Thursday 6 November 2014

Green Leaves for Winter... Thinking about House Plants

Despite trying at various times, I've never managed to get on with house plants. My green-fingered sister practically grew a jungle on the 17th floor of a tower block, meanwhile I was struggling to keep one peace lily alive. Well, it did stay alive for a long time actually, it just never really looked very good, and I'm the type of person that needs things to look good... it's just the way I am.

However back in Design Week I went along to the New Craftsman shop in Mayfair (thanks to a good tip off from Ruth of A Planned Adventure) and I snapped some photos of their collection of house plants and since then I've been thinking how I'd actually quite like to try again and have a few house plants.

A couple of weeks after I took these (above) I wandered into Abigail Ahern's shop in Islington.

Now here's a bit of a confession: I quite like fake flowers. Those fake ones that look so real that you need to touch them so you can feel the truth. The flowers in Abigail's shop are like that - and she had an amazing collection of fake house plants - the ferns and sedums particularly caught my eye.

So the long and the short of it is that I'm tempted.  I could achieve a look I like with no maintenance (except dusting, which I admit is quite a downside). I know where I'd house my collection - it wouldn't be too obvious, they'd be out of reach and would hide another eyesore so would serve a purpose in that way.
Have I gone mad? Or is it ok to want to fake it?


  1. No, buy real ones! The benefits of having plants are not just about how they look; they clean the air in your home brilliantly and their care has significant psychological benefits too!

  2. I'm on the fence with this. It's sort of the same as that fake grass you can get. Looks great from a distance but I'm not sure it really matches up to the real thing.

  3. Hmm I'm kind of with you, in that I like the idea of keeping house plants, but not sure I could keep them all looking great! saying that I've managed to keep a plant alive from university about 6 years ago!

    I've never bought fake, and kind of agree with the person above. Maybe it's fun to learn how to keep them alive and looking good? (You know another thing to look after...) but the again ive never seen really good fake ones!