As a lover of beautiful interiors, I see gorgeous orchids potted in oversized blue and white china bowls all the time. Practically every shelter magazine spread features one somewhere – on a kitchen island, anchoring a foyer table, etc and they are often seen in beautiful hotel lobbies. It’s amazing how something so simple can have such a strong visual impact right? Orchids are easy enough to find but that darn big, beautiful bowl…where does one get that? Read on friends!
Today I wanted to show you how I created a similar look with a bowl from Amazon (yes, Amazon…not vintage!), some orchid potting mix and a few orchids from Trader Joe’s. If you’re terrified of the idea of re-potting an orchid, I’m here to tell you it’s the easiest thing ever. They require barely any actual “soil”, just these bark chip things that come in the mix. The less you mess with them the better.
Remove from the store pot, arrange in a triangle in the porcelain bowl and fit in the spaces with the potting mix. Make sure to keep the orchid’s roots up toward the surface…they don’t like to be buried. They kind of just hang out on top where they can get a lot of air. If you want a really detailed explanation of how to do this, this video is great, though I will admit I didn’t go through all this moss removal/soaking stuff. Mine have been re-potted now for over a month and they seem to be doing great. I water them the tiniest bit (like tablespoons of water) over each orchid every 10 days or so and I keep them in a bright window but only gets direct light for about 2 hours a day.
There’s the finished product anchoring a console in a recent project I had photographed. I can’t wait to share all of the images with you. I’m so proud of how it turned out. In the interim you can see some sneaks at this hashtag.