Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Which is worse: Fake or Dead?
In defiance of HGTV's rule about no fake plants in decorating, The Nester is having a party! Specifically, a P.O.O.P.I.E. party! That is, People Opposing Objectionable Pretend plants In the Environment. I was thinking that I don't have any "pretend plants". Except for my fall wreath, which--considering that the flowers are cheap from Walmart and definitely look fake--is definitely in the objectionable category. But I do have lots of dead plants in my house. Are they objectionable? I don't know, you decide. Pussy-willow branches that look exactly the same now as they did when they were alive. This is a weed that grew in a potted plant that I bought at the grocery store. The actual plant died, of course, but I thought this weed was interesting, so I stuck it in a clip frame from Ikea. It is now very dead. I still think it's pretty. This boxwood was once alive and outside in my garden. Last fall, because I live in zone 3a, I brought the plant inside for the winter. Then we went on holidays and I forgot to have someone water it. So it died. Other than the fact that it is getting a bit dusty, I think it looks ok. I covered the dirt with moss. I just remembered this faux flower that is in my bathroom. It was bought at the dollar store, and is attached to a bobby pin. I wore it for the tropical themed bridal shower, and when I took it out of my hair I put it on this shelf. I liked the look, so I left it there. It filled what had been an obnoxious gap in the vingette. Of course in this picture, there's also the dead driftwood and the dead moss, and Jasper, who was never alive. I do occasionally decorate with live things. This is my favourite way to decorate with fruit:Pears look the best, but apples, oranges, and nectarines are nice too. This plant is alive, but it is definitely objectionable. It's about 4 years old, and looking SAD. I think it doesn't like me. The feeling is mutual. It belongs to KD, or I would have thrown it out by now. So that's what I have. How do I rate for objectionable plant material? Be sure to go over to see the other participants in the P.O.O.P.I.E. party!. The Nester has also recently had some great posts about how to choose the right faux plants and things: Faking It, Fakin It Take 2, Fake Take 3. Edited to clarify: Yes the apples are real. There's a gap in the display because I ate one just before I took the picture. My favourite number of fruits to display there is seven, but since I use real fruit, the number is always changing.