Create an Urban Jungle with these Tropical Houseplants

Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly obsessed with plants. You only have to read my last post about planters for evidence.

Well, I was pretty well over the moon when Urban Jungle opened it’s second centre, even nearer to me, because it’s such a clever venture full of exotic plants and colourful homeware – and omg the food is pretty delicious. I think it’s also so important to give a big shout out for local businesses that are offering something totally unique and felt a post was in order plus I am going to talk through some recommendations for tropical houseplant buying thanks to Nick, one of their team who passed on some wisdom :)

There are so many options if you’re choosing a plant and they all have slightly different needs. Although surprisingly low maintenance considering they’re not in their original habitat. The one above is a Snake plant  ( Latin name Sanseveria ) Super easy to care for as it’s from the succulent family. Only needs watering once or twice a month. It’s great for the home especially bedrooms as it’s an air purifier.

spider plants  There are different types including these ( left and right ) which are very cool because you can plait them. Okay that’s just my weird reason but they are pretty quirky aren’t they ?

With mine, I water it every few months and it’s happy with that.

Fiddle leaf fig plant

This plant is known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig or Ficus. It originates from tropic rainforests of Western Africa.

It needs decent light but not overly bright and not to be moved around as it doesn’t like change. The leaves at the bottom sometimes die off so you need to remove them and they do grow back. Don’t over water the plant – keep the top soil moist.

Natal Lily plant orange petals

Natal Lily Plant aka Clivia Miniata. I took this one home this time. How could I not ? It’s a South African woodland plant that grows the most amazing orange flowers. It has a flowering rest period around Autumn when it needs to have a cooler environment other than that it prefers a warmer temperature. The leaves are also really pretty and they don’t die off. Again don’t over water – let it become 50% dry before watering again.

Sago palm plant

Top left is the Sago Palm or Cycas Revoluta. This is one of my favourites because it’s base resembles a pineapple. These are excellent for conservatories. They can get huge so be warned ;)

From Japan, they can live inside or out and are slow growing.

Bottom right is a Corn Plant – Draceana Massangeana Fragrans originally from Madagascar  – you can’t see the trunk of it in this photo but it looks like a little tree. It’s a very popular houseplant because it’s so it doesn’t ask much and perfect for the beginner. You can put it anywhere in the home. It does grow larger so be aware of that. It’s a great foliage plant.

Rhipsalis plant cacti

I adore the Mistletoe Cacti ( Rhipsalis ) it is really versatile as it works in a hanging basket or in a pot and just does it’s thing ! Doesn’t need much watering and when you do add some water at the bottom in a little plate so it takes what it needs. Ideally put it in a bright room but not direct sunlight.

lipstick plant aeschynathus mona lisa plant hanging

Another lovely hanging plant is the Mona Lisa – in Latin: Aeschynathus. Also known as Lipstick Plant. They love warn temperatures and humidity. Ideal for bathrooms and I guess a kitchen. I would pop this on a shelf. Another plant that likes some water in a plate under the pot.

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I can vouch for the Pothos plant as we have one in our living room and it’s a great feature with it’s shiny, marbled leaves. Very low maintenance and really hardy, it’s perfect for a busy home. I water the pothos about once a week and keep the top inch moist. In the Summer apparently a little but of plant feed is helpful.

air plant

You may have seen Air Plants ( Tillandsia ) on Pinterest being used in all sorts of random ways as it doesn’t need soil so sometimes people hang them from shelves or attach to mirrors. They look great tucked in to sand with succulents. They just need a little bit of mist spray and they’re good to go.

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I hope my tips are helpful. It’s such a joy to visit Urban Jungle and I wanted to share it with you. It is situated just outside of Beccles and they are also based in Costessey near Norwich. There are loads and loads of outdoor plants too. I feel like I’m on holiday there with the palm trees and giant Cacti to greet you.

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Sitting amongst the greenery and vibrant colours to eat your meals makes each table feel like you have lots of privacy and the music is alway nice and chilled.

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Do you have any favourite places to visit locally ? Let me know …

Lucy x

All clothing very kindly c / o BodenPrinted Jumper, Renee Shoulder Bag, Black Boho Boots, Soho Skinny Jeans.

 

Twelve of my favourite Indoor Planters

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I’m currently spending too much time obsessing over planters with legs. Yep, I’m a total geek when it comes to such things. In fact I have just the one of my dreams which you will see in my living room with an upcoming post. Love the Scandi and mid century styles especially like this textured planter from Cox and Cox.

In the meantime I’ve picked out some of my favourites at the moment. They’re not always just an accessory for a room but can be an added piece of furniture. Something to keep long term and I think worth investing in, although you can get some really good looking ones for a very reasonable price.

planter cement style with legs next

I was really surprised to see this Cement Style Planter at Next. Only because the price is so good. Really like the industrial look and grey works so well with many other colours. What do you think ?

gold planter west elm legs

If gold is totally your thing then you might like these spun metal beauties. I am a total mag pie to anything shiny so they caught my eye immediately. A sure way to brighten up any area of the room. West Elm have such a pretty selection. They aren’t the cheapest but in my experience their products are made very well and worth every pretty penny.

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I think this triple planter would work really well in a contemporary space saving setting or maybe in a conservatory ? A great way to display more than one plant at a time.  Again they’re from West Elm … they offer great diversity in their pieces.

copper planter on legs

If you’re ever looking for something unique then this is perfect, right ?

Made by the Proper Copper Company for Not on the Highstreet it looks fab teamed with the pink pot – although it doesn’t come with it so you can choose your own one. You should also check out their own website for kitchen items. Stunning !

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These nice big planters look inspired by the Victorian era but with a modern twist with the cement bowls ? Great for a period house or a room that needs a big plant on display. They are by the ever fabulous West Elm.

1. Terracotta Planter – Grattify at Not on the Highstreet 2. Vase Planters – John Lewis 3. White Ceramic  – Homebase 4. Cement Bowl Planter – Achica 5. Colourful Planters – La Redoute 6. Iron and Cement Planter – Maison du Monde.

Here are a few other ones in different styles and colours … told you I’m a plant geek :)

Hope you’ve enjoyed. Which ones would suit your home ?

Lucy x

Update on the Good Homes My Interior Design School Course

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It’s hopefully not too late to say Happy New Year to you.

My excuse for being missing in action for a bit ( apart from Christmas ) is that I have been working really hard at my online Good Homes Interior Design Course that I wrote about a while ago. It’s one of many run by My Interior Design School.

I am on module 4 now and along with what I already knew about design and it’s many aspects – it has helped me no end. In fact I’m actually enjoying the technical side a lot and never thought that would be the case considering in the past I have focused more on textiles and styling. Now I can do the lot.

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Although clients will generally choose a designer that they like the style of amongst other requirements  – It’s important to me that they can rely on me to offer detailed drawings and know lots about my subject. I think it must be the Aquarian in me but I always like to know as much as possible.

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So far I have covered   colour in the home, electrical and lighting design, scaled floor plans and am now working on cost and time sheets for a bedroom design. All of these are very detailed and quite extensive so it is best to take time and fully absorb each part.

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I’ve found the way My Interior Design School explains each task very easy to comprehend and it has kept me wanting to learn more and more. There’s nothing worse than overly complicated instructions that put you off. So it’s been great so far.

Working with colours and textiles and coming up with ideas that will potentially make someone feel really happy and content in their home is really exciting. I feel like I have been working towards this in one form or another for a very long time.

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I always like to be honest on my blog and I can say hand on heart that this is a very good interactive course that fulfils it’s obligation to bring out the interior designer in you.  It covers so much and I feel it’s suitable for people who are creative but also want to gently get to grips with the more practical side.

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In fact I think I will be sad when it finishes. But very ready to crack on with it all too.

If you are interested in My interior Design School courses then have al little look here.

Do you have any new plans for 2018 ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions as always are my own.

How to use Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018


L to R: Plant – John Lewis Sidetable – John Lewis Gold Lamp – Target Sofa – Sofa.com Cushions – Bluebellgray Artwork – Dasol Kim at Saatchi Art White Table – Oliver Bonass Ceiling lamp – John Lewis Table plant – John Lewis Candle – Oliver Bonas Gold Side Table – West Elm Mug – Arhoj Pouffe – John Lewis Plant Pot – Audenza Cactus – Abigail Ahern 

Well, it seems people are split again this time with Pantone’s announcement of their Colour of the Year 2018 being Ultra Violet. I’m in the for camp.

Purples are associated with spirituality and mindfulness and actually this particular shade immediately reminded me of the legend that is Prince. Oh, I miss him !

Last year Greenery was definitely a slow burner according to my Twitter feed. Although I noticed it literally sprung in to life in the interior world further into the Spring. Maybe this will be the case this time too.

I love purple so am once again really happy with the vibrancy of Ultra Violet because it’s fresh and rich but can totally see how it’s strength of colour might be a bit much for some. It’s certainly no shrinking violet. Excuse the terrible joke. Colour is such a personal thing it would be impossible to please everyone.

But I do think trends are fun. They might inspire us to try out a new paint or textile and gets people talking about design.

I’ve made up a little mood board showing how I would use Ultra Violet in a palette for a living room. In fact, I’ve used very little of it overall because of its intensity but made sure the centre piece being the sofa, shouts the loudest. Using blues and golds with it makes it a lively combination and I’ve added some extra pops of purple around the room. I like the contrast with the bluey grey paint which is called Pale Wedgwood and made by Little Greene. It stands in the background like Ultra Violet’s more sensible friend. We all need one of those.

To give the room a serene feeling you could add more blues, lilacs and remove the pops of yellows and orange.

Pantone Ultra Violet Moodboard

1. Cushion – Habitat 2. Emma Bridgewater Plate – Liberty London 3. Art – Oliver Bonas 4. Throw – Berry Red 5. Rug – Designers Guild 6. Figurine – Arhoj 7. Cosmetic Bag – Otis Batersbee 8. Mug – Pantone 9. Roberts Radio – John Lewis 10. Lampshade – Love Frankie

If you’ve now got a thirst on for more of the purple stuff I have found some more accent pieces for the home here. What do you think of the rug ? It’s so bold. The Roberts Radio is adorable and I am such a fan of Love Frankie who make colourful lampshades. We have pink and leopard print ones here at home.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this colour. Are you loving it ? Loathing it ? Or somewhere in between ? What would be your chosen colour for 2018 ?

Lucy x

24 Top Picks for a Colourful Christmas

Colourful interior gift ideas1. Dinner Plate – Unique and Unity 2. Mascarade Cushion – Designers Guild 3. Tea Light Holders  – LSA International 4. Planter – West Elm 5. Sara Miller Candle  – John Lewis 6. Pink Vase – Studio Arhoj 7. Rock On Hand – Audenza 8. Bergamot Citrus Soap – Fresh

If I left this post any longer it would be too late. Or at least that’s how I’m justifying a totally ‘ in your face ‘ Christmas gift guide.

This is my favourite time of year. It’s the choosing gifts that I love the most and my friends will probably tell you that I drive them potty asking exactly what their kids would like. I really don’t like giving something that I think won’t be used or really wanted.

To save you a bit of time potentially, I’ve put together some ideas for loved ones who love a bit of colour and good design, if you fancy a look through. Some fun things for the kids too. Maybe there will be some items that are just what you are looking for. Also have a discount code for one of the stores a little later on …

I’ve had my eye on that West Elm Planter for some time. It’s a classic shape – I think it would be hard to disappoint with it. Also the vase from Studio Arhoj – these look lovely in a set. As a special gift for someone.

Do you have any rock lovers in your life ? I’m thinking this Gold Hand from Audenza would double up as not only a beacon of ‘ ROCK ‘ on a shelf but also a jewellery holder.

All of these websites here have lots of ideas – definitely worth a look.

Colourful clothing gift ideas christmas1. Slippers – Boden 2. Pink Jumper – Oliver Bonas 3. Purse – Liberty london 4. Semi Precious Ring – Ottoman Hands 5. Grayson Perry Brooch – Lou Taylor 6. Yellow Scarf – Whistles 7. Jacket – Scamp & Dude 8. Purse with Charger – Cuckooland

Good ol’ Boden, eh ? I wear their slippers all the time. Always perfect colour combinations. In fact I’m wearing some as I write this !

A pretty pink throw on knit at this time of year is always appreciated. Oliver Bonas as always have a good selection of clothing and homeware.

This year I’ve got very much in to Ottoman Hands jewellery and constantly swoon over their pieces on instagram. It looks so decadent and it stands out in the crowd.

Being the most massive Grayson Perry fan  – how could I not share this brooch by Lou Taylor ? Her website has some fantastic icons such as Iris and Vivienne Westwood, transformed in to statement jewellery. I insist you check her out :)

Also I have much appreciation for Scamp & Dude who are relatively new as a clothing brand but doing really well. A fresh take on bomber jackets and leopard print tops. I like – hope you do as well.

Must just mention this clutch bag / phone charger from Cuckooland. Two in one in a teal colour. What do you think ?

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1. Bunny Racer Pyjamas  – Boden 2. Pen set – Tatty Devine 3. Pom Pom Hair Bands – Topshop 4. Polaroid Pop – Polaroid 5. Rose Gold Earphones – Sudio Sweden 6. Pink Felt Board  – Ginger Snap 7. Water Bottle – Roos Beach 8. Unicorn Snot – The Present Finder

Loads of colour here. Pretty sure the pen set would go down well with a wide age range. Glad to see Tatty Devine doing stationery now –  they are always so distinct.

Have you heard of Sudio Sweden headphones ? they come in several colours and styles. I have a 15 % discount across their website if you’re looking for something like this. They have a broad price range so suitable for all. The code is LucyLovesYa15 which you can add at checkout.

Who doesn’t love a felt board – totally instagrammable and really fun. This one is from gift store Gingersnap. They also do orange and yellow boards. Another discount code for you here  – if you add PINK at checkout for this board or any items on their site you will currently receive 33% off the price of it. Whoop !

If you haven’t heard of Roos Beach then a good opportunity to look at their store. This water bottle is just one of loads of cool things. They’re based near Newquay, Cornwall and their shop is just fab if you’re ever in the area.

That’s my little round up for now. Hope you enjoyed it. Almost time for mulled wine and gingerbread is it not ? … Almost.

Lucy x