How Houseplants Can Enhance Your Decor

I have always loved plants in my home.

The feeling of bringing the outside in, is not only just pleasing to the eye,

but very healthy too,  as they actually can clean the air!

When others need pet sitters when they travel,

I need plant sitters! I have many!

When watering plants the other week before leaving on a trip,

I realized how houseplants can enhance your decor. It truly does mine.

I love the color and texture that they add.

Let’s start in the foyer.

Foyer-French Buffet-Housepitality Designs

I have had this corn plant for many years. 

Currently it is in a vintage 8 gallon Red Wing crock. They make great planters.

Below, an ivy plant sits in a pretty porcelain bowl.

For me, an ivy plant is the most difficult plant to keep alive in the house.

So if anyone has any suggestions on how to keep an ivy plant thriving inside,

please let me know…..I tend to give it a spritz every now and then

in addition to watering and fertilizing (I use a low strength of Peters fertilizer).

French Country Chair-Chinoiserie Pillow-Housepitality Designs

Around the corner from the foyer is a narrow table where I have a Philodendron

in my favorite antique blue and white transferware piece. These are such hardy plants

and I love hardy and easy!

Blue and White Transferware-Housepitality Designs

Between the great room and dining room, I have a linen chest where there is

a bird theme going on . . . the philodendron is planted in a vintage ironstone commode;

however, the topiary is faux! … love  to mix faux and real for a great look.

Linen Chest

In the dining room are two Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees. They seem to be in their

happy place as they are getting tall.

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They sit in a Pottery Barn basket. The tree is planted in an ordinary plastic pot,

and I have a plastic saucer underneath to catch any water that drains.

Dining Room-Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree-Housepitality Designs

I recently added this Bird’s Nest Fern to the dining room table

that I placed in a vintage ironstone tureen. I placed the plant pot in a

zip lock bag to catch the drainage of water. I did  not want to have water collect

in the ironstone as it may turn the tureen a grayish color

from the water due to the age of the tureen.

Dining Room-Ironstone-Housepitality Designs

In the sunroom, I have placed the very hardy “heart shaped” philodendron

in a clay pot and set it on top of a large candlestick. A vintage ironstone plate

acts as a saucer….love using them as saucers for plants and

using large candlesticks as a pedestal.

Sunroom-Plant on a candlestick-Housepitality Designs

In the kitchen, two plants in clay pots with ironstone saucers

sit on top of my baker’s rack.

During the cooler months I have more plants in the kitchen in blue and white planters.

However, since we have warmer days, the blue and white containers now hold

pretty pansies on the front porch.

Kitchen plants-Housepitality Designs

On my desk in the sunroom, I replanted a container garden that also had

a poinsettia from the Holidays in a blue and white bowl. The poinsettia has since

passed on, and the pretty greenery is thriving.

Blue and white planter-Housepitality Designs

I purchased this wonderful green transferware large urn years ago.

I would frequent this favorite antique shop of mine that was just a few miles away from my house.

The owner was so kind as to call me when she thought  something that just came in

would be perfect for me. I got a truly great deal on this ….. $10.00 !!

This plant stand is in the stairwell.

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I have a few plants in the master bath. They love it there.

Master Bathroom-blue and white-Housepitality Designs

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As you can see, ironstone tureens are one of my favorite things to use as planters.

Master Bath-Ironstone tureen-Housepitality Designs

Remember the Bombay Company and how they sold inexpensive plant stands?

Well, I have many of them and use them throughout the house as you can see.

There is a pair of these that flank the sofa in the master bedroom sitting area.

Master Bedroom-Plant Stand-Housepitality Designs

Jade plants seem to do well in the house and they require very little water.

I think I water this plant once a month. It  is in the guest room and coordinates well

with the blue and white garden stool.

Guest Room-Jade Plant-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

I have a large wicker plant stand in the media room by the French doors,

however, I missed the good light and didn’t get a photo of it…

Last but not least is my lady, Myrtle! … She is a Dwarf Myrtle topiary

that I baby! She often has to go to a sitter if I am away for more than a few days.

Dwarf Myrtle-Housepitality Designs

I find that Philodendrons and Peace Lillies do so well in the house and if you

tend to forget to water plants, then Jade plants are the ones for you!

I wish you all a very safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

I will be enjoying it with my family!

Have a most beautiful day and let me know if you have a favorite house plant

that brings you joy!

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  1. Wow, I didn’t realize how many plants you have. As far as the ivey. I just water mine.

  2. I love that you need a plant sitter when you’re out of town 🙂 Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  3. Shirley: Love your plants and they truly add so much to your home. I can see why you need a plant sitter. While I am an avid gardener, I must confess I haven’t done much with plants inside, with the exception of a few orchids. You have inspired me to think about some living plants inside.

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you and yours!

  4. For some reason my outdoor plants seem to do better than my indoor plants. I do have some luck with African violets. I love all the different items you use as planters in your home. I especially like the display of the birds nest fern on your dining room table. I also have a vintage crock left over from my country decorating days. I think it’s time to bring it up from the basement and use it as a planter again.

  5. Donnamae says

    I can’t grow ivy either….I had a plant once. It thrived…had to change its’ location…and it was a goner. Haven’t been able to grow one since. I think I have as many plants as you do…I just love them. I also need plant sitters if we are away for too long. I put my jade plants outside in the shade during the summer….they love it! Hope you have a great weekend! 😉

  6. Your house plants are lovely! In terms of the ivy plants, they need a lot of humidity. I actually wrote a post this past week on how to provide more humidity for your house plants. If spritzing them isn’t enough, maybe put them in a bathroom where there’s steam or place them on a tray with about an inch of small rocks and put water in it.

  7. Your plants all look very healthy! I love the containers you have them in.

  8. Love how you use your ironstone….and the zip lock bag is a great idea! Have a Safe and Great Memorial weekend!

  9. Yes, plants are not only beautiful attachment to the decor, but they also can help to reduce stress, to purify the air and so on..

  10. Marcie perez says

    I absolutely love live plants, however every time I have them I get mass infestation of nats, do you have any advice on how to solve this issue? Thank you and everything is just beautiful and very cozy!

  11. Your plants are beautiful and well loved! You must have a great system to keep up with them, plus your blog and many trips!

  12. You really do have alot of plants, I will have to count mine;) I have no idea about the ivy as I kill them too. I just can not seem to keep them alive :(:( I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We have 2 picnics to go to and we are having neighbors over tonight for dinner. I checked this morning for a post from you but didn’t see one, that is why I am so late seeing this.

  13. Shirley, you really do have a lot of houseplants and they seem happy in their spots! I used to have houseplants, but finally gave up on them! Yours look healthy and are thriving! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

  14. Your plants are so beautiful…..they really do add a lot to a home don’t they? In the past I haven’t had much luck with ivy plants but recently decided to give it a try again. So far it is doing really well!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. I love the suggestions to use as planters. I can’t offer you any advice on keeping ivy alive because I don’t seem to have the touch with it but I can grow philodendrons. I love having plants all over the house also.

  16. Love all you in door plants and they look like they are doing well.

    I really miss the Bombay store – purchased many things from there.

    I don’t seem to get your email posts anymore and I signed up again, so now I just go into the internet to read your posts.

    Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day and the rest of the week.


  17. I need to add some houseplants to our home. I used to have an ivy that would get so out of control I was always trimming it back. I could go for a few petite varieties that just fill in gaps. Thanks for the reminder!


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