Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae

Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae living room macrame

Macrame and plant loving seems to go hang in hand! This weeks Plant Lady Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae shows us just that! All of her modern macrame pieces are perfectly paired with her little green plants all around her home. Natalie’s style of bright whites with natural textures and pops of vibrant leafy houseplants is sure to inspire anyone looking to add a little nature to their home.

What is your favorite kind of plants?
Honestly, I don't know if I could choose! I love tropical plants for their vibrant green leaves and beautifully shaped foliage that we don't have naturally growing outside here in Ontario. And for the same reason, I also love succulents and cacti!

What plant represents your personality?
This is such a tough one! Maybe, seeded eucalyptus. I don't know what it is about this plant, but I can't get enough of its beautiful matte, sage, green leaves and delicate intermixed seeded stems. This plant speaks to me on every level.

Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae bedroom macrame

Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
I have always loved nature and I think this love comes from my mom and dad. They always had the most beautiful gardens. We moved around quite a bit and they always placed a priority on turning their outdoor spaces into beautifully manicured but natural looking gardens, overflowing with flowers and greenery. Once I was older and had my own house I couldn't help but bring the outdoors in and fill my home with plants. I think once that happened I truly fell in love with learning to care for them, watching them grow and seeing how they made any space come to life.

Tell us about your favorite ways to decorate with plants?
Wherever I can put a plant, I will! Whether that's hanging from the ceiling, a wall or window (with macrame of course!), sitting on a unique plant stand or draping off a shelf - one of my favorites. I love collecting new, used or handmade unique or modern white planters. I just love how the plants color pop against the white pot. It's my dream to build a greenhouse off of my house and fill it with ALL the plants, and sit amongst them to work, make and be inspired.

Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae macrame

Why do you feel houseplants are necessary for your home?
I think a home feels lifeless without plants like something's missing! Plants are a true necessity in my home. Not only do they look amazing, but in larger numbers, they can actually clean your air, boost your mood and make you more productive!

What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
Macrame plant hangers, a tiered plant stand, and all the white pots!

Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae

Have you noticed any trends in houseplants?
Of course, the fiddle leaf fig tree was really trendy (and in my opinion still is- because it's beautiful!). Monsteras have made Mondays better with the hashtag #monsteramonday. And succulents and cacti haven't quite disappeared from the mainstream obsession. I finally got my hands on the famous Pilea peperomioides! I have wanted one for years and finally found one on Kijiji! One of my favorite trends in houseplants is having embroidered or painted art pieces of plants in my home in amongst the live ones! I can't resist a beautiful drawing, watercolor painting, print or embroidery of a plant!

What's the next plant you want to get?
Stromanthe Triostar plant! If you don't know what it is and you love light pink and yellow variegated leaves, google it! It will be on your list too I'm sure! I fell in love with this plant's beautiful colors and unique narrow leaf shape a couple years ago and have yet to purchase it even though it's at the top of my list!! Oh, and I have also wanted a philodendron bipinnatifidum for maybe even longer! My list could go on, but my husband already thinks we have too many (but is that really possible?!??).

Who are some of your favorite plant ladies?
This is tough! I feel like all of the account I follow on Instagram are plant related! Of course, Kira Gulley (@kiragulleyart), Fanny Zedenius (@createaholic), Jeannie Phan (@studioplants), Nalani (@knottybloom), Sarah K Benning (@sarahkbenning), Maaike Koster (@mydeernl), Allli K Design (@allikdesign), Esther Clark (@estherclarkco) and Rebecca Desnos (@rebeccadesnos). Honestly, my list could go on and on!

Natalie Fretz of Natalie Ranae making macrame

Do you have any tips for aspiring plant lady?
First and foremost, light is so important! But more importantly just have fun collecting and learn from your mistakes!


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