A Local Photographer’s Favorite Place to Get Flowers

Use these design tips from Janae Hardy to bring a little style into your life.

By Tessa Cooper

Mar 2018

Trend to Try - Plant in Pink Pot - By Janae Hardy
Photo by Janae HardyCreate a Jungle: Use indoor plants to liven up your space like Janae Hardy does in her Rountree home.

Janae Hardy has an innate, swoon-worthy sense of style. From her casual-yet-trendy fashion choices to her vintage-meets-modern home, she is sure to inspire. Hardy is a freelance photographer, and part of her job involves prop-styling homes to get the perfect shot. According to her, the best way to add a fresh feel to any space right now is to add houseplants because they can instantly liven any space, fill empty corners with height and color and even purify the air. “My favorite place in town to get flowers is Schaffitzel’s Flowers,” Hardy says. “It’s a treasure trove, and it’s kind of a secret place because not everyone knows about it. The staff is very friendly and helpful.”

Trend to Try - Fill Your Room With Plants - By Janae Hardy
Photo by Janae Hardy

Flex Your Green Thumb
Want to try the trend in your home? Some of Hardy’s favorite houseplants are snake plants, silver philodendron, cacti, fiddle leaf fig and rubber plants (all pictured above). Most can be found at Schaffitzel’s Flowers and require little maintenance. Her secret? Use earthenware pots. This allows plenty of breathing room and prevents root rot.

@houslarsbuilt Instagram

Janae Hardy recommends following the Instagram account houslarsbuilt to add a bit of whimsy to your feed.

“Her stuff is so quirky, fun and colorful,” Hardy says. This account features inspiration for paper craft ideas and well curated spaces.

Read It

Kick up your feet and crack open Janae Hardy’s favorite books for a beautiful life.

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Hardy says this book by California-based Interior Designer Emily Henderson provides helpful home decor ideas. She also recommends following Henderson’s blog,

domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home

domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home 

This book, written by domino editors Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver, offers a guide to finding your personal style and creating a home that beams with personality.

Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home

Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home

Author Julie Carlson filled the pages of this book with simple living and interior ideas. It is ideal for the striving minimalist who wants to create an inviting space.

Janae Hardy

Janae Hardy is a freelance photographer and Springfield native who specializes in home interior styling and photography.

Learn more and see her work at