Our Version of a Living Wall

Blah. We are getting a MAJOR snowstorm right NOW! Just when you think spring is on the way – winter cuts you with a knife.

Anyway, I’ve been super busy with design projects for school – Elevations, Floor Plans, 1 Point Perspective Drawings and Renderings, but I did want to leave something on the blog for you. You’re Welcome. Did you read the full introduction of June Cleaver?

And now this.

It’s one of our very favourite things in our entire house. Yeah – it’s that big. Except it’s so small.

Instead of covering the window in drapery, I decided to make our version of a living wall. Sonny is the one who called it a living wall in the first place. (Except it’s a window, but you get it.)

There wasn’t a significant need for privacy in the window, it’s a side living room window. But I did want a little bit of privacy – filtered privacy. A feeling of privacy.

We purchased the glass shelves at Solutions – industrial aircraft cable included. Up they went and off to Home Depot I went to look for pots and plants. I figured if Home Depot can keep plants alive, I can too. I choose all green pots for a cohesive look. I water them once a week, pull off any dead leaves and give them a dusting. In the spring, I fertilize them and top up the soil.

They even survived when we went to Hawaii for 10 days and our house sitter forgot to water them. She also forgot to bring in the mail, set the alarm system and lock the door, but I am not one to hold a grudge. She’ll never work in this town again! No really, she won’t. She moved away.

The fact that the plants are off the floor aids in space planning for a smaller home. All of the plants in one area creates a focal point in the living room and being in one area makes them easier to not neglect. (Except if you’re on vacation in Hawaii and your house sitter forgets to water them.)

Our living wall is an antidote to a winter snow storm! I really enjoy relaxing in our little “tropical paradise”, the snow barely peeking through. It almost makes you forget a winter that never ends and promises good weather to come!

Who else has a little something in their home that is actually a big something? Don’t you love it when you appreciate the little things in life?!?!

Once I hand in my project, watch The Bachelor and This is Us, I will share our Powder Room!

This Week.

Yours in Décor,

Emily

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Ashley Newton
    Reply

    I am really loving this blog! It is very fun and has great content.

  • Cassandra
    Reply

    I’m impressed at your green thumb, Emily! I bought some basil from the grocery store intending to make pesto sauce and it didn’t last the week 🙁 Your living wall is fantastic and I’m sure it must tick some feng shui suggestions, too, right?

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hi Cassandra!

      Sorry to hear about your basil plant – maybe if you make the pesto straight away next time… 😉

      Yes! Having a living wall or plants in your home is an excellent way to create Feng Shui. Here are a few tips…

      1) The plants need to be cared for and healthy to add Chi (good energy) to your home
      2) The plants need to be potted in aesthetically pleasing pots
      3) There are what is known as good energy plants such as lucky bamboo, money tree or a boston fern (we have all three!)
      4) Yikes! Negative energy plants also exist – “spiky” plants emit negative Chi, for example a cactus (uh oh – we have three of those, two are dying!)
      5) Bagua (specific areas in your home) can be strengthened or weakened by the positioning of plants in your home, for example the East is great area to add a plant

      Please let me know if you would like to see a post further elaborating on Feng Shui 🙂

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

      • Cassandra
        Reply

        Thanks for your reply, Emily. I would love some more feng shui tips! I think I need to get a money tree right away and I should probably throw out the dead basil plant. If your negative energy cacti are dying then I guess the negative energy is dying too. Which would be good!

        • OurHighHopes
          Reply

          Hey Cassandra,

          I will be happy to post some additional Feng Shui tips this spring!

          Yours in Décor,
          Emily

          PS – Could I call you Cassie for short?

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