Products I {Heart}: Concrete Planters

For Christmas last year, my oldest son Alex (who had just turned 13) made me a special surprise. He came across a video on Instagram that showed how to make your own concrete planters. Knowing my love of plants, he took the video to my husband and said, “I want to make those for Mom.”

About a week before Christmas, both my husband and son spent a Saturday afternoon, cooped up in the basement; weird smells streamed from under the closed door. I was suspicious, but was told I wasn’t allowed to go see what was going on…that Alex was making me a present and I had to roll with it. (I am NOT a flexible, ”roll-with-it” kind of girl…but I sucked it up and endured.)

On Christmas morning, Alex proudly handed me a gift bag that was strangely heavy. I couldn’t figure out what could possibly be inside! When I parted the tissue paper, I found three awesome concrete planters inside, each one decorated with a unique design painted on with spray paint (hence the mysterious smell). I am NOT a crier, but I almost burst into tears I was so incredibly touched!

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Awesome planters made by my biggest boy!

Concrete planters are majorly on trend right now and add a unique touch to any décor. I have seen a lot of the awesome planters online lately and, while none of them will ever be as special or amazing as the ones made for me by my Alex (insert alllllll the heart eyes), I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Cube Concrete Planter with Metallic Paint

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Image via Etsy

Octagonal Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Geometric Concrete Air Plant Holders – Set of 3

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Image via Etsy

Cube Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

 

Mini Mod Style Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Stairway Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Hanging Cone Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Brontosaurus Dinosaur Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Rose Gold Cylinder Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

Mini Geometric Concrete Planter

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Image via Etsy

I have yet to experiment with making concrete planters myself, but I hope that one day soon, I will have the time – and courage – to give it a try! (And, if I do, you can be sure I will have pictures to show you of my adventure!)

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Which concrete planter is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below!

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Products I {Heart}: Tiny Planters

Growing up, I was obsessed with tiny things. I loved toys with teeny tiny parts – literally, the smaller the better. Polly Pocket clamshells, Playmobile sets (but only the girly ones), Littlest Petshop animals (the old-school ones!), Mapletown fuzzy animals, and so on…they were all my jam.

Amongst the tiny toys, I always picked the smallest pieces with which to form an attachment. I still have some of the itty bitty pieces of random sets from my childhood – a baby bottle that could sit on top of a dime, Polly Pocket sets that I bought on Etsy in the hopes that my daughter will one day play with them, a baby that was part of a Playmobile set – complete with a removable bib and bonnet.

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My littlest one playing with Mapletown fuzzy animals from her momma’s childhood….

Even as I have gotten older, I still love tiny things. I’m not sure what it is about them – beyond the “aw” factor – that I love, but I have an unexplained draw to all things minute.

I guess its no surprise then, that I love tiny little planters. Not only are the planters themselves adorable, but the itty bitty plants that fit inside are precious, too. Eek! I seriously cannot handle the cuteness.

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one of my own itty bitty planters

And so, without further ado, here are some of my favorite tiny planters found ‘round the interwebs!

Tiny Geometric Planters

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Tiny Monochromatic Shot Glass Planters

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Image via Etsy

Tiny Concrete Planter with Metallic Paint

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Tiny Heart Planter

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Tiny Cylindrical Concrete Planter

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Tiny Cobalt Blue Planter

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Teensy-tiny Mushroom Planter

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Image via Etsy

Tiny Cat Planter

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Tiny Succulent and Ceramic Planter

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Tiny, Bright Airplant Holder

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Are you dying of the cuteness?! Because I sure am! Goodness! I feel like I need to go and buy every single one of these and find perfect little nooks and crannies around my home to stick them!

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Which one of these tiny planters is your favorite? Tell me about it in the comments below.

– the {house}plant momma

Products I {Heart}: Water Propagation Stations

If you’ve been following along with my plant journey, you know that I find the propagation process to be absolutely magical – especially water propagation. (You can read my thoughts about it here.) However, I also find the process beautiful. I love sticking little snippets of greenery into different water-filled vessels, and watching the roots emerge.

Another reason I think that water propagation is so lovely is because I enjoy adding propagation vessels to my home. There are so many options out there – bottles, jars, vases, test tubes – and each one adds something special to your space. The options are virtually limitless. As long as the stem and roots of your plant are able to get light, then you should be able to use almost any container for water propagation.

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My favorite water propagation station in my house…

If you are new to the propagation process and want some inspiration for a water propagation station, then look no further! Here are some of my favorites found ‘round the internet.

Test Tube Water Propagation Station

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Image via Etsy

Round Bud Vases 

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Image via Amazon

Glass Orb Vase Himmeli Water Propagation Station 

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Image via Etsy

Milk Bottles – Vintage milk bottles make great water propagation stations! My momma gifted me with these from her childhood, and I love the nostalgia they add to my house house, coupled with the beauty of my plants. You can find similar ones here.

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Vintage milk bottles from my momma

Wooden Water Propagation Station Cylinders 

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Image via Etsy

Square Bud Vases 

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Hanging Succulent Water Propagation Station 

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Image via Etsy

Hanging Cylinder Vase – I have several of these hanging cylinder vases hanging around the house that I use for propagation. I love how they showcase my clippings, but using them also makes it easy to change up little portions of my décor when I switch out the clippings.

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Hanging cylinder vase, located in the entryway of my home

Quad Cradle Water Propagation Station 

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Beaker Water Propagation Station

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Image via Etsy

If you would like to learn more about propagation in general, please check out these two fantastic articles.

Do you feel inspired yet??

I would love to see what YOU are using for your own water propagation stations! Please tag me – @thehouseplantmomma – on Instagram to show me your propagation stations. I will be featuring some of my favorites on an upcoming version of my #FeaturedFriday Instagram Stories!

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

– the {house}plant momma

My Favorite Plant People

If you’re part of the plant community, then you already know…plant people are literally the best! I have been part of a lot of groups, clubs, and organizations throughout the years – be it church groups, mommy groups, music groups, etc. – but never have I seen the level of openness and kindness that I see in this community.

Being part of the plant community has opened me up to many new friendships, found around the world. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite plant people with you. Please take a few minutes to read about these amazing folks; then give them a follow on social media, check out their websites, buy their amazing products – just give them some love!


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Favorite thing about plants: Propagating! There is something so magical about being able to create new plants from cuttings. It makes me feel like a plant-magician!

Fun facts:
– I wear many hats owning my own business, but my favorite part across all aspects of my content is photography. Challenging myself to be a better photographer always brings me joy and excitement.
– I love playing video games and my favorite is League of Legends!

Why she made my list: When I first started my plant journey, Alessia was super-encouraging; she even sent me some clippings from her own urban jungle! Her Instagram account is absolute eye-candy, and she is really engaged with her followers. This is a plant lover you definitely want to get to know!


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Favorite thing about plants: I am obsessed with beautiful foliage and plants that interact with the environment (e.g. Oxalis triangularis). They bring joy and serenity to me; a green space reminds me of nature and how it gives generously.

Fun fact: I’ve always been a fan of Biology (it’s my favorite subject) and fancy plants a great deal. My love for them grew exponentially when I received a succulent from my mum. From there, things sky-rocketed. I deeply enjoy planting and interacting with the plant community on Instagram.

Why he made my list: Marvin is not has a beautiful Instagram feed and a fellow plant lover, but he is also a top-notch guy! He frequently gives me positive feedback and advice about my own plant experiences. I have also really enjoyed watching his plant journey – even if it’s halfway around the world!


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Favorite thing about plants: I love how it seems like they each have their own personalities and quirks. There’s always new things to learn about each one!

Fun facts: 
– I actually have my masters in Interior Architecture & Design, but soon after college my love for plants and my need to help others with their plant journeys took over. I was way happier inside with the change.
– I’m pretty obsessed with Corgis. I follow about 20 different ones on my personal Instagram account. The day I finally bring one home will literally be the best. day. ever.

Why she made my list: I initially met Alicia through a group of plant lovers on Instagram, and was thrilled to discover that she sells plants on Etsy. Her store, Land of Alice Studio, sells excellent-quality plants at fair prices; plus, Alicia is able to get ahold of plants that I am not able to get locally in Ohio. Oh, and did I mention she’s a total sweetheart??



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Favorite thing about plants: How much they have taught me – patience, mindfulness + intentionality, and letting go.

Fun fact: I was born on Valentine’s Day!

Why she made my list: I also met Eliza through a group of plant lovers on Instagram. She is a wealth of plant knowledge, and has an awesome blog. (You should totally check it out!) Another thing I love about her is that she is a mom, so we can sympathize with #momlife things together.


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Favorite thing about plants: Learning, exploring, sometimes failing, the bewilderment and magic, sharing and connecting with others doing the same. Not to mention the beauty it brings to any environment!

Fun fact: I make pretty decent sushi.

Why he made my list: Jonathan manages a an absolutely gorgeous Instagram feed. If you are not following him, you should be! He also has been a big encouragement to me throughout my plant journey. So thankful for this Insta-friend!


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Favorite thing about plants: Watching them grow and nurturing something so innocent and pure, and they way they bring life to any space!

Fun facts about me: I’m an only child. I have MANY creative outlets and started my blog so that I could honor them all instead of choosing just one. I love working with crystals to bring more balance and serenity into my life. Currently saving up for some new tattoos and a puppy.

Why she made my list: If you have had any interactions with Joi, you know that she absolutely radiates positivity and kindness. In my early Instagram days, Joi and I forged a friendship as newbies to the Instagram world and “beginning bloggers;” I am so thankful that we have formed a fast friendship since then. It’s amazing when online friends become REAL friends!


Have you met any amazing people in the plant community? How have they impacted you? Please tell me about it in the comments below!

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And if there’s a new Instagram account, Facebook account, or blog that I should be following – let me know! I’m always excited to meet new friends, learn new things, and invest even more in the #plantlife!

– the {house}plant momma

HandHeld & Co.: Beautiful Art, Beautiful Heart

I moved to Dayton, Ohio eight years to be closer to my then-boyfriend/now-husband, and ended up falling in love with everything about the city. It was the city where I got married, where I became a mom to my step-son Alex, where we bought our first house, where my two babies August and Ana were born.

However, my family and I recently moved from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio. Even though Columbus is only about an hour and a half from Dayton, moving was H-A-R-D. Leaving all of those sweet memories behind, packing up our belongings, and saying goodbye to friends was, honestly, heartbreaking. As we pulled away from the house for the last time, I vowed I wouldn’t cry…but found myself blinking back tears anyway.

The first weekend we were in Columbus, I was lonely but determined to stay busy and not allow myself be miserable or sad. I saw on Instagram that an account I followed – HandHeld & Co. – was going to be part of a local street bazaar. I was thrilled that I might be able to make a connection in my new town, and messaged the owner that I would be stopping by.

The day of the bazaar, though in early September, was cold and rainy. All of my warm clothes were still packed away in boxes, as I thought I wouldn’t need them for a long time. However, I bundled up the best I could, threw on some rain boots, and headed to the bazaar.

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FREEZING, but thrilled to meet Isabella at the street bazaar!

It was there that I had my first interaction with Isabella Cartolano, owner and artist of HandHeld & Co. Not only did she have an awesome booth at the bazaar – which was evident in spite of the rain – but it was also immediately clear that this girl has a sweet spirit.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Isabella and learn more about her journey with HandHeld.

Isabella has been making cards since she was twelve; at that time, she made scrapbooking-style cards, which were carried at several local stores in Columbus.  “And I’ve been painting since…forever,” Isabella says with a smile during our time together.

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However, “life” happened, and making each card individually became too cumbersome. After taking a break from card-making for several years and attending an 30-week class focused on entrepreneurial skills, the idea was sparked for Isabella to start her own business. As a result HandHeld & Co. was born at the beginning of 2017.

Isabella says she gains much of the inspiration for her cards from one of the local nurseries, where she works fulltime. “I love working there,” Isabella tells me. (And I have to admit…the nursery where she works is my absolute favorite in the area!)

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Each card design is hand-painted by Isabella using a combination of watercolors and gouache (which is basically an opaque watercolor), then is reproduced and beautifully packaged before being sold. She also sells place cards, gift tags, clothing patches, and pins.

But Isabella isn’t just a talented artist; she also has an amazing heart. As she was kicking off HandHeld & Co, she decided that she wanted to donate a portion of each of her sales to a cause. Through some friends, she learned of an organization in Columbus called She Has a Name, which combats human trafficking right here in Columbus.

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According to their mission statement, She Has a Name is “committed to engaging the community, strengthening partner organizations, and equipping survivors through workforce development.” They do this in three ways: by educating communities about human trafficking, by serving as a resource and support for survivors, and by collaborating with practitioners in order to provide the best possible care to survivors. They strongly believe that “survivors of human trafficking have a name, a nobility, and a narrative.”

Ten percent of Isabella’s profits go to the organization to further the efforts of She Has a Name in our very own community!

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Succulents and cacti are Isabella’s “thing,” which is evident when looking at her work. Many of her cards feature beautiful succulent and cacti subjects.  When asked what her favorite houseplant was, Isabella responds, “Probably silver Philodendron and most types of Euphorbia.”

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You can find HandHeld & Co. products on their website and at various festivals, bazaars, and pop-ups. (Check out the HandHeld Instagram account for updated information on events!) You can also find her products in some boutiques and stores in both Columbus and Dayton.

As a seasonal side note, I also want to add that right now HandHeld & Co. is offering some gorgeous Christmas-themed cards, shown below. If you haven’t bought your seasonal cards yet, be sure to check out the website!

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Not only is Isabella of HandHeld an amazing artist, but she also is a kind and wonderful person.  It is a pleasure to not only live in the same community as her, but to share her amazing work here on my blog!

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Check out HandHeld & Co. here:
Website: https://www.handheldandco.com
Instagram: @handheldandco

– the {house}plant momma

Products I {Heart}: Metallic Planters

Growing up, I never really thought much of metallic tones. Maybe it was because my parents didn’t use many of them to decorate our home (aside from brass lamps in our living room), or maybe it was because my mom didn’t wear jewelry; either way, metals never really did anything for me.

When I got older and started wearing jewelry, I only liked to wear silver. I remember when I was in the 8th grade, my best friend went to London and brought me back a real silver necklace with a blue glass teardrop charm. I thought it was the most gorgeous thing I’d ever seen!

However, when I got still older, I began to appreciate metallic tones more – especially when it came to important things like my engagement ring and wedding band. You better believe I wasn’t UNinterested in metal when it came to that!

As my husband and I have worked to decorate our home, I have noticed more and more metallic items sneaking their way in. When we decorated our first home together, we only used brushed nickel and stainless steel. However, as we have been working on our new home (which has needed pretty much EVERYTHING replaced and updated), lots of gold and brass tones are making an appearance…and I’m not mad about it!

Metals are a great way to add a certain richness, depth, and shine to your space. There are so many different options to choose from – shiny to brushed finishes, gold to silver to bronze, and even rose gold is becoming popular.

Metallic planters are also a great way to accentuate your plants, as they really draw the eye. They easily take a lovely plant and make it into a statement piece. I have a few metallic planters in my home now, but here are some that have caught my eye recently.

Industrial Metal Planter 

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Rossum Metallic Plant Stand (various sizes)

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Sahara Brass Planter

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Chrome Satin Foil Planter

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Hammered Trio Plant Hanger

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Image via Anthropologie

Eden Cross Base Standing Planter

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Image via West Elm

Metallic Pineapple Air Plant Magnet

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Image via Etsy

Cross Base Terrarium

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Image via West Elm

Sparkly Trio Air Plant Holders

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Image via Etsy

Antiqued Silver Planter

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Image via Amazon

Do you like using metallic tones in your home? Which of these planters most caught your eye? I hope you’ll tell me about it in the comments section below!

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– the {house}plant momma

Products I {Heart}: Watering Cans

Ah, watering cans – one of the most basic parts of plant care. Do you have a special watering can you use when you water your plant babes? I’ll be honest…I am super-duper lame when it comes to watering my plants: I use an old water bottle the inevitably ends up spilling everywhere. (I frequently have to go grab a towel and clean up before my husband sees the mess; he gets unhappy and gripes that I’m “going to ruin the furniture with water damage…”)

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I have to tell you, though, whenever I look through my Instagram feed or on Pinterest and see a picture with an attractive watering can, it immediately catches my eye. There’s definitely something to be said for making all parts of your surroundings beautiful. Gone are the days where your watering can has to be a big clunky green monstrosity; there are so many cute – and unique – options out there!

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Today, I want to share some of my favorite watering cans with you. (And, with any luck, maybe Santa will bring me one of these for Christmas! <hint hint>)

Polished Watering Can

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Modern Copper Watering Can

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Stainless Steel Watering Can

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Image via Amazon

Hammered Copper Watering Can

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Image via Amazon

Adorable Elephant Watering Can

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Image via Amazon

White Classic Watering Can

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When Pigs Fly Watering Can

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Image via Amazon

Circular Brass Watering Can

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Image via Amazon

Ikea BITTERGURKA Watering Can (comes in several colors)

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Haws Solid Copper Watering Can

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Have you found other watering cans you like as you have meandered through the Internet? If so, please share them with me in the comments section below. I’m always looking for something new and inspiring…and there’s still time to adjust my list to Santa!

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– the {house}plant momma

Products I {Heart}: Boho Planters

If I were to say the word “boho,” what would come to your mind? Perhaps you’d think of bright pops of color; lots of soft cushions, rugs, and textiles; beaded curtains; or maybe (because it always comes down to this for me), lots of lush plants.

While the boho aesthetic isn’t a style that I have incorporated into my own home, I love to look at boho spaces. All of the beautiful colors, patterns, and textures are a feast for my eyes!

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Something you’ll notice when you look at beautiful boho spaces is that there are – many times – a lovely array of plants. These are always displayed in the most unique ways: macrame hanging planters, vintage rattan stands, or one-of-a-kind baskets.

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(Seriously, I can’t handle how good these spaces are!)

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Today, I am featuring some of my favorite boho planters. You’ll notice that a lot of the planters come from Etsy; this is because many of them are vintage, adding to that perfect boho charm. (Etsy is an awesome place to look for great vintage pieces – no matter what your aesthetic is!) Flea markets and thrift stores – while frequently undependable in their selection – are also great places to search.

Vintage Woven Wall Planter

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Seagrass Planter Basket

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Image via Amazon

Coil Wrapped-Leaf Baskets 

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Macrame Hanging Planter

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Black Boho Plant Holder

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Macrame Floating Shelf  (Ok, so I know this isn’t a planter…but couldn’t you just imagine a bunch of cute little plants on that shelf?!)

 

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Jungalow Rattan Plant Table 

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Image via Etsy

Jute or Cotton Macram Hanging Planters

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Rattan Plant Stand

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Image via Amazon

Blue Crystal Hanging Air Plant Holder

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Even if you don’t choose the boho aesthetic for your own home or space, there’s no denying it’s beauty.

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Which of these planters is your favorite? Tell me about it in the comments!

– the {house}plant momma

 

 

Products I {Heart}: Monochromatic Planters

There’s an old saying that says, “Less is more.” This is true in many instances. (My mom used to remind me of this when I was learning to apply makeup, when I was eying heels with a little too much sex appeal, or when I wanted to buy a shirt with too much “bling.”) However, I can’t think of many situations where that saying is truer than with plants. Neutral planters allow the beauty of the plant to shine through, making a simple, elegant statement.

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When I started my journey with houseplants, I didn’t have a clear vision for how I wanted to display my plants or the type of message I wanted them to send. I simply bought whatever I liked at the moment, and shoved my plants in the pots accordingly. However, the more I work with plants and gather inspiration from others (specifically on Instagram), the more I find myself drawn towards neutral colors – specifically the monochromatic palette of white, black, and gray.

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Below you will find some of my favorite pots and planters in this color scheme.

Triangle Floating Wall Planter

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Cut Ceramic Planter

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Hanging metal planter (available in black and white)

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Netara Gray Planters

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Image via Anthropologie

Iris Planter + Chevron Stand

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White Ceramic Vintage-Style Pot – I have a set of these and absolutely love them!  They’re a great way to add texture into you decor without adding in additional colors.

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Gray Geometric Pot

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Image via Amazon

Large Mid-Century Planter

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Ceramic Wallscape Planters (white and black) – I also have one of these and absolutely love it!  It currently houses some of my rooted Wandering Jew cuttings, and makes a wonderful statement piece on the wall.

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Monochromatic Concrete Planters (available in multiple color combinations)

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What’s your favorite color scheme to use when displaying your plants? Tell me in the comments below!

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– the {house}plant momma

Products I {Heart}: Novelty Planters

Today’s blog starts a series called “Products I {Heart).” Many times as I peruse the Internet, I come across plant-related products that I absolutely adore or that I’d love to tell others about. My goal with this series is to share these awesome finds with you in the hope of inspiring your own houseplant journey.

You’ll notice that many (but not necessarily all) of the products I feature will come from Etsy or other independent artisan websites. As I’ve said in a previous blog, I love supporting small businesses – be it local or online.  I would be thrilled if my little blog funneled more internet traffic their way! You know what they say: when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!

To kick off this series, I thought I’d have some fun sharing some of my favorite novelty planters.

Large Three-legged Planter with Black Cat on White

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Image via Etsy

Tiny Sloth Planter

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Image via Etsy

Wool Cat Succulent Planter

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Image via Etsy

Face Planter

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Image via Etsy

Friendly Face Planter

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Image via Etsy

Orange Jellyfish Air Plant Holder

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Image via Etsy

Wild Alpaca Pot

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Image via Anthropologie

Lion Planter

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Image via West Elm

Bunny Planter

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Image via Amazon

Pineapple Airplant Holder

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Image via Etsy

Which one of these is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments below.

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– the {house}plant momma