Projects: Decorating with Plants
Wowzers…getting settled into our new home has been a long ride for Jeremy and I. It’s taken roughly 2 years from selling in Greenpoint, to searching for a house, finding it, buying it and finally renovating. Throw into that mix a year and a half of living with family and Jeremy breaking his ankle in the midst of the build and I’m surprised I’m alive to tell the tale! So now that I’ve earned my stripes in all things renovation related, I thought I would share some of my hard-earned tips with you in a new series called Stokerd Projects where I’ll feature everything from styling to renovating and everything that comes up in between!
Our first ‘how to’ is a collaboration with Stodels Nursery, and features a topic I never tire of, plants. It’s one of the easiest ways to decorate and ‘up’ the happiness levels in any room, and lets not forget the free amounts of oxygen these guys give off. It will also brighten up the final stretch of Winter, bonus.
We used The Darth Vader fireplace in our bedroom as a guinea pig for a leafy makeover… all plants are from Stodels Nursery, I went to their Durbanville branch which has a huge selection of amazing plants – but you can find your nearest store here. Photography by the brilliant Cindy Taylor
Looking far less intimidating below thanks to the bamboo palm R79.95 in a mini Ama Nice Nice missoni basket R240 from Design Afrika, asparagus fern R74.95 in a white planter from Stodels R54.95, phrenology vase R250 from Mr Chandler House, beaucarnea R99.95 in copper glazed planter R94.95 from Stodels.
Some tips when styling your plants:
– make sure to choose plants with different leaf textures and colours
– choose different sizes/heights of plants, you don’t want them all to look the same
– same goes for the pots, stay in a colour scheme, but choose different sizes and textures
– don’t be afraid to go big!
– don’t forget to water them
And another option..we added the water colour owl in the back from Peter Eastman, second from the left the sedum gold R39.95 in a white ribbed planter R109.95 from Stodels, schefflera R36.95 and on the far right the Nongo basket from Design Afrika R520
Bathrooms are an excellent spot for plants, the moisture and light create a mini hothouse…steamy! Ferns thrive in these conditions, so I’ve used two nephrolepsis ferns R49.95 and a love palm R69.95 in a range of terracotta pots from Stodels and I absolutely LOVE the white Aldus hanging planter from Ceramic Factory R699
Below is a new addition to the Stokperd DIY range..the white stay brackets R160 for a set, they also come in black and solid wood
Delicious monster R69.95 in a glass pot from Mr Price home in Greenpoint, I hope they still have stock! The glass jar on the right is a Milnerton Flea Market find, filled with strelitzia leaves I cut from my garden. And that proud doggy in the middle belonged to Jeremy’s grandmother : )
And the bare entry hall also needed some leafy love…
The fiddle leaf fig R139.95 in the azalea 24cm terracotta pot R79.95 both from Stodels
And finally…this rubber tree has completely transformed our kitchen R180 in a gorgeous Alph Missoni basket R450 from Design Afrika.