RT1home - Feature
Most people know RT1home through Instagram, but I know them (actually just “her”, back when it was a one-woman operation) through the founder, Rhiannon Taylor, whom I’ve chatted about plants with and has so much gusto for curating functional products for the home.
A few of the plant-focused products I’m featuring here you’ll instantly recognize (like the oh-so-useful tarp), but what you won’t see, that I suggest checking out, are also their non-gardening offerings like the Hinoki from Japan and natural cleaning products.
The products that RT1home (Rhiannon) creates are all made in the USA, in-house in their downtown LA studio. And recently for the lucky few that live in the area, you can actually visit that very studio that doubles as their retail space! Currently by appointment only. They’ll also be offering plants and workshops (including ikebana arrangements, moss pole making, composting methods, and Japanese wrapping techniques) in future dates.
For the rest of us, you can purchase everything online or check their retail stocklist.
You can see me unbox some of their products here (mailed all the way to Canada!).
Description: An RT1home exclusive design, use this coverlet to cover your unsightly plant pots. Made from Sunbrella marine grade canvas in White, this fabric is UV, water, mold and mildew resistant. The coverlet is also equipped with a leather loop to easily hang with or without a plant. Designed and manufactured in Los Angeles.
Got a functional pot but with a not-so appealing look? Or maybe you want to switch up the appearance of a pot without actually repotting? I’ve always been a huge fan of covering pots with durable fabrics to change the aesthetic of my planters. In my home, most of my plants are decked out in terracotta pots and there are places where splashes of white work better (pictured below). Fabric also has a relaxed look that adds a textural difference in a room. If you’re like me, houseplants are in place of home-y nicknacks, so opportunities to “decorate” by using any sort of cache pot is something to be taken advantage of.
Description: These tarps are laser cut from a marine grade woven Polyester fabric so the edges will not fray. The fabric is highly UV, abrasion and water resistant. Equipped with snaps at each corner to fold up the tarp edges, this will help contain dirt while re-potting. We've added an extra layer of self fabric around the edges to make sturdy 3" walls when corners are snapped closed. Both sizes of the tarp easily roll up and can be secured with an adjustable leather strap when not in use.
A seriously easy favorite RT1home product! Recommended for the small-space dweller who wants to keep things neat and tidy, or if you’d like to be liberated from carpeted flooring and just want repot indoors without being shunned to the bathroom, dangit. I use this for all my indoor potting projects (in fact, the only time I didn’t, I scratched on my floor from moving around a heavy pot. Never again!).
What I love about this is that the walls of the tarp keep the soil in (my tarp is actually an older model, and the newer iterations have an even better set-up). After potting up, I flatten the walls and pull each side so the soil can be collected down the middle, then poured out neatly. No need to use a dust pan!
Description: Propagation Cone - Use this cone to grow larger seeds, pits or bulbs over water - such as avocado seeds, tulip bulbs, or to showcase any plant cutting with their roots growing in water. These lightweight & durable cones were created to be a reusable accessory for all of your propagation needs. (No more tooth picks!) The Prop cone can transform any glass into a propagation vessel. Place your cone on top of any standard size drinking glass, rest your sprouted seed/bulb/cutting at the center of the hole and ensure roots are completely submerged in water below.
For such a simple design, this cone has been incredibly useful! If you’ve done stem cuttings, you know how difficult it can be to prop (“prop” like, actually propping them up. I’m not sure if the double-entendre was intention in the name, but it should be!) the cuttings and not have them topple over the edge. This useful cone does that elegantly. What also appealed to me was being able to start bulbs - the fabric is flexible enough, ever-so-slightly, to snugly place a bulb into it and hold it into place to just the base touches water.
Description: Japanese inspired Wrapping Cloth - FUROSHIKI (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese square wrapping cloth with knots - used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. The cloth is traditionally used in Japan for daily rituals as a towel, bandana, or handkerchief and for gift-wrapping. These FUROSHIKI were exclusively designed by RT1home using 100% cotton cloth sewn in the US.
The furoshiki came into my radar as my lifestyle strives to include multi-use items -uses that are pretty much limited by your imagination. The most common use for these is carrying items (like bringing your garden delights to the kitchen! Or as a zero-waste way to wrap a gift), but I’ve even used them as light-dampening shade cloths because the designs are so simplistically beautiful. These are great to have tossed into a bag on your way out.