Archive for April, 2017

DIY Succulents

Trending: Home Sweet Succulents

By Grace Konrad

When it comes to interior design, succulents are having a major moment. The small, potted, thick-leaved desert plants have been popping up in store designs and apartments all over NYC – including my coffee table and book shelves. Many friends have asked me where is the best place to buy them, why are they so expensive already planted, and how can I use them effectively in my space? To answer some of these questions, I’ve put together a little DIY on how to create your own potted succulents (for much less) by utilizing the beloved NYC flower district.

If you’ve never been to the flower district on 28th street, you may be a little overwhelmed during your first visit. My advice is to arrive early and browse the stores before making any purchases. Some stores may have better plant selections while another may have the cuter planters. Once you have a lay of the land, it’s easier to embrace the energy and get excited about your planting project.

Planted succulents require 5 simple things in order to thrive:

  • A container with drainage holes
  • Potting mix
  • Light
  • Water (once or twice a week)
  • Gravel or topper of your choice

Simple, right? My first task of the day was to find pots I liked. After browsing a few shops I settled on two different containers, each for an individual plant. One was a more traditional terracotta style, and the other a cool square container in matte grey. Major bonus, each container was only 4$. Many of the stores in the flower district offer larger terarium style containers if that’s what you’re looking for, so you just have to be willing to browse a bit to find what you want.

The next step was to find plants I actually liked and wanted to have in my space. While multiple stores had succulents and boldly hued cacti, I ultimately chose two simple plants without major foliage. I wanted something that could easily be place on a narrow bookshelf or table without it being overwhelming, so I was focused on the overall size. The plants I ended up purchasing were from the first store I visited, but went back to after scoping out the competition. The plants were already in soil which saved me from purchasing an entire bag of it, and the owner gave me a great price – 7$ total for both plants. Last thing to purchase was gravel, which set me back about $12 for the bag.

In the end, the total cost for the project was about $23 for two succulents. This was a major steal considering that florists and garden shops in the city can charge anywhere from $15-100 for planted succulents and terrariums. Plus I had the satisfaction of designing the planters completely myself, which gave me the freedom to match back to my existing interior decor scheme.

 

Home Update: Feat. Gray Malin

Gray Malin photography

November is a perfect month for a bit of sprucing up around the house. Thanksgiving brings the friends, family & food. Before we know it, the holiday parties have kicked off and December is in full swing. Prior to  hanging the the garland and stringing the Christmas lights, I like to have the “bones” of my apartment in tip top shape. Consider this a perfect time to give the staples an update…think classic throw pillows, rich candles, textured blankets & standout artwork.

I get tons of questions and comments about my “gallery wall” of prints and art in my living room. Made up of pieces of art I’ve collected across my travels, my gallery wall was in need of a standout piece…I knew just what I needed.

img_1195 Photographer Gray Malin (and old college friend) has captured some of the most festive and colorful scenes around the world, including my new obsession – the Hermes clad camel at The Parker Palm Springs (now hanging in my living room!).

Palm Springs Gray Malin

Gray is currently having a 30% off sitewide sale so whether youre looking to upgrade your art vibes before the hoards of holiday visitors, or do a little gift shopping…check out his work here. (ps: Gray has tons of small gifts and trinkets on the site as well…perfect for holiday gifting)

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Preston Konrad Design IdeasMy friends always give me shit for this, but my obsession with fake green apples is a bit out of control. I love the way these look in a crisp clear glass bowl mixed with crisp, white tabletop accessories & lamps. Shop them below:

Interior Design Tips By Preston KonradThrow pillows don’t have to be the same color, or the same two colors for that matter. Try mixing it up a bit with classic yet playful pillows that go with your overall color scheme. Shop them below:

img_1200Make sure your coffee table is inviting and curated. Opt for two great books and top with a candle and something green. (I keep coasters in a mercury glass box for when guests arrive). Shop them below: