Mid-Century Modern(ization)

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Who’s Got Green Thumbs?


Not this girl.

After all, I am the same girl that’s had a planter full of silk flowers in her entryway for the better part of a year.  You can read about that here if you are so inclined.  I should also mention that this post is not about that as I currently don’t have even the beginnings of a plan to rectify that dusty, dismal situation.  (Anyone care to clean 10 cubic feet of 15 year old bark out of this thing for me?  Seven silk plants, one silk tree, and an unknown number of lost toddler toys included.)

But you know what I do have?  A Fiddle Leaf Fig tree!   I’m so in love with it!  I love their big shiny leaves and their twisty, braided trunks.  And I love my $24 Home Goods pot, too.  That little pop of yellow makes me smile every time.


Don’t mind the mess!

I’ve been searching for something for this corner for months!  And this tree fits so perfectly!  Unfortunately, it can’t stay here.  Fiddle Leaf’s needs more sun that this little corner of doom can provide (we have a shockingly dark entryway considering how much light filters into the neighboring rooms).   I’ll probably end up moving it to the living room, but perhaps I can find a shade seeking tree to take its place.  Any suggestions?


My mom came over this past weekend and helped me pot it.  She’s quite the gardener–her yard is so lovely.  And my dad is a landscape architect.  What on Earth happened to me??  I despise working in the yard, and I have never had a desire for indoor plants.  Until recently.

At some point I noticed a trend in nearly every design photo I coveted.  Plants!  The majority of my favorites had Fiddle Leaf Figs (you can view my Houzz Ideabook here, it’s chock full of them — and ok, there are some ideas for the planter in there, too!).  I’d also like to pick up a Mother In Law’s Tongue plant.  I think they’re pretty neat looking — especially in modern spaces.

Fiddle Leaf Figs are finicky so I know I have my work cut out for me, but I’ve done a lot of research and from what I can tell, those that tend to leave their trees be seem to have the healthiest plants.  I can certainly get on board with that. But if it makes you feel better, I did start small in my leap into horticulture.  Several weeks ago I bought this little succulent from Home Depot.  He’s still alive, see?


He sits next to our kitchen sink, happily enjoying his own little micro-climate.  I know there’s no comparison between a succulent and a tree, but … go big or go home, right?


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

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