Urban Outfitters may not be your style apparel wise, but they indisputably know what they are doing when it comes to decor pieces—-who doesn’t love a good knick-knack? AND DID YOU KNOW that they have live succulents on their website? Betcha’ didn’t–you are welcome. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but I could easily spend hundreds of dollars on vases, which is something no one should ever do.
You’ve likely been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper—I, like pretty much everyone, am absolutely obsessed with her and her designs. Despite this, I somehow am just arriving at the “Joanna has a home-goods store party”, and I don’t think I’ll ever leave.
Upon first arriving, you can bet I filled my cart with every quilt, glass jar, and candle-holder that suited my fancy. Obviously as a broke twenty-three-year-old, I had no intention of purchasing everything that was in my cart (aside from the most perfect throw pillow I had ever laid eyes on that will stay in my cart till payday). While fun, it got me thinking, why are we paying so much for stuff that looks worn and old? There must be cheaper options out there. The items in the collection are no doubt worth the money, especially if you just need a few pieces and aren’t someone starting from ground zero. However, if you’re like me and you love the farmhouse aesthetic, but can’t justify that price tag, here are some cheaper finds I found on Amazon. Also, there is a case to be made for expensive pillow covers and cheap pillows, but that’s for another post. Of course, I can’t make the argument that the quality will be the same, but if you’re in the same boat as me, quality concerns are a smaller hitch when compared to looming credit card debt.
Below are a few cheaper alternatives to Magnolia Market’s items:
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Not exact replicas, sure, but it serves as an example that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the same general look. Joanna, I adore you, wish I was you, but for now I will settle as the off-brand version. I would love to hear the ways you have dodged the designer price tags in the comments (TJ Maxx is great, also). Connect with tinydeskplants on Pinterest if you just can’t get enough home-envy!
As we’re well aware, plants give us life–Without plants, we wouldn’t be here. Indoor plants provide benefits to our health as well in the form of psychological well-being; the only downside–we have to give them their life in return.
If you’re thinking you can barely keep yourself alive at work, let alone another living thing, consider a Pet Rock.
However, for those of you that want some life on your lifeless desk, but are wary of commitment (raises hand), find below my top options for dummy-proof, low maintenance greens.
If you don’t have a window in your office, you should skip this guy. While they don’t require constant sunlight, they will not survive well without being set in the light for a few hours a day. However, if you have a sun patch in your office, Aloe Plants are one of the hardiest plants out there, and even those with the blackest thumbs will have trouble killing these.
Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing option, the Umbrella Tree is also one of the easiest plants to care for. This forgiving house plant comes with a ceramic pot, soil, and care instructions making it perfect for the lazy decorator.
This plant will thrive in your windowless office. These versatile little guys will grow in dry soil, or even water vases. However, the best thing about these plants is that they will rid the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde; literally bringing the fresh, outdoor air inside.
Another plant that requires no sunlight, but is arguably more durable than the last. Also referred to as Mother in Law’s tongue, these office plants will survive the longest vacations. Another benefit, NASA research has shown that they will keep the air in your office or home clean.
Sticking with our theme of clean air, the Spider Plant is my favorite indoor house plant, both for it’s durability, and it’s physical qualities. This beautiful plant thrives in artificial/florescent lighting, i.e. every office ever, and does best in cooler temperatures.
Allow roots to dry between watering.
Thrives with artificial light.
There you have it: a no-excuses list of plants that you, yes you, can grow in your office.
Here for those in the windowless offices who’s idea of work-space personalization is a rubber stapler and a mason jar full of highlighters.
I know I don’t have to tell you how boring an office desk can be. If the only thing making your work-space feel like your own is the purse you stash underneath, then listen closely:
Studies show, time and time again, that an office devoid of that “touch of yourself”, make for miserable, and consequently, unproductive employees. More than 85% of an average person’s life is spent indoors. If you, like so many others, work a traditional 8 hour workday in an office, that percentage could likely be more. Being constantly engaged with a computer screen rather than the environment can cause a great deal of stress.
However, this is a problem that is easily solved. By decorating your office, you are then more engaged with your environment, and thus you will feel more comfortable and less stressed.
This website will assist youin an effort to create a work-space/home environment you actually enjoy instead of one you just exist in. Also, plants–they’re the best.
Send your office-inspo on Pinterest and I’ll try my best to recreate the “look” in my blog post!