How Ikea Plants Transform a Room for Less Than $10

“I should’ve purchased like three more of these.”


As I ease my way into the plant world, Ikea wasn’t my first choice as far as buying some quality plants as an addition to my home decor. However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the selection and durability of their plant section.

I feel the need to mention I am a plant dummy. If there is a Plants 101 for Dummies I need it in my collection. We were not big gardeners growing up, and while my dad currently has a knack for all things greenery (think: retired and needs a hobby lol) I am by no means an expert.


Here’s where Ikea comes into play. They have manageable, easy-to-care for plants to select from. I started simple: succulent, aloe vera, and a Himalayan plant that “thrives on neglect.”

PERFECT.


The picture above is my Himalayan plant that I took to work. It cost me $2.99.

I absolutely love it. I have an office cubicle that receives no sunlight and where the temperature is regulated by our building maintenance. With that being said, it doesn’t sit in the dark and the temps stay relatively mild, tho for obvious reasons it does not receive the most “pristine” of care. This Janet Craig plant adds a great touch of green to my desk and livens up the cubicle. That gold pot can also be found at Ikea for $4.99.

The second plant I bought is a succulent plant with this adorable pink pot for $7.99.


This adds such a feminine touch to my apartment and I love the pop of green and pink. This plant only needs watered once a week and does well with little light. I added these fairy lights around the lantern and just love the vibe of this mini plant terrarium.

My final plant is an aloe vera plant that cost me $4.99. I put it in this galvanized pot that I also got from Ikea *surprise, surprise* for 49 cents!


This plant is awesome and only needs watered once every two weeks (at least for right now in the winter). I have yet to break off a piece of the plant for the aloe gel on the inside, but when I squeeze it between my fingers I can feel the gel. I love this plant – it’s so green and vibrant and can brighten up a nightstand or an end table.

Overall, this was an incredible start to my initiative of bringing plants into the living space. I am intrigued and plan to purchase more, even those that may require a greener thumb. There is a super unique plant/garden store in South Philly called Urban Jungle, and if I can get my hands on a few gems there I will photograph and upload those on my blog here as well.

I would lastly like to mention that I purchased these plants a little over a month ago and they are going strong in the environments I’ve placed them in. I am really happy with the outcome and plan to go back for more. I mean c’mon… LESS THAN TEN DOLLARS.

Have you been to Ikea for plants? How about planter pots? Let me know your thoughts and if I need to run out and get another piece to incorporate into my home.

Xoxo,
KS

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Decorate with Me! Cozy Christmas Edition

“Could the magic of Christmas be that it never loses its magic?”

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Slowly, year by year, I am trying to revamp my Christmas decorations style. I know you know what I mean. Some people love the vibrant reds and greens, others dream of the “snow-frosted” white Christmas. I like vintage pieces, but also rustic DIY projects. I think I’m still in the process of finding my Christmas style, but I’m getting there.

Below you’ll find some of my favorite pieces, and for the most part where you can buy them and how much they cost. Because let’s be real here – you need to know the good good if you want to replicate anything you see in your own home.

Let’s start out with some home decor you probably saw in last year’s Christmas segment (shout-out to my ONE YEAR blogging anniversary coming up!).

That beautifully-glowing Christmas present glass box was given to me by a friend. Get this – someone made it for them! So it is doable. My best guess is a frosted glass box, some twinkle lights on the inside, and a big bow to tie it off.

The “Merry Christmas” sign is from my all-time favorite vintage/rustic Christmas shop,
The Old Candle Barn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was $8.99. This is the same place I bought my little caroler girls for $3.99/each.

The “Holiday House Rules” came from Kohl’s and cost $29.99 originally but I know I wouldn’t pay that (LMAO); I remember buying it on sale during Black Friday in 2016.

The wooden “tray” is new from Home Goods and cost $12.99. I think it adds a nice rustic touch to the wooden coffee table. I remember buying the reindeer candle holder from Kohl’s years ago. That Fireside candle is from the Shady Maple Gift Shop (also located in Lancaster, PA).

Per usual, I have to include a couple photos of my Christmas tree – would it be a Christmas post without it?!

That sign above my tree came from Home Goods for $14.99.
I got my tree from Big Lots on Black Friday in 2016 for $59.99. Incredibly good find. Image result for okay emoji

One of my favorite ideas this Christmas are these pillowcases. Casey Holmes posted about this genius idea on Snapchat and I was determined to replicate this in my home when I got the chance. Here is where you can buy all six pillowcases for your throw pillows for $19.99. Then I bought a pack of four pillows (18″ x 18″) for $19.99. Instead of buying a single pillow for $15-20 depending on where you go, you can invest in the pillows and swap out 4-6 cases each season for the price of one. You’ll save storage space and $$ spent on decorative throw pillows!

All Hearts Come Home at Christmas” pillow is from the Old Candle Barn and cost $7.99.

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Lastly, I have this really cool DIY project involving a galvanized vase and some branches I picked out and put together. I think I’ll save this for its own blog post. Image result for wink emoji

So those are my holiday decorations for 2017! How about yours? Do you have a blog post up detailing your finds? Is there something I can add to my collection? Lmk in the comments below!

Xoxo,
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