Images: Meghan Bee //

 

Where: Asheville, North Carolina.

Residents: Meghan Bee, 2 cats & one dog.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina but have lived in Asheville, NC for the past 10 years.

I live alone with my two cats and a part-time wolf-dog in a 1920’s brick house that has been broken into 4 apartments.

“I feel really lucky to have a job that allows me to be around plants and compliments my own creative endeavors so well.”

My best friend lives in the apartment next door. The place has a lot of charm and character – my bedroom is a converted sleeping porch with exposed brick and 10 windows. Its unique and quirky and I love it.

I work at Flora, a business that houses a floral design studio, plant shop + botanical cafe. I take care of the plants in the shop, teach plant care classes, and work as a barista in the cafe.

I feel really lucky to have a job that allows me to be around plants and compliments my own creative endeavors so well.

I’m intuitive and sensitive and a full-on empathy, which lends well to caring for plants and discerning their needs.

People always say that I’m approachable and easy to talk to, but I’m honestly pretty shy and introverted. I play the extrovert role fairly well, but spending a lot of time alone is what makes me feel most like myself.

I’m intuitive and sensitive and a full-on empath, which lends well to caring for plants and discerning their needs.

“I feel really lucky to have a job that allows me to be around plants and compliments my own creative endeavors so well.”

 

How many houseplants do you have and how much time do you spend on grooming them?

I haven’t counted recently, but I’d say somewhere around 200, give or take. I spend maybe an hour or so a week checking in, watering, etc.

Beyond that I do a once a month big check-in where I spend about 4-5 hours pruning, rearranging, and repotting when necessary.

I try to keep my eyes on my plants as much as possible so I can easily discern when someone’s not happy. I only keep maybe 5-10 high maintenance plants, everyone else is relatively self-sufficient.

“Erring on the side of under-care is way more supportive to the plant than constant fussing.”

I try to keep my eyes on my plants as much as possible so I can easily discern when someone’s not happy.

I completely ignore all of my cacti/succulents from November-March while they’re dormant… I think too many people helicopter-parent their plants and forget that they’re incredibly resilient beings!

Erring on the side of under-care is way more supportive to the plant than constant fussing.

 

You have so many plants! What is their role in your home style and atmosphere?

Being around so many plants on the daily (at both work and home!) keeps me grounded, humble, and encouraged – surrounding myself with constant growth and life helps me maintain a sense of inspiration and hope in my day to day.

Being around so many plants on the daily (at both work and home!) keeps me grounded, humble, and encouraged

Of course they are aesthetically pleasing and can really pull a room together, but I try not to see plants as decor or accessories … they are living, breathing, sensing beings; I think sometimes we forget that.

What is your favorite design style?

My personal style emphasis is definitely on plants – they are the first thing you notice when walking into my home – beyond that I love vintage textiles, mid-century modern furniture, and bringing the natural elements indoors.

“I love vintage textiles, mid-century modern furniture, and bringing the natural elements indoors.”

I appreciate so many design styles (especially ones I feel like I could never pull off!) – I am currently focusing on bringing more bold color and art into my home.

 

What would be your top tips for someone who wants to grow plants?

My number one tip for new plant owners is always to develop a relationship with your plants; you’re more likely to take care of the plant if you have a relationship with it.

Touch their leaves, feel the soil, notice their vibrancy … you’ll be able to discern if a plant is not thriving much more quickly if you take the time to truly acknowledge and see the plant.

My number one tip for new plant owners is always to develop a relationship with your plants; you’re more likely to take care of the plant if you have a relationship with it.

Also – ask questions! Do your research and know what the plant needs before bringing it into your space.

And like I said before, don’t helicopter-parent them. Over-care will kill a plant much more quickly than neglect.

 

What are the do’s and don’ts of your interior design guidelines?

I’ve honestly never thought about this before! I really love grouping similar plants together and keeping accessories to a minimum to highlight the unique growth patterns of the plants.

I use mostly terra-cotta and neutral, modern planters to keep things consistent. I steer clear of flashy, colorful, or ornate planters.

“I use mostly terra-cotta and neutral, modern planters to keep things consistent. I steer clear of flashy, colorful, or ornate planters.”

What is the most important thing any home should have?

Animals! I’m a huge animal person and can’t imagine living in a home without them. Also – a good sound system.

“I’m a huge animal person and can’t imagine living in a home without them.”

 

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