I Launched My Own Shop!

Photo by Geoff Martin

Photo by Geoff Martin

When 2020 started I had a different idea of how the year would shape up. (Then again, didn’t we all?)

Lockdown changed everything and in a matter of weeks I had lost my 9-5 job. I was angry. I felt betrayed and I felt like a fool. On the other hand, I was also relieved because I knew it wasn’t the place for me and I didn’t have the guts to say it out loud.

Now I was forced to figure out my next step before I was ready.

For years now I’ve been on the brink of starting something new and expanding the WoahStyle brand. I just wasn’t sure what it was going to look like.

The people closest to me kept saying that I should expand the fashion part of my brand but the timing felt off and if there’s anything I learned about loosing my job is that I need to trust my instincts more.

It was back in the summer stores started opening up again that my mom and I started our weekly plant dates. We would drive an hour out of town to visit some incredible nurseries and just enjoy getting out of the house after months of lockdown.

Then one evening during one of our family dinners, my mom started telling us a story about the elaborate garden we had back Nicaragua. (I was a baby at the time so I wouldn’t have remembered it.) From lemon trees, to cacti, and tropical fruit trees, my mom had quite the collection and people would often ask if they could buy plants from her.

Well, between my mom’s stories and my desire to launch a plant shop - i decided to stop dreaming and start doing!

Woah Plants launched earlier this week with a small collection of some of my favourite house plant varieties - hoyas, monsteras and succulents.

As much as I love seeing rare plants on Instagram and YouTube, my own plant collection consists of plants that are easy to care for and have beautiful, interesting foliage.

Photo by Geoff Martin

Photo by Geoff Martin

We also ended up getting a few accessories to bring the room to life:

  • a new duvet with a minimal pattern from EQ3

  • a couple of large charcoal grey planters that we scored for 60% off at the end of the season sale at the local nursery

  • a rubber tree plant

  • a gallon of charcoal paint from Canadian Tire in the shade Asphalt Grey PR16W08 in a flat matte finish

And that's it. 

Everything else in the space, throw pillows, rugs, side tables, light fixtures, and even plants, we already had. 

It's amazing how some paint and a new bed transformed our master bedroom into something completely different. 

The finished result is even better than we had envisioned. 

It's warm and inviting, minimal, and functional. 

While the rest of our bedroom is still undergoing a makeover, I was excited to share the completed part with you. 

Finally, if you're looking for more bedroom inspiration, make sure to check out my blog post, 14 Cozy Minimal Bedroom Ideasand follow me on Pinterest for daily home decor ideas.  

Photo by Geoff Martin

Photo by Geoff Martin


HOYA

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Hoya Gracilis (rare plant) Woah Plants, $25

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Hoya Carnosa Compacta, Woah Plants $12

HOYA CARE TIPS:

Hoya are easy-care indoor plants and like a lot of bright-indirect light.

Let your Hoya dry out between waterings. Water when the soil is dry. 

Although Hoyas can handle most household humidity levels, they will grow more rapidly when the humidity is higher than 60 percent.

 

SENECIO

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String of Pearls 2.5“ pot, Woah Plants $8

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String of Dolphins 2.5” pot, Woah Plants $8

SENECIO CARE TIPS:

Senecio will thrive in bright indirect light. Avoid direct sun as it could burn the leaves. 

It’s important for the top of the plant to get light as well.

These thicker-leaved succulent varieties retain water in their waxy leaves. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings to prevent fungus or root rot. Water when the soil is dry. 

When you think it’s time to upsize the pot, go up only one pot size. These varieties have shallow root systems and can thrive by being in smaller containers.

 

MONSTERA

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Monstera Andansonii 4” pot, Woah Plants $20

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Monstera Peru (rare plant) 4” pot, Woah Plants $53

Monstera Care Tips:

Monsteras can handle low light but in order for them to thrive, give them lots of medium-bright indirect light.

Water when the soil is dry.

Although Monsteras can handle most household humidity levels, they will grow more rapidly when the humidity is higher than 60 percent.

 

PEPEROMIA

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Peperomia Hope 2.5” pot, Woah Plants $12

PEPEROMIA CARE TIPS:

The peperomia will thrive in medium-bright indirect light. Avoid direct sun as it could burn the leaves. 

Allow the soil to dry in between waterings to prevent fungus or root rot. Water when the soil is dry. 

Most of the thicker-leaved varieties can be treated like succulents as they retain water in their waxy leaves.

When you think it’s time to upsize the pot, go up only one pot size. These varieties have shallow root systems and can thrive by being in smaller containers.

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Tradescantia Nanouk 4” pots, Woah Plants $14

TRADESCANTIA CARE TIPS:

This plant will thrive in bright indirect sunlight.

Keep soil evenly moist but not drenched.

Side note, the nanouk plant in my own personal collection is a cutting that was gifted to me by my mother. I let the soil dry in between watering and it’s been living it’s best life! It’s already grown so much since I got it earlier in the summer.

Photo by Geoff Martin

Photo by Geoff Martin

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