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Hi.

I'm Bri Garbani, a designer + photographer living in San Diego, California. It's here that I express my passion for dogs, design + DIY through writing + photography. If you like what you see, you'll want to check back often as I have a constant need to create + Native Blonde is my prime creative outlet.

Green Living Room

Green Living Room

Adding some green inside your home is great for purifying the air as well as sprucing up a space.  I especially like low maintenance plants because I am often too busy with the other living creatures in my household to remember to water them often enough.  So if they can be drought tolerant in addition to tolerating low light conditions, I give them an A+.  That being said, the neglect-loving plants I decided to put in my living space include a variety of succulents, a Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (also known as a ZZ plant), + a couple of cacti.

One fun thing about decorating with plants is choosing containers to house them in.  I chose a more modern rectangular stone planter by Threshold from Target.com for $50 (which is sadly no longer available or I would include a link), a ceramic white rectangular planter from Pigment for $16, + some mini cement plant pots that I made myself.  I also made space for a planter in the center of my DIY crate + caster coffee table.  

I tend to pick up plants wherever I see them. At the farmer's market, the local home improvement garden center, Walmart, even Ikea.  In fact, I have a funny childhood story to prove this as factual...

As a small child, I remember seeing a discount cart placed in front of the drugstore that my mother + I were walking into.  On it was an array of nearly dead plants, but one caught my eye as we passed by it.  Its mini palm tree like trunk + remaining slender, spiky leaves were unlike any other house plant we had at home, so I begged my mother for it as she shopped.  She told me that it was a waste of money since it was on its last leg, but with more pleading + a convincing argument that it was only 50 cents, she ended up buying it for me.  In the car on the way home I told her that I named the plant Spike.  Spike is alive + well to this day + is thriving.  He has more than tripled in size + had to be re-potted several times over the last 12 years because of it.  Every once in a while when I'm on the phone with my mom, she'll tell me that Spike is still doing good + we'll both laugh in remembrance of that day.  

So when I say that I tend to pick up plants anywhere, I mean it.  I also tend to pick up plants because of their unique appearance.  As an adult though, I've learned a thing or two through the years about plant maintenance (let's just say that coming home from vacation without any attention for over a week didn't do them any favors), + I am wise enough to know that I need easy plants that I don't have to feel bad about being neglectful to (or have to hire someone to water them while I am away).

Most of my plants are grouped together since they make a bigger impact that way.  Different textures, leaf shapes, + shades of green appear more striking in masses, don't you think?  How about you take a look for yourself!



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