Decorator and author Justina Blakeney, writer of 'The New Bohemians' has coined the term 'Jungalow' to describe the feeling of her rooms as places for lots of plant life to take center stage as part of the decor. These two are just a couple of contemporaries (both from Berkeley actually,) who weave the importance of growing the gardens we live with and eat, into their every day work. 'Going green' isn't the chant of a small subculture of people, but now a mainstream trend. We all are starting to understand more and more with the help of such people, the beauty and fullfillment one gains by loving a growing thing. It's easy to be inspired- I certainly am. I've never had a green thumb, on the contrary, I'd say I had a dead thumb. I've been good at murdering plants.... but I'm no longer discouraged. I have help. I have a community of people who help me keep things green and alive in my home and in my fridge-, there are so many!
I discovered this great company The Sill, based in NYC dedicated to helping those integrate plants into their life. Their objective is as a consultant, online resource and shop for what plant to buy and why? With countless tips and information as to how they thrive, it's a one stop shop for those interested in starting their own little garden who are starting from square one.
We all need to take advantage of the great message here..... we are all instinctually gardeners. I think it's in our DNA, we've just been so out of practice. The act of gardening makes us feel good and it will do good. I got this great list from TheSill.com as further reminder of the many benefits of having plants in your home:
Top 5 Benefits of Houseplants
- Indoor plants boost our mood and lessen the stress in our daily lives
- Indoor plants filter toxins, for some much needed fresh air
- Indoor plants increase our productivity and creativity
- Indoor plants brighten and enhance our environment to make our house, feel like home – or the office more welcoming, inspiring, and stimulating
- Indoor plants add charm to special events, too
And if you need further inspiration.... My go to blogger for plant life, is' The Jungalow's' Justina Blakeney, who on the daily boasts the virtues of decorating with plants. She also has amazing DIY projects that allow you to be creative with your gardens, indoors or outdoors. Check out this super easy 3 tiered hanging basket she made that is totally inexpensive, versatile and gorgeous:
What a fun way to be creative in ones home. You don't need a lot of cash or understand how to best decorate a room, you just need a little green to get started. I will say this, for first timers, go low maintenance--- succulents! Choose plants that don't need too much care, make sure they're an indoor or outdoor plant and select one that doesn't need that much watering (especially if you're in California!) Now, lets go plant some inspiration and watch it grow!