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Monday
May192008

Can't see the forest for the trees ...


Or the furniture for the plants! Laurel emailed with her design dilemma. "Have you ever done a post of cool rooms that includes large dramatic houseplants? I just staggered home carrying a 6' fishtail palm and am looking for ideas -- a big mirror on the wall behind it is as far as I've gotten in my thinking." I've pulled a few from the files Laurel and while only one features a large mirror (great idea) they all have something in common - the 2 "Cs", containers and care. Dress your palm in a fabulous pot and lavish it with attention. Nothing looks worse than a tatty plastic pot or a tree that has dropped half its leaves from neglect. I love plants in the house although I must admit I'm more a fern on the bathroom window girl. Good luck with your palm. Have you given it a name yet?

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Reader Comments (5)

I have a large plant in my corner.....amazingly it's still alive after 6 years......love the idea of a mirror behind it........good luck with your plant...hope you find the perfect plan for him / her.

What a helpful post! I usually avoid such large house plants, but these spaces have really made them seem beautiful!

19 May 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIF+D

Thank you so much for this post!

Laurel might also consider placing the monster plant in front of a busy, bright window as a three way boon - large plants are great for blocking views in, prettifying the outside of the home from the inside while still allowing loads of light through. Fishtail palms love their sunlight, so it would likely be very happy there too.

20 May 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I wrote about big-plant woes yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see your story too. A fantastic eye-candy post (as usual) which I also linked to my blog. Thanks and keep up the good work!

20 May 2008 | Unregistered Commenterislandspice

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