As you know I love to bring elements together to create organic elegance. I found this beautiful pressed metal bowl and faux succulents at my local Pier One. Used together they create a lovely centerpiece perfect for any occasion. Below I will show you step by step instructions on how to make this for your home.
I found this beautiful pressed metal bowl with horn handles on clearance. I think it will make a great centerpiece for a dining room table.
I recently had a package delivered to my house that had all of these foam inserts in the box. This will be perfect to create the base insert for my centerpiece. I like to use these to create height in my arrangements instead of the cheap foam that tends to explode into tiny balls throughout my home. You could also use Oasis floral foam from your local florist if you don't have any of this.
Next I simply finished tearing the foam apart and mounding it into the bowl. I wanted to stack them in a way to create more height in the middle to give it more of a mounding organic look. After placing it, I taped it down with florist tape. Be sure to hide the edges under the lip of your bowl to help it look as natural as possible.
I chose to use Sphagnum Moss since it is something that you usually find used with succulents or orchids. I covered the foam with the moss first as it will be easier to simply push the faux succulents through the foam instead of trying to work it afterwards around it.
I found these little beauties at the same store as the bowl. They are faux succulents pushed into foam balls. With a little tugging I was able to pull them right out and place them how I liked in my arrangement. A LITTLE TIP...you will get the best bang for your buck buying pre-made arrangements and pulling them apart as opposed to buying individual pieces.
Lastly, I simply pushed the faux succulents into the foam. Be creative! Play with height, size, color and have fun! Be sure to cover all of the tape and foam. Love it!
Voila! Just by using a few home design pieces I found for a bargain, I have created an elegant faux succulent centerpiece for my dining room table that will last all year round!
It's almost Autumn and time to get your beautiful tropical plants ready to come inside for the Winter. A lot of your little beauties will love it inside, you don't have to let them whither away outside through the cold. Try to do it while it is between 60-70 degrees outside as it will allow them to acclimate to your indoor temperatures. Below I will show you a few simple steps to get them ready to join you in your home.
One simple great way to get your plants ready to come inside during winter is to submerge them. It may seem strange at first but this is one of the easiest ways to get all of the bugs and little pests off your tropical plants so that you don't have little hitchhikers. Take the entire plant, pot included, and place them in the water and leave it there for 15 minutes. This will drown the pests waiting in the soil, and free any debris or dead foliage to float to the top. Love it!
Next, take a damp cloth and clean off the leaves. Be sure to get the top and under side of the leaves in case there are any pests hiding.
Take the pot and plant out of the water and place in a shaded area for approximately a week or until the soil is dry. Now is a great time to clean the outside of your pot as well. Try to find an area if you can that is not dirty to set your plant on. That way it will not get dirty as you wait for it to dry out and get acclimated before coming inside.
Lastly find a spot in your home that faces a window. Even shade loving plants need a little sunlight. For full sun plants find a south facing window, and for part sun an east or west facing window. Remember to do a lot of the cleaning, soaking, drying out, and acclimating outside so that you don't make a mess in your home. Also, be sure to think of watering needs for your tropical plants because a lot of them will turn to mush inside due to them not getting as much photosynthesis, DO NOT OVERWATER. Try to stay away from drafty windows, open/closing doors, and group them together to keep the humidity higher which they like.
I love bringing my tropical plants indoors during Winter. It makes me happy to enjoy them year round, and as it gets warmer with the seasons I can add them back to my gardens. Just remember to not give them too much water as roots need oxygen to grow. Also, for those of you who don't have a lot of sunny windows...you can buy a grow light bulb from your nearest hardware store.
Enjoy bringing GardenStyle to your home and indoors and out.
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