Faux Sure! Decorating with Artificial Plants

I have a confession to make, you guys. Lean in. Closer.

OK, ready?

I’m a serial plant killer. I’ve let countless plants perish under my watch and most of the time I have no idea how it even happens, but it does and here we are! One of the reasons why I love my cacti so much (aside from how aesthetically pleasing they are, obviously) is that they have managed to survive life with me this far, so must be some sort of wonder plant (possible) or just require very minimal care (most likely).

But aside from my cacti and succulents, I’ve had no luck whatsoever. Big plants, little plants… you name it, I’ve killed it (apart from one Yukka plant which made a lucky escape and now is being rehabilitated by my mother at her house – true story!).

I love how plants look in our big, sunny flat though – so what’s a gal to do? About six months ago, I made a discovery so obvious I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner! I was procrastinating browsing in IKEA one day when I noticed that they sold some pretty great looking artificial plants, including a big plush-guy that I thought would look nice in the living room. Before I knew it, he was in the trolley and I was looking at some other smaller ‘plants’.

You might be thinking, don’t artificial plants look tacky though? And I wouldn’t blame you if you are – I know I sure was! But, I think it’s like anything home-related though, shop around, style it to fit in with your decor and THEN make up your mind.

Now we have a few different types of faux flora dotted around the flat and we actually couldn’t be happier with how they look. Plus, the empty plant pots we had before just reminded me of past victims and were bumming me out a bit (!). We get to enjoy the LOOK of lots of greenery, but with no more plants needlessly suffering – it’s a win-win if you ask me!

Our most recent addition is this hanging ivy-style plant, which hilariously came in a flat-pack box in the post. It was a couple of pounds from Amazon and gave us something to sit on a random high corner-shelf in the bathroom (one of those old, quirky Tenement features!) while fitting in with the overall style of the space.

Bringing artificial plants into our interiors wasn’t something I expected to try, but I’m so glad that we gave them a shot! Along with our little selection of cacti, we have the most low-maintainance collection of plants imaginable – but me and my conscience are just fine with that.

And if I somehow manage to kill the fake ones? Well, that’s GOT to be some kind of skill, surely?!

Have you ever given faux plants a try?

 

 

DIY Flair Display Board

When we were road tripping across America last month, I didn’t go on any major shopping sprees – the way I saw it, the more I bought, the more I’d need to carry! But I DID pick up an enamel pin from each location we visited. I wanted a memento from the amazing places we were lucky enough to see, and pins didn’t take up much room in my suitcase, which made them very easy to collect over the weeks we were away.

I wear a lot of pins and patches but (as much as I’d like to!) I can’t wear them all at once! So I decided to show off the ones that aren’t currently adorning my lapels – and share how I did it.

This DIY flair display is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to store your pins! Here’s how to make your own…

You will need

  • 1 x corkboard (mine was £1.75 from Amazon)
  • Paint in contrasting colours (I used two tester pots from Homebase, £1 each)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Something to protect your work surface (I used an old magazine)

  1. Paint your first colour onto the whole board, and leave it to dry.
  2. Using your tape, section off some areas for your second colour. You can be as creative as you like – I made some geometric shapes with mine!
  3. Add your second colour, paint the frame and wait for it to dry. 
  4. Once all of the paint is dry, peel back the tape (so satisfying!) and admire your handiwork!
  5. Arrange your pins and affix to the board. I decided to use my board for just for the pins and prints that I picked up on our trip.

…and that’s really all there is to it – I told you it was easy!

I love walking past this board and remembering our trip. I’m tempted to make a second board very soon for the pins I have by some of my favourite indie designers.

I hope you give this DIY flair display a try, and if you do, be sure to let me know!

The £1.50 Interiors Hack to Update Your Space

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There’s nothing like making a small change that results in a big impact, especially when it comes to home decor! Over the last week, we’ve been making a few updates around the flat – restyling rooms, adding some new plants, moving furniture around, that sort of thing – before Project Bathroom gets underway.

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We’ve seen first hand how big a difference these little updates can have, but there’s been one in particular that I just LOVE –  and apparently, so do you guys (after I posted a photo on Instagram last week, quite a few of you got in touch with questions and comments!). I thought it might be handy to talk about it in more detail today, so you can see just how inexpensive and simple it really is! How inexpensive? Um, how does £1.50 sound?

This is an easy interiors hack that can truly breathe new life into a room, and the best part is that you can switch it up as often as you like!

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Some of you might remember that the bookcase was previously lined with mint paper, making it stand out against our living room walls (previously grey, now peach!). Over the last month or two, we decided that we wanted to change the paper to something new, and hopefully bolder.

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After failing to find any wallpaper that was a good fit for our home style, we started looking at wrapping paper! I know it sounds crazy, and you certainly couldn’t do a whole room using it, but for the small space involved, it actually made a lot of sense.

Once we started looking at wrapping paper to line the bookcase, we suddenly had a lot more choice! It introduced more options in terms of patterns and colour palettes, and of course, the prices were much lower.

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I was in IKEA last week when I happened to spot this leopard patterned paper. As well as the colours being a perfect match for our home, I just loved the eye-catching print! It seemed too good to pass up, so I picked up two rolls at just £1.50 each and added them to my trolley. I couldn’t wait to let these leopards loose in the flat…

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So, here’s how we did it: 

1. We measured each space in between the shelves and cut the paper to fit (so much easier than taking the shelves out!).  As we were removing the old paper, we actually had some good templates to work from this time around!

2. After emptying the shelves, we fixed the paper to the walls using a non-permenant adhesive (blu-tack, pins or double-sided sticky tape work best). Like I said before, the beauty of this interiors hack is that you can change out the paper again and again, so there’s no point messing around with wallpaper paste unless you have to. Plus the paper is so light that it will stay up easily.

3. With the paper firmly in place, we re-arranged our shelves and admired our new backing paper!

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It really was as easy as that, and we ended up only needing one roll of paper to do the whole area.

Cheap, cheerful and bursting with colour, there’s nothing about this update I don’t love! Every time I walk into the living room it immediately catches my eye and seeing the jolly little leopards leaping around makes me grin. I’m already planning a few more upcoming projects in the flat, so be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see what I’m using as inspiration.

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Do you have an interiors hack to share? If you could let an animal loose in YOUR living room, which would you choose?

Love,

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