ADDING BOTANICALS WHEN YOU CAN'T KEEP A PLANT ALIVE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE

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It's no secret that botanicals are everywhere at the moment, and have been for a while. And why not? Having live plants in your home has been proven to reduce stress and purify the air, so sticking a succulent on your windowsill isn't such a bad idea. 

Unfortunately I wan't blessed with my mum's horticultural knowledge, and haven't yet been able to keep a plant alive in my house long enough to enjoy it. 

I previously adopted a couple of palm plants, which resulted in my husband Ricky begging me to get rid of them after a couple of months. I'm still not sure if it was over watering, or under watering, but they turned stagnant and attracted a little family of flies. So, I've decided the real deal ain't for me. 

Therefore I was delighted to discover the amazing range of faux plants on the market, starting with my newest acquisition - the green wall.

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THE NOT-SO LIVING WALL

Real 'living' or 'green' walls require plumbing into a watering system, and cost ridiculous amounts and plenty of time to maintain. Luckily, for those of you interested in more of an installation feature than a gardening project, I discovered this beauty on www.evergreendirect.co.uk. They feature a range of different designs, sold by the metre, and include some extra loose pieces of foliage so you can customise your wall exactly as you want it.

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UP WITH UPHOLSTERY

Clearly I'm a fan of botanical upholstery. I got my banana leaf living room curtains made from fabric I bought from Tommy Bahama on Etsy- problem being it actually came from Miami and landed me with a painful import tax bill shortly after. 

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However, if you're looking for something this side of the atlantic, House of Hackney is the top end with their PALMERAL fabric, which is gorgeous if you just need a couple of metres for a blind or curtains, and the print is also available as a wallpaper if you care to go matchy.

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Slightly more affordable is Matthew Williamson-designed Cubana Tropicana, which is also available in a beautiful petrol colour way, for a dark twist on the trend. 

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