• Interior Styling

    Macrame decor – creating a pot-hanger

    Yes, I know, it has been around before, but the new and improved version of that boho chic craft of macrame, is well worth considering for your indoor decor. It is the kind of design piece that is stylish, practical and, believe it or not, easy to DIY! I admit that when I decided I needed a couple of macrame pot-hangers to add to my living space, I immediately looked to buy them. I searched, I couldn’t find what I was looking for and so I bought the materials I needed and made my own! Let me say, I’m hooked! There was a time in my childhood where we made…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Blending Planting and Art

    Indoor and outdoor spaces benefit not only by adding the green element of plants but also considered pots and planters to hold them. Sculptural, organic or coloured options add the extra depth or excitement to the decor of the space. Whether it is an expression of style or a pop of colour, a planter or pot can add the extra something. For a greater sense of styling, collect pots and planters of different sizes and scales. Position them together in groups of 3 or 5 for a pleasing vignette that draws the eye and enhances the space. Look for pots and planters that have a relationship through either colour family…

  • Interior Styling

    Do Indoor Plants Really Clean the Air?

    I had a university botany lecturer warn our class of the dangers of having too many plants in our college rooms back in the 90s. At that time, our understanding of the impact of plants on air quality was limited by the technology available and the motivations of society. It was a more simple study in the oxygen-carbon dioxide ratio of plants and the relationship between photosynthesis (oxygen production) and respiration (oxygen consumption) by plants. Most people remember that plants produce oxygen in light, what they forget is that plants use oxygen all day and night – hence the warning from my lecturer. At night, we were warned, plants can…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Bring them Indoors

    Overnight temperatures are now consistently dropping into the cold zone – a key indicator for this that my husband has switched our reverse-cycle airconditioning to the warm setting. If it is too cold for us, it is way too cold for our indoor (typically tropical) plants to stay outside. If we hope to keep those plants alive over winter, they need to be put some where a bit more consistently warm until mid-spring when the temperatures rise again. Whilst many indoor plants can survive well outdoors in Tasmania with the right micro-climate, there are a whole bunch more that need to be inside. When they do come inside, be mindful…