Wanted: Cool, Cheap, Indestructible Air Plants

by Emily Hsieh (S.F.)

Image Source: Bardessono

In February, a wall of air plants greeted me in the lobby of the gorgeous and eco-friendly hotel Bardessono in Napa, CA, and, boom—I was inspired. A perfect pairing of nature and high design, air plants are basically living, breathing, three-dimensional murals. And since I haven’t been able to get them out of my head, I’ve decided it’s time to get in on the action for my own home. Though I’m clearly not about to construct an array as elaborate as you see above, I think they’d still look great grouped under a glass bell jar or strung together with a bit of clear fishing line and hung in a window.

Even if your green thumb is as nonexistent as mine, fear not: Air plants are ridiculously easy to care for. All you need to do is find a bright spot for them and submerge them in water once a week for an hour or two. And, of course, there’s also the added benefit of not having to mess with soil or repotting either. At a couple bucks apiece, the variety of shapes, sizes and colors is endless—snag your favorites online here or here.