We put the new plant in our front hallway for now, as it fits well over the stairs, and it's one of the sunniest spaces in our apartment. I don't think we've shared any good pictures of the entryway before, so here's a look:
We've got benches to sit on, my painting which still needs to be hung so it's propped, and Odo looks like he's about to ring the bells to tell us he wants to go outside; off to the right is the living room, and our crazy new plant is right in the middle, reaching out over the stairs to the front door.
It's a Schefflera plant, which probably had to reach for sunlight at some point, so now it has some long branches heading off in either direction. These photos kindof exaggerate its longest branch, but it is quite a strange shape; it actually reaches towards the window a bit on the other side, as well. It cost us $35, and we are very pleased with the purchase so far. Like our taste in pretty much everything, we like plants that are more unique than not.
Hopefully it will keep growing and get even better with time. For now we're using an antique piano stool Chris got from his grandfather as a plant stand (we added an old plate under the plant since this photo was taken), but that could change if we find another solution.
We're still on the lookout for more interesting plants for other rooms in our apartment, so if you have any suggestions for plant types or places to buy them on the cheap, let us know in the comments!
While we're on the topic, I couldn't resist sharing some large sculptural indoor plant porn. Here are some of my favorites from around the web to hopefully inspire your plant lust:
There are tons of awesome things going on in this room, but the plant just brings it all to life. Use your hand to kindof block out the plant, and you'll see... the room is still cool, but not as amazing as it is with that big punch of nature.
Same thing goes in this room. I have an indecent amount of love for that rug in combination with that sofa, the fireplace, and the hardwood on the ceiling; BUT it's that crazy Dr. Seuss plant in the back that totally makes it.
I've been in love with this giant Fiddle Leaf Fig since seeing it on Emily Henderson's blog (in an excellent post about indoor plant- check it out here). It's like a huge amazing sculpture. The rest of the room isn't quite my style, but that plant makes it all worth it.
Ok, this one is a little weird, but in my opinion, the weirder the plant the better. It's super unique and just makes this whole space feel more interesting and eclectic.
It's like a wooden cave with one little ray of sun (the plant, not the actual sun...). That plant could be totally normal if it was trimmed, but I love the crazy tufts.
The silhouette of this plant is just a block, but it's so interesting in its own winding, wiggling way (say that five times fast) that it works in a different, but very appreciated, way.
There you have it. Big houseplants rock.
Do you have any large indoor plants? Have you ever craigslisted a plant before? What do you think of our new plant?