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Urban Jungle Journal

Bringing Your Plants Home: Placement and Styling

We’re back again, this time to talk about how to make your plants feel the most welcome when you bring them home. We’ll talk about some basics for placement and care, as well as how to create a few vignettes that keep your plants happy and healthy, and your shelves...

Getting Started: Plant Selection & Potting

Today, we’re talking about choosing the right plants for your space and lifestyle, and preparing to bring them home! If it were up to me, I’d wrangle up armfuls of Insta-worthy fiddle leaf figs and create a mini-forest in my living room. Unfortunately, this usually ends with a drooping, dried-up husk...

Ask Me About My Plants: Shy

As we continue to celebrate our recent one-year anniversary, we're sharing our homes and our own stories about our love of plants. Shylah is a co-owner here of Art Terrarium, and in this article she talks abut her incredible plant collection, shares some beautiful photos of her stylish downtown loft,...

Ask Me About My Plants: Andrea

Many of you have asked us what our homes look like and this felt like the perfect time to tell you a little more about ourselves, our plants, and the inspiration behind the shop. This week Andrea, co-owner of Art Terrarium, shares a look into her urban jungle and how her...

Spring Refresh

The first in Des Moines-ian and budding plant aficionado Emily's summer series on starting your own urban jungle! This week we're talking about a spring refresh for your houseplants. We’ll cover cleaning, pruning, repotting, fertilizing and staging.

Focus On The Fiddle-Leaf: Care to Keep it Awesome

Fiddle Leaf Figs have been one of our favorite fascinations in the last few years. They’ve become the designer’s “it” plant, so you’ve definitely seen them on your Instagram recently. Taking home a Fiddle Leaf is a guaranteed mood-booster and gives you a new friend to brighten your home.

Air Cleaning Plants

Many of the materials in our everyday lives slowly add a cocktail of toxins into our air. Fortunately some of the most popular house plants are experts at removing toxins like formaldehyde, mold, benzene and others from your home. 

Cat-Friendly Houseplants

While you might look at your house plant and think it seems harmless, many of our favorites can be toxic to cats! Knowing which plants are cat-friendly or not, is very important to make sure our house is healthy and happy - for all our friends that call it home. 

Low Maintenance Houseplants

We love houseplants for their ability to bring home a little bit of green and a breath of fresh air every day of the year. If you’re looking for all the benefits of a houseplant (or a few!) but aren’t sure if you can keep one alive, here are some...

Terrarium Crash-Course

Terrariums are popular because they are easy, personal, and absolutely adorable! You can have your own little green world behind glass, at home - there are so many ways to make your perfect little ecosystem. Here's our crash course, on everything terrariums!

Ask Me About My Plants – Bre Barnum

Learning the personal, funny, quirky stories about the relationships we have with our house plants. Bre Barnum, in her office at The Barnum Factory, and her home in the Des Moines River Bend neighborhood. The first plant I got I picked because I liked the name Peperomia and the shape...

Aloe Vera: The Plant that Loves You Back

Whether you want to bring home your aloe to be a houseplant, superfood, or healing plant, it has all of the same care needs as a succulent. These adorable little guys call North Africa home, meaning the best care you can give them is to mimic their arid desert home....