April 25th, 2013 by Celia

Books + Plants + Print = Love

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Here are  three things I love dearly: Chinese Medicine, house plants and fabric prints. Why not put them together? Oh, there’s something else I love in here, too (besides the Kuan Yin figurine, of course!), a cast off wine crate! I collected a number of wine crates to use as displays for my herbal tea and body care products from grocery stores and wine shops. Shop owners are not keen to give them up since they are used for their own displays, but if you ask nicely, leave your number and offer to take broken or mismatched ones, you might get a few to work with.

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A simple philodendron and the semi-succulent pepperoni plant (Peperomia caperata) are easy to care for. They get medium light with some direct sunlight, and enough water each week which soaks the soil but barely drips out the drainage hole. The philodendron came from a cutting about a year ago, and the Peperomia came from a lovely flower shop on Mississippi St, Emerald Petals.

P. caperata produces long white-tipped flower stalk. Very dramatic, and a little Seussian.

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The print is from my mom. I don’t know where she got it, but it was around for most of my growing up. When I moved to college, it came along and hung it directly next to my bed.  I had the sweetest, homiest little bunk on my floor of the dorms ;) It has been in all of my bedrooms ever since.

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