Placemat → Plantmat

washable paper: sustainable, minimalist, and elegant

The Story

I was browsing through UASHMAMA's website after falling in love with their about me, and hearing the story behind their products. When I saw their placemats. I was immediately in love with its minimalist yet elegant design. So I asked them if we could do a post for product exchange because if we're being honest, I just finished grad school and don't have the money to spend on the things I would really want to buy if I had the means. I'm blessed that through my social media platforms, I can receive quality products, and share it in a creative way with all of you! It is a win-win, and I love being able to create new and fun content! I'm always looking for things that my instagram fam would love...Likewise we plant people are always looking for new ways to elevate our plant styling, and I knew these placemats would do just that! So...let's have some fun! (:

The Vision

I wanted a no-fuss, no-hole, way to add some color to my white walls. Yes, that's right. No holes, I drilled ZERO additional holes to add these as backdrops to my already hanging plants.  How did I do that? My plants are hanging by picture hooks, and the UASHMAMA placemat is slim and lightweight so it fit perfectly underneath the picture hook. All I did was simply slide it behind the hook and the tension between the hook and wall hold it in place! I had a lot of fun playing around with different positions for the mat. I love how rotating it 160 degrees one way creates a totally different look. 

Picking the Placemat:

Wherever you shop, look at the placemat section. You might find something that makes a wonderful plant backdrop. Think about the plant you have, and the colors. I loved putting dark greens against the pink, and pink against pink. The tan color will go with any color of foliage I  think! Think about the material of the place mat next, will it be easy to hang? Is it light weight? And now, a big question I try to ask myself is, "Is it sustainable?" 

You can buy UASHMAMA sustainable products here.  Their washable paper is made through cultivation, rather than deforestation. What are some other sustainable brands that you love? I'm just stepping into this world and dying to learn more!


DIY Cotton Pocket Plant Wall

As easy way to turn a blank wall into a plant wall (:

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I am so excited to share this project with all of you! It really was a lot of fun because it was a project I felt like I was doing in collaboration with my instagram fam. At the same time, I felt a great sense of achievement being the one to stand on a ladder and drill each hole into the wall. Here's how it went down!

The Vision: I had this blank wall in our bathroom and I had these little cotton pockets that were big enough to hold 4 inch pots. I put the two together and decided I was going to create a plant wall! I knew there would be a lot of plants that would thrive on this wall because we have a skylight in our bathroom and it is naturally more humid. 

The Design: I knew I did not want to just do a grid of pockets, straight across, one on top of the other. I wanted to vary the length between each pocket, in a more unstructured design. I narrowed it down to two different patterns--the first you see here, I called it the flower-shape pattern. The other option was a diamond pattern. I had my instagram fam vote for their favorite design through a poll in my stories, and this was the winner! I was glad too, because my husband liked the flower shape more too(:

The Materials: A drill, picture hangers, cotton pockets (Daiso), post-its, 3-4" plants

The process: I started by using 4 inch post-its to give myself a feel for how the design looked. I would highly recommend doing this. In terms of measurements, I just picked a spot for the bottom pocket and then measured 12 inches above it for the next pocket. Sorry I did not find exact centers, but just tried to be consistent with the distances between pockets. Just keep in mind that the pockets hang, so you want the nail to be ~4inches higher than where you want the actual pocket to be.

Choosing Plants: I chose plants that thrive in bright-moderate light and high humidity (which is actually most of my plants). Still, I put the less demanding plants on the left side because it was further from the sky light. I put pickier plants that really thrive in bright light on the top right pocket. I decided to go with a variety of different shapes and sizes over an all-pothos wall or an all-hoya wall, just because I thought it would create a looser pattern. I think it did, as you don't immediately see a flower shape when you look at the wall. At least I don't...which is what I was going for! xD

Maintenance: I wrapped each pot in a paper towel before placing it into the cotton pockets to minimize staining the pocket with dirt or water marks. I chose plants that wouldn't need to be watered often, but when I do water, I take each pot out of the cotton pocket and allow them to drain by the sink before wrapping them again in a paper towel and placing them back into the pockets.

The Thought Behind the Shelf

Let's get creative! I'll walk you through my thought process behind decorating this shelf(:

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There is beauty in different shapes and sizes.

Consider length: I typically start with adding trailing  plants because it gives another dimension to the shelf which I love. Here, I started with the hoya linearis, and the hoya obovata.
Consider perspective: which plants might look nicer laid on its side, the lipstick plant fit the bill as I appreciate the plant more for its top than its profile view. I loved how it had a few leaves that dangled over the edge, too!
Consider height: From there, I thought about some of the smaller plants I have because the distance between the shelves is only ~6 inches so a lot of my plants would have looked squished. That's where the cactus and tiny pots came in! 
Consider spacing: I tried to space plants apart so that no plant was directly above/below another. I had to consider the shelf as a whole, rather than looking at each level.
Consider fillers: I love pairing my plants with candles and ceramics.  I added a vase and a knob just to create varying levels of height. You can find this picture on my Instagram, where I asked my instagram fam what they liked to place next to their plants. I loved their suggestions: crystals, wood pieces, antique brass, vintage toys, twinkle lights, books, nature bits. Check out the post for the full list! In short, mixed materials adds depth to your shelf. A simple way I did this was by adding a wooden coaster under a terracotta pot.