Tell us a little about yourself. Like where you live, who you live with, and what you are passionate about.
I live in Asheville, NC in an old 1920's brick apartment with my two cats and an ever-growing number of indoor plants. When I'm not working, I spend my days highly caffeinated at my favorite greenhouses and thrift stores. I am inspired by kindness, weather extremes, insects, and authentic connection.
Tell us about your homes style inspiration. What vibe are you trying to create?Curating space is so important to me; I've always been aesthetically-driven and hyper-sensitive to the way spaces feel. I am constantly re-arranging and re-decorating my home to keep things feeling fresh and alive. Nearly everything in my house has been thrifted or found in antique stores, I love the hunt and appreciate the quality and character of vintage pieces. I like my home to feel earthy, lived-in, and comfortable but also clean and intentionally put together; I am a maximalist by nature but am really particular when it comes to aesthetics. My style emphasis is definitely on plants - they are the first thing you notice when walking into my home - beyond that, I love vintage textiles, mid-century modern furniture, and bringing natural elements indoors.
Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
I spent a summer working on farms in the Pacific Northwest when I was 23 and developed an appreciation for the laborious task of growing food and maintaining acres of gardens. I learned a lot about reading plants and understanding their needs from this experience, but have somehow never been a huge outdoor gardener. I started bringing indoor plants into my home increasingly more frequently when I returned back to Asheville. Something just clicked for me with indoor plants -- maybe it was the ability to control their environment or the idea that I could keep tropical plants and witness them thriving year-round -- either way, I developed a really sweet relationship with my plants and have an unwavering, intuitive sense that I am meant to live with plants.
How many houseplants do you currently have?
I'm honestly not certain but close to, if not over, 200 ...
Why is adding houseplants to your space important to you?
They are alive. They remind me that I am alive. Having an abundance of growth and life constantly surrounding me keeps me grounded, encouraged, and inspired. Of course they are aesthetically pleasing and can really pull a room together, but I try not to look at them as decor or accessories... they are living, breathing, sensing beings; I think sometimes we forget that. I'll never cease to be amazed by the way plants take sunlight and turn it into food. Their resilience keeps me humble.
What are your must have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
Not much! I keep the accessories to a minimum to highlight the unique growth patterns of the plants -- I love letting them be their own wild selves without a lot of distractions. I stick to mostly terra cotta and white planters and like to group plants together that have similar care needs or who maybe just want to be friends.
Where do you find beauty in your everyday life?
I live in a really beautiful place - the blue ridge mountains inspire me throughout every season. My bedroom is an old converted sleeping porch/sunroom - I can see the mountains from my bed and wake up every morning feeling like I live in a treehouse. It makes me the happiest.
What's the next plant you want to get?
I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a monstera adansonii lately. But honestly, the next plant I want to get is the one that feels right. I believe certain plants take to certain people and sometimes I'll see a random pothos or begonia variety that I already have but something about that particular plant draws me in and I know we're meant to have a relationship. There's magnetism there! I'm particular about which plants I bring into my home these days - there's only so much more space - so I choose plants based on intuition and try not to get caught up in wanting a particular variety of plant for aesthetic appeal.
Who are some of your favorite plant inspiration accounts?
Oh, so many folks who inspire me with both plants and design. I love the ladies of @verduouswomen, I think we would totally hang out if we lived in the same city. I also love the styles of @nolongerwander, @friederikchen, @annalouise, @forthehome, @thisthriftedabode, and @studioplants. Not exactly a plant account, but for lots of 70s vibes + style inspo + vintage treasures, my loves of @losthuntvintage pull through!
Do you have any tips for an aspiring plant lady?
My number one tip is to develop a relationship with your plants and check in with them regularly - touch their leaves, feel the soil, notice their vibrancy. You'll be able to discern if a plant is not thriving much more quickly if you have a relationship with the plant. Also --- do your research and ask questions! Know the name of the plant and how to care for it before bringing it into your home.
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