity increments depending on how many you wish to purchase – the more you buy they cheaper they are!

Terrariums

You can easily create a terrarium at home with a few simple components!  I have included below a few links to recommended resources – otherwise, feel free to pick up from your local garden center.

First, decide if you would like a hanging or tabletop terrarium and select your glass container.  There are some really neat glass containers designed specifically for terrraniums or fee free to re-use a old piece of glassware you have at home.   Once you have selected your container, layer in…

1.  1 inch rocks for drainage
2.  1/2 inch of activated charcoal for soil cleaning
3.  1 inch of potting mix to provide a base layer under the plants
4.  A selection of 1-4 styles of succulents depending on the size of your container (be sure to wear gloves if you selected a cactus variety)
5.  Potting mix to fill your glass container to the base of the succulents

If you like, you can add a little moss or other garnishes to decorate the top of the soil as a finishing touch.  Water sparesely, (only when soil becomes fully dry) and wait for your succulents to grow!

Mint & Other Herbs!

Mint can be very invasive, which in a garden is bad, but in a self-contained house plant is an excellent property!  While some herbs can be difficult to grow indoors, Mint will re-generate it’s leaves on a regular basis.  Try this mint sampler pack, containing Mojito Mint, Spearmint & Peppermint to find your favorite!  If you are feeling ambitous, you could also try this herb sampler pack of Mint, Parsley & Oregano, but be know that the others take a bit more maintence and time to regenerate.

For more information on planting herbs, stay tuned for my upcoming blog on a building an indoor hanging herb garden!

Happy planting and enjoy your green beer this evening!

But first, coffee – where many good things start!

But first, coffee – where many good things start!  I was unsure where to begin this blog until I realized that many of my mornings start similarly.  In the same way that I turn to coffee to give me a jump start, so too will I turn to the coffee and beverage bar to be my first post!

For those of you who are not familiar, my boyfriend (Joe) and I recently bought our first house and have been renovating for a year a half.  In this context, I have found a passion for not only renovating, but making the house a home and tailoring it to fit our lifestyle.  An extrovert-at-heart, I have a passion for entertaining and have designed our space to not only suite our personal needs, but the need for large family holidays, ladies painting wine nights, summer barbeques and many similar fun events!

Where do all of these events generally start?  At the coffee and beverage bar of course!  We strategically designed this space to be outside of the working area of the kitchen in order to afford guests open access to a beverage upon arrival or a coffee upon waking up (and in the case of some, stumbling downstairs!).  We have incorporated 2 beverage coolers – one for wine (50 Bottle Magic Chef 24in wide Wine Cooler) and one for upright smaller bottles and cans (156 12oz Can Magic Chef 24in wide Beverage Cooler).  I highly recommend beverage fridges in the kitchen, dining room, bedroom – anywhere you can fit them!  They make your home feel luxurious at a relatively low cost – if you are putting them under a counter, they are often the same or less than the 24” kitchen cabinet!

My wonderful friend Kerry was over for the holidays and during our decorating shenanigans, we labeled one as ‘Adults Only’ and the other as ‘Kid Friendly’.  I’ve since removed the nutcracker and snowmen window clings, but kept these labels, as it makes things very simple when the kids are over:  “You can have anything from the cooler labeled ‘Kid Friendly.”

During the course of this blog, I will take you through the decisions, the joys and the struggles of home renovation.  My hope is that you will pick up some good tips, become inspired by my photos, learn several things NOT to do, and have fun during the process!  I will keep my blogs purposefully short and full of pictures, as my main goal is not to be a writer, but to share my journey through making a home.  Please always feel free to comment or email me with feedback or requests for more information.  Thank you for your support going forward! 😊

Quick Tips from this project:

  • Peel-and-stick tiles can often be used with grout for a more permanent installation.  These tiles are a great option – and they are MUCH less expensive than anything I found in tile showrooms that was designed for grout only.
  • Kumquats are cute and delicious – you can eat the rind and all!