How is it that we are so-o-o comfortable with having fake nails, fake lashes, fake hair extensions, and even fake boobies, for the sake of beauty? We are even O.K. ingesting fake butter, fake ice cream, and even fake bacon, for the sake of dieting and our hips?Well, the other day, a really cute stylishly dressed young girl (and by young, I mean she was in her early thirties) held up one of our not-exactly-real flowers and asked -"Can I really use this in my house? It's fake, isn't it?"
When I started Indulge 10 years ago, I sold two things - European bath products and beautiful orchids. I thought the combination of the two was perfect because orchids are so visual, but most of them do not have much of a fragrance, and the European bath products smelled so wonderful, but were small and therefore not very visual. So, I had the visually beautiful orchids and the small fragrant soaps. A winning combo! Unique too.
At that time, you could not get an orchid very easily. Orchids were not for sale at Whole Foods or Home Depot. You had to know someone, who knew someone - that might be able to put you in touch with a guy. The book "The Orchid Thief" had not been written yet and orchids just had a certain mystique. Not that they have any less wonderment to me today, they are just more regognizable and more common to most people. I would go as far as to say - people think they are a lovely plant to decorate a room with.
A couple of years ago, I wouldn't have dared to lower myself by selling fake plants in my stores. I was all about the real thing. In fact, I honestly couldn't have predicted my reaction today to them. In fact, it's not just me, it's the hundreds of not-exactly-real plants that we have sold over the last year.
So, I thought it would be fun to play a little game - you tell me which orchid(s) throughout the blog are real and I'll give you 20% off any single item in the store. Good luck to you!
Charming Assortment of Orchids in Mossy Pots:
Perfect in almost every room! For years I was never without one in my home.
These guys make me laugh out loud, and not just because they look like Jay Leno. Couldn't you just see yourself having a conversation with one of them over morning coffee?
What cuties, great in a cluster!
Decorating Tip: You can use them almost anywhere in your house.
On a Bedroom Dresser:
Change the pot, completely change the look. One beautiful phalaenopsis orchid - 3 different pots, three different rooms in my house.
Phal. in my Antique Planter on my Bedroom Chest:
And Finally, Phal in an Old Basket on my Family Room Table:
Did I mention how great the not-exactly-real orchids do in that room in your house that doesn't get a lot of sun - that's the room in my house that you'll find my kitty asleep in.
The bathroom is beautiful and bright with the sconces and chandelier lit, but I was taught well by my father to turn the lights off when you leave a room - bathroom light remains off when I'm not home.
Can you tell the difference yet - real versus not-exactly-real?
All not-exactly-real orchids available at our Indulge Blvd. store if you were thinking you might want to pick one up for yourself or for a friend.