If you love a bit of greenery in your home, you’re probably already a fan of Chelsea Macri’s Let It Grow Co bright and lush feeds on Instagram and Facebook. Chelsea lives in Perth with her hubby and three gorgeous kids, and has recently taken her love and passion for all things green from a hobby and turned it into a vibrant business in the Northern suburbs of Perth. I asked Chelsea what it is about greenery that makes her tick, and how we can add a bit of green magic to our own homes…
What is ‘Let it Grow’?
Let It Grow is the green human behind The Greenhouse Gathering, a creative, plant filled space in Perth’s northern suburbs. Let It Grow has evolved quite a bit over the last year. It started as a hobby with my sister in law. We were potting up succulents as gifts for friends and family and thought why not make this into a little business?! We jumped in, making kokedamas, macrame, succulent arrangements and went off to some markets. We were amazed by the response and had so much fun. I met some amazing local growers and wholesalers and though why not expand into indoor plants! It was a passion of mine and it has been so much fun sharing what I have learned with others.
We offer in home consultations and styling and love to provide ideas and suggestions to people wanting to add a bit of green to their lives. I love doing in home consultations where I can show people how easy it can be to add greenery to their homes.
Tell us a bit more about yourself… the face behind Let it Grow.
I am a mother to three great children, a five year old and two year old twins. I am very lucky to have a very supportive husband who puts up with an ever expanding collection of plants, and also is willing to make all sorts of things for me. Planter boxes, shelves, any idea that pops into my head really! I am originally from Canada, where I met my husband when he was travelling, but have been living in Australia for 4 years now and absolutely love it here.
I have always loved gardening and having plants and have learned most of what I know through trial and error. I am very excited to be taking a horticulture program, but a bit nervous at the same time, it’s been quite a while since I was in school. Along with my love for all things green, I also love horses. I spent most of my childhood on the back of a horse, and still have my horse that I have owned for 20 years living on my friends farm back in Canada. I ran my own equestrian centre in Canada and still love teaching people of all ages how to ride at the local riding school here in Perth.
What inspired you to start Let it Grow?
Moving to Australia was quite an experience. For the first time in my life I found myself at home not working. I went a little stir crazy and jumped into collecting plants, propagating plants and just generally obsessing over them. Wanting to make a career change and use my creative side a bit more, I thought why not! I really feel that you should try new things and do things that scare you a bit. I love the challenge and I really love being busy!! I started to realise that I could help people find their inner green thumb, and I haven’t looked back since! I have been able to meet some of the most amazing people and accomplish things I never thought I could.
Why should we use greenery to decorate and style our homes?
There are so many benefits to having some green in your house. The most important to me is how therapeutic I find taking care of my plants to be. The time I spend checking the soil, watering, etc is time to myself. I generally do that in the evening when the kids are all in bed, and more times than not I also have a glass of wine with me.
There are also amazing health benefits to having plants. They remove toxins from the air, purifying it, which is so important when you spend a lot of time inside! There was also a study done that found that having plants in the workplace improved productivity by 15%. Aside from the health benefits, plants bring life to any interior. Brightening a space, adding texture and colour as well as providing visual interest. I think that everyone should have at least three plants!!
For those ‘black thumbs’ like me… what is a good starting point to add greenery to the home?
There is no such thing as a black thumb! It all comes from being realistic about how much time you will spend maintaining your plants, light levels in your space, and appropriate plant selection. Some plants are quite tricky to keep alive, while others are much more forgiving. For anyone getting started, plants such as Sansevaria (also known as Mother in Laws tongue or Snake Plant), Ficus Elastica (also known as Rubber Tree), Devils Ivy, Hoyas and Peace Lilies are a great place to start. I ask a lot of questions when people come looking for a plant, it helps me narrow down a choice that should thrive in the space.
What are your top tips for using greenery to style your home?
I always recommend that people start with two or three plants. Plants look the best in a small group. A larger plant in a beautiful pot or plant stand on the floor, something smaller on a table or bench and then something hanging from the wall or ceiling. I’m a big fan of Angus and Celeste, Pop and Scott, Hammered Leather Works, The Sunday Collective and Still Life Perth. They make beautiful products that really enhance what adding some plants can do to your space.
What are some of your favourite plants to use indoors?
My favourite plants are Hoyas. They hang beautifully, are very easy to take care of, and grow fairly quickly with a bit of love. Monstera Deliciosa is another favourite. They are a great statement plant, grow to a decent size and the patterns in the leaves are just so beautiful.
Some of the biggest design styles at the moment are scandi, industrial and farmhouse… are there certain indoor plants that suit these design styles?
I find that most plants can work in a variety of styles. A lot of the time the pot, plant hanger, stand, etc is what helps to tie the space together. Also, the way that you group the plants together, thick and lush or more minimally, allowing the structure of the plant to speak for itself.
Cacti go really well in a scandi design. The structure of the plant really complement the minimal design. In an industrial style, a large leaf plant, such as a strelitzia or a monstera add a great statement, and also sit nicely in a large concrete style pot. In a farmhouse style a window sill of various plants and cuttings in terracotta pots, or upcycled containers add an unexpected touch and a sense of warmth.
What services do you offer to people looking to add greenery to their interiors?
My favourite thing to do is in home consultations. If people have a space that they want to add some green to, and just aren’t sure where to start, I come in and give them some ideas, show them some inspo pictures and together we come up with a plan. I do these consultations with any budget, from a small project to an entire room. I also help a lot of people come up with a plan to continue to add green to a space, instead of doing it all at once. I have one person who adds one plant a month to their home. I just love seeing the space transform.
We work out of The Greenhouse Gathering, and will be setting up a fantastic group of workshops that cover everything plant related as well as other creative outlets. Our in-house businesses will offer workshops on terrariums, kokedamas and macramé .We will be hosting floral workshops with Jane and Jones Flower Co, where they will be teaching people how to make floral arrangements and flower crowns, Stitch It workshops with Hammered Leather Works, concrete pot workshops with Pot It Like Its Hot, succulent bowl workshops with Perth Succulent Bowls and hopefully painting workshops with a local artist as well. We would love to be able to have weekly workshops happening in the space. We are always looking to collaborate with other local businesses.
Where can we find you?
We are located at our new shop in Perth, The Greenhouse Gathering. Vanessa, from The a Birds Nest Co, Theresa, from The Botanical Home and myself joined forces to create a green oasis. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook.
Thanks so much to Chelsea for taking the time to chat with me, and for her great tips on introducing a splash of green to our homes. Be sure to check out Let It Grow Co on social media, and if you’re lucky enough to live in Perth, I’d definitely be popping into The Greenhouse Gathering soon, and checking out some of their workshops! Hmmm, I wonder if hubby and the kids would notice if I just popped out for a quick trip to visit Chelsea and her green oasis!!?? It’s only a lazy 3000km!
See you next time…Keep Chasing…
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