Inglewood Craftsman Home

Restoring our 1906 home in Inglewood CA on a budget

Antique Furniture Tea-Time Succulent Garden


IMG_20140713_115935_046Earlier this year, we finally had a bit of rain in Southern California. Sadly, that rain weighed down the giant bougainvillea plant that lived here since we moved in, and the plant collapsed from its own weight. After trying everything to save it, including chopping off all the branches and forcing it upright, we removed the bougainvillea. Unfortunately, this left us with a bland view of a white stucco wall through our new/old glass back doorIMG_20140228_074347_354!IMG_20140302_110445_634

Though we are planning a custom mural with a friend’s non-profit, Off the Wall Graffiti, the process will likely be somewhat lengthy, so I wanted to quickly elevate the view. Inspired by a friend’s garden, I began searching for some antique furniture to set up some plants on. Luckily, within days I came across some discarded ladderback chairs on the street! These beauties are of solid construction. The faux leather seats are cracked and broken- likely the reason for the discard. On the next block, I encountered a discarded solid wood bookshelf. Walking the dogs was particularly beneficial on this day!

I put some nice planters on the chairs to cover the damaged seats. In each planter I placed some bromeliads, fan plant things (not sure what they’re really called and haven’t been able to identify them online yet), and a couple annuals. A garage sale afforded me some great antique vessels, into which I planted succulents. Great plants for southern California!

This view out the back door is much more pleasant now. I plan to shellac or polyurethane the chairs to help preserve them while they’re outside (although it looks like they’ve possibly been outside for quite some time already), but the view is already much improved! Super easy project took only a matter of hours and changed the yard significantly. Hooray! I probably wouldn’t recommend outdoor wood furniture for rainier climates without some additional layers of protection from the elements.IMG_20140712_173050_016

Since, again, the mural looks like it may take a while, I think I might do some moss graffiti in the meantime.IMG_20140712_173042_600


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Morgan Meredith writes about mental health, travel, and tech, based on her own experiences. Morgan left her job at a tech startup in 2017 to travel the world, and hasn’t stopped! She’s passionate about making travel as accessible for people with mental health challenges as it is for those who are nerotypical. She is also an outspoken advocate for destigmatizing mental health. Morgan received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BFA and BA at Bradley University. Hire Morgan for your project or speaking engagement at

3 thoughts on “Antique Furniture Tea-Time Succulent Garden

  1. I, too, am often richer for walking my dog, Sally, on trash day. Thank you for sharing this. Condolences on the demise of your bougainvillea.


    • What great motivation to take care of our pups… finding great treasures! I’m sure they don’t mind as long as we get them out, haha.

      RIP bougainvillea… but a whole new world is opening up! Thanks for your thoughts and would love to see the things you’ve found with Sally!


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