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Fake it ‘Til You Make It: Where To Shop For Artificial Indoor Plants

March 6, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Where to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love LolaIf there’s one thing I don’t have, it’s a green thumb. I absolutely love indoor plants and the color and life that they bring to a room, but I am the worst at keeping them alive. I mean, I try. Like, really really hard. Yet, it goes south 90% of the time. If there’s any one out there who is thinking about making an e-course on gardening and plant care, please do. I will buy it!!!

So when my husband told me for the 100th time that I need to stop wasting our money on plants that are going to die :/, I decided to try out some fake ones. My first fake plant came from Ikea, and I have been hooked ever since. I love the fact that they take NO effort to maintain and I don’t have to remember to water them. Because, let’s be real, watering plants is the last thing on my list most days. And it’s been fascinating to find that people that come over to our house have NO idea that they are fake. If you get up close and examine them, sure you can tell they aren’t real. But when we’re just hanging out in the space, it’s my best kept secret. Where to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love Lola^ I always land natural looking artificial plants at Target. That’s where this plant is from, and it is one of my favorites. I had a live plant on Piper’s changing station, but after she kicked it down one afternoon while I was changing her diaper, I realized that maybe that wasn’t the best spot for a plant. When I took it down I missed the color it brought, so I replaced it with this one. Confession: I went back to Target and bought two more for a couple other rooms in our house.Where to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love LolaFind this exact fiddle leaf fig tree, here. I’ve linked some other options below, as well!Where to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love Lola^ This fiddle leaf fig is my prized possession. I cannot tell you enough how happy it makes me! (it’s the little things in life, right!? ;) These beautiful trees are all over Pinterest and I think they look so beautiful in any room. I bought two live ones from home depot last year, and quickly realized how finicky they are. For someone who is already not great with plants, I realized the beloved fiddle leaf and I might not be the best fit …. I was devastated! Enter stage left this faux fiddle leaf from Plantscape Inc. It’s huge, always green and perky, and no leaves will brown and fall off on me. It genuinely looks real, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks!Where to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love LolaWhere to Shop for Artificial Indoor Plants | Love LolaArtifical succulents and air plants generally look natural, and I have found great quality ones at a great price at Home Goods, Wayfair, Amazon, and West Elm.

We’re in the process of renovating our guest bathroom, and there are no windows so I will definitely be adding some artificial plants to brighten it up. These plants have also been great in Piper’s nursery, so she can’t tip them over and make a mess. Also, with her nap schedule, I feel like her blinds are shut 50% of the time, so it’s not the best place for plants to get sunlight. This has honestly been a game changer for me, and I’m not ashamed to say it. As I continue to work on (and hopefully get better at!) keeping real plants alive, me and my fake little guys will be doing just fine.

 

Our Wintry Front Porch

January 16, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors - Lifestyle

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I’m finally getting around to sharing our wintry front porch decor! I planned to share it a while ago, but sheesh – sometimes time just gets away from you! So even though my mind is thinking towards spring and warm weather, I still wanted to share some of our winter decor on the blog.

My sweet mother-in-law actually decorated our porch in time for Piper’s first birthday party, as a birthday gift to me (Piper’s birthday is just a day before mine!). She captured my style and vision perfectly. It is simple, with a lot of greenery and gold, just how I like it :). And can you believe she put together that amazing magnolia wreath from scratch!? Obsessed. Sadly, it is no longer with us, but it was beautiful all through the holiday season!

I love how our porch transitioned perfectly from fall, to Christmas, to a January winter. In November we had gold spray painted pumpkins, both big and small, and pinecones. For Christmas we added the garland and threw out the pumpkins (they were rotting – whoops), and then for January we’ve taken down the garland again and sadly said goodbye to our wreath.

I’ve never given much thought to the exterior decor of our house, because I am always working on the inside, but after this little project I might be hooked. Already thinking through plans for a spring front porch!

Christmas Around Our Home

December 30, 2016

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I seem to decorate a little more for Christmas every year. Our first year of marriage consisted of a tiny little Christmas tree in a tiny studio apartment. We used balls of yarn as ornaments, an old suitcase as our tree stand, and wrapped our gifts in brown paper. It was simple, much like our life :). You can see that little post here. It was my first year with a real tree (I grew up with artificial trees) and I fell in love. We continued the tradition and got a real tree the following year, but being in a more temporary space, I strung lights and tassle on it and called it a day. The next year was our first Christmas in our new home, and we were still very much in the middle of renovations. We went tree shopping  with our good friends, but I don’t think we ever made it around to actually decorating the tree.

Last year was the first year I put actual ornaments on our tree, haha. You can see that post here. My mom put up a wreath in our house and I lit a few candles, but that was about it. But THIS YEAR … this year we have garland people!! And stockings!! I definitely prefer white, sparkly gold, and bright pops of color to the traditional red and green decor, but what’s new!? ;)

I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

Piper’s Nursery Reveal

November 10, 2016

Filed Under : Interiors - Motherhood - Piper's Nursery Reveal

www.jessinicholsphotography.comI am so so very excited to be sharing Piper’s finished nursery with you guys today! She turns one in less than a month, and it only took us one year to finally complete it ;). So happy to have been joining in on the One Room Challenge, which gave me the final push I needed to pull all the details together. And I love how it turned out, so it was worth the wait!

When I started planning the room, I knew I wanted it to be bright and colorful, which I think it’s safe to say we achieved. The nursery definitely fits Piper’s personality, which is also bright and colorful and full of light. She is our bright ray of sunshine and we love her so! Now, onto the good stuff… pictures of the big reveal!www.jessinicholsphotography.comBecause I always opt for white white white (I’m working on this) I knew I wanted to bring in wood tones, along with other pops of color, to warm up the room. The walls, dresser, and crib are all white, so I picked honeycomb shelves to style above the changing table and we stained them to match the floors and this side table from land of nod.www.jessinicholsphotography.com^ Little shoes from when I was a baby, and a pink wooden car from Denmark, given to Piper before she was born by her Aunt Janie. I love the special, sentimental touches in her room.www.jessinicholsphotography.comI searched high and low for the perfect rocker, and finally settled on this nursery works rocker in pebble. I love how wide it is, making it easy to curl up or spread out, and I especially love the price point. It’s a classic grey that could go with any nursery design, and an item we’ll definitely recycle into other nurseries down the road.www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.com^ This rug is literally one of my favorite pieces the house. It was the first piece I bought for her room and what I based the rest of the design around. I originally thought I’d opt for a neutral color scheme, but I found this rug and nope! I was 100% sold on pink!www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comIf you’re wondering what stuffed animal to buy for your babies, GET a jellycat bunny. They are so soft and Piper is literally obsessed with hers. She was never attached to any of her stuffed animals until she got this little guy. www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.com^ Madeline was my faaaavorite book growing up. I love having a copy in her nursery and getting to share it with my baby girl.www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.com^ She’s entered a snuggle phase out of nowhere, and I am soaking in every second of it!www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.comnursery-collagewww.jessinicholsphotography.com^ Trying to convince her she’s ready to walk …. she’s not convinced ;)www.jessinicholsphotography.comwww.jessinicholsphotography.com

Thank you so much to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting the One Room Challenge. I have loved seeing all of the beautiful, finished rooms. Be sure to head to the link up, here, to see all of the blogger’s rooms.

*All pictures by Jessi Nichols Photography

Shop the room:

Blue Ikea cart | Land of nod changing cover | Hexagon shelves | Rifle paper co. books | Land of nod side table | Babasouk rug | Ikea crib | For Like Ever print | The World is your Oyster print | Nursery works rocker | Ikea floor lamp | Pink tassel curtains | Land of nod blanket | Hunter boots | Anthropologie flamingo | Pillowfort unicorn | Land of nod cloud pillow | Land of nod cotton candy pillow | Leather pouf in dark tan c/o | Herringbone hamper c/o | Flora the Flamingo | MadelineElephant rocker 

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