Anyone who knows me will appreciate when I say that my green fingers are non-existent. Whether outside or in, the only ‘plants’ that seem to survive are our rampant SE London brambles. In fact, as soon as I cut them back, they grow 10m long once again. There is a little succulent on the coffee table in our living room which has survived for at least 2 months, but I’m putting that down to luck.
It feels like a real shame because plants, especially house plants, are very much on-trend with interiors at the moment. The 1970’s revival is alive and well and my Instagram feed is full of enviably green displays. Not so chez Boo and Maddie where even if I did know what I was doing, the cat or dog would soon make short work of them anyway. It doesn’t stop me from trying though, determined to succeed one day.
Image courtesy of West Elm
With this renewed determination in mind, I decided to check out the pop-up plant styling service available at West Elm. One of my favourite London-based interiors stores, they collaborated with The Joy Of Plants during the Fitzrovia Festival of Furniture. The idea behind the collaboration is to encourage us to put plants at the forefront of our interior planning ideas. Typically, most people like me tend to add a plant as a finishing touch instead of making it integral to our styles. On hand to give advice was stylist and decor-obsessive Erica Davies who writes at The Edited who really knows her stuff when it comes to plant-styling. One of my favourite takeaways were the idea of using bowls or wine chillers as planters instead of traditional pots.
I have so many dreams about making plants work for our home and would love some kind of living wall. For now, I’m blaming my lack of knowledge on needing to do so much ground-work with our renovation project. The Joy of Plants pop-up has now finished but you can still pop along to West Elm for stylish plant inspiration including some amazing pots (and bowls if the mood takes you!) You can also check out some of Erica’s tips over on her blog here.
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