We end this week with a little pinspiration on concrete in the home.
Whether it is your main feature, or a finishing touch, concrete is a strong, long-lasting material that is truly adaptable to your needs and style taste. It can create a very minimal environment when combined with white but, if this isn’t your cup of tea, add touches of wood, colour or plant life to ‘warm’ the environment and create a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Have a little time this weekend? Click through to Hermit Homewares Pinterest board for some great concrete DIY projects!
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So it’s friday, you haven’t had time to buy Mum a present yet, you have missed the delivery cutoff date for most stores, so what are your options? Most people will instantly think flowers, but how about trying something along those lines that will last a lot longer (and probably cost the same price too!)
Your local nursery is the place to go! What I am thinking is how about making a living bouquet out of succulents! Succulents are the coolest little plants, they come in this huge array of colours, patterns, shapes and sizes. They won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and they are very forgiving for those who do not possess much of a green thumb.
Below are some inspirational pics to display the sort of effects you can achieve with these little winners. All you need to do is choose a container that suits your Mums style and character, and then fill with soil and your selection of succulents. Voila, one living bouquet for Mum!
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One of the most exciting new developments in gardening has to be the vertical garden. It allows us to free up floorspace, obstruct views of our man-made environment and create the feeling of being immersed in nature again. It softens the hard edges of our architecture, absorbs noise and filters the air, all whist creating an green oasis within any environment.
Initially I think vertical gardens were a little messy in their design, but as people play around with the concept more we are seeing some beautiful creations coming to life (literally!!) I especially love the idea of shaping your garden into a decorative form either by use of framework, or through application, as with moss graffiti. There is so much potential and so many different avenues that you can explore when creating your very own piece of living art. This really has to be the most inventive way to green your home, wouldn’t you agree?
I have always loved the idea of an edible garden, so this vertical herb garden below is now on my projects list for my home, fingers crossed I can keep it looking as healthy and happy as this one!
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Seeing plants on shelves isn’t anything new, but plants IN shelves? Well, that is the makings of something extra special.
Enter designer Domenic Fiorello and his stunning Plant Pods. A sleek, minimal design which comprises of a floating shelf that contains a cavity, or pod, to house a succulent or cacti. The shelves are available in either White Oak or American Walnut which has been machined beautifully to created organic, flowing curves that complement your chosen plant-life.
Succulents are very hardy plants that do not require a lot of water which is key in allowing this design to appear so slimline. The shelf becomes more like a plinth used to highlight the sculptural forms of the your selected succulent, a living installation that is low maintenance but looks modern and edgy.
I am completely obsessed with the new Jelly Hanging Planters by Australian company Angus & Celeste.
They are a fun mix of humor, practicality and great workmanship. Based on the shapes of old jelly moulds, these planters are cast in porcelain and suspended by super strong, stainless steel wires. This allows them to be used indoors or outdoors while maintaining their original finish. They are available in the yummiest range of pastel colours, adding to that retro loveliness. I love them so much that I have already put in an early birthday present request to my sister! (June isn’t really that far away is it?!)
And as an added stroke of genius, and generosity, Angus & Celeste have also supplied you with a list of plants that will happily live in your new hanging planter and look fabulous. What’s not to love?!
We are going all green this week to celebrate St Patricks Day! But not shamrocks or green material, we are talking about the real deal, living green items for your home.
Today, many of us are trying to incorporate more plants into our interiors, blurring that boundary between indoor and outdoor and embracing nature as part of the decor. Reflecting this trend we see many new and exciting designs that help us to display nature in our homes in ways that previously did not exist. There is also a new breed of designs that take inspiration from the hanging planters of the 60s and 70s but with a modernised and more sophisticated feel.
I have previously blogged about items here, here, here and here that I still swoon over, but this week I have found even more items to add to your list of must haves! (And mine!)
It is time to embrace your inner greenie!
1. Classic Gardening Glove by Bionic Australia
2. Hanging Test Tube Vase by Pigeon Toe
3. Case Study Cylinder Plant Pot with Stand by Modernica
4. Sophie Conran Gardening Tools by Burgon & Ball
5. Terra by Fort Standard
6. Rubber Gumboots / Wellies in Nero Tweed by Pipduck (available through Hard to Find)