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Interior Styling | Indoor Plants

7.02.2013

When it comes to interiors I'll happily take a monochrome palette, wood accents and touches of green. When the green comes from bringing a bit of nature indoors, even better. As the trend for indoor plants (which I touched on here) continues to grow, I'm really keen to embrace it in our new home but I have a long way to go! I finally purchased the Fiddle Leaf Fig I've been eyeing up for ages, but we only have a couple of other plants - one is thriving, the other is a little sad. Both are also in desperate need of re-potting. To be honest, looking after plants has never been my forte, but I figure if I can raise two small boys then I must be able to care for a few house plants, right?!


Back to the Fiddle Leaf (Ficus Lyrata) for a moment. You've no doubt seen this very hip plant buzzing around the web lately. If not, take a look at this terrific post by the lovely Talia of MintSix Boutique Homewares & Styling, one of my newest sponsors. A great roundup of The Fabulous Fiddle Leaf Fig, it's so cool, you'll be rushing out to buy one in no time! 

Luckily I found it easier to come by than Talia who hails from the South Island, happily settling for this Ficus Bambino (the smaller) version, from my local garden centre Palmers Gardenworld Remuera. While there I got chatting to the director Delma Harrison, who with over 35 years experience is able to help you with your plants and interiors, stocking not only a huge selection of plants but also beautiful and unique homewares from around the world. By the time I left, I had several new things on my wishlist including this plant, new pots and even a gorgeous knitted pouffe! Delma also owns the award-winning Cafe Greenfingers onsite, which we visit often as they have a play area for the kids! They also do great coffee, so make sure you stop by. 


One large plant in the corner of a room can make a striking statement...



...while smaller plants dotted around the home, on mantle pieces, shelves and in the bathroom add lovely touches of green and texture...




I also love seeing smaller plants grouped together, especially with some succulents and cacti in the mix... 


Or you could go all out with an indoor garden, including wall-mounted and ceiling-hung plants....



This bathroom is pretty fabulous... 


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11 comments:

  1. Great informative article. The mention of Palmers obviously appreciated to be partners with winners! Please send your other site info via emial cheers
    Delma
    This is all very new media to me! Suppose publish means send!

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    1. Thanks Delma! I will send that through soon x

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  2. Hi - I am loving indoor plants too...I just bought two fiddle leaf figs...loving them, although yet to buy pots. Another good houseplant is the Zanzibar...it's really easy to look after, it prefers not to be watered too much and if you keep it out of direct sunlight you are onto a winner.

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    1. I just checked out the Zanzibar and I love it - have added to the wishlist! The fact that no greenthumb needed is perfect!! Thanks Jodie x

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  3. I love my fiddle leaf fig, and now want to add some smaller plants into our home. Like you, I'm not blessed with green fingers, but the Zanzibar sounds like my kind of plant (thanks Jodie). x

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  4. Cheers for the shout out Michelle! I'm doing up our spare bedroom at the mo and all I want to do is put plants everywhere. I'm on a bit of a roll with this indoor houseplant business and suddenly feel that every spare corner/sideboard/mantelpiece needs a plant...! Will also be checking out the Zanzibar x

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    1. No worries... loved that post you did and I'm very excited about my fiddle leaf fig. Can't wait to see the room - bet it'll look gorgeous! x

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  5. I adore indoor plants and really need to get more as I had to leave all of mine back home which was a pain. Love the fiddle leaf, it will look fabulous! I'll have to visit Palmers Gardenworld, I might get one myself:) M x

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    1. Yes, you should! They can order you one in, if not in stock x

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  6. These green indoor plant sincerely adding charm to interior of your house.

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