Gal pals, welcome!
Today’s post may not be exactly what you are expecting from reading the title. But I intentionally wrote it that way. Thanks to the good folks at Commercial Silk, this isn’t a fashion haus post. It’s about styling something other than clothes and blingy accessories. Today, I’m talking about styling artificial and silk trees and plants.
When Commercial Silk reached out to me, I was honored and delighted. I was invited to select a few plants from their huge online inventory of indoor and outdoor artificial plants in exchange for my review of their products.
You might remember how I began using cactuses (I refuse to say cacti…who thought up that word anyway?) in my seasonal decorating as an activity on last year’s summer bucket list. Check out that post, here.
So, guess what I ordered from Commercial Silk? Oh, you guys know me so well. Yes, CACTUSES! Well, cactuses and a succulent. Because decorating with succulents seems to be such a popular trend. And, I’m seeing more cactus decor this spring than ever before. Let me show you what I got!
A Few Pointers for Looking Sharp
Do you see what I did there with the title of that post? Pretty clever, huh?
I’ve always wanted to say that. Unboxing. Seems like everyone is unboxing something these days. My plants arrived quickly and well packaged.
Each of the plants came “potted” in a stone or terra cotta-type container. Bonus!
My Cactuses, the Envy of Mother Nature
Once I unpacked the plants, my first thought was Commercial Silk had sent me real plants. That somehow I had misunderstood! I noticed the “soil” and pebbles in the pots where each was planted and was amazed that the dirt hadn’t spilled out in the box! These cactuses are so realistic, they are the envy of Mother Nature, herself!
The colors are variated and natural. And the spines on the two cactuses are convincingly prickly-looking. So much so, that I was afraid I would get ‘stuck’ when I removed the packaging around them. But never fear, these stickers only appear to be sharp and pointy! The thorns are actually soft.
I ordered plants of three different heights so that grouped together, they would be more interesting. Often times, they are sold in pairs, which was the case with two of the varieties I received. And although the dimensions are clearly displayed along with photos of the plants, I was pleasantly surprised at their generous size. The pots are different shapes, colors and made out of a variety of materials.
Showcasing my “Green” Thumbs
Next step was determining the perfect place to show-off the faux fruit of my green thumbs. I still have my spring decor out and will have until this crazy spring weather gives way to summer. But a few days ago, I paired them with the cactus string art project I posted, here.
Then today I played with my plants to see how they will look with my summer decorations when the time comes. Check out how I arranged these little gems.
Wouldn’t you just swear these are real? And remember this pallet I made at Wood-n-Wine night? No coincidence that it was a cactus, girls!
Hobby Lobby has a whole display of cactus things this year. That little pink cactus, for one. And this sweet llamaste sign, for another.
Have a closer look! Click the thumbnails below to see just how life-like these plants are.
Because I received two of each of the plants ordered, I decided to share the wealth with my daughter Lauren. She and Francisco have lovely adobe home in Albuquerque and have carried the southwest flavor onto the inside, as well.
Here’s how they arranged their cactuses.
You would never know these weren’t home grown! And Lauren, if you are out there, I need some of those little baskets!!
But if cactus and succulents aren’t your cup of tea, Commercial Silk has bushes, flowering plants, vines and grasses, topiaries, trees and palms! Click here to visit their virtual ‘greenhouse’ of artificial plants webpage. Prepare to fall in love!
Have you ever used artificial or silk plants around your home or yard? I know many gals are carrying silk bouquets on their wedding day. I can remember years ago buying my first silk plant for shelves in my little house. They were good quality but not nearly as natural as these plants from Commercial Silk. And another wonderful characteristic of these plants is their fire retardant properties. Silk and artificial plants have certainly evolved since the ’90s!
If you are a blogger interested in learning more about Commercial Silk’s affiliate program, please let me know. I would love to help you connect with this company, too.
And how fitting is this graphic. It might just be my new motto.
Thank you, Commercial Silk for this opportunity! And thank YOU for spending a few moments with me. Tell ya what, let’s stick together! Get it?
Hugs and kisses,