Tell us a little about yourself. Like where you live, who you live with, and what you are passionate about.
I'm Ashley, I live in Seattle, WA where I run a small fiber-based business called The Beige Motel. It's been humbling & hard being a small business, but it's been much fun & I've been enjoying seeing myself grow in that area. Also, I am also a total plant lady!
Tell us about your homes style inspiration. What vibe are you trying to create?
I really enjoy simplicity, so white walls paired with mid-century modern accents and LOTS of plants. I like clean backdrops and minimal patterns to offset and highlight the greenery in my home. If I choose a piece of art to hang on the wall I want it to be an artist I admire or something totally vintage.
Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants.
I've always had plants, but I really fell in love right around the time I fell for macrame. Back in 2014 I started experimenting with knots & made my first plant hanger. Pretty soon I was making so many plant hangers, I needed to fill them out with plants! So I began researching houseplants, bought some books and went to town. I bought a Pothos at my local plant shop and it's still one of my favorites.
How many houseplants do you currently have?
A lady never tells how many houseplants she has! But really though, mid-70s?
Why is adding houseplants to your space important to you?
I love how plants add warmth and spirit to my space. There's something really wonderful about how live greenery in your home. It's also a pretty cool way to clean up the air quality!
What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
Plant hangers ( no surprise! ) it elevates any plants that may be toxic to my cat, but also makes a corner more interesting by adding layers & dimension
Where do you find beauty in your everyday life?
My neighborhood actually, it's so lush with greenery! My boyfriend has dubbed it "lavender lane" because there are so many varieties of lavender found throughout.
What's the next plant you want to get?
So hard! But I really want an Anthurium Clarinervium or Philodendron Gloriosum. Probably another Monstera Adanonii too, because mine fell off the mantle and never recovered :(
Who are some of your favorite plant inspiration accounts?
@verdurouswomen, @haarkon, @plantestanic, @createaholic
Do you have any tips for an aspiring plant lady?
I think people get overwhelmed with plant care. Plants like consistency so map out a regular watering system & pay attention to the climate outside. If its hot or your leaves are droopy, your plants probably need more water. Over watering is common in Seattle, because it's cold most months so plants can't totally dry out, resulting in root rot. I've noticed that plants like to get a good soak when watered, then don't bother it until its dried out again. When I'm not sure if a plant needs water, I just stick my finger in the dirt and if it's dry one inch down I give it a good soak.
Learn more about Ashley here!