the it girls of house plants


hi! i thought it’d be fun to have my friend molly of pop up greens to share some tips for caring for your favorite house plants, as well as alternatives to each. pop up greens is an LA based shop that specializes in hand painted pots, which you can shop online too.  

move over fiddle leaf fig! you’re on the cover of domino, you’ve staked your claim in the plant hall of fame and proven yourself to be the most pin-nable houseplant. we get it, we get it, you’re like the jennifer lawrence of houseplants. while i still love me some j-law, she’s a staple, an obvious choice because EVERYONE KNOWS she’s amazing. i mean i have 2 fiddle leaf figs in my living room alone.

we think it’s time to pass the baton and let some other ladies have a stand in the spotlight. you know those girls, the zoe kazan’s, lupita nyong’os’, and alicia vikander’s.  we’re giving you the plant equivalent of these babes.



the rubber tree gets its name from the sticky sap that seeps from its trunk when its full-grown that dries into a low quality rubber.

LIGHT bright indirect light, but not direct light or sun. like most plants, it will probably be used to partial shade once you bring it home from the nursery, and will need to be slowly introduced to more light. keep leaves dust free and shiny by gently wiping them clean with a damp cloth.

WATER water about once a week. soil can stay relatively moist but sitting in water will cause root rot.

GROW TIP similar to most houseplants, it doesn’t like to be moved around. sudden changes in temperature or humidity, even varying from room to room, may cause it to drop its glossy leaves.  place away from any drafts from doors, fans or A/C.



this exotic tree has dramatic spiky leaves, which start to grow in various directions as it matures, resulting in spear shaped clusters punctuating the air. basically it’s the plant version of an exclamation point.

LIGHT indirect light, can tolerate some shade. can get burned in too much light and is cold sensitive.

WATER keep soil moist, water once a week. cut back watering during winter, but don’t let soil get too dry. bonus points if you mist the leaves.

GROW TIP dracaena’s are known to filter out xylene (cleaning agent) and trichloroethylene (a carcinogenic found in paint & spot removers) vapors from the home.



LIGHT this tropical palm thrives in bright light near a sunny window. to ensure the lush leaves stay full and even, give your palm a quarter turn every week so every side gets a nice little sunbath. 

WATER because of alllll that sun, make sure it stays hydrated! this baby needs to be watered TWICE a week, yup she’s thirsty. palms are not desert plants; they’re tropical so mist those fronds so they keep their bounce.

GROW TIP the palm family is a large one so if you can’t find this particular style, there are quite a few that look similar. kentia palm, lady palm, parlor palm, molly palm… ok that last one i made up but still, lots o’ palms to choose from.



this exotic beauty developed the splits in each leaf to withstand the harsh wind and rain in its native jungle habitat.

LIGHT bright light but not direct sun. younger trees often grow a variation of split or full heart shaped leaves. most full leaves tend to split later on. if leaves on mature plants are growing without slits, it probably needs more light. if the tips of the leaves look scorched or brown, most likely it’s getting too much sun.

WATER water once a week, but make sure the top inch of soil has dried out between watering’s. yellowing of leaves means the plant is overwatered. wilting or “sweating” of leaves can mean the plant is too hot, unless you only notice it on new leaves unfurling. the new babies tend to be thinner and can look somewhat wilted as they open, but don’t worry they’ll get stronger.

GROW-TIP this powerhouse plant is climber if it has the legroom or something to hang onto. if there is nothing, it makes its presence known by branching out horizontally and growing wide. often when potted in pots, they sprout thick roots, which grow down looking for water, you can either cut them off or tuck them around the plant.



the bird of paradise gets its name from the exotic flowers that bloom resembling the head of a crane. although, the majority of the houseplant versions potted in pots do not bloom, their leaves are just as stunning.

LIGHT full sun 4-6 hours daily is ideal for bird’s to bloom, but if you purchase from a nursery and this plant is indoors or has some shade, most likely the bird has acclimated to medium light. can thrive in both environments depending on what it is now accustomed to.

WATER water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between watering’s. limit watering in winter.

GROW TIP the lighter the leaf color, the more light it needs. when a plant has darker leaves it means it can tolerate more shade.

To Pot or Not to Pot, That is the Question


if it’s terra cotta or ceramic, pot it! a plant potted in a one of these pots with a drainage hole and saucer underneath to catch excess water will thrive!


it’s ok to leave the plant in it’s plastic container the plant came in with a plastic saucer underneath placed in a pot. this way you can easily remove the plant and plastic saucer to dump put any excess water.

you can shop all of molly’s cute pots at her shop pop up greens.

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our kitchen : before


so your first thought might be “wtf you just finished the backyard, why are you starting on the kitchen now?! are you crazy!?” yes. yes i am.


we have a great room (open concept as they would say on property brothers), so the second you walk in the front door, you see the kitchen. so i think i’d also be in less of a rush if the kitchen was tucked away somewhere, hidden behind doors. but it affects the entire great room, which will be 80% greater once it’s pretty. it’s also a really dark room due to a huge tree in our front yard, so i think the brightness of the new kitchen will brighten up the room tremendously. the kitchen will be our last huge project, so i just want to be done with it.

so here is our kitchen, before we moved in — in all it’s horrible glory. these photos were taken prior to painting everything white, to removing the huge light fixture and ceiling fan, and as you can see we demo’d the upper cabinets above the sink prior to even moving in.


cuuuuuute? as you can tell, the kitchen literally couldn’t be less my style.

the process has been pretty stressful so far and we haven’t even begun, but it’s really hard to figure out every step and every detail when you’ve never done anything like this before. just like i struggled and learned a lot during the backyard, there has been a lot of googling “how to source this“, or “how much should that cost”, or even actually signing up for a consumer reports account.


what we’re planning


we weren’t sure for a while what to do for our cabinets, but ended up feeling ikea was the best for us. i’ve never actually had a drawer organizer that properly fit inside the drawer — so i was super excited about all the ergonomics and organizing accessories they offered. we’re customizing them ours with semi handmade doors and drawer fronts. we’re doing matte white upper cabinets and wood lower cabinets. at first i wanted to do all white, but we decided ultimately this combo would be more visually interesting.


we’re replacing literally all our appliances, we got a gorgeous bertazonni range which wasn’t the cheapest option – but i have always dreamt of a pro style range, and i feel like it makes a kitchen. i only wish we could have changed the footprint of the kitchen a bit to highlight it more — but we ultimately decided to keep everything where it is. we got the rest of our appliances on super sale on july 4th, like that white fridge which makes me drooooool. and it filters ice, which is a huge deal when you live in the valley and your ice tastes like butt.

also, we decided to do a built-in hood after hashing out what to do about range hoods with high ceilings — we’re just going to build a panel to match our upper cabinets and hopefully have no issues with that.

floating shelves

the upper cabinets we already removed above the sink will be replaced by some floating shelves. the only thing is that they’ll be totally uneven, the right side will be much longer than the left. think that’ll look ok?


we’re planning pure white counters (caesarstone maybe?), which will for sure brighten up the room and be so photogenic, hopefully. also planning a waterfall on the edge which i’ve always dreamt about.

other things

even though i originally had my heart set on a matte black faucet, we decided to go a little less hip and do satin nickel — this way it’ll match the stainless appliances better as well as the door hardware. so i think we’re gonna stick with that for simple hardware as well.


sink / hardware / faucetfridge / bar stool / pendant light

that’s basically all i know right now. the reno is scheduled to start in like two weeks! so excited. any advice? any thoughts? kisses!

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happy weekend

korakia in palm springs

hi! this week was pretty ok. i made some cool things in pottery and i salvaged something i almost destroyed so that felt really good. we’re going to ikea tomorrow to place our kitchen order!!! going to do a post next week all about it. we also are going to a wedding this weekend — and i am SO FREAKING READY TO SEE WHO DIED ON WALKING DEAD. are you? who do you think it is? two people? tell me.

did you hear this version of “we will rock you”?!

the most ridiculous bachelor job titles ever

cats are the bessssstttttt

owls are also the best

the top 10 feel good songs

bad translations on amazing t-shirts

these are my new all time favorite shoes

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DIY minimal shape pumpkins

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i was thinking this year i’d skip halloween posts. but then i realized i wanted some pumpkins outside for the trick or treaters so i might as well come up with something. and guess what — you can totally be festive while avoiding orange. and you might be surprised i even used a bright color like royal blue — but i’m currently into royal blue right now. i’m also into shapes (we know this). therefore i really like these. and they look so rad on our doorstep! 

they’re also suuuuuper simple. they’re not painted. it’s just marker! that means you can sit at your TV and draw a little and you’re done, with no mess and no pumpkin goo all over the place. that pumpkin goo is so intense.

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01. draw out your shapes on your pumpkins, you can also use household objects as stencils. a coaster, candle or a drinking glass for the circle shape, a small box for the square, and if you need help with the triangle, you can tape it off and draw inside.

02. outline your shape with the thin side of your marker. then carefully fill in. let dry for a while before you then go over it with a second coat.

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you could also do the set in three different colors, or in all black — so many options and they all take 10 minutes. WOO!

when i finished them, it was exactly like this.

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