Where stylish succulents meet great design: Inside Urban Spikes
I get dirty creating unique and thoughtful designs to complement our client’s spaces.
A mid century modern ranch style home in Preston Hollow.
I was two kids in and my husband and I had just moved into a very white, mid century modern, angular design home that needed warmth quickly. Budget-wise we had put the brakes on furniture and art, so I decided to build some terrariums and plants to add color to the space.
I discovered cut succulents and fell for their beautiful, easy and versatile nature. I never had a green thumb, so I was shocked to find a plant that could insert life into a space without the responsibility of having to care for it.
The business was born to bring warmth and dimension into a home without adding more responsibility to anyone’s plate. I was in PR for 10 years and never used my hands prior to Urban Spikes, so this was a dramatic career shift.
Inspired. Architectural. Fresh
Does it have to have roots? A cut succulent, of course.
I love dachshunds and there is way too much dachshund themed paraphernalia in my home and closet
It has been scientifically proven that having nature around us helps us focus, increases creativity, and helps us recover faster. As we care for plants, we feel needed. They can’t survive without our care.
Having plants is also a great way to teach responsibility to kids — and to anyone else. There are plenty of fun plant projects to do with kids or friends, such as propagating, repotting, floral arranging, kokedamas, and painting pots or making macramé hangers to hold plants.
Clean: Shine those leaves and have your plant looking its finest. Not only do clean leaves mean that your plant looks pretty, but it also means they are able to photosynthesize better! Clean your plants a couple times a year with a damp rag or leaf shine to make sure dust isn’t keeping sunlight from getting to the leaves! You can buy basic leaf shine at any plant store or on Amazon.
Repot: If your plant has been in its current pot for more than two years, it might be time to transplant it so the roots can have more room to grow. Find a pot that is one to two inches larger than your current one! If you transplant your plant to a pot that is more than two inches bigger than the previous pot, the plant will spend all of its energy growing roots to fill the pot instead of spending time growing leaves!
Trim: Cut dead or damaged leaves off your plants! When you do this the plant will be able to send water and nutrients into new and healthy existing leaves!
Fertilize: A few times a year, interior plants need to be fed fertilizer — we like to do it once a month from March through August.
Research: When you buy a new plant, do a quick search and find out where it is native to! This will help you know how to create a good environment for it in your home. If it’s from a desert area, you can keep it in full sun with water just once a month, and if it’s from a tropical area then it will do better a few feet from the window with water about once a week.