Aloha and happy holidays!
Usually this is my plant blog, a space for plants that grow and thrive in my humble Honolulu apartment. However, ‘tis the season for sharing holiday cheer at home.
It began with the arrival of classic characters: the abominable snowman, Hermie the elf, Rudolph, and Santa.
We decked our tree on December 15th, a little late this year, and every night has been magical.
Year-round, our stuffed animals add cutesy charm. (We have more plush friends than plants!) Monkeys Mooch and Max perch near the top.
Drew’s trombone ornament and my snake plant felt ornament, a mini-version of our houseplant, debuted this year as special keepsakes. Snoopy sits in the background.
I like how Drew wrapped a tinsel garland to complement our stockings. The red pops!
I hung lights like Snoopy would on his doghouse.
‘Twas the night before Christmas: twin pigs Jack and Jack slept under the tree, hoping for a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer. So precious!
We wish you a merry and bright New Year!
All photos are my own. © 2017
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 a big fan of pigs, plants, and pastels, so it's no surprise that a mountain of Sanrio Zashikibuta pigs anchors a corner of my bedroom. The pigs happen to be millennial pink, the trendy new neutral, and I love how this pastel pink softens the room.
I am partial towards snake plants in the bedroom because they are NASA tested and approved for cleaning the air and producing oxygen during the night. Knowing this helps me sleep. This one occupies a window corner.
So when restyling the bedroom bookshelf, I took designer Emily Henderson's advice. She recommends a lamp, books, accessories, personal touches, and a plant to balance the space.
I start by removing the air purifier I don't use. In its place I add a vase of snake plant cuttings, a small snake plant I'm rehabbing, and a Zashikibuta pig ceramic. The indirect bright light is perfect here for the plants. A lamp is not practical here, so the taller cuttings add structure. The pig is the personal touch. Using an odd number of items usually works best.
Below the plants, I stack some favorite books I like to have handy.
I leave the bottom shelves uncluttered to balance the look.
With the bookcase updated, the pig and plant theme carries through each wall and corner of the bedroom.
All photos are my own. © 2017
The living room has a fresh face.
Yesterday I arranged the plants to diminish the electronics. On the left are two snake plants, one hiding tradescantia tricolor, a potted monstera, and one growing in water. In the center is a terrarium. On the right, snake plant cuttings sit in water to root next to fresh anthuriums and a kupukupu fern.
I love how these anthuriums contrast the greenery and add a happy, tropical vibe.
We went with a mid-century modern table from Amazon.com ($88.00) and orange and teal industrial stools from Ross ($17.95 each). The round table fits well in the small space and its legs match the laminate floor. Orange and teal are fun accent colors that informalize and modernize the room.
This moss terrarium where dinosaurs roam is another teal detail.
The entire space is airy and filled with natural light (especially great for these succulents!).
This hallway leads to the kitchen on the right and the bedroom straight ahead.
This spider plant next to the kitchen livens an otherwise blank space.
And the peace lily on the opposite wall awaits the comfy couch (we are hunting for) and maybe an area rug.
It's been a few weeks since we moved in, and little by little our design is coming together.
All photos are my own. © 2017
I'm Jade, a mama and friend to plants and stuffed animals. I blog about comforts of home in Honolulu.
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