Dining Room Update: The Tale of a Tree

So happy to share my recent find with you all today! I’ve been on a casual search for houseplants for some time. What’s challenging about indoor greenery is A. keeping is alive and B. finding something that is both attractive/functional/not dated.

When I came across the fiddle leaf fig in the last episode of Design Star two years back, I near crawled up to the TV screen to admire this beauty of a houseplant (tree?). Then I googled the heck out of it until I learned what it was.

Soon after, inspiration came pouring in! What a beautiful, structural indoor plant that was not quite tropical, not quite in the fern family and not quite immediately recognizable (ficus, I’m talking to you). Source for above images here.

So I called around to my favorite local nurseries and came across the unfortunate truth that such large, mature trees fall well into the $150+ range, not quite justifiable in my mind for a houseplant (piece of Craigslist furniture or new tree for the dining room?).

Then I came across a blog that suggested Craigslist as a source for fiddle leaf figs! Hadn’t thought to search for a houseplant on the site yet. But a couple of months later and still no one was looking to part.

Finally, I called up Lowe’s and asked about special ordering. Turns out they carry these large guys and my local store receives a shipment every Tuesday. Well, two or three Tuesdays later and they were always sold out by the time I had arrived. Who would have known they were so popular?

I gave up… until just recently! After picking up some paint and other supplies during a recent Lowe’s trip, I wandered through the indoor plant section as I usually do and came across one. last. beautiful fiddle leaf fig. At least I thought it was beautiful. The kind man at the register gave me 50% off without prompting when he noticed my ‘badly bruised and brown leafed’ tree purchase. But that left me with one giant tree for $22! I’ll take it. And I whispered to my new tree that she shouldn’t be offended and that she was not bruised at all.

Fiddle leaf fig, welcome to my dining room.

I had originally planned on placing you over here, where the large pile o’ sticks is. But you are too small right now and you interfere a bit with the door to the guest room.

For now, you fill this wall up nicely.

Such beautiful leaves! Here’s hoping I keep her green and pretty. I’m not sure this tree will get enough light over here… most maintenance websites suggest ‘good light’ so we’ll have to play with placement.


One day, fiddle leaf fig, you might look like this!


Next, I need to drill a hole in the bottom of this pot for drainage or switch it out into a new, nicer container pronto. Will keep you posted on my green thumb.

You can start from the beginning or jump in on any of the dining room posts here: new art illustrationsbench makeover ideaschoosing a rugcurtain call part 3,curtain call part 2curtain call part 1newly styled bookshelvesa buffet-over,upgrading the lightingthe before.

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    • says

      Hi Rachel! Sadly this plant did not make it. But I invested in one more in our living room and it is doing really, really well. I have the bones of a post together on how I’m caring for my fiddle leaf fig and hope to post it soon. It’s basically light, don’t over water and more light!

  1. says

    I keep forgetting to look for one of these, I too love the look of them. I hear they aren’t that hard to keep alive, which is a plus for me :) I don’t think it is too small to replace the sticks, but it looks good where you have it too!

  2. Kellie says

    Love it! Your story at the register reminds me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree :)

  3. says

    Wow, what a lovely plant! I’ve been wanting something like this and not the ficus, ha. Will be checking Lowes this weekend. I think you’ve started a revolution and Lowes is going to be overrun with requests for the fiddle leaf fig across the country!

    • says

      Thanks, Jennafer! If Lowe’s doesn’t have one in, check with their ‘plant specialist’ and have them reserve one for you on the next batch order! I should have done that the first time around :-).

  4. says

    Love these plants but need to find an Australian version for my new place I think! That said, I have enough trouble keeping outdoor plants alive, not sure how I’ll go with something in the living room :S xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

    • says

      I know, I know. I’m terrible with plants unless they’re on a drip system or Kevin remembers to water! But I’m trying to get better about it with a weekly watering system!

  5. says

    Congrats on the score! I’ve been want one for a while too, but thought they would be more like $80-$100. Hold on while I call my local Lowes…


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