Tell us a little about yourself. Like where you live, who you live with, and what you are passionate about.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest but recently moved to Minneapolis for grad school. I live with my partner (who I refer to as Cutest Plant Holder or CPH on insta) and my cute rescue bichon-poodle mix, Cooper. Outside of plants, I am really interested in healthcare. I majored in Healthcare Administration for my undergrad, and while I was getting my degree I worked in hospitals. I'll be a first-year student at the University of Minnesota in their Master's of Health Administration program this year and I'm really excited! I think there's a lot of room for improvement in healthcare that will lead to better results and greater access and I'm passionate about helping implement those improvements so people can lead healthier and happier lives.
Tell us about your homes style inspiration. What vibe are you trying to create?
When I moved into my first apartment, I remember intentionally deciding not to set any design rules for my space; no color schemes or patterns. Instead, I decided the only test an item had to pass was whether or not I loved it (because I was worried if I made any rules, that I'd eventually have to say no to something I loved.) My space is now filled with what I consider to be "pretty things." I really love animals, so in addition to plants everywhere, I have animals throughout my space in various artistic forms and I think they're so much fun! I also really enjoy beautifully lettered quotes, art, and patterns. I think the vibe that has organically come from this approach is cozy, whimsical, and bright.
Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
My freshman year of high school I took a horticulture class and through that class learned about Future Farmers of America (FFA). Our chapter focused on plants (we didn't have space for animal husbandry) and my jam was plant identification. I was exposed to, and learned about, so many different types of plants, which was where my love for them really began. I didn't grow up in a green-thumbed home, so my own collection started when I moved out. My plant collecting really took off about a year and a half ago, when I hit a rough patch with anxiety. I developed a fear of "harmful chemicals." This fear pushed me to make changes to my life that made me feel like I was limiting my exposure. I heard about many plants’ ability to clean the air, so I thought if one is good, 100 is better!! That specific anxiety has lessened, and I have come out the other side with a new passion and incredibly rewarding hobby and a positive coping mechanism for stress. I feel that plants brighten the atmosphere and contribute to a much more positive feel to a space.
How many houseplants do you currently have?
Why is adding houseplants to your space important to you?
I love the jungle-y vibe that lots of plants give a space. I also really enjoy the beauty of the foliage of my plants. They're so unique with their patterns, colors, and textures it's almost like having organic art.
What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
I think the perfect plant corner has a cluster of complementary plants; different heights, textures, and colors. I really love wood elements and the natural look of terra cotta. To help vary the height of plants, I've used cake stands, stacks of books, and sometimes even other pots. Cute art, happy quotes, and a hanging planter or two are cherries on top.
Where do you find beauty in your everyday life?
My partner and I have been going on a lot of walks lately to explore our new city and I've found an immense amount of beauty in the urban outdoors that we live in. I love the intersection of city and nature because it's often so creative, especially here in Minneapolis. It seems like people cram plants wherever they can fit them: there are windowsills lined with plants, and window boxes everywhere; people pack balconies and put pots on fire escapes. Even though they're strangers, I feel like we have the commonality of loving nature, even while living in the city. In addition to people's personal plants, one of my favorite things is that Minneapolis has incredible planters everywhere; I've never seen such an abundance of lush and gorgeous planters in a city before.
I've also worked to surround myself with beauty, whether it's material things or people. I believe that there are people (and animals) that are good for your soul, and when you surround yourself with them, they bring a lot of beauty to your life.
What's the next plant you want to get?
I've been pining after a Monstera Peru for a few months now, but until very recently I've only seen them in Europe and Australia. Hopefully they'll make their way over to the US soon!
Who are some of your favorite plant inspiration accounts?
@cleverbloom @houseplantplantclub @naomiplanter @bethanyjustsaid @plantenstudio
Do you have any tips for an aspiring plant lady?
There’s a song by Once in a While called “Time flies” and there’s a lyric that really resonates with me: “if you’re doing it, you’re doing it right.”
I don’t think there’s a specific way that you have to do things and there aren’t plants you have to have (looking at you variegated monstera!) I think Instagram is a great way to create and display beautiful content, but I know it can also sometimes be discouraging because we can compare someone else’s highlight reel to our low-points. Don’t look at Instagram and let it make you feel bad about your plant journey, how you care for your plants, what your home looks like, what your plants look like, how many plants you have, how many plants you’ve killed etc. “if you’re doing it, you’re doing it right.”
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