It’s the second installment of “The Quick Fix”, and my friend Gwen from The Makerista is sharing her sage advice. Gwen burst into the design blogging world with such striking style that it was kind of incredible to watch.
She is a force, you guys.
She was named one of Better Home & Gardens “Best Decorating Blogs of 2014” and was chosen to participate in the “Creating with the Stars” challenge on East Coast Creative. Her photography is on par with a professional, so not only do you get gorgeous decor eye candy but it’s shot like the pages of a magazine. Every. Single. Time.
Gwen lives a mere 2.5 hours from me and we even have a close friend in common, Laura one of my college “kindred”. We’ve each worked on rooms in Laura’s home at different times and both lent a hand to style Lindsay Letter’s holiday launch last year, but we’ve NEVER met in person! It’s almost comical how many times we’ve “almost” been in the same room. We’ve promised ourselves year we’ll make it happen.
GWEN’S QUICK FIX: Add Plants to Any Room
We just moved into a new home, and it’s in these moments that I’m really appreciating the little things. There is much to do here, but I’m trying to remember that small steps can be taken to bring joy and life into rooms that aren’t exactly how we’d like them to be.
And to give life, I say you need something that’s alive.
I love plants, and they bring so much to any space. I know some people have a black thumb (I used to), but you can get small to medium sized plants at most grocery stores for less than a bouquet of flowers.
Even if you can’t keep it alive for a year, you’re still likely to have it longer than those roses.
Based on that, I say that the plant is a good investment. My mom kindly gave this moisture meter to me after I had started to amass quite the collection of plants. It’s like a thermometer, but it reads moisture and comes with a chart of the most common plants and what their levels should be before watering. This thing really helped me figure out how often I should be watering everything.
Whether on a bookshelf, dresser, or coffee table, plants are an easy addition to any vignette. So the next time you see a cute little plant at the store, don’t be afraid to bring it home. You can find more of my plant care tips here.
Thanks, Gwen! One of my favorite DIY’s that Gwen posted was her DIY pompom pillowcases. So my flavor. Actually I dig every single thing that’s happening in this picture.
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Love Gwen, her style, and couldnt agree more about plants. Such a great quick fix. The addition of life to a room always makes it feel better in my opinion.
Beth of designPOST interiors says
Love Gwen! No room is complete without something green!
Claire Brody says
I’m enjoying this series a little too much…. Never stop drooling over Gwen’s spaces!
Andrea @ life love Larson says
I completely agree about house plants! You can’t have enough in my opinion! Rooms are not complete without them.
My husband might disagree with the “can’t have enough” plants notion, especially when he has to throw away the ones I kill (hah!) but I’m right there with ya!
I totally loved Gwen’s point about a plant at least lasting longer than a bouquet of flowers. I’m totally justifying more plant purchases with this thought:)
Can she reveal where she got that great painting in the gold frame?
Gwen, The Makeristsa says
Hi Megan! It’s actually a piece that my parents gave me. It’s the Paris opera house steps…I know this is a print, so you may be able to find others. Best of luck!
Gwen has amazing style! I love everything she does and I love this series too!
Amen to that:) Thanks Summer.
She definitely has great style. Beautiful!
Agreed, Veronica! Thanks for popping by.
love this series so much! plants are my favorite too!
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
Love Gwen and you know I will sing another fellow MO girls’ praises. 🙂 This is a great idea and one I need to remind myself of. With my black thumb I tend to shy away, but I need to try this more often.