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For The Soul—Unique Aspects of the Western World

Desert Delight

Bring a burst of green inside with an eye-popping, do-it-yourself succulent arrangement.
By Raquel Lynn

With the first glimpses of spring—daffodils, longer days and shedding horsehair, of course—I love welcoming the new season with a trip to the nursery for spring flowersand a chic new planter.

This year, consider passing on a fancy pot and instead create a trendy succulent arrangement by bringing new life into something old that still screams Western chic, like a decorative cow skull. Intended for indoor display, the greenery of this artistic succulent array helps make any room feel vibrant and alive.

The Perfect Canvas

I’ve always had an obsession with iconic Western pieces, especially cow skulls. Skull décor is versatile—it looks impressive in a modern beach house or a rustic log cabin—and every skull tells a unique story, allowing you to express your personal style while making a bold statement.

Adorning a skull with succulents is the perfect spring twist on a classic. I’ll explain how you can give your favorite steer skull an effortless makeover for spring in an hour or less. If you don’t have a skull, this is the perfect excuse to add one to your décor collection.

You can find an abundance of real and faux cow skulls available to fit your style—pick up an authentic skull straight from the ranch or score a realistic resin sculpture at a home-décor retailer near you.

Sensational Succulents

I’ve always had an obsession with iconic Western pieces, especially cow skulls. Skull décor is versatile—it looks impressive in a modern beach house or a rustic log cabin—and every skull tells a unique story, allowing you to express your personal style while making a bold statement.

Adorning a skull with succulents is the perfect spring twist on a classic. I’ll explain how you can give your favorite steer skull an effortless makeover for spring in an hour or less. If you don’t have a skull, this is the perfect excuse to add one to your décor collection.

You can find an abundance of real and faux cow skulls available to fit your style—pick up an authentic skull straight from the ranch or score a realistic resin sculpture at a home-décor retailer near you.

Sensational Succulents

Succulents—those desert-hardy plants that retain water in thick stems and leaves—haveexploded in popularity in recent years, and there’s more to them than just cacti. Thesetrendy plants have the ability to thrive almost anywhere, especially in arid climates. Succulents are resilient, low-maintenance plants suitable even for the most inexperienced gardener. Unlike most temperamental houseplants, succulents tend to stay alive and thrive even if you forget to water them for a couple of weeks.

Sourcing succulents is easy: they are readily available at most grocery stores, nurseries and garden centers. Choose succulents that speak to you—jewel-toned Jelly Bean Plants, rounded Jade, striped Aloe and Haworthia, fuzzy Lamb’s Ear, and the whimsical Donkey’s Tail are just a few that might fit right into your design.

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This is an excerpt from the full article—get the whole story in the Spring 2019 Chrome magazine, which is sent to all current APHA members. Not a member? Join or renew at apha.com/join.

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