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