Accessorizing with Ferns

I love fern. Whenever I see a photo of a room with it in it, I take a second look. It just gives this awesome fresh jolt of green & energy to a space. It has a classic feel yet it's a bit wild & untamed & perfect for any modern space. (And they're so inexpensive & available!!!)



When I saw this room by Carlton Varney (in HB), it was the fern that got me. How beautiful is it against all that white?!!


I've always wanted a house with a front porch & hanging ferns on it. Something about it is so romantic & nostalgic. (2 images below from Martha Stewart)

How perfect is this porch?!! (below)


Eddie & Jaithan had a fern in their apartment:


And Eddie used one as the centerpiece for his New Orleans Showhouse dining room:



Below is a fern I used at my old townhouse a couple of years ago... (I killed it pretty quickly though--- eeeeek!!) I loved sitting in here with my fan going (this was the old big square plastic one that broke) and the windows open, blowing in the white curtains... Something about the fern and all these elements really relaxed me. Great place to read a book or take a nap...

Love how the fern below (BHG) is just sitting casually on the stairs. (It's much better than my pile of stuff that needs to go either up or down!!!)


Below is a pretty little fern in a bucket in the kitchen of the Ruthie Sommers house we all love so much: (Also, Things That Inspire let me know that the adorable crab painting is actually by a very talented artist friend of hers!!!!)


Here's a simple fern arrangement accompanied by fern plates (Country Living):


LOVE LOVE LOVE the table setting below from one of my favorite houses, Rice Cottage.

The plant below isn't a fern but I included it because it's so fern-esque ;) (BHG):

The fern in the corner gives just the hit of life this room needs (below, BHG):


Here's another pretty little fern from BHG in a shabby chic dining room:


And finally, this fern in a room done by Carrier and Company is one of my favorites. I LOVE what it does in this room (again, a white background) and it looks so perfect next to the turquoise gourd lamp. So much life!!! love it!!!

I've been waiting to get my ferns this year because we're going away for another 2 weeks and I don't want them to die while I'm gone!! (I've pledged to take better care of the next ones ;) I'm putting one in my dining room in an urn I just found. Home Depot and K-Mart have a ton for under $15. Also, if you plant them in the grount just before it gets too cold, they'll come up next Spring!! (I did this when I started to kill my indoor ferns and the ones that made it were beautiful in the Spring!!)

We'll be in the Outer Banks (North Carolina) and I'll be posting from there for the next 2 weeks!!! The house we rented is so pretty and I can't wait to show pics!!! (hahaha totally picked it because of how it was decorated ;)
xoxo,

lauren

32 comments:

Chrissy said...

Good morning from Canada...what a lovely blog you have,love this post on ferns!! Enjoy your holiday....my brother lives in North Carolina...all the best,Chrissy

my favorite and my best said...

i am a fan of a fern. i have 2 gigantic ones on my front porch. they thrive in this humid south.

Blushing hostess said...

Oh! We are on the same wavelength today - I just did a post on using native ferns in flower arranging.

And I just nearly bought a home with would have been a wonderful double gallery porch for fern hanging posts... a shame the seller is a straight up bag of dirt...!! Bummer.

Lauren said...

Yes, I have always had a fern! They just make a room pop! And yes, I have killed a few, but they really are hearty! My kitty would even jump a few feet just to play with the ferns! He didn't kill them, but they did shed a lot! I'm looking at the one hanging in my screen porch now. Lovely! Have a great trip!

Unique Unique Design said...

So glad to see a fern post. I love them. We do a lot of white and grays and neutrals, so a fern just puts life into a room. Great post!
marcie

the gardeners cottage said...

I adore ferns! They are my favorite plant, indoor and out. I agree w/you on the way they just bring a room to life. And I think they go so well with a black and white interior. I just love em.

Janet

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Um, is there any other way to choose a rental? ;)

I love ferns too but they don't love me back. They just keep croaking. So sad.

Have a good trip! (I love that area.) :)

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Love that porch with the swing and the Carrier and Co living room. And you're right, neither would be the same without their ferns. I also like a fern in the fireplace during summer but haven't tried it myself 'cause I don't want to buy a fern only to send it to an early grave!
Enjoy your holiday!

Jennifer said...

I've killed two maidenhair ferns in the last six months. Need to find a heartier variety, as a house in the South is not a home without a fern, haha!

Erin said...

That porch is to-die-for!!!

LindsB said...

To be honest I really never paid any attention to ferns, but I sure will now. This collection of photos are some of my favorite and its funny they all have ferns in them. I think I'll have to get one and try not to kill it :)

Have so much fun in OBX, I'm very jealous of you right now- that is my favorite vacation spot!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Lauren, thanks for stopping by. I caught up with you earlier this week & bad me, didn't leave a comment. I wish I had more time to visit everyone. Love, love your fern pics! I wish they would live better inside & I'd have a few. I've made a vow to get rid of most of my fake plants around my house & go with all live. I'm gonna try some real palm trees and see how they do. I have quite a few real ones now, so what's a few more big ones.

Have fun at the beach! We're going next month too.

Eileen said...

All great pictures! Ferns are the best. Simple yet they really dress up any area of your home!
But my most favorite part of your post was how you admitted that you picked your beach vacation house because of the way it was decorated!! I LOVE IT!!
I'm the same way! You want to be surrounded by your idea of comfort and beauty, I get that!
Have a wonderful time!
All the best,
Eileen

laney said...

...what a wonderful thought...perhaps plants are coming back to interiors!!...40 years ago when i married ...we all had plants...ferns especially...all over our apartments and first homes...what goes around comes around...i still have a southern front porch full of ferns...it would not be the south without a porch with a blue ceiling and ferns...you have a lovely blog...

laney said...

PS...i do mean live plants!!!

Tracey said...

Love the fern plates...really great pictures!!!

:) T

Vintage Junky said...

I adore ferns, we have some hanging on the front porch. I wait every year until after April 15(advice I got from a wise friend) to put them up so they don't die from the frost. But, when I see them it is soo hard to wait

Maria Killam said...

I love ferns too, there is something so fragile and ethereal about them!

You've been tagged, I want to know what your colour personality is! So get writing!
x
Maria

pam@pixelimpress said...

love this post! been popping in on your blog here and there. love it. i've got that white house with the black shutters and porch ferns filed away... it's my dream home. i've only ever had good luck with outdoor ferns. of course they're plentiful here in seattle. have fun in the outer banks. we always vacationed in corolla. be sure to eat at the red sky cafe in duck. it's wonderful. pam

Brenda said...

I never thought I would love ferns but we have two in our yard and I just love to snip a few sprigs and put them in a glass bottle. It adds just the right amount of color and natural element. Have a great vacay and post pics soon.

Annie said...

gee l think you've got great taste! such great pics!

Shannon said...

Love the ferns, especially in a very neutral room

Cindy said...

I have always loved ferns, I notice they are often used in New Orleans and make a place feel so old world. I love the freshness of them. Great post, thanks, Hugs ~cindy s~

Cindy said...

I have always loved ferns, I notice they are often used in New Orleans and make a place feel so old world. I love the freshness of them. Great post, thanks, Hugs ~cindy s~

Julie@beingRUBY said...

I do love ferns. They would probably be the most popular house plant here. Lately though I have a habit of killing them!! haha They always remind me of my grandmothers home and garden. Something very welcoming about them. Have a great weekend. Julie

Windlost said...

Gorgeous photos. I love ferns too - there is something very soothing about their colour and shape that I also find I have always liked.

We have several ferns in our garden and I love cutting them (all summer) and bringing them inside, but I have never had a whole plant in the house. A lovely addition to your look!

have a great holiday!

xo T.

Windlost said...

Gorgeous photos. I love ferns too - there is something very soothing about their colour and shape that I also find I have always liked.

We have several ferns in our garden and I love cutting them (all summer) and bringing them inside, but I have never had a whole plant in the house. A lovely addition to your look!

have a great holiday!

xo T.

eddieross said...

Hi honey!!!what a great post and thank you so much for the shout out! we can't wait to see you and Dave soon!!! xoxox
Eddie

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

Ferns are great because they are low maintenance and add life and color to any room. Great post!

Donna @ dh designs said...

I love ferns. I love their wispy structure and how the sway in the wind. And the colour .... beautiful! Lovely post!

Enjoy your holiday. We were in the Outerbanks a few years ago and had an amazing time. Can't wait to see your pics!

Nancy said...

I adore my Boston fern. I have to replace it every 8 or 10 years but love it in my dining room in a really cool wicker stand. I feel that a house without a house plant...is just that a HOUSE and not a home. I have plants in almost every room and it makes a big difference in the feel of the room.

Castle said...

I love the photos in this post! I think that ferns and other plants are a great way to accessorize your home. Also, you can consider them "green energy" since they provide fresh oxygen to your home :)