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Nicole Ryan Plant Shelfie

Have you ever followed that one person online and just drooled over how beautiful their photos are? This weeks Plant Lady Of The Week Nicole Ryan is my #plantgoals! Her perfectly styled houseplants decked out in terracotta pots and macrame hangers make green the color of the year, every year! 

Nicole Ryan Plant Hangers

What is your favorite kind of plants?
Definitely tropical! 

What is your spirit plant?
Fiddle leaf fig. I can be a little bit finicky, but I thrive under the right conditions.

Tell us about when you first fell in love with plants?
A few years back, I bought my first houseplant. A Boston fern. My son had recently weaned and he had begun to blossom into a brand new stage of independence as he approached toddlerhood. I had become so confident and comfortable in my role as a nurturer, that I found this sudden change somewhat of a shock. As my role as a mother began to shift and evolve, I felt an overwhelming sense of loss when my son no longer needed me to nurture him in the same way that he had when he was an infant. I found that through caring for houseplants, I was able to channel my innate desire to nurture without completely overwhelming my toddler. It was a win-win for everyone. My son is now three and more independent than ever. Why do you think I have so many plants?

Nicole Ryan Monstera

Tell us about your favorite ways to decorate with plants?
I love to decorate, but I'm a chronic rearranger. I move furniture and artwork around my home constantly. (It's a problem.) Plants make decorating simple. Plants can be moved around freely without leaving any holes in the walls! Layering plants on a bookshelf (check out #creeryanshelfie on Instagram!) will add dimension to your styling. Hanging plants from the ceiling, or off of the walls, will keep your bookshelves and tabletops from getting overly cluttered. Adding a few potted plants can effortlessly liven up a window sill. Plus, if you're stuck in a monochromatic funk but you just can't bring yourself to splash a little paint on the walls, a touch of greenery might just be the thing you need to liven up your space

Why do you feel houseplants are necessary for your home?
Having an abundance of greenery in my home keeps me feeling motivated and inspired. I find it incredibly uplifting to be surrounded by all of the life and brilliance that houseplants bring into the home.

Nicole Ryan Plant Lady Of The Week

What are your must-have accessories for the perfect plant corner?
You mean, aside from a few Cree Ryan macramé plant hangers? ;)

Have you noticed any trends in houseplants?
Houseplant trends come and go fairly quickly. Especially in the Instagram universe. I remember feeling really bummed out that I was missing out when succulents were the must-have plant a few years back. (To this day, I still can't really keep succulents alive!) The trends have gone from fiddle leaf figs to monsteras, to everyone's current obsession: pilea peperomioides. Trends are great in that they can introduce you to something you were previously unaware of. But when it comes to houseplants, or otherwise for that matter, don't ever feel like you need to jump on a bandwagon, just because the rest of the internet is feeling it. Everyone will always be one step ahead and on to something else by the time you catch up anyway. Just do you! All that being said, I do love me some monsteras!

Nicole Ryan Plant corner

What's the next plant you want to get?
I'm hoping to get my hands on a 6' fiddle leaf fig tree once we move into our new home in a few months from now. However, there will, of course, be a few minor plant purchases between now and then. 

Who are some of your favorite plant ladies?
@justinablakeney, @hiltoncarter, @igorjosif, @tribeandus and @haarkon_

Nicole Ryan with her plants

Do you have any tips for aspiring plant lady?
Start small. Take it one day at a time. Bring home plants that you love and that will work in your space. And Last but not least, buy your potting soil from a greenhouse. I promise you, it will make a world of a difference.

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Check out last week's Plant Lady Of The Week: Jeannie Phan

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