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Simple Styling: How to create your own indoor urban jungle!

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I don’t know about you but I always find that the simplest of things make your home feel like a home. A scatter cushion, a personal piece of art or even a candle of two.

However, nothing makes it feel more homely than greenery. Bringing the outdoors in has been a trend on and off since the early Greeks and Romans. In all honesty, the benefits indoor plants provide should make us consider them a necessity – not an item of decor!styling

Are you aware of these health benefits associated with house plants?

  • They assist in breathing

TIP:Β When photosynthesis stops at night, most plants absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – switch and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Therefore, use these plants in bedrooms to keep the oxygen flowing at night.

  • They clean the air

NASA researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space in order to remove trace levels of toxic vapours, improving the air quality.

  • They boost your concentration

Research has shown that being in the presence of nature and plants improves concentration, memory and productivity by up to 20%!

If you have been trawling Pinterest or blogs like Justina Blakeney’sΒ you may have noticed that one of the trendiest ways to get some greenery into your home right now, is to use vibrant leaves! There is no harm in having a bit of trend with your health benefits is there?? Some of my favourite looking leaves are:

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Here is how to create your own urban jungle:

Grab some glass jars or jugs

Now you don’t need to worry about going out to buy some fancy vases for display. Why not re-purpose old jam jars or Kilner jars? You could even get creative with and tie lace or hessian to make them really pretty! Grab what you have and fill them with water ready for the greenery. I personally prefer colourless glass but if you have a colour scheme you could make them match the location you intend to display them.

Buy some leaves or snip them from your garden

If you are lucky enough to have a garden full of wonderful shrubs and tropical looking greenery, then save yourself some cash and get the secateurs out. If you don’t, do not despair, your local florists will stock some beautiful stems as they love a bit of tropical foliage don’t they!

Cut your leaves to different heights

To give your displays a natural, luscious look, make sure you cut the leaves to different heights. Try a couple of tall ones, some medium ones and one or two shorter ones. Making it look authentic makes its even more beautiful and relaxing to look at.

Pop them in your containers

Voila! Display them in your jars, vases or whatever you have found and allow yourself to wallow in their beauty and relax (remember they make you productive so make sure you are extra productive in putting your feet up!)

Enjoy your very own urban jungle!

If you want to share any of your photos please share with us on Instagram with the #simplejoyjungle

 

 

 

 

Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Wellness & Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!

  • Francesca
    June 5, 2017

    These are all great tips I definitely use! I’m terrible with plants!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Francesca
      June 10, 2017

      I am getting much better…. I try to match it up to something else such as watering them just after brushing my teeth or while my food is cooking πŸ‘

  • Amanda Maxwell
    June 6, 2017

    Great simple tips- I am trying to incorporate more greenery into the house- thanks for sharing.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Amanda Maxwell
      June 10, 2017

      I find it makes such a difference! Very comforting. Enjoy it!

  • Kate
    June 6, 2017

    Very interesting info! I think I need better oxygen flow I better invest in some plants for the house!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Kate
      June 10, 2017

      Give it a go and let me know! I feel my house is much calmer with them

  • Ashley
    June 6, 2017

    What a cute idea!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Ashley
      June 10, 2017

      Thanks so much!

  • Sarah
    June 6, 2017

    Ohh I’m going to save this to plant the orchids and succulents in the bedrooms. Wonderful tips!! Hopefully I can keep my greenery alive. 😜

    • SimpleAdmin
      Sarah
      June 10, 2017

      That’s definitely the biggest challenge haha!

  • Heather Montgomery
    June 6, 2017

    What a neat idea, I love the vibe!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Heather Montgomery
      June 10, 2017

      Thanks so much!

  • Annie Thompson
    June 6, 2017

    These are such great ideas! I have always known about the benefits of plants but haven’t had the courage to start them with my black thumb! This is just the encouragement I needed to get some in containers!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Annie Thompson
      June 10, 2017

      I am so pleased to hear that! Let me know how it goes πŸ‘

  • hanna
    June 6, 2017

    I NEED some indoor plants badly! I have a few indoor flowers and succulents but I’d really love a good indoor tree to liven up the place! I’m thinking Lemon!

    • SimpleAdmin
      hanna
      June 10, 2017

      That would be amazing! The smell… The fresh lemons…. Oh beautiful 😍

  • Rachel
    June 8, 2017

    I love the idea of having an urban jungle to keep the oxygen flowing!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Rachel
      June 10, 2017

      Thanks!

  • Steph
    June 9, 2017

    I don’t have a very green thumb, but thanks for the tips!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Steph
      June 10, 2017

      Haha never too late to give it a go!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    June 9, 2017

    I’ve been wanting to add more plants into my house. I just always end up killing them! πŸ™‚

    • SimpleAdmin
      Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
      June 10, 2017

      It’s is a challenge, I agree with that!

  • Dani Adams
    June 9, 2017

    I just love having plants in the house. They are so calming and relaxing.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Dani Adams
      June 10, 2017

      Totally agree. The impact is massive for me!

  • Lindsay
    June 9, 2017

    I have recently become obsessed with the idea of bringing plants inside but honestly have no idea where to start. Your post came at the perfect timing for me : )

    • SimpleAdmin
      Lindsay
      June 10, 2017

      So pleased to hear! Let me know how you get on πŸ‘

  • Meg
    June 9, 2017

    I love having greenery indoors, although I’m still working on how to keep plants alive. πŸ™‚

    • SimpleAdmin
      Meg
      June 10, 2017

      Haha a lot of people seem to have issues with that!

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