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How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Space
How to choose the right plants for your space

Finding the perfect indoor plant can be overwhelming.

With so many options out there and so many considerations to make, choosing the right plant for your space can seem daunting. Do you have the right light conditions for the plant you’ve been eyeing? What if you have pets or small children — are some of these dangerous to have within their reach? What is the look you are going for, or what size should you get? We believe plants and people belong together and we’re here to help make every step of the process as easy as possible: read our tips on how to find the perfect plants for your style and space!

The perfect environment = a thriving plant

The most important thing to first consider when choosing a plant for your home or office is the light. Certain plants, like the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig, absolutely require tons of bright indirect light. Be realistic about your light situation (see our light guide if you aren’t sure!), and make sure you choose a plant that fits the kind of light you have in your space. On our website, you can filter plants by bright, medium, and low light.

Plants that match your lifestyle

Consider how involved you will be in your plant care routine. Some plants, like Calatheas, are more demanding than others, which means they are not a great choice for individuals who travel frequently or are forgetful plant parents. Other plants, like Snake Plants or Zanzibar Gems, can go weeks without watering and are generally very low-maintenance. Check the care instructions of the plant first to make sure it’s something that matches what you’re looking for in terms of maintenance.

Creating a look you love

If you fill your home with plants it will undoubtedly look like a jungle, but you don’t necessarily need dozens of plants to create this look! Consider what look you are going for, and curate from there. Lush greenery like the Elephant Ear or Bird of Paradise create tropical vibes, while the Monstera Deliciosa has a retro feel and the Fiddle Leaf Fig or Rubber Tree a classic look. Go for one large statement plant, or group a few different plants of differing heights together.

Other considerations

Curious pets at home? There are plenty of pet-safe options, though do keep in mind that unless your pet is likely to consume quite a bit of the plant, you probably don’t need to worry too much about your plant being pet-safe.

Alternatively, you may be looking for plants that work well in certain rooms of your home. Check out our favorite plants for the bedroom or bathroom, and see why these are great choices for these specific spaces.

Still need help?

Reach out and let us help you create your oasis! Email us anytime at hello@leonandgeorge.com.


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Premium plants paired with stylish pots, plus lifetime plant care support. Order online at leonandgeorge.com

A Pop of Color: Plant Styling with Bold Colors
Photo credit:  @shaunaglenn

Photo credit: @shaunaglenn

Looking to add a bit of color to your life?

Indoor plants are some of the most versatile pieces of decor to play with, and using a pop of color, whether on the plant’s foliage or the accessories that support it, is a fun way to add some personality to an otherwise dull area in your home. From minimal to bohemian and everything in between, here are a few simple tips to make your plants stand out.

Go for a boldly-colored ceramic

A brightly colored ceramic adds a bold splash of color to any style and brings out the foliage of plants like the  Elephant Ear .

A brightly colored ceramic adds a bold splash of color to any style and brings out the foliage of plants like the Elephant Ear.

White ceramics are clean and cool, but what about colors that really make your greenery stand out? We found that cobalt blue was the match made in heaven when it came to lush greenery. Plants like the Bird of Paradise, Elephant Ear (pictured), and Desert Cactus look particularly stunning in this unique ceramic, and as bonus points give off vacation vibes all year long.

Accessorize with a colorful plant stand

Amigo Modern’s  octahedron plant stands  are a fun way to add color to your plant stylings. Photo credit:  @amigomodern

Amigo Modern’s octahedron plant stands are a fun way to add color to your plant stylings. Photo credit: @amigomodern

When creating visual interest, plant stands are the way to go. Not only do they make your plant stand out, but they can be a great way to throw a bit of color into the mix. Layer and elevate your greenery with colorful plant stands, like these fun metallic stands by Amigo Modern.

Create contrast with surrounding surfaces

A  Pink Rubber Tree  makes for a delightful contrast against a blue wall. Photo credit:  @jennykaplan

A Pink Rubber Tree makes for a delightful contrast against a blue wall. Photo credit: @jennykaplan

When decorating a new space or corner, consider the many ways you can create contrast with the foliage of your plants:

  • Dark foliage with light ceramics, like the Rubber Tree in a white pot

  • Light foliage with dark ceramics, like the Bird’s Nest Fern in a black pot

  • Boldly painted walls — think midnight blue or forest green — with bright plants against them

  • Layering plants with different shades of green

Brighten things up with a colorful plant

The beautiful  Calathea Medallion , colorful itself, in a bright yellow planter. Photo credit:  @modern_botanic

The beautiful Calathea Medallion, colorful itself, in a bright yellow planter. Photo credit: @modern_botanic

Of course one of the best ways to bring color into your home with plants is selecting a plant that is already colorful on its own! Plants like the Pink Rubber Tree, Magenta Triostar, or Calathea Medallion (pictured) immediately brighten up a space with their bright pops of pink.


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Indoor plants, potted & delivered

Premium plants paired with stylish ceramics. Order online at leonandgeorge.com

A New Way to Shop for Plants
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Personal styling sessions at our San Francisco showroom: basically match-making, but with plants.

Do you consider your plants just as important as your living room furniture? Do you imagine still owning your plants years, maybe even decades, down the road? Have you maybe even thought of names for your future greenery?

If you said yes to any of the above, then we’re on the same page. At Léon & George, we take plants very, very personally, and that’s why we offer personal shopping sessions at our San Francisco showroom. We’re here to help you find beautiful plants that are the right fit for your style and space, period.

So what does a personal shopping session entail? When you shop with us, you’ll work with one of our plant stylists to select the perfect plants, ceramics, and accessories for your style and space. See, touch, and feel our products in real life and get a better understanding of scale (and which plants speak to you the most!). Alongside your stylist, you’ll choose the perfect greenery to complete your look.

Really beautiful greenery is a personal investment—in your style, your well-being, and your purchasing power: every plant you buy also helps plant a tree in a U.S. forest through our partnership with the National Forest Foundation. Book today and let us help you bring nature into your home!

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Personal Shopping Sessions

A new way to shop for plants, at our San Francisco showroom.

Léon & George x Usual Wines: The Rosé Garden
The Rosé Garden is a temporary installation inside  Usual Wines’  new retail space on Chestnut Street.

The Rosé Garden is a temporary installation inside Usual Wines’ new retail space on Chestnut Street.

Is there anything better than a rose garden?

As it turns out, there is, and it’s San Francisco’s very first Rosé Garden, open now through Labor Day at Usual Wines’ new retail space in the Marina District.

The Usual Wines Rosé Garden San Francisco

An immersive experience to enjoy Usual’s premium, single-pour bottles of wine, it is without a doubt one of the freshest, most plant-forward wine bars in the city.

Curious? Head to The Usual to enjoy the perfect pairing: a glass of chilled, California rosé and a lush garden of indoor greenery (by yours truly, of course!).

 

Usual Wines Rosé Garden San Francisco

Get there:

The Usual

2076 Chestnut Street

Also, be sure to follow @leonandgeorge and @usualwines on Instagram to stay in the know about any upcoming events!

Simple tips to refresh your home
Photo Credit:  Apartment 34

Photo Credit: Apartment 34

Is there any better time than spring to give your home a refresh?

From a simple spring clean-out to bold pops of color, there’s a number of different ways you can give your home a fresh new feel. For a bit of inspiration, we asked our plant stylists what they do when they’re in the mood for a refresh— read on and don’t be afraid to try at home!

Restyle your surfaces

What’s on your coffee table right now? How long has it been there? What about your dining room table or kitchen counter? If it’s been a while since you’ve changed things up, here’s the perfect opportunity to make a small move with a big impact (even if it’s just changing out your coffee table books for new ones!). Go bold by introducing something structural (that piece of driftwood that’s been sitting in garage?), or create a new centerpiece with everyday objects lying around your home (our stylist Renée suggests repurposing your most impressive salad bowl — something like these Andrew Pearce live edge bowls — and filling them with photos, old and new). Whatever you do, you’ll find that this simple ritual does wonders for your space.

Embrace the outdoors

We’re all about bringing the outdoors in, but remember there’s more than one way to do it! Whether it’s adding a bit of greenery to an empty corner or simply placing a bowl of oranges on your kitchen table, finding ways to subtly integrate nature into your space is what it’s all about.

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Photo Credit: Léon & George

Add a pop of color

Gone are the heavy cushions and plush throws of winter. Tuck your cold weather pieces away and replace them with a bold pop of color— a statement piece (think a new chair or rug), an accent (textiles, lamps, etc), or a brightly colored plant, like the Pink rubber tree.

Refresh your bathroom

It’s amazing what a new shower curtain can do. While you’re at it, consider adding a bright new bath mat (we love this Aelfie millennial pink bath rug) or some moisture-loving plants to the mix. And if you’re feeling truly ambitious, go for a fresh new coat of paint in a unique yet calming color, like sea-foam green or midnight blue.

Get serious about the clutter

There’s a reason Marie Kondo has been so successful— we humans have a lot of stuff! Get serious about your spring cleaning and let go of things you don’t need or use anymore, even if that just means putting them into storage. And you don’t have to be a minimalist to enjoy the feeling of a decluttered home— just remember that less is more, and you will doubly cherish the things that make the cut.