Tale of Two Thompsons


Cozy Minimalist Home: Plants

I have a black thumb. Or maybe our old apartment was positioned in a weird spot and the plants on our balcony either didn’t receive enough sun or received too much sun and burnt to a crisp? Yes, our directionally challenged apartment is to blame! That’s what I’m going with.

Thankfully, I’ve discovered that indoor plants are much less needy and dramatic than my deceased outdoor plants. I love the way they look and how they make a room feel, they purify the air and it’s always nice to have a living thing in the room. The author of Cozy Minimalist Home is an advocate for large indoor plants too, as they take up a lot of space and make a big visual impact for a small price.

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I have several indoor plants, but I’m on the lookout for two larger plant species that I plan to strategically position to cover up the jumbled mess of cords behind our TV stand when you first walk into our apartment, and to hide the air vent on the wall near our couch (pictured below).

I have been on the lookout for a fiddle leaf fig for several years. I love the shape and glossiness of their leaves and I think they make a statement in any room. To my delight, I recently found a large shipment of fiddle leaf figs at Lowe’s. They were reasonably priced compared to how much the fancy greenhouse down the road from our old apartment sells them for. I was ready to snatch one up without another thought, but first consulted with a knowledgeable employee. He told me that fiddle leaf figs need high light and to be fertilized often. The corner I was planning to situate the plant unfortunately does not receive high light. I decided not to spend money on a large plant I wasn’t sure I could keep alive or care for. (I should note that although I have several indoor plants, I’m not the most caring plant mom. I place my plants near windows and water them every week, but other than that, I really don’t want to deal with them. It’s your job to serve ME, plant! See, I’m not very compassionate.)

All in all, the fiddle leaf fig seems as if it’d be too high maintenance for me. *insert sassy emoji of your choice*

I’ll continue my search for large, indoor plants that are OK with medium to low light. In the meantime, if you have any plant suggestions or tips, drop a note in the comments below!

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