5 ways to decorate with flowers and plants

Especially when it comes to Chicago winters, flowers are some of the cheapest therapy out there. And while I'm pretty equal opportunity when it comes to flowers, my Neighborhooding clients have inspired me to up the ante. Check out some of their most creative and beautiful ideas below. How do you use flowers at home? Where do you shop? 

1. UNCONVENTIONAL FOCAL POINT
How inspired is that succulent wreath? I love the juxtaposition between the plants and fireplace, living in harmony. Liz put together her wreath at a local florist, but there are tons of inexpensive options at Michael's--I also just bought one for $4 at Trader Joe's! And be sure not to miss the mid-century modern planters to the left of the fireplace, completely tying in the muted greens and blues used throughout the room. 

2. HANG THEM UP
This little setup is equal parts sweet and cool, and I just love it! If you haven't checked out the rest of Courtney's home tour, do yourself a favor because she is a crafting genius. For the rest of us, Ikea makes a great hanging system that I can see a million uses for in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room...

3. FILL AN AWKWARD CORNER
We all have those funny corners where two couches come together, and a table would get buried and a lamp looks lonely, right? I hope it's not just me! Jen solved her awkward corner woes by filling her's up with a few palms of varied heights. The end result is inviting, bright and not awkward! 

4. SUB IN FOR ART
Sometimes art is just too dark, or you have a funny-sized wall. In this case, Kaitlyn and Adrian embraced their little halfway wall by playing off of it with a long, thin plant. As one of the first things you see when you walk into their home, the effect is striking, calm and cool. This is when buddying up with your local florist comes in real handy: bring in a set of dimensions and have them customize something just for you! 

5. ADD SYMMETRY
The human eye loves symmetry, plus, it's a great way to anchor a room with a focal point. Here, Sarah and Kunal used crowd-favorite the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree to add a pop of color and height. Using a taller/skinnier plant is a great way to break up a bunch of boxy items like media centers, TVS, consoles etc.