12 Unique and Modern Planters by Erin Radcliffe
This summer I have been all about plants. All of the plants. Over the past few months I have added a number of new greenies to our home and really can’t be happier about the fresh vibes and color they bring to our space. I also can’t be less impressed with the majority of the selection of planters from some of the big name stores. Not that there aren’t some great planters out there from Target or Westelm, there are! But I have found that they just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s the bitterness I still feel from the $160.00 price tag on the new bullet style planters that are so popular. I found one at a thrift shop 22 years ago for like $2 bucks and snatched it up immediately. It was at some point lost or dropped off at the Goodwill or something as I no longer have it and am frankly quite pissy about it. So needless to say, when shopping for new planters this Summer I wanted something that had more to offer than just a high price tag.
These options were all found on etsy.com so we have the diversity of choosing something handmade or vintage. My favorites! All of my selections were unique variations on what is currently very trendy but they are all so simplistic and timeless, I love every one! Click the little photos below for links:
1. This address number planter does double-duty and looks pretty handsome to boot. Made of brushed aluminum that has an incredible patina, this one is a total splurge but it will set your house apart from the neighbors for sure.
2. The concrete sectioned triangle planter is fun. You can split up the sections or keep them together to make a larger plantscape (is that a word?). Comes in several great neutral-ish colors and the maker is local, to me (Seattle)!
3. Sea Urchins are so beautiful but probably too delicate to hold anything more than an air plant, but this ceramic version is so very lovely. This one is a great buy because it comes with 2 air plants. I love the details on this planter, it reminds me of hobnail style milk glass.
4. Square concrete with hardwood base and inlay. Another (small) splurge but the details matter.
5. The Vaughn planter. I know, I just went on about how butthurt I was over that lost thrifted bullet planter, but I can still love them, right? This one is particularly well made and the capsule is cradled so perfectly in that walnut frame. Still not dropping the $175.00 for this one though. yet.
6. This Navajo inspired vase is just the right amount of desert and looks great grouped together.
7. The gilded elephant planter is so fun and comes in several other pastel colors too. This one would look great in a nursery and at $16.95 (plus shipping) it’s totally affordable.
8. These geometric planters are made by stacking 2 different woods and then carving out the different shapes. The set includes 4 differently shaped planters which I love, but because this is a small business and you can convo the owner who is also the craftsman, you can change up the shapes if you want and he will even give you recommendations on the types of succulents to use in his planters.
9. The vintage mudcloth textile planter is an interesting spin on the baskets everybody is using nowadays for nesting their house plants in. Again, I have seen similar at a big box store but you can bet they aren’t authentic, this one is reversible and one of a kind.
10. I absolutely adore this pretty head planter. I imagine that styling her plant hair would be kind of like doing my daughter’s hair and I am pretty sure this sweet lady will be making an appearance at my place soon.
11. These concrete orb planters are the perfect contrast of industrial and chic. I like the smoothness of the concrete and the way these have little air bubbles at the bottom that add interest, plus these are indoor/outdoor.
12. More concrete planters, these ones have been marbled. I think these would also look great used to hold candles or hairbands, lip gloss, whatever….
Which is your favorite?