One thing I’ve learned so far after having my own REAL home for one week, is that the number of decisions you have to make is overwhelming. Sometimes paralyzing. Every tiny detail, some as small as what color you want to use for your door frames or kitchen backsplash grout, takes time and consideration.
Another realization I had is how much more I pay attention to interiors now. I look for inspiration everywhere I go, and appreciate when I see an amazing space.
I was in Miami for New Year’s Eve last year, and we celebrated the New Year at Soho Beach House. Soho House obviously does a phenomenal job when it comes to decor (I have a book I purchased that I will share with you guys soon that’s all about this), and this specific tile they had in their common area has stuck with me now for literally MONTHS.
Somehow, I manage to kill every single houseplant I purchase. They all look healthy for the first month or so, and they slowly begin to deteriorate. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, and I always have high hopes that the next plant I bring home will make it. It appears I’ve got it all backwards, and I’m not the only one! Here are 4 tips on how to keep houseplants alive:
1. Watering – we tend to either overwater or underwater our plants. The best way to check if your plant needs water is to stick your finger a couple of centimeters into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. If you feel moisture, you’re okay for a couple more days. After a few weeks, you’ll get a feel of how often your plants need to be watered and begin to follow a schedule. When you water, make sure you saturate the soil – about 1/10 of the water you pour into the pot should be coming out of the bottom. It’s great to have a saucer to catch the water under the pot, but make sure you remove it after an hour or so as it can cause the soil to mold (this has happened to me, and believe me, it’s gross).