When it comes to Ficus, you might think of a green giant in your living room, but there are also smaller specimens. You can easily use these to create an indoor forest, complete with a couple of rugged lumberjacks. A dish like this fits perfectly into the new interiors trend in which fun green elements provide the highlights, and brings a more original slant to indoor gardening. It also works very well to cure the ‘bare trees outside’ blues.
The interiors world has been in a foliage frenzy for some time now – with everyone from high-street homeware chains to glossy homes magazines bringing furnishings and fabrics to life with botanical prints.
Why not take a look back on a wonderful 2016. Highlights which included sharing truly inspirational stories with Exposé, not to mention beautiful, new editions of our 'sister' The Green Gallery. We hope we have been able to inspire you the past year with fun DIY's, helpful tips, competitions and lots of flowering fun.
Have a crazy and brilliant 2017!
In the serenity of Icelandic moods, you don’t need a lot to make a statement. Express yourself with these airy botanical works of art. To hang on coat hooks, over the dining table or as a modern variant on the Christmas tree.
The table’s laid, the food’s hot and the guests could arrive at any minute. You feel you’ve forgotten something… But what? The silverware’s polished, the glasses are out, the champagne is cold. < Ding dong > Oh nooo! You’ve forgotten to wrap the presents!
Terracotta planters offer a softer alternative to the clean lines and cool finishes of the modernist plant accessories that have been dominating social media of late.
If you fancy embracing the terracotta trend but are not ready to let go of your modernist sensibilities why not combine the two and give your old terracotta pots a new-year update with these creative DIY ideas.
At Christmas time you push the boat out. There’s no using kitchen paper as a napkin today, but attractive linen in a ceramic napkin ring. And to enhance the chic appearance of the tableware, you give it an extra finishing touch: a small bunch of Christmas cheer. Now your table decorations are complete.
That lovely warm cosy Christmas feeling - hang onto it. It’s very easy to make delicate impressions in ceramics with flowers from your Christmas bouquet or sprigs from your beautiful ‘ugly’ Christmas arrangement. It captures the moment, preferably with your favourite and most creative friends.
With so many wonderful evenings around the table in prospect, you may be running short of inspiration. How do I create a relaxed and cosy atmosphere? How to dress the table? Try something different by covering the table with moss.
When it comes to evoking happy memories of Christmases past and filling your space with that festive feeling, nothing beats the power of scent.
And we’re not talking about those synthetic air-fresheners or supermarket candles packed with Christmas-scented chemicals. For a truly authentic festive fragrance - create your own seasonally scented decorations with plants and herbs for the true spirit of Christmas. Here are a 4 fabulously festive ideas to get you started…
Trimming the tree while listening to Christmas tunes and guzzling mulled wine is one of the great joys of the festive season. But squeezing a Norway Spruce in your living room is easier said than done when you’re living in a bijou urban apartment.
But fear not, the festive spirit can flourish in the smallest of spaces with these creative alternatives to the traditional tree.
When they’re not designing and making uber-cool plant-related products in their North London studio, plant aficionados Rose and Caro are dressing venues for weddings and events – bringing urban spaces to life with exotic greenery.
Do you feel life cannot be green enough? A house full of leafy friends, and a balcony bursting at the seams? Then add a bit more greenery to your Christmas tree by hanging unusual sprigs, berries or flowers in it. We explain how in this craft project with an enchanting effect.
The Azalea - isn't that an Oriental wonder with a Zen feel? True, but that’s not to say that the Azalea cannot also be the Katy Perry of houseplants. It's just a question of styling. Just take a look at this extravagant mixture of spheres and colours that fit perfectly with the interior trend around energetic graphics. The Azalea - which is Houseplant of the month for December, so there's plenty of choice - also fits with this, thanks to a dense structure and so many flowers that they almost push one another out of the way. For your tribute to Alessi, choose different colours and reinforce the effect with a patterned base or background.
Houseplants are a quick win when it comes to injecting life and colour into your living space – not to mention the bonus perks of cleaning the air and lifting your spirits. But when you’re living in a small city apartment or cosy country cottage where floor space is at a premium, finding the space for foliage can be tricky.
The key is to choose plants that won’t crowd you out, and make use of the unused and overlooked areas of the home – like tucked away corners and up on high.
The Paphiopedilum Liberation Front proposes that you free your Orchid from its pot. That’s perfectly possible since this houseplant has aerial roots for taking up nutrients and the pot is really only there to stand it up, which can be done more unusually and more naturally if you wrap the roots up in a kokedama (moss ball). It’s easily done and looks amazing.
Want to add some whimsy to your ordinary garden pots? Or add interest to that windowsill full of lush, green plants? Try including some of our alternative plant pot ideas for a fun change from a terracotta pot.
A couple of old windows, some wood, tools and a bit of dexterity (or a handy person nearby at whom you aim your winning smile). That’s all you need to build an enviable plant greenhouse that you’ll be tempted to sunbathe in yourself. But hold back - this one really is for your plants.