Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Get Green

If you want to spruce up the joint, and you don't have a wad of cash, you can make an amazing difference just by installing some greenery. Plants indoors look fresh and crisp, and apparently, as an added bonus they will also make the air cleaner and cooler.
Potted palms and Queenslanders are a classicly handsome pair. You cannot go wrong with a verandah and a palm. Either fork out 20 clams at your local nursery for a living tree or, in the dead of night, snip off some fronds from your neighbour's garden. I'll leave the details up to you.

India Hicks is all over it, of course.

Ferns, like potted palms, are another classic, either indoors or on the verandah, hanging or sitting. They are delightful and more hearty than they look.

Ivy, Sydney, below.

Name another plant that can bend itself around in a circle like this.

If you can't garden, never fear, the succulents are here. I'm telling you, you cannot kill these things. They are survivors. They're also tres pretty.

Succulents come in all shapes and colours, you can plant them in just about anything, they only need watering every so often, and they're cheap to buy. What's not to love?

Plus, your husband will just love spending one of his rare and precious mornings off drilling holes in a fragile old teacup.

Indoor plants give you the perfect opportunity to break out your best macrame. Notice who has been entrusted to hang in these?

Orchids are beautiful indoors, and although I don't have much first-hand experience with them, I'm told they're not as high maintenance as we're led to believe.

Indoor plants can go in and out of fashion. Monsteria leaves and fiddlewood figs are very much loved at the moment. Cycads, stretlitzias (bird of paradise plants), staghorns and anything topiaried, will always be in style.

See, just a few fronds can make the world of difference.

I think ivy deserves a mention here too.

Herbs are pretty and useful, a double whammy.
You know, you don't have to limit the greenery to actual plants.

So if you can't quite manage something like this....

...or this vertical installation...

....or even this....
....maybe something like this will make a good start....


  1. How refreshing!loads of Greenery!
    Love that first shot & I love all of Indias palm fronds-it really does make a huge difference.
    I've got fronds in every room here,suits the ocean views & all white interior.
    I have to say E.A.P grows the best potted ferns ive ever seen-very envious!
    Out of all of my indoor plants-the Fiddle Leaf Figs have thrived,they are very happy in the front sunroom.
    While we are on subject of Greenery,apparently Taringa House Gardens are open to visitors July 13-14
    34 Woolley St Taringa,I'd love to go!
    X A

  2. Hi, sorry this question has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to ask you how your black painted floors are holding up, now that they've been down for a while. I am looking at possibly doing the same for our reno - I just wanted to get some feedback from someone that has done them and lived with them for a while. (They look fab btw) Ta, xx

    1. Caroline, black floors generally look fantastic, however, ours are extremely scratched and if we were to ever sell the house, they would have to be redone. I couldn't say that's because they're black though, but the initial job done on them was inferior. If I were redoing black floors, I'd go for Porters Palm Beach Black which has a sheen like charcoal. If you call the Porters shop in New Farm, they'll give you the name of a person who can do this finish for you. Generally, day to day, our floor cops an absolute truckload of punishment from two young children, a large fluffy white cat, a red dog and currently white dust floating upstairs from the work being done downstairs, so they look appauling right now. So as not to confuse you, I'd say choose your black wisely, use the best floor person you can afford and seal your house off from blonde children and white hairy animals. I've heard that white floors are troublesome for different but similar reasons, muddy feet, dark haired pets, etc.

    2. Thanks for your honest response. It's great to get feedback from someone who has first-hand knowledge. (btw I have 4 blonde children - so maybe it's not a good choice for now.) xx