A Busy Gal's Guide To Indoor Plants

We have all seen those envious photos online of gorgeous bedrooms filled with lush potted plants. However, plants are not always as easy to look after as you'd think - especially if you're super busy!

Here at THG we love indoor plants. They can completely change the look and feel of a space, making you feel more at ease and added bonus - they help you breathe better too.

Therefore, we have put together a list of the perfect indoor plants for you busy gals out there who may not have time to give it all the TLC it needs but still want the vibe in your favourite space. 

String of Pearls 

String of pearls are also known as rosary string of beads and are actually considered a succulent. That means that they are ideal for busy gal's as succulents require such little care. We recommend hanging them to showcase the draping beads. 

String of pearls are also known as rosary string of beads and are actually considered a succulent. That means that they are ideal for busy gal's as succulents require such little care. We recommend hanging them to showcase the draping beads. 

Peace Lily 

As indoor plants go, peace lilies are some of the easiest to care for. They will immediately brighten any space and are well known for their ability to clean the air of the room they are in. 

As indoor plants go, peace lilies are some of the easiest to care for. They will immediately brighten any space and are well known for their ability to clean the air of the room they are in. 

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair ferns come in so many varieties and sizes that there is sure to be one to suit your space. They look beautiful in a range of pots or can be hung to let the foliage drape and add a bit of extra dimension. 

Maidenhair ferns come in so many varieties and sizes that there is sure to be one to suit your space. They look beautiful in a range of pots or can be hung to let the foliage drape and add a bit of extra dimension. 

Snake Plant

Snake plants are super resilient as it can go weeks with neglect. Like the peace lily they are excellent at removing toxins from the air. Additionally, there are so many varieties and sizes so picking one to suit your space shouldn't be a problem.

Snake plants are super resilient as it can go weeks with neglect. Like the peace lily they are excellent at removing toxins from the air. Additionally, there are so many varieties and sizes so picking one to suit your space shouldn't be a problem.

 

Crafternoon Inspiration

It’s a Sunday afternoon, the sun is out, and you’ve got a refreshing mojito in your hand, surrounded by a group of talented gal-pals. What a perfect setting for my favourite type of gathering, a crafternoon. Here are some foolproof ideas that would suit from a beginner to a seasoned crafternooner. 

1.     The super easy and super effective tassel garland!

This one is always a winner; all you need is assorted colours of crepe paper and metallic foil paper, scissors and some brown twine. Begin by cutting the paper into long strips that are about 2-3cm wide and as long as double the length of your desired tassel (i.e. 10cm tassel means 20cm strips). Lay all of your strips out in their own colours (or you can make multi coloured if you prefer) grab the half way point and wrap it around a long piece (total length you are after) of twine then fasten the strips by wrapping a small piece of twine around the head of your new tassel and knotting.

Easy as that, now continue making them until you reach your desired amount/combo of colours. Here are some pictures of how we would style ours. 

 

2.     Flower Framing

This project required a little foresight with the preparation but these pressed flowers are a beautiful way to preserve the magnificence of nature in your home. If you don’t have glass frames, this project is still very effective in a regular frame backed with white card. All you need to do is gather a bunch of wild flowers, or old flowers gifted to you (mustn’t be large blooms as they don’t press well, think small flowers and foliage), place flowers inside a heavy book and place a large weight on top of the book – leave for one to two weeks in a cool dry place.  Once dried, place flowers in your frames and voile – done! 

3.     Macrame plant hanger

You’ve all seen them, they look fab, now you can make one of your own! I have tried a few online tutorials for this project and this is the best video I found, it really takes you through step by step, it looks a little more complicated than some other versions, but trust me it pays off in the end. This DIY should take you about 1-2 hours to complete. All you need is a few bundles of rope, either in a neutral tone or multi colours, you can buy this is craft shops and hardware stores. You will also need assorted bolts/beads, D-ring and a hook, all of which are available at your local hardware store. Here is a picture of my finished product and some other (more) inspiring versions! 

No Place Like Home

After all, home is where the heart is. It is where we rest, love, grow and entertain – it is an environment that can shape and influence your outlook on life. For inspirational spaces we look at cozy, luxurious fabrics such as velvets, knits and faux fur for furniture/soft furnishings to give your space a warm inviting feel. We also love printed rugs, personal artworks and thrifted eclectic tables and chairs. Plants are also an amazing addition to your space, not only do they look great and create a more intimate environment but they purify the air, improve productivity and help keep illness at bay!

If you’re new to indoor plants we’ve got a list of the best and easiest species for beginners:

1.    Prayer plant: needs a bright but not directly sun lit room, regular water

2.    Mother in laws tongue: Likes a well lit spot, water when dry

3.    Philodendron (basically indestructible): Likes a well lit spot, water when dry 

4.    Devil’s Ivy: A climber that will grow in dull or light spaces, water when dry 

And Voila! Your space can be your dream home just like that.  

Natural lip plumper

We have all be fascinated over Kylie Jenner’s lips for some time and have watched numerous tutorials to achieve the notorious plumped lip look, but here’s a way to achieve this fashion statement without buying expensive products.

What you’ll need:

·      Soft toothbrush

·      Utensil for mixing

·      Cotton buds

·      Oil, such as olive, avocado or coconut

·      Sugar or baking soda

·      Cinnamon

How it works

Cinnamon helps stimulate blood flow to the lips as it is a mild irritant that causes mild swelling and a tingly sensation the temporally plumps the lips for a few hours. It is a safe method but should not be over used to avoid drying and scaling of the lips.

 

   Lip Scrub  Brush your lips with the oil and baking soda mixture using the toothbrush to remove any dead skin and give your lips a smoother appearance. Wipe off excess mixture with wet cotton bud

 

Lip Scrub

Brush your lips with the oil and baking soda mixture using the toothbrush to remove any dead skin and give your lips a smoother appearance. Wipe off excess mixture with wet cotton bud

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    Lip Plumper  Mix half a teaspoon of oil with cinnamon to achieve a pasty mix and apply to the lips with your finger and massage until your lips begin to tingle. Leave for 10 minutes and dab off with cotton buds

Lip Plumper

Mix half a teaspoon of oil with cinnamon to achieve a pasty mix and apply to the lips with your finger and massage until your lips begin to tingle. Leave for 10 minutes and dab off with cotton buds

Our love for indoor plants continues...

We have already blogged about how much we are loving indoor plants but lets be real, plants are so hard to grow! We have decided to help you girls out by putting together a list of the perfect plants to grow indoors.

1. Pothos- Hands down the prettiest plant. Requires no effort at all, simply keep in water and they will grow like crazy. They also make for perfect hanging plants.

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig- These guys have so much character and bring life to any room. Also another great bonus is that they only need water when they are looking dry yay!

3. Rubber Plant- Now this is our kind of plant, they only need water for half the year. Also terracotta pots work so well with showing off the plants glossy green leaves, really makes them POP!

4. Succulents- Require no effort at all and are almost impossible to kill. Such an adorable plant we really can't get enough of them.