Houseplant Tour: Sansevieria

Happy Saturday!

I hope that all of you are having a fantastic weekend! Today we are going to be starting a new series. This series will be a Houseplant Tour, but I am going to give you tips and tricks for all of the plants that I have!

I hope that this series encourages all of you to make your homes a little greener. As a college student in an apartment I don’t have a ton of time to be outside, or near nature at all! I didn’t even realize that I missed having my mom’s flowers and garden around me until I moved to a place with more concrete than grass.

This week we’re going to be discussing Sansevieria, or the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.

IMG_3306

If you all have been reading for awhile, you know that Herman the Snake Plant was my very first houseplant!

Herman is a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii. I found him at the Kroger Marketplace in Somerset for $12.99 back in August. He is still doing great, and he definitely changed me into the crazy plant lady that I am today!

These next few photos are some of my favorites of Snake Plants that I’ve seen on Pinterest. You can find these and other photos in my Plant Lady board!

0c83cbda5df3f0be507fea3fbca86da4a0fd18a96705a54e46f5e11b6f01aea8

There are many different varieties of Sansevieria. Here is a photo that highlights the differences in some of these varieties:

e19c8c6c2d2c5c1d07c45c563ff24657

Snake plants are considered to be nearly impossible to kill. They can handle a variety of light conditions, but as most plants, they do best with medium to bright, indirect light. These plants can also handle erratic watering schedules! I usually water my snake plants once a week, until the soil is moist.

I have three of these plants, and they are all different varieties. As I said earlier, Herman is a Sansevieria laurentii. I also have a Sansevieria ‘Moonshine’ACS_0063ACS_0062 and a Sansevieria ‘robusta’. 

ACS_0064

These last two are new additions to the family, so I haven’t had the chance to name them yet! If you have any name ideas, make sure to leave those in the comments below!

With light and water needs out of the way, we can focus on fertilizing, humidity, and re-potting.

I have not started fertilizing these plants yet as spring has just sprung. When it gets a little warmer I will start fertilizing these once a month with a diluted cactus/succulent fertilizer. My favorite is the Miracle-Gro Liquid Succulent Food.

Sansevieria is a succulent type plant, so it does very well in normal household humidity. However, they can tolerate dry conditions caused by drafts or air conditioning vents!

While these plants are super easy-going, they do not love to be re-potted. I usually re-pot my plants as soon as I bring them home, but then I will wait until they are completely root bound before I move them to a larger pot. This could take one to two years, so be patient!

IMG_4239IMG_4240

Sansevieria are one of the top ten air purifying plants based on a study done by NASA! They remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene.

These plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so make sure to keep your furry friends from eating your green friend!

IMG_4243

IMG_2421

I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about Sansevierias! These plants are gorgeous, and are perfect for anyone who is new to plant care, busy, or someone who wants more of a decoration than a living thing to care for!

These plants also go with any decor! They can be found at your local Lowe’s, Walmart, or Home Depot. If you’re brave enough to order a plant online, Hirt’s Gardens has a ton of varieties of these lovely plants!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about these plants. I would love to talk everything green with you all!

-S

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: Shelby Lamar (Miss Sophisticated Chaos) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FTC: This post is not sponsored and does contain some affiliate links.

Advertisements

Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness

Hello friends!

Today I am bringing you a post that has been super exciting for me to write! As you all know, I am a plant lady. I love anything green and have been obsessing over almost every genus and species since January of this year.

One of my favorite plants is the Ficus lyrata or as it is more commonly known, the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

You’ve probably seen these plants in design magazines, on Pinterest, or on Fixer Upper as this seems to be one of Joanna’s favorite plants!

979ec60b4a408c50b6540786466d8316e33fac2673afddb922f77a19deaf90e0

Even Kourtney Kardashian has jumped on the Fiddle Leaf Fig bandwagon!

While we were in Asheville I dragged Zach to a local Home Depot because I had been looking for another plant, a Calathea orbifolia. However, when I walked into the garden center I nearly screamed as I saw Fiddle Leaf Figs in the back corner.

This is also Zach’s favorite plant so we both ran to see what kind of trees we were dealing with!

IMG_4047IMG_4134

Once we got to this section, we couldn’t believe our eyes. These were some of the largest Fiddles that we had seen anywhere, and look at that price! Other trees of this size and health can normally go for $600-$700.

We decided then and there that we had to bring one of these guys home with us. This was on Friday night, and we checked this specific Home Depot Saturday night and Sunday night until we were able to purchase one on Monday morning when we were heading back to Kentucky.

IMG_4135IMG_4137

Luckily, when we came back to the store on Monday, there were still two trees left. We grabbed our favorite, paid, and ran back to the car as fast as we could. There was a chance of snow all day on Monday, and we knew that Fiddles don’t like the cold at all!

IMG_4139

We had a tentative plan of how to get this thing back to Lexington. After doing some research, we decided that we needed to use some clear plastic wrap to secure the soil and roots throughout the trip. Once the pot was secure, then came the hard part of actually getting a 6 foot tree into a Ford Fusion.

After doing some maneuvering, and having four different people stop and tell us “good luck”, we got our tree into the car! The best way to do this was to put the backseat down, and slide the tree in, pot first, through the backseat and into the trunk.

IMG_4140IMG_4141IMG_4143

As you can see from the photos, we used one of Zach’s jackets, and some of our shopping bags to support the trunk.

Step #1 Get the Fiddle into the car without damaging it: Check!

IMG_4237

The next step was the easiest, we just had to make the four hour drive home!

Once we got back to Lexington, we pulled Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig out of the trunk in the same direction that we put him in. We got lucky at this stage as well because we didn’t lose any leaves during the transporting process!

IMG_4165IMG_4179

Once we got inside we proceeded to take some photos with our giant friend.

The next step for us was to clean off the leaves. An important care instruction for Fiddle Leaf Figs is to dust their leaves every month. This not only helps to keep them clean, but dust can hinder their photosynthesizing!

ACS_0045ACS_0044

Once his leaves were nice and clean, we went to Home Depot to get a plastic drainage tray, and to Homegoods to find a basket to cover the plastic nursery pot that Kevin was in. Another important care instruction for these plants is to not re-pot them until they are completely root bound. Fiddles get “freaked out” very easily and repotting too soon is one of the easiest ways to do that!

ACS_0046

We found this awesome white basket at Homegoods for only $29.99! It fit the pot perfectly and looks pretty great as well!

IMG_4323ACS_0059

We hope that Kevin likes his new home, and that you all enjoyed hearing about one of my crazy plant lady moments!

Let me know what you think of Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the comments below!

-S

FTC Disclosure: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links.

DIY: Zach’s Media Console

Hello friends!

This weekend I am bringing you part two of the DIY shelving situation that happened in my apartment a few weeks ago! In the first installment I took you all through the process of building Skyler a bookshelf, and this week we’re tackling Zach’s media console.

Be sure to check out this link as it was the inspiration behind Zach’s project!

Zach started and finished this media console on the same day that we worked on Skyler’s DIY bookshelf. Since this DIY was also a little more complicated than our past shelving projects, Zach began this project at his dad’s house, where there are a lot more tools!

IMG_3807

Once he got back up to Lexington, we basically just had to put all of the pieces together! Here is the console before we screwed it all together. Zach wanted to make sure that all of the pieces would fit together as they were supposed to.

IMG_3808IMG_3810

From here this project was very simple! All he had to do was screw the angle irons to the pieces of wood, and make sure that they were level.

IMG_3811IMG_3813

As with Skyler’s bookshelf, Zach had to proclaim that this shelf was sturdy and complete by standing/sitting on top of it!

Zach also decided to use the Miniwax Polyshades Stain in the shade Espresso. Just as Skyler did with his bookshelf, Zach chose to do two coats so that this media console would be more rich in color!

IMG_3822IMG_3814

Here is the media console once the two coats of stain had been applied:

IMG_3819

The most difficult part of creating this console was transporting it from Apt. 3315 across the complex to Zach’s apartment.

Skyler and Zach got their annual workouts in by carrying this thing up and down 4 flights of stairs!

IMG_3817

I love the way that Zach’s console turned out! He takes a much more minimal approach to decor, and that shows in how he styled this piece.

He placed some records, his new snake plant Jim Bob, his bust of Richard Nixon, and his valet tray on the console.

ACS_0027ACS_0025ACS_0024

The main reason Zach decided to DIY this console was because of how empty this side of his room was once he put his gallery wall together. I think that this was the perfect solution as this piece isn’t too large, and fits together perfectly with the gallery wall! Also, Zach can never have too much storage for his record collection that is constantly growing!

Let me know what you think of this week’s DIY, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

-S

Lazy Day Project: More Shelving!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I am beyond excited that we are halfway through this week. Midterm week for college students is never fun, especially when it’s the week before spring break, and when you wake up with snow on the ground!

Through all of the craziness of midterm week I am bringing you all another Lazy Day Project, and once again, it involves shelving!

I have recently adopted the philosophy that you can never have too many shelves. Before I moved into this apartment I never understood the people on HGTV shows that needed so much storage throughout their homes. However, I think that I have become one of those people!

This was a super simple shelving project because I bought these shelves from Target instead of doing a DIY. What can I say, sometimes you want to be creative, and sometimes you want to be lazy and get results immediately.

These are the shelves that I purchased from Target:

IMG_3823

Here are some other floating shelf alternatives that I absolutely LOVE!

-Del Hutson Designs Handmade 24 inch Rustic Pine Floating Wall Shelf (Set of 2)

ArtifactDesign Wood Floating Wall Shelf, 17 inches (Set of 2)

-HOMFA Floating Shelves

I purchased these shelves so that I could add some balance in my bedroom. If you saw my Lazy Day Project: Bedroom Shelving Refresh, you know that I recently got some more houseplants and they were all living along the wall opposite of my bed. Because of this, I felt like this back corner of my room felt a little empty.

I decided to hang these shelves on each side of my world map that I got from Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.

IMG_3824IMG_3825IMG_3827

We didn’t really even need a drill for this project. For most of the hanging process, Zach just used this screwdriver like you see above!

The hardest part of this project was making sure that the shelves were centered, and placed evenly along the wall.

Another cool thing about these wall shelves is that they came with all of the hardware. So for $30 total I got both shelves, and everything that I needed to hang them! The alternatives that I have linked above also come with all of the hardware, so you won’t need to worry about screws or anchors!

IMG_3826IMG_3829

These were the perfect shelves for this project because I knew that I would be moving some of my plants over to this side of the room. Since most of my pots are 6 inches in diameter, I needed a wall shelf that was at least 6 inches deep. My white shelves on the other side of my room are 5 inches deep for reference!

The dimensions of these shelves are 2 inches wide, by 11 inches long, by 8 inches deep so they were exactly what I was looking for, and I got the last two at the Lexington store!

ACS_0019ACS_0020ACS_0021ACS_0022

Here is the finished product! I think that Freddie, Narcissa, and Stewart are happy in their new homes. Stewart and Freddie have even put out some new leaves!

I love how this turned out! There was something about these shelves that truly added that balance that I was looking for. Also, moving some of the plants added some of that balance as well.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this project in the comments below!

I hope that you have a wonderful day, and a great rest of the week!

-S

FTC: This post is not sponsored and does contain affiliate links.

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: Shelby Lamar (Miss Sophisticated Chaos) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

DIY: Skyler’s Bookshelf

Hello friends!

Today I am bringing you a DIY bookshelf! Skyler has been wanting a bookshelf in his room for awhile now. He has a ton of books, records, his record player, and his plants that needed to be brought out from the closet and put on display!

Here is the link to the blog post of the shelf that inspired Skyler’s DIY.

To start this project Zach took the wood and the angle irons to his dad’s where there are a lot more power tools. He had to drill the holes in both the wood and the angle irons, and attach the balusters to the individual 2x10s. Here is a photo of the cut wood before we put everything together!

IMG_3680

Once we had everything laid out, and the spacing all figured out, we attached the angle irons to each corner!

IMG_3685

Once these pieces were attached, we stood the shelf up, and made sure that everything was level. Then when we were sure that everything was in order, we screwed in the last few screws, and Skyler could begin to stain!

IMG_3690IMG_3691

I think that this is Zach’s way of saying that everything is secure and ready to go!

Skyler chose to use the Minwax Polyshades stain in the shade Espresso. He put on two coats for his shelf!

IMG_3713IMG_3718

Here is Skyler’s shelf once the two coats of stain had completely dried. This smaller shelf is Zach’s new media console, which I will be posting next week!

This is the finished product once it was moved into his bedroom!

IMG_3726

And last, but definitely not least, here is a photo, and a really cool video of Skyler’s styled bookshelf!

 

IMG_3753

I hope that you all have enjoyed this Lazy Day Project! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, be sure to come back next week to see Zach’s new media console!

Have a wonderful day!

-S

FTC Disclosure: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links.

My Garden Box: Box #2

Hello all!

Today is a very exciting day because I am finally getting to show you all what I received in my second box from My Garden Box. At the end of this post I will once again put screenshots of the website, and pricing information for those of you that are interested!

If you love the surprise of subscription boxes as much as I do, this is definitely a box to get your hands on.

ACS_0008.JPG

Once again, the box was gigantic! I don’t think that I’ll ever get used to receiving such a big package every month.

Here is what the box looked like once it was opened:

ACS_0007

As you can see from the notecard, the theme for this month was “Semply Succulent!”. I was super excited about this box because I already have two succulent planters in my apartment, and you can never have too many right?

The thing that I love most about succulents is that there are so many different varieties. You could walk into a greenhouse, or your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, and never see the same kinds of plants twice!

Here is the info on the box, and the instructions for repotting the succulents that I received.

ACS_0004ACS_0005

This box was super cool to me because we received four individual plants.

In this month’s box we received:

ACS_0006

-Four succulents

-Soil

-One Planter

-An information card and care instructions

-Decorative pebbles

The planter this month has to be my absolute favorite in this box. It is a beautiful color, and has an amazing leaf print all around it. The pictures I’m going to show don’t even do it justice!

ACS_0003ACS_0002

Here we have the finished product! I LOVE this planter and how it turned out with the succulents. Once I finished repotting all of the succulents, I had to have a photoshoot with this gorgeous planter!

IMG_3858IMG_3883

Of course I had to throw on my “Plant Lady” shirt from Magnolia Market while I was posing with my new friends!

Once again My Garden Box absolutely blew me away. I can’t believe that for the price of $19.50 per month, I received such healthy plants, and such beautiful accessories.

Below are some screenshots from the My Garden Box Website, and the pricing breakdown.

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 2.04.54 PMScreen Shot 2018-01-29 at 2.05.08 PM

Plant of the Month Club:

Month to Month $21.50

3 Month Prepay $20.50

6 Month Prepay $19.50

12 Month Prepay $18.50

My DIY Garden:

Month to Month $38.50

3 Month Prepay $37.50

6 Month Prepay $36.50

12 Month Prepay $35.50

As you can see, when you prepay for months in advance, your price per box decreases! I definitely recommend this box to anyone who loves gardening, subscription services, or anyone who wants to become more involved with indoor gardening.

This month’s box also would make the perfect gift, as succulents thrive with bright light and dry conditions! In other words, they thrive on our neglect as long as they are in a bright spot!

Let me know if you have any questions about My Garden Box! I would love to answer them, and to help you on your indoor gardening journey!

Have a wonderful day!

-The Crazy Plant Lady (S)

P.S. Here is the link to my review of my first box!

FTC Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, and does not contain affiliate links.

Lazy Day Project: Bedroom Shelving Refresh

Hello everyone!

Today I am bringing you ANOTHER Lazy Day Project from Apartment 3315!

This project, or room refresh, came about because of my newfound obsession with houseplants. I have discovered that the easiest way to warm up a room is to add some green and a terracotta pot!

Back in January I added some succulent planters to my desk and to my windowsill. Once those succulents joined the family, there was no turning back. In a matter of one month I have added TWELVE plants to my bedroom. Why yes, it is starting to look like a jungle in here, but I absolutely love it.

After I bought my Calatheas and had Zach make me some planters for them, I would lay in bed and stare at the shelves on my wall. They began to look bare, and even a little cold compared to the rest of the room.

Here is how they looked before the refresh:

IMG_2426

Yes, they were simple and gorgeous, but I wanted something a little bit warmer. Especially since Skyler had bought me this amazing Gryffindor print for Christmas!

IMG_3403

One Saturday morning I decided that I was going to drag Zach to Lowe’s and Homegoods with me so that I could find some inexpensive replacements for the items that were on these shelves.

In my head I had pictured a long English Ivy that I could teach to grow along the wall, and some color. I had recently fallen in love with some blue and white printed vases at Homegoods, and I knew that I wanted to add a few to these shelves. If you’ve seen my Lazy Day Project: Living Room Shelves, you know exactly the blue and white vases that I’m talking about! I love these pieces because they remind me of the blue and white porcelain pottery that started during the Tang Dynasty in China beginning in the seventh century. These pieces are definitely different, but there is something about the various designs, and this specific color of blue that reminds me of the Chinese pottery.

During my excursion I found a baby English Ivy at Lowe’s, and some of these vases at Homegoods. I immediately brought them home!

I actually ended up replacing the tallest vase with another one from the same collection. This one reminded me of a beach ball, and that wasn’t exactly the style that I was going for!

Once I had found the pieces, this was a super easy project to put together. All I had to do was repot Wanda (the English Ivy) and style the vases with my existing photos and the Gryffindor print.

Here is the end result:

IMG_3639

As you can see, this really warmed up this area of my bedroom, while adding a new member to the plant family, and adding a new personal touch with the Gryffindor print.

I also purchased a ladder shelf from Amazon to hold my interior design and plant books, and so that I could style the three Magnolia Market vases that had been on the floating shelves.

IMG_3637

Overall, I love how the various shelves, and this entire wall turned out! I think that it’s a positive thing to change up your environment, and to play with different styles in our homes. After all, we as humans continue to grow and change throughout our lives. It only makes sense that our style would as well!

Here is a photo of the planters that Zach made! Make sure to let me know if you want to see a post on them! I love these planters, and they’re even more special to me because Zach was the one who created them!

IMG_3640

Aren’t the Calatheas beautiful? I think that they may be my favorite genus of plant.

Lastly, here is the final, finished product!

IMG_3675

I love looking at this area of my room now, and I hope that you like the change as much as I do!

Also, here is the link to the Etsy shop where Skyler purchased the Gryffindor print! The artist is absolutely fantastic and has a piece for everyone. Be sure to check her out!

Make sure to share this post, and to let me know what your favorite part of this shelving refresh was in the comments below!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

-S

FTC: This post is not sponsored, and some of the above links are affiliate links.

Amazon Disclosure: Shelby Lamar (Miss Sophisticated Chaos) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.