As a student living in a room where one basically sleeps, studies, eats, chills, watch Netflix and do yoga (yes it is possible), I try to find ways to make it a calming, stress free, stimulating, but minimalistic environment. Although I am an architecture student and most days spent more than 10 hours in studio (#studiolife) at university (to be honest it would be a lot more hours if the university didn’t close at 22:00 pm), I find it very important to come home in a space that feels relaxed and, well, like home.

At my parents home I am blessed to have a beautiful garden with a variety of plants and even a small pont, however I do not have that luxury at university. Instead I found other ways to bring green and life into my room. One type of plant that is getting very popular and I totally understand why, is the Cactus (Cacti, members of the plant family Cactaceae, in the order Caryophyllales). They occur in a range of shapes and size and most cacti live in habitats subject to at least some droughts as they show many adaptations to conserve water. Most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines, which are highly modified leaves. In the absence of leaves, enlarged stems carry out photosynthesis.

Cacti are one of the easiest plants to care for, however they do need bright light and fresh air, and they need a cool, dry winter rest as well. So put these plant in the sunniest spots in your home, like on the shelve across a sunny windows. For more information on how to grow cacti visit this website.

There are many different varieties you can choose from, my favourites are probably the Bunny Ears [Opuntia Microdasys] or the Golden Barrel Cactus [Echinocactus Grusonii].

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Bunny Ears                                                                    Golden Barrel Cactus

My love for cacti have grown a bit too much, for as I now have made different art pieces containing at least one cactus, and photographing almost every cactus I come across. Even if taking care of a real cactus is still to difficult for you, you can resort to getting a beautiful picture or a piece of art of a cactus, which takes even less trouble to keep up.


The Brickhouse


Cactus Watercolor Print by Fox Hollow Design






Indigo Cactus Watercolor Print 




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