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Los Angeles Home Stager Gets Crafty With Fake Succulents

As I wrote in an earlier post Los Angeles Home Stager Gets Crafty With Silk Flowers, I enjoy making my own silk flower arrangements to use in my Los Angeles Home Staging projects. I enjoy the artistic aspects, I enjoy saving a little bit of money, but mostly I enjoy creating floral and plant arrangements that look exactly like what I want them to look like, so they strike the perfect note when I am staging a home in Pasadena or Los Angeles.

It was another beautiful day in Los Angeles, so I set up my flower arranging table on the back patio to make some more silk and faux flowere arrangements. I decided to work with some fake succulents that I had purchased last year, but had only used sporadically since they weren't in any kind of arrangement.

Fake succulents work especially well when staging a contemporary home. They also work well when you need a statement piece - something that will call attention to a particular area or architectural feature.

Los Angeles home staging faux plants

Los Angeles home staging faux plants

Los Angeles home staging faux plants

Fake succulents for home staging are difficult to find in stores, and when you do, they're very expensive. I purchased a larger succulent arrangement for an interior design client last year and paid $350 WHOLESALE!

One of the things that sets Los Angeles home staging company Moving Mountains Design apart is our attention to every detail, including making sure we have the right accessories and plants to make your home memorable.

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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

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Comment balloon 23 commentsMichelle Minch • April 25 2010 02:16PM

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I need to do this!  Your art is gorgeous!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

Renee: I really enjoy creating these. Its very relaxing and I'm glad I have them to use in my stagings.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Very succulent looking succulents!  Did you have to purchase more containers, or did you have them on hand also?  These will be so useful for staging.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 8 years ago

Thanks Sally. I already had the cream ceramic container in my inventory. The two metal containers were puchased at Tuesday Morning. One was $3 and the other was $4. Quite the bargain. I'm not above shopping at thrift stores to find interesting containers. I've even purchased some ugly flower arrangements that had nice containers, ditched the old flowers and built a new arrangement in the container.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Love yours Michelle.  I have one but you've motivated me to do more.  Thanks

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 8 years ago

WOW!   I always feel that our florals look nice but these are fantastic...what happens when some kind soul waters them?!

Posted by Jo Potvin, Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market (Design To Market LLC) over 8 years ago

Ginger:There are lots of florals & greens arrangements around, but succulents are really unique.

Jo: Never had it happen, but I don't think it would hurt anything. Just pour out the water and let em dry out.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Incredible!  Love these, Michelle.  And... I always forget about Tuesday Mornings. I know I shouldn't as they can have some awesome deals.

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 8 years ago

Michelle: I think the best stagers/designers are the ones that look everywhere and find the hidden treasures. The idea to get rid of the ugly arrangements and just keep the container is a great one I will consider going forward.

I love the first arrangement. I've never seen faux succulents!

Posted by Cari Anderson over 8 years ago

Amazing-they look incredibly real! Fantastic!!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Kathy: Thanks! I have a Tuesday Morning near my house, so I pop in from time to time. They happened to have a lot of pots and garden stuff this time.

Cari: I can't tell you how many times I've seen a great pot with terrible flowers or a great arrangement in a terrible pot. I've gotten crafty :o)) and switch things about.

Thank you Cathy Lee!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Saw a nice arrangement of small ones the other day that the pharmacy of all places.

Yours look very real.

Posted by Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ) over 8 years ago

They look amazing...very real looking ! yes it is hard to find these without breaking the bank. You have done a great job...love the photos

Posted by Mary Lou Teague, Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN (HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC ) over 8 years ago

I can't beleive it's not real! beautiful! outstanding! Love the idea!

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) over 8 years ago

Thanks, Liz.

I'm glad you like them Mary Lou. Thanks!

Anna: They are very realistic looking. That's one of the reasons I like them. Thank you.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Michelle,

Beautiful work and very creative!!!  I too thought they were real.  Great idea...they can be placed anywhere to enhance the look of your Staging!  Thanks for the idea!  You always come up with good ones.

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Thanks, Linda!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 8 years ago

Michelle, they look incredible so real, would love to know the source!

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) about 8 years ago

How much did something like that cost you to put together? I'm having a bit of a problem with plants myself these days. I love putting huge trees inside these NYC condos it enhances the feel of the home, but I've been putting in real ones that are of course less expensive than fake. The real plants keep dying so in the end I'm probably losing out on money.

Any ideas where you can buy cheap tall plants?

Posted by Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR (Tori Toth, International) about 8 years ago

Barbara: I get them from a variety of sources: Michaels, Stats (local to Pasadena) and Moskatels (local to Los Angeles  I think). I also purchase from some wholesale sources at their showrooms.

Tori: Cheap, no, but for relatively inexpensive plants ($50-$100), I usually purchase at Michaels. You can purchase them from wholesale sources as well, but watch out for the shipping charges.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) about 8 years ago

These are great Michelle. So you bought the individual plants at Michaels, etc?

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 8 years ago

I bought some at Michaels, some at Stats, some at Moskatels, some at the Wholesale Mart. When I see em I pick em up!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) about 8 years ago

Your fake succulents look very lovely, the same as alive.

I bought a few plants in Home Goods and use it all the time to bring color in both-rooms and dark places.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago

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