Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Gold & Geo Terrariums.

I'm always trying to elevate my style, whether it's my clothes or with my home decor, so during my latest (weekly :P) trip to Target, I saw these super modern gold terrariums and I thought to myself that I just had to have them. After all, I was thinking that my bedroom could use some plants in it to add a fresh element. You can add some freshness to your home with a terrarium too with a few easy steps.

First, get a terrarium. The ones I saw at Target come in two different sizes and I started off buying the smaller sized one, thinking it would be a good small accent, but when I brought it home, I had instant regret on the size knowing I couldn't fit more than two plants in there. Obviously, I went back to buy the bigger sized one, and decided to keep the small one anyway. I love gold accents and I love modern geometrical silhouettes so I knew I could figure out something to do with it. Spoiler alert: I did.

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Next, build your terrarium! I did mine in the larger sized piece. I decided to plant succulents in it, because they're really low maintenance and I can be forgetful about watering plants. Succulents are easy to maintain, they require sunlight and you only need to water them once every 1-2 weeks. I went to Lowe's and Home Depot to pick out the certain succulents I wanted, but I'm telling you all in advance, their selection is small! I ended up at Armstrong Gardening Center, where they had a bigger selection. You can totally get fake ones too.

To create visual interest, I mixed succulents with different heights, colors, and textures. These tall ones had red accents on them and the flowery ones had distinguishable purple and green colors. My favorite one, though, is the aloe plant, which has a textured white pattern on it! I loved it and I think all of them together compliment each other.

Much to my surprise, you can't just dump dirt in the terrarium and add the plants in. You have to create a drainage system for the water. To do that, start by adding 1 inch of pebbles. I found a bag of pebbles at Dollar Tree. Next, cut out that you use for screen doors and windows, found at any hardware cover the pebbles. You can also add activated charcoal on top of the netting to keep the terrarium from causing odors, but I didn't because succulents don't really have that effect. It just depends on what type of plants you use.

Then you just add the plants! Mix them up to create balance with their heights and spread the colors out. Voila!

After I set up the large terrarium, I had to figure out what to do with the smaller one. Instead of adding more plants to it, I stuck a candle in it and made it into a really cool candle holder! I heated up the bottom of the candle a little to melt the wax and have it stick to the bottom of the terrarium.

To the two pieces, I placed a gold geometrical picture frame I received last Christmas with a picture of my boyfriend and I from our stint at the NAACP Image Awards. I was so please with how the frame matched the design of the terrariums. Get the frame here!

The three pieces together adds a stylish element to my room and it was such an easy look to achieve. I hope you all venture out and try new things to spruce up your home decor, perhaps starting with a terrarium! 

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