This post is a continuation of How To: Traditional Southern Garden in a Northern Climate. For tips on crafting southern charm and curb appeal outdoors be sure to check out part one.
In my home I strive to have at least one living item in each room. And no, that doesn’t include my wild boys or pets. A home without plants is similar to a home without books, it lacks vitality and inspiration. Southern homes are famous for their greenery, inside and out. That delicious sunshine pouring in day after day does encourage a green thumb a little more than it does in northern states. However, there are a few easy ways to incorporate a plant or two into your home and show them off with a little grace.
Here are my top tips for indoor plants with southern charm:
1. Go for Blue & White (with a pop of pink)
Blue and white ginger jars infuse a serious dose of southern charm. Chic chinoiserie combined with hot pink Orchids or Azaleas turn traditional hand me downs or vintage finds into a modern element. I look for jars and vases at local thrift stores and antique shops. They can be quite pricey if you’re looking for a true chinoiserie vase, but it is fairly easy to find a knock off or something similar looking for much, much cheaper. I source orchids and colorful azaleas at home improvement stores, and for under twenty bucks you can have a really charming piece. Since they are tropical plants I like to place these cuties in my bathroom for easy maintenance. The will love the humidity from your showers and soft light from the window. Don’t over water and they’ll love you for it. If your water is hard, try giving them filtered and they’ll stop acting like persnickity socialites.
2. Palm Beach Chic
A large statement potted palm, fig tree, or tropical plant will work wonders in an odd corner of your living room. I planted mine in a chic glossy white pot, and got the whole thing at IKEA for under thirty bucks. It makes me happy. I show it some love every week by wiping the waxy leaves free from dog hair and dust and give it a turn so it gets even light. My front room gets horrible light, so I currently have supplemental lighting.
3. Low Maintenance Glamour
Two words. Faux greenery. I’ll admit it, I have always hated fake house plants. I’ve even been a teensy bit snobbish about it. That changed when I saw a fantastic post from Kimberly over at SwoonWorthy. Her video tutorial on How to Make Cheap Faux Plants Look More Expensive had me utterly enthralled. I still don’t feel brave enough to put the fake plants on a table as she does, but I think it would work wonders in my extremely dark front room. I’m thinking about adding a few smaller faux plants to high shelves to liven up and fill out the otherwise dark spaces.
4. Livin’ in High Cotton
I’ve seen dried cotton branches featured in glamorous southern weddings and in a few episodes of Fixer Upper. I particularly like them placed in a blue glass vase or aluminum pitcher. They add a rustic elegance to a space without the maintenance of a living plant. You can find them at select florist shops if you’re lucky or you can find them here.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup, I can’t wait to get started on my spring project. In the comments below, be sure to share your favourite way to add southern charm to your home.