Plants and Documentaries

Plant Shelves

I can’t remember in which of my 192 The William Morris Project posts it was that I spoke of creating a plant shelf on this wall in the dining room, but the above image is what I had in mind, only with a dark wood finish shelf to sort-of match the dining room table. I haven’t had luck finding a dark bookshelf I like, but I this shelf from IKEA has my attention. It’s made of steel, so any water and soil catastrophes could be easily cleaned up. It’s simple and unassuming, so the plants could be the stars. The price is certainly nice. I don’t love that it’s white or from IKEA–I don’t want my house to be an IKEA showroom! But, it’s possible that a shelf that blends into the wall color is the way to go. Plus, when I go back to a white slipcover when the summer comes, it will look nice and airy. I admit I might be selling myself.

Speaking of plants, most of you on Facebook and Twitter already know I did a post for Wayfair on hanging plants, but for those who don’t, here’s a link to that post. Fun news: I’m going to be blogging about plants for Wayfair from here on out. YAY!!! I shouldn’t have said anything because it’s not set in stone. I mean, I love plants. That’s hardly a surprise. Robin Thicke getting a divorce is more shocking. But maybe the rest of the world isn’t ready to geek out on plants, and my posts could get poor traffic. Then I’ll get kicked to the curb and replaced with someone who blogs about something the rest of the world finds interesting. I guess the better way to put it is that I might be totally blogging about plants at Wayfair.

In documentary news, I decided that we should discuss Generation Like on March 12th, which is a Wednesday. That should give people plenty of time to watch the documentary.

I was coming up for a title for this post and decided on Plants and Documentaries because that’s what I wrote about. Then I thought, “Hey, wouldn’t that be funny if someone actually did a documentary on plants?”

Wait a minute. Where there’s a geek, there’s a way. Sure enough:

And for anyone looking for an actual TV series about plants, well, it’s Christmas in February for you. (Me.)

image sources: here and here, though the awesome plant shelf is from Swedish company Hasselfors Gardens. (These are probably old products shots I found.) Of course I can’t find anything similar in the states.

14 Responses to “Plants and Documentaries”
  1. berrie says:

    have you looked up “ladder shelves” ? these are closer to what you are looking for I think, and cheaper too… for example:
    hope this helps…

    • Jules says:

      I didn’t even think of googling ladder shelves! Thank you! I’ve seen some here and there, but they all got so skinny at the top that I couldn’t place anything on them. How silly of me to assume they all looked the same!

  2. I was just telling my girls that we need more plants in the house. I also want more pretty plants and flower outside. They brighten up a house!

  3. Jenn says:

    My kids and I loved the Secret Lives of Plants. There was a newer time-lapse doc on plants that my little guy just loves, it is set to a music track (piano). It is quite beautiful, but I can’t remember the source/name (will find out).
    As mentioned on FB, the kitten has ruined many of my plants. I’ve learned that I can’t leave them on the kitchen/dining room/any surface that is anywhere from 18″-36″ off the ground. Now that all the bottom leaves of the fiddlehead have been destroyed, she seems to be leaving it alone. All the plants are up high…very high, almost too high to water. I hope that they make it through the winter.
    This cat video is very funny, the very last entry is about plants…it makes me laugh
    Can’t wait to see your posts.

  4. Erin says:

    Speaking of plant documentaries (how many times have I needed that phrase in real life? um, never?), have you seen The Botany of Desire? It’s a PBS documentary based on the book by Michael Pollan. It was fascinating and gorgeously filmed! Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.

  5. Marian says:

    I love houseplants, and to me, a room doesn’t look complete unless it’s got a few plants here and there (but only real ones; I can’t stand fake plants). Like Berrie above, I wonder if a ladder shelf would look nicer than the IKEA shelf you mentioned. Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel have really nice ones.

  6. snapdragon says:

    That IKEA shelf is nice. I dare you to try and pronounce the name.

  7. Annie says:

    I like that shelf! You could always spray paint it to be the same color as your wall….

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  9. Chris says:

    Thanks for pointing folks to the “Plants are Cool, Too!” series, Jules. It’s a real labor of love — and, really, I just want people to find it, watch it and see how cool plants (and, perhaps, botanists) are.

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