Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Fiddle leaf fig

It's been freezing and snowy here in the Midwest.  School has been cancelled five times so far which has to be a record.  Instead of being cooped up in the house for months on end we try to participate with old man winter by snowshoeing, ice skating and just getting outside.  Sadly none of that is happening lately. 

One way I am keeping my sanity is by bringing plants and flowers inside.  Greenery in the house makes me happy.  So after admiring the ever so popular and trendy Fiddle Leaf Fig in design magazines and blogs, I finally got one of my very own.  I've heard about people finding small ones at Ikea for cheap but never saw one there until this past Saturday. 

We headed out early hoping to find one of the elusive fiddle leafs.  I was happy when I found about six of them to choose from. 

This is Mr. Fig.  He's just a baby but I think it's the perfect size for this spot in our living room.  For twelve dollars it won't be a huge loss if he doesn't make it.  I've read they can be kind of tricky to keep alive.  I found the basket at an estate sale this summer.

This glossy green guy is called a goldfish plant.  It gets little orange flowers on it that look kind of like goldfish. 

It seems to be in the succulent family and has been really easy to care for so far. 

Having a few new plants will get you to clean and organize your house.  I bet you didn't know they could do that for you.  It's true.

Have you had any luck with a fiddle leaf?  I will let you know how it goes.


  1. It's true! I cleaned my desk because I needed a spot to put my new potted plant. Your fiddle leaf fig is looking lovely.

  2. my fiddle leaf fig is not doing so hot. :( even though i cleaned my house for it.
    your home is so gorgeous!

  3. Londen, I NEED that rug in your living room! Where did you get it?

  4. I just love your greens! And yes we bought one last summer from Ikea...his name is figgy!!! And my daughter is in charge of watering him! He is doing great but I must say you really got one with a great shape!! Beautiful home friend...and yes it has been such a crazy winter!!! Nicole

  5. Hi Katie, I got the rug from Pottery Barn years ago when it was being discontinued. I will try to remember the name and email you.

  6. It truly has been a crazy winter. We have up to 10 more inches coming starting tomorrow. I'm just trying to make the best of it with cozy endeavors!

  7. I had a fiddle leaf fig (the tree kind) in my old work office that thrived! It was near a window that got a ton of light, but the professional plant people were in charge of watering it. They came once a week but I'm not sure how much water they gave it. The thing was growing so fast it was approaching the ceiling. In my house, I had one and it died pretty quickly- maybe because it was in a spot that didn't get enough light?? I hope yours has a long life with you! It's really nice looking, especially in that basket!

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