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Decorative Plants are the Real Deal

Can you tell the difference? Which is the fake air plant — the one on the left or the right?

In my last column about this hot decor trend, I gave you tips from an expert on how to care for your air plants. While I’ve incorporated them in home and office designs — and in my own home — I have unintentionally killed a few. Air plants are pretty low maintenance, but they do need proper selection, conditions and care.

Which brings me to today’s quick tip: You can decorate with fake air plants!

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Whenever possible I like to use real plants, but when a space is not ideal for them, it’s nice to have a backup. At craft stores, flower shops and discount retailers, you can find artificial versions that look like the real thing.

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So if you guessed the fake air plant was the one on the right, then you’re right! I bought these and other varieties of fake air plants and succulents, placed them in modern white vessels and hung them in a grid pattern at the end of a corridor in a law office that

 

I recently designed and decorated. Because this area doesn’t get enough light and the design would be difficult to water, my fakes turned out to be the real deal!

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