It’s a fact that plants are good for us. That for every building we construct , we should be planting a 100 trees. It is extremely heartening to see that indoor plants have been embraced wholeheartedly by designers and bloggers around the world so much so that without plants any space seems totally incomplete. The darling of most designers for the longest time has been the Fiddle Fig Tree. Succulents, terrariums and air plants are also very popular. One of the new ‘IT’ plants currently is the Pencil Cactus. The Pencil Cactus is actually a Euphorbia tirucalli, hence it is actually a succulent as opposed to a true cactus. It is a truly resilient and good-looking plant. A word of caution for this succulent, like all Euphorbias the pencil cactus has milky white stem latex that is a local irritant and can cause a lot of discomfort, it is also mildly poisonous. So this should be kept in mind if you are planning to grow or get one as a houseplant.
- It has a spiky, architectural shape which will definitely make it stand out from all the other house plants that you own.
- The Pencil Cactus is sometimes called the Milkbush because of the milky stem latex that oozes from the plant when cut.
- The stem latex is a skin and eye irritant and all parts of this particular succulent can be poisonous if ingested. It is best to avoid keeping this succulent indoors if you have young children and gloves should be worn when handling cuttings.
- Pencil cactus can be readily propagated from cuttings. After taking a cutting dip it in fresh water to avoid the latex from flowing out, then allow the cutting to dry for a week before potting it in moist sand or cactus mix.
- It will grow very well in a sunny window sill.
- There are thousands of varieties of Euphorbia and given bright light and warmth it can be grown easily.
Let’s take a look at 10 very stylish spaces with the Pencil Cactus.
The pencil cactus can grow as tall as 6 foot if taken care of well. Lovely isn’t it??
Grow it in a small glass container, don’t let the lack of space deter you from owing one of these beauties.
One of the varieties of the Pencil Cactus is the ‘Fire Pencil Cactus’. Incredible isn’t it ?
This architectural, sculptural beauty will do very well if kept on a sunny window sill.
It’s a sculptural beauty !!
This space is an absolute stunner and look at that gorgeous Pencil Cactus plant.
Grow it in the garden alongside other succulents and cactii.
More eye candy. It’s sculptural form is just outstanding, one of the reasons why this plant is incredibly popular.
The Pencil Cactus grows very well outdoors and looks really good in combination with other succulents and plants.
I love plants as miniatures!!
There is something about black and white checkerboard flooring which gets me very excited. It is stylish, makes a statement and never goes out of style. It looks great in an entrance hallway or can be used in a large dining area instead of a rug. The possibilities are actually quite endless. In a powder room, it would look really sleek and sophisticated. Let’s take a look at ten really stylish spaces using checkerboard flooring.
Timeless and classic checkerboard marble flooring in this absolutely stunning hallway.
A charming kitchen with black and white checkerboard flooring. Love those yellow chairs!!
I just love the retro look of this kitchen. The black and white flooring just adds to it.
What an airy and sunny dining space. The wooden skirting highlights the black and white flooring.
I just totally love this checkered flooring and all the green put together. It’s a perfect match.
I definitely want a bathroom with a free standing bath tub, a large window, lots of plants and that attractive floor….:)
Charming space is it not?
This space belongs to Frederic Hooft,an interior and furniture designer and graphic designer Eva Goethals, of coffeeklatch. It’s a charming 16th century home in Belgium. So checkered flooring is definitely not a modern phenomenon in any way.
A classic black and white checkered flooring in the bathroom.
A conservatory with checkered flooring. It’s a winning combination.
I am a firm believer in the fact that you don’t need a huge budget to give your home a facelift. At most times all it takes is a coat of paint and this need not be walls, it could be your doors and window frames too. The other really quick and easy way to give your space an upgrade is to change a few accessories. Cushions are my all time favorite but adding a snazzy lamp shade in your living space or a new table lamp in the bedroom is as effective. Ten of my current favorites are:
I love the clean lines of these pastel colored table lamps.
This retro styled lamp, Bend Table Lamp is classy and contemporary available at Heals, London.
I really like the industrial and skeletal look of this table lamp.
It’s a thumbs up from me….
This one is a definite conversation starter.
Being a total plant enthusiast, this lamp had to be included in the list.
Perfect for the kid’s room. I really love this table lamp.
A pineapple table lamp? Oh, yes absolutely!!
The brushed steel finish of this contemporary table lamp is a sure winner.
The Frangipani tree is an architectural plant which is very popular in small gardens. Its sculptural form and shape, beautiful white flowers are a joy and really quite enchanting. Its wide umbrella shape provides shade, its fragrant flowers will remind you of long lazy summer days. There are some factors which make the Frangipani tree so popular:
- It is a tree which will thrive with very little maintenance.
- It is suitable in any style of garden and will definitely bring about a tropical feel to your space.
- It can be easily propagated from cuttings.
- Mature Frangipani trees grow up to 6m in height and about 5m wide so it’s actually pretty manageable.
- The beautiful fragrant flowers make lovely table decorations if put on float bowls.
- They are really popular as architectural plants and can provide shape and structure to your garden.
- This is an exotic tree as many myths and legends are associated with it in different parts of the world.
Let’s take a look at 10 really stunning gardens where the Frangipani tree is the showstopper.
A Frangipani tree in a large planter is ideal for a terrace garden or a small courtyard garden.
A minimalist courtyard garden where the highlight is the Frangipani Tree.
Frangipani trees are so sculptural and beautiful that they hardly ever require companion plants.
A Frangipani tree in an open air atrium. It’s amazing.
A stunning house with an equally beautiful garden but the striking sculptural form of the Frangipani tree is the star.
An urban courtyard contemporary garden and the Frangipani tree. It truly is suitable to any garden style.
A small balcony, an oversized pot and a Frangipani plant with succulents.
The lovely Frangipani tree…..
Frangipani pink blooms teamed with Water Lettuce and some lotuses in a stunning blue pot.
My favorite color combination….green and grey !!
The kitchen is the heart of my home because we are a family who loves food and cooking !! Having a kitchen which has everything to accommodate your needs and that of your family can be achieved by a little bit of organizing. There are so many different ways to organize your counter top for example so that you have ample space for the cutting and chopping. Apart from the conventional storage (below and above counter storage) solutions, other storage solutions like a mobile kitchen cart can provide you with the much needed extra space. Here are my top ten picks of kitchen carts which will not only be functional but also add style and character to your space.
The RASKOG utility cart from IKEA is not only useful but also mobile and can be used in other areas of your space too.
A mobile kitchen cart like this one from Target not only provides you extra space but can also double up as a bar trolley.
This mobile cart from Fab Furnish would also add a lot of extra storage to your kitchen space.
I do love this tapering and stylish kitchen utility cart from IKEA. I love !!
Am totally loving the look of these industrial looking wood and metal kitchen carts. These are sturdy, functional and at the same time sturdy.
Another stylish and really useful kitchen utility cart by Wayfair.
I am loving this kitchen utility cart, so useful for storing vegetables, fruits.
If you do not have too much of space in the kitchen, you can opt for a smaller more compact cart like the one shown above.
If you require additional counter space in the kitchen, then a utility rack like the one above is ideal for the same.
I saved the best for last. This is a sturdy trolley which can be used in the garden as well.
Which of the kitchen utility carts would you use? Which one did you like best. Do leave a comment.
One of my top favorite plants currently is the Swiss cheese vine. You would say that does this plant look as exotic as it sounds….I would say ‘absolutely’. This plant is usually referred to as the ‘other Monstera‘. The highlight of this tropical plant is its bizarre leaf form. This plant has a fast-moving Vining habit and it prefers bright light, humidity and rich organic soil. The plant will thrive in any place which has ample light but not direct sunlight. If you provide a support it can quickly cling on and grow vigorously. It will give your space an exotic jungle look.It can also be grown as a houseplant. It will look brilliant in a hanging basket. Let’s look at 10 really lovely spaces where the Monstera Obliqua ‘Swiss cheese vine’ holds its own. It is popular for it is an easy care plant and thrives well in hanging baskets or tall containers.
Add the Swiss cheese vine amongst your collection of house plants.
See how great this beauty looks hanging from one of these gorgeous planters, the Jungalow style.
The leaves of this delightful plant looks stunning in a vase or bottle.
This lovely plant just can’t be hidden, it can be the most striking part of your indoor decor as seen above.
It is a great plant to grow in a conservatory or a covered patio space. It grows well on its own without too much care.
Let’s look at a few products for your home inspired by the ‘Swiss cheese vine’ plant.
Monstera inspired wallpaper.
Monstera inspired lights is part of the Illumin range by DybergLarsen.
I would love to own this Monstera tote bag….:)
Monstera inspired art prints are extremely popular and look really nice too.
Beautiful Monstera inspired cushion.
Which is your favorite product? Have you seen any other awesome Monstera inspired home products that you would like to share. Please do, I would love to hear from you.
When I think of cork, I think wine stoppers but there is a lot more to this impermeable buoyant material than meets the eye. It is being used widely in interiors. It is fire-retardant, elastic and has an earthly appeal as a material. Cork is here to stay and is in the limelight right now. Cork wall panels have made a comeback as they not only act as a sound barrier but also a huge tag board not to mention getting an earthy appeal into your space. Let’s take a look at 10 stylish spaces with cork walls.
Want to have a relaxed soak in the tub, use cork wall tiles in your bathroom to cut off all the noise of the outside world. It also looks stunning with grey slate flooring tiles.
A very simple but statement making cork headboard, would you opt for a similar one?
So if you are looking for a flooring that is friendly to the environment, looks really attractive and feels great underfoot go in for cork floors.
Back splash made out of wine cork stoppers. What a super cool idea. It would look great in a kitchen too.
Make an entire wall in your study/home office into a tag board. How cool is this?
Let us also look at some really usable and stylish products made out of cork. This is such a versatile material
Hand turned stack able cork vessels. These are simply adorable.
Coasters made out of cork.
This elegant cork stool will be a definite conversation starter.