All the Faux Plants all over our Home

January 16, 2019

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It’s like this–we have a lot of faux plants around here. Nothing gives me greater joy than a real bunch of freshly cut branches or a small potted plant, but the truth is I’m not the best at keeping them alive. And with a bunch of little kids and a dog–extra dirt sounds like more work than it’s worth. So more times than not, I go the faux route and sorry, not sorry, it makes me just as happy. (Maybe more? Because I never have to buy them again!)

Today, I wanted to introduce you to a few favorites around our home. In the kitchen, I love to keep a big vase on the island with some greenery. It helps me keep the surface clean and the kitchen looking so fresh.

By the window, we keep hanging pots (these are from Target and no longer sold, but I linked similar below) and recently added faux herbs. It started with real herbs, but Chris actually uses more basil than the pot can keep up with. I had gotten used to the greenery hanging and found these faux herbs that do the trick.

We have two faux fiddle leaf figs. The first is a 5′ tall one in the stairwell. It’s so incredibly realistic and under $60 (this offer comes and goes, so if you’re thinking about it–I’d pounce!). I couldn’t recommend it enough! When you first get it, take your time and fluff the leaves and twist and turn them until you’re happy with it. I like covering the base with a blanket.

The other is in our bedroom. It’s a 7′ one that we’ve had for a few years and I still love it.

There are some faux olive branches on the nightstand which bring in a cooler sage tone.

We carried the same, smaller-leafed olive tree into the living room with this faux tree. It’s so airy and light but makes such a difference in the space.

Bottom line is every room could use some green and while real is great, I think there’s no shame in faux either. Here are several combinations you’ll often see in photos of our home:

1. Eucalyptus Branch + 2. Clear Barcelona Vase

3. Faux Olive Tree + 4. Emlyn Basket

5. Potted Fiddle Leaf Tree +6. Large Macrame Tote Basket

7. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig + 8. Sag Harbor Basket

9. Faux Basil + 10. Ceramic Hanging Planter

11. Faux Green Petal Leaf Branch + 12. Recycled Glass Vase

13. Faux Olive Stem + 14. Holden Vase

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  1. Emily says:

    I love all of these ideas. I am a faux plant in the house kind of gal as well. Where did you get the other hanging herb? Or is it real?

  2. Dawn says:

    I love these ideas…thanks for sharing! I have never been able to keep an indoor plant alive. I also have a kitty, so she makes real plants a not-so-great option.

  3. Jessica says:

    I loved this post! I’m terrible at keeping plants alive and I struggle knowing what to pick, so thank you!! I’m curious too if you will have faux plants in your cabin and what they might be. I loved the christmas tree you chose!

  4. MelissaB says:

    I’ve been so torn with this in my own home for so long. I can keep plants alive (for the most part) but succulents/cacti I kill EVERYTIME! I want plants in my home not only for beauty/greenery but also for the air purifying benefits so I struggle with adding plastic plants that just off-gas nastiness into my home. It’s a function over form struggle I have. I did replace all the little pots of dying succulents and cacti I have and that has made me so happy. Maybe that’s my compromise, ha!

    • Julia says:

      We also use an air purifier and almost always have an oil diffuser going…which is probably more purifying than an actual plant can do.

      • MelissaB says:

        Oh no, I hope that was taken as an offense to you! I also use an air purifier on and off. Believe me I would LOVE to replace ALL my plants with good faux ones so that I don’t have to be sad when they start to die, so that they would look perfect and lovely all the time AND so I wouldn’t have to remember to feed, water, replant them! It’s also tough to keep nice plants when I have low light areas of my home that just need some greenery. I just also have this tree hugger part of me that’s like nooooo use a real plant (in my own home), it’s my own struggle for real. Your home is gorgeous and I’ve referenced it many, many times with my own remodeling (Hello wood look tile floors, white concrete counters, DIY trim mantel, etc etc!)

  5. Kristie says:

    Love the look of the branches in your vase on the kitchen island! In one of your stories I believe you shared how many stems you used to achieve that look…I’ve scoured and can’t find it (which led me to believe it was from stories). Could you share? Is it 3?

  6. Shea says:

    Thank you for all of these! The link for your bedroom fiddle leaf takes us to a 6 foot from world market not a 7 foot – is the 6 foot the actual size you have? Or do they just not carry the 7 foot anymore? Thanks!

  7. Sue says:

    Thanks for this post, Julia. I love your house and how you decorate. I am always hesitant to buy faux online because I never know how they really look in real life. But now I can buy in confidence. If it’s good enough for Julia, it’s good enough for me!! Thanks for all your inspiration!

  8. Suzannw says:

    I see you covered one with a blanket. What other ideas do you have to cover the base? I feel like Spanish moss is not longer in style.

  9. Isabel says:

    Thanks for the post, Julia. How do you clean you fiddle and olive tree? One reader mentioned using the tub (brilliant!), but is it cumbersome with a “tree”? And how long/often do you find yourself cleaning your plants?

  10. Linda says:

    Aw man I was drooling over your olive tree but even with a coupon I couldn’t justify a $400 fake tree when I still need to furnish the rest of our house. Any recs in a more cost friendly faux olive tree?

  11. Fallon Neuvert says:

    Love this post! We have so many plants around our house that I love the look of, but just can’t keep up with the maintenance and mess. Not to mention the expense of getting fresh stems and flowers each week. Would you mind sharing which size basil drop in you have? Is it the Small (9inch) or Large (18inch)?

  12. Andi says:

    Thank you for this! There’s a space in our bedroom that I have been thinking needs some greenery. We put a skinny Christmas tree (fake of course) and I haven’t had the heart to put it away yet. Leaning towards an olive tree vibe since it seems more airy. I always have to have fake plants inside, real ones make me sneeze! Plus they die ha! Thanks again!

  13. Angelica T Thornton says:

    Can I ask you if you cut the silver dollar eucalyptus from PB? I went to the store to buy some and while I found it to be very pretty, it was HUGE. I have been using real silver dollar eucalyptus, which lasts several weeks surprisingly.

  14. Hilary Huffman says:

    Just ordered the QVC Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree you mentioned. Thank you for your recommendation!

    May I ask where you bought your bamboo blinds in your master bedroom? I’m struggling to find ones that are wide enough for my windows. Thank you in advance! Best, Hilary

  15. Katy says:

    Every single one of these, with the exception of the hang herbs, looks so fake and cheap. And fake plants are so wasteful! They end up in the landfill at the end of their lives and are petroleum based products which is harmful to the earth and polluting the air in your home….whereas real plants actually purify the air in your home. Sorry for the buzzkill comment, I know fake plants illicit a lot of controversy and I am firmly on the side of THUMBS DOWN. They look fake no matter how much you try to convince yourself or your readers otherwise.

    • Julia says:

      You are 100% entitled to your opinion and I get the controversy. I just really enjoy them. They make my home feel more alive without giving me a guilt trip every time I look over and another one died. Nearly all of the “plants” in this post I’ve had for a good, long time and have received countless compliments on.

      • Beth says:

        Nicely said. Way to keep your cool when the tone of the commenter was clearly critical and harsh. I think your plants look beautiful, whether they are believable or not. Your taste and home are exquisite and I’m inspired to make my home just a little bit as lovely.

    • Kdl says:

      Katy, you might want to learn a little bit about the “real” plant/seashell/flower/coral industries before blanketly condemning the “fakes”. They also have their problems (hello DDT and child labor to mention two).

      • Lauren says:

        Seriously! Where do people think “real” plants come from? They’re not picked by fairies in the forest LOL.

    • Erin says:

      I worked in the floral industry for years and now as someone who is learning sustainable/organic agriculture to farm my own land I realize that the methods used for growing indoor and exotic plants is mostly terrible for the farmers and the environment. From fertilizers to pesticides the amount of chemicals used is just bad, so please choose your live indoor plants with care #knowyourfarmer. Also, households with small kids or curious pets might prefer artificial plants because some of the popular indoor plants are really poisonous. My mother in law throws her fake plants in the shower to dust them so-easy clean!
      I think we can all agree that a pop of color from some greenery (living or fake) can bring us joy and that is what home is all about!

    • Sola says:

      Or how about the general tone of Katy’s reply – so harsh! Talk about a buzz kill…….there are nicer ways to phrase the not-so-nice things you want to say (or write).

  16. Sam says:

    Oh how I wish World Market and QVC shipped to Canada :(

    Their faux greenery looks so realistic in your home

  17. Abbey Johnston says:

    This is an awesome post! Thank you!! I bought the 5’ QVC fiddle leaf and they have an extra promo going on right now for $10 off for new users!

  18. I bought the QVC one after seeing it on your IG story — can’t wait to get it! Joanna Gaines also created faux fiddle leaf figs for the latest Hearth & Hand line at Target. I bought all three sizes…they are very realistic and come in beautiful pots!

  19. Coleen says:

    I really want some olive branches but Crate and Barrel only have them for store pickup and there isn’t one in the Treasure Valley. I think that the ones at craft stores aren’t realistic enough. I also have a collection of faux plants, my fave is my seagrape tree! I am struggling to keep my real fiddle leaf fig alive so maybe I will get a faux one.

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