Aloha, fellow plant enthusiasts!
I was thrilled when Urban Jungle Bloggers revealed their "Tropicool" blog challenge. Living in Hawaii, I welcome styling my home into a cool, tropical retreat.
For more inspiration, I visited Paiko, my favorite plant shop in Honolulu.
Everything in this plant boutique is fresh and gorgeous. Their flower bar (below) features locally sourced blooms and foliage, including monstera leaves, palm fronds, red ginger, beehive ginger, pincushion protea, and a rainbow of anthuriums. I handpicked two usual anthuriums and a beehive ginger to take home.
I arranged the green and orange anthuriums and beehive ginger from Paiko with homegrown pink anthuriums, monstera leaves, and snake plant cuttings. Staggering the length of the flowers and leaves and using an odd number of items are tricks for an eye-catching arrangement. My only regret is not buying more beehive ginger! (Oh, well. Next time!)
Bringing fresh flowers into the living room instantly added a tropical feel, which I complemented with local Kamiya papayas and apple bananas. I love the citrus from squeezed lemon on my papayas.
On my coffee table is 'Ohi, a rich resource about local plants and flowers with tips on how to take cuttings and create beautiful arrangements.
This arrangement will last for weeks with regular water changes. The snake plant and monstera leaves will eventually grow roots in water.
I like how the pink anthuriums match the Target throwpillows. The floral pillow adds a fun tropical flair.
And my favorite guide for houseplant care and styling is this book (above). I am continuously inspired by its interviews with houseplant enthusiasts. Urban Jungle is an indispensable how-to for any plant lover with awesome tips for raising specific houseplants and styling them in your home.
The jade plant cuttings and tillandsia (air plant) flank the mini dinosaurs. I surround the electronics with my urban jungle to conceal the boxes. My airy, bright living room is perfect for the snake plants, monsteras, fern, and peace lily. I think it's true that plants enjoy each other's company.
As I'm posting this, the beehive ginger flowers. It's the queen bee. And the pink anthurium plant is our princess.
Wishing you a "tropicool" summer,
Hello! It's time to reveal our finished living room.
Which color do you notice first?
If you said pink or orange, you're like me. I first saw the throwpillows pop against the neutral gray sofa. I incorporated Oh Joy's round floral pillow and a smaller round one by Room Essentials, both Target brands. The large quilted pillow is by Pillowfort, a kiddie brand from Target. (The sweetest part is I snuck my favorite pastel pink into the design.)
But what inspired the living room palette?
The mint and orange stools.
The stools and unpictured TV stand were the only funiture we had for this room when we moved in, so we furnished the living room to match them. The stools tie into our rug from Target. The cool blues ground the room and complement the orange accent colors. The blues are soothing while the oranges and pinks energize the space.
The sofa from Inspiration is more comfortable than it looks. We like how the seat cushion is one long piece instead of three separate ones.
To break up the living room's linear elements, I purposely chose round pieces for the pillows, table, and vase.
The midcentury modern table doubles as a coffee and dining table. We love that it's versatile, stylish, and "apartment-sized"!
For a personalized touch, brass and gold-plated trombones are functional and decorative, tying into the pillow's gold trim and specks.
And what's a room without plants?
On the opposite wall of the sofa, the urban jungle lives under the TV. We love the greenery and fresh air.
And our cute succulents next to the window enjoy a lot of natural light.
This is our happy place. Cheers!
I'm Jade: a plant lover, plant mama, apartment dweller, and teacher living in Honolulu.
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