Bringing your Garden into the House

In the lead up to the summer and the warmer months, there is a lot of talk about outdoor living; how you can make the most of your gardens and outside space. Being close to nature doesn’t need to be restricted to outdoors, you can bring the outside in and make a feature of it in your interiors. Bringing elements of your garden inside also means that they can be enjoyed all year round, whatever the weather.

Foliage

The use of indoor plants in a room a common way to bring greenery and the outside in.

 

These faux potted plants from John Lewis are a fun way to add foliage into any room, and will stay green day in day out, no watering required! With variations on the plants, from a spiky to a flat leaf version, you can really bring your room to life.

Create a different effect with a trailing plant. This faux potted succulent from Westelm can add some interest and intrigue.

Furniture

Bringing greens into a room will create a feeling of nature and this can be done in a number of ways. We love the Evelyn Accent chair from Cult Furniture. The colour and palm leaf pattern of this art deco style chair, along with the brass legs, give it a glamorous look; an occasional chair to be noticed wherever you choose to place it.

We also love this dining chair from Turnball and Thomas. It is part of the Floral Designers Guild Collaboration Collection and features luxury cream upholstery and hand painted floral design on the back. If you are looking for floral elegance in your dining room, this is the perfect choice.

 

Accessories and Artwork

Carefully chosen and placed artwork can be the finishing touch. Botanical-inspired prints and photos will bring the outside in; a hint of nature on the wall. We like this set of four leaf prints which can be displayed in a choice of formations to suit the room.

A throw is a versatile accessory in any home. They can be easily updated and to refresh a look, and used in a number of ways. Voyage Maison offers a range of floral inspired throws. While green is featured, they offer a diversity of colours and patterns to fit in with any theme or in any room.

 

Hints and Tips

  • A rug, like this one from The Rugs Warehouse with a foliage pattern, is perfect for completing a room.
  • There are plenty of choices when it comes to furniture with floral themes; we like this cuddle sofa from DFS with a printed pattern across the back and seat.
    • Bifold doors in your home are an investment, but when it comes to bringing in light and getting the outdoor feel in your home they are invaluable. Looking out, the doors frame your view, and when open they allow you to move freely in and out, create the illusion of your garden being an extension to the room itself.
  • A vase of fresh flowers is an easy and quick way to inject colour and nature into a room. There are also some ingenious ideas for something different, like these seed paper cards from Paperchase that grow into wildflowers when you plant them.
  • When using prints and patterns, keep to the same family of botanicals. For example, if you are using ‘English’ type leaves – ivy/ferns/florals – don’t mix them with more tropical leaves or cacti.

Interior Design – Ask the Experts

We’ve been tempting you or a while with titbits of our exciting news and now we can do a full reveal.

Sallie, of Interiors at 58 has joined the expert panel at House Beautiful; answering readers’ interior design questions each month. We are honoured to have been asked and have been eagerly awaiting the first edition.

With years of experience, Sallie is ideally placed to answer this month’s question:

“I love all the botanical prints around at the moment, but how can I use them in a room without feeling completely overwhelmed by greenery?”

Leaf and botanical prints have become one of the biggest trends in the last few years, adding vibrancy and personality to a room. There are many variations to choose from.

Click here to read Sallie’s full answer and get hints and tips for your own home design.

The first edition is the April issue which is out now – get your copy today and see the article in print.