A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Tips for Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs

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I don’t have a really great green thumb and I’ve been known to kill my share of houseplants, including a scraggly fiddle leaf fig that used to live in our dining room and that I was trying so hard to bring back to life. But! I have happy, happy news! All efforts made to keep my 10-month-old living room fig (picked up for $25) thriving are so far successful.

I’m occasionally asked how it’s going for this guy and if I have any tips, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned over the past two years of indoor tree life.

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One of the challenges with my very first fiddle leaf was the way in which it was potted. I actually kept it in the same pot that I purchased it in from Lowe’s thinking that that would be its best home, what I didn’t realize was how important it was for an indoor tree to have the ability to drain its pot of all water to avoid shocking the roots or root rot. My standard pot was not a plastic 10 gallon container and it was sans holes.

 As you can see in the photo above, my new method is to use a thin plastic tray (found for $.35 at most home improvement stores) inside of my indoor vessel (in this case a big striped basket from Ikea) with the original plastic container. I could repot into any container with holes but because the basket hides the plastic I haven’t worried about it just yet. I added a little craft moss to the top when I first brought it home, Taylor’s most recent and favorite discovery :).

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The second trick for me has been to be very conservative with water. I almost feel like the poor plant has to go through a terrible drought before he gets another bath. Per recommendations, I wait until the dirt is bone dry.

I have learned that fiddle leaf figs hate over watering. Really, really they do. They’ll tell you that they need water when their leaves begin to turn down and when they begin looking rather sad. It works out to be about every 10 days or so (in the beginning I watered every Sunday but now I watch for the leaves) and then I add a couple of cups of water until I see liquid run through to the tray. Brown leaves means you have waited too long, so if you start to see a bit tinging or even have to prune a leaf off, try for a few less days next time.

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Within a couple of days that tree will perk right back up! It’s amazing to watch.

Last but not least is sun. These guys thrive off of sun and pull their entire bodies towards any light coming into a room. The final reason I lost my dining room fiddle leaf fig is because he wasn’t close enough to a window. And it can’t be just any window, I found that these trees weren’t thriving next to certain windows (because they didn’t get as much direct light throughout the day, etc) and played with placement in the house until realizing that it was our BIGGEST living room window that would be most successful. I sometimes rotate him so that he doesn’t start to grow at a huge angle.

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Fiddle leaf figs will only produce as many leaves as they have the natural light to support, so if your tree starts to begin to thin it might be cause for worry or it might be that it’s just finding the right amount to thrive with. The goal is for big green leaves, new growth and stems that point up and towards the sun.

I do hope that this guy lives for years and years to come, but it is by far the most temperamental houseplant I’ve ever owned and I’m just grateful month-by-month that it keeps our living room cheery. I hope these tips help if you have a similar indoor tree that you adore!

Father’s Day Finds for 2014

Can you believe it’s already June? That means summer and Father’s Day are right around the corner. Kev’s Father’s Day present is usually handmade and from Liv (this is T’s first) with maybe one or two store bought essentials that I know he needs or wants.

Those are always the go-to gifts for guys, right? The classic socks, everyday belt, summer flip flops… that plus favorite alcoholic drink accoutrements (another win!). Here’s my list of can’t-go-wrong Dad items for this year that I think most guys will really appreciate.

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Demitri’s Bloody Mary mixes | bacon spiced rim salt | Bloody Mary beef straws
WMF Loft Boston Cocktail Shaker | navy duffle No 4 | leather roller-buckle belt
Nixon leather watch | grey suede men’s Toms

A little backstory: Kevin loooooves a Bloody Mary more than almost anything in the world and I think it’s so fun to try and find treasures for him to try. These Demitri mixes (which boast flavors like ‘extra horseradish’ and ‘chipotle-habanero’) seem right up his alley, as does the bacon spiced rim salt! I wasn’t even sure that was for real when I first saw it… For some unknown reason to me the above Bloody Mary beef straws are his current favorite. If you have a hubby/dad/son with similar tastebuds, I highly recommend. If they like to mix any kind of cocktail drink (I suppose Bloody Mary’s don’t apply here) a real bar & restaurant cocktail shaker is always a sure fire win. Will make any home bartender feel official, though it takes some practice.

One of my gifts for Kevin this year is a solid duffle bag (debating also on this one). He likes soft (as opposed to a structured suitcase) bags that can hold a weekend’s worth of clothes easily. He prefers rugged for camping, I’m sneaking in a slightly less vinyl version for weekend getaways, too (I’ve waited for a well-duct taped trash bag full of clothes to come down the conveyor belt at the airport more than once, he’s a simple guy). The above belt was a Christmas gift and is probably an everyday staple these days. The suede slip on Toms look just about perfect for summer. A new watch for Kev is on my list for later this year (maybe Christmas or our anniversary?).

We’re celebrating a week early because I’m traveling for a graduation with the girls on the actual big day, I’m thinking a hike in San Diego and brunch is in order. Yay for awesome dads!

Past Father’s Day posts (such as this favorite gift from last year) found here. And all gift guides are right over here (just to keep those juices flowin’).


Guest Blog Interview: Ann-Marie Loves

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I’m so looking forward to sharing Ann-Marie Loves with you today. Ann-Marie lives in Pasadena, California and she and her husband are expecting their first baby this summer! I love popping over to visit. Her photos are so pretty and her daily stories inspiring and compelling (always make me want to create!).

What I love most about Ann-Marie is hands down her passion for sharing her creative style. It might be a thrifted find, an entry in her absolutely adorable baby album or a hand knitted/woven craft. Regardless, I walk away wanting to do the same.

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I hope you’ll join me after the jump to learn more about what inspires Ann-Marie, her three favorite design suggestions and the diy project and trends she enjoys most. I haven’t met her in person, but I feel like we would have so much to share over a cup of coffee.

Enjoy! Continue reading

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