Projects: Decorating with Plants

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

And now added even bigger the left is an auruceria R449,95 in Porcupine basket from Design Afrika R790 and on the right the fiddle leaf fig R139.95 in teracotta pot R79.95 from Stodels

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 : )

On the left is the Aldus Navy dipped carafe from Ceramic factory R220, and a fern from my garden. On the right is the sedum gold R39.95 in a white ribbed pot R109.95 both from Stodels.

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.


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