Sunday, 29 January 2017

Indoor plants and vintage planters

It seems indoor plants, especially in interesting pots or planters are still one of the hottest interior home decor trends.

 I'm really enjoying the fact that the past few years have shown a world wide resurgence in the interest of indoor plants.
I think this renewed fashion has been helped along a great deal by environmental awareness, as well as the popularity of mid century and 70s trends in decor. As both of those styles were very big on  incorporating indoor plants or house plants into interior decor.
Indoor plants displayed in vintage planters

Indoor plants on vintage bar cart and artists painting above
Art piece by Natasha Gardos


 Indoor plant decor

Growing up with plant loving parents, our garden as well as our house was always filled with wonderful plants and flowers. I suppose it was from this lovely influence, that in my own homes, having not only a outdoor garden but an interior one, has always been an essential part of who I am.
Not only do I enjoy the look of plants, I absolutely love the feeling plants bring to a space, don't you?

 Indoor plant, with vintage home decor pieces and artists painting on the wall
Art piece by Natasha Gardos

Devils ivy indoor plant in vintage planter pot

 Phalaenopsis orchid  indoor plant with an artists painting
Art piece by Natasha Gardos

Phalenopsis orchid indoor plant in brass vintage planter on hall console

Phalenopsis orchid indoor plant in vintage brass  planter.

Plants bring life to any area, clean the air and make us feel good.
That isn't just my own opinion, it is scientific fact.
 Though most plant lovers, my self included, will tell you that they knew that already. Which is exactly why they loved having plants around them!

Sanservieria indoor plant on a tiger bamboo table

Now don't think that I have a glowing green thumb, because the truth unfortunately is very far from it!
 Inconsistency is probably my biggest fault (and not just with plants!)
 But that doesn't stop me from having an indoor garden.
 Even if I do have to relegate the occasional plant to the compost! I try not to feel too bad about that part. As I tell He, they may have died, but at least I environmentally recycled them!   
But I keep trying and I do learn along the way, and I have definitely improved over time.

Jade indoor plant in a  chinese style planter

Indoor plants displayed in vintage metal planters

 Indoor plants and their containers, vintage or contemporary, can add so much to your decor.
 You can rearrange them at anytime, by moving them around to different areas in your room or home. You can change the pot or planter or even replace the plants themselves. This can all be done seasonally or just randomly, when the mood takes you.

Indoor plants displayed in ceramic planters

Plants in vintage containers

Maiden hair fern indoor plant in a vintage planter

 I like to think of the plants and planters, as changeable accessories, just like cushions! My plants are a constantly evolving  display. Besides vessels designed for plants, I like to use cups and jugs, vases, compotes, baskets and sugar bowls or anything else that takes my fancy or matches the look I'm after. I also tend to keep my plants in the standard sized plastic pot that it grows in, then I display them inside another planter of some kind. Using this method I am then able to place a changing array of plants in the one planter. And of course it works the other way, you can keep your fave plants and just change their planter to get a different look.

Jade indoor plant in a vintage enamel planter

Succulent indoor plant in a vintage planter

Just as we extend our living space outdoors, having indoor plants as part of your decor brings the outdoors in!
Which brightens and lightens the feel of your home.
 This can be done in such a variety of ways, as there are plants and display styles to suit every individual and their space.
From elegant to colourful  and quirky, from earthy and environmental  to the latest mod style, boho chic  to  city glam, the choices are endless and all yours.
 You might even be able to come up with a new style of your own.

Indoor succulent plant in a vintage face jug

So if you haven't started creating an interior garden of your own as yet, my advise is
 "Get to it"
Start with just one plant in an interesting planter, and see how it makes you feel.
I will be posting some tips on caring for your indoor plant soon, so watch out for that one.
And if you are looking for indoor plant display ideas, I have collected quite a few interesting styles and various ideas on my - Interior Garden - Pinterest board, that you might like to check out.
You can find it here

Succulent and fern plants in vintage enamelware

If you are already an indoor gardener or lover of vintage planters and have any tips or tricks, please share with us, I'm sure we would all love to here from you.

Happy indoor gardening everyone!


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Tuesday, 4 October 2016


Just had to share some Japanese cuteness with you, or Kawaii.
We were given these very sweet gifts by our Daughter T, on her return from a recent trip to Japan.

Kawaii Japanese  cute dog and chic on match box and matches

First up are these Japanese Kawaii match boxes.
I just love the cute little  chick and dog face on each match.
So simple but sweet.

Kawaii  cute dog  on match box in japanese packaging
Kawaii chick on Japanese packaging of matchbox

Then we have Tokyo Banana!

Japanese sweet Tokyo Banana box
 Tokyo Banana Japanese sweet in a box

Its a souvenir sweet of Tokyo. They are lovely fluffy sponge cakes
 with a custard type banana flavoured filling.

Japanese  sweet Tokyo Bannana

And last, but far from least, this box of Japanese cookies. As you can see by the illustration
 on the front of the package, the cookies are of a very funny little Japanese character
 named Gudetama.
Gudetama is a little unusual because he is an egg! A very lazy egg.

Japanese box of cookies of Gudetama the lazy egg
Gudetama, pronounced (Goo-deh tama), is a character created by the same company ( Sanrio ) as
Hello Kitty.
Not only is he on you tube and just about every product you can think of but Gudetama has his own Twitter and Facebook accounts with very large followings!

Japanese  Gudetama cookies,side of box showing Gudetama

Kawaii Japanese cookies of Gudetama

Most Sanrio characters are cute and sweet
 Gudetama is definitely cute, but he is also extremely lazy and depressed, often hiding from the world in his shell or wrapping himself in his bacon security blanket.

Some articles have reported the character is based on the way parents see their millennial children!
 Whatever ideas are behind his creation, I think he is a little weird, sweet and funny.
(Be warned there can be some grossness attached to him as well!)
 He is a big sensation in Japan, and his popularity is spreading across the world.
When I looked at a few gifs and clips staring Gudetama, I could see why.

Gudetama the lazy egg wrapped in bacon

 gif of Gudetama, a funny but  lazy egg character from Japan

I find Japanese culture really interesting for many reasons, The history, fashion and elegant serene gardens but one of the biggest has to be their wonderful products. Whether food, utensils, decor or art, so much effort has gone into making them cute, beautiful or evocative.
Their products are never just something you eat or use.
 They often bring a smile to my face or twang my heart strings.
And that is something I can always have more of.

What about you?
Love to hear your comments.

I think I might go and watch... just a few more.... Gudetama clips!
She : D
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Dog Gone Cute - Vintage Post Cards

Whilst pocking around in the card and paper section of a local op shop, we came across a package of vintage postcards. The cards were wrapped in a see through plastic bag, that had been diligently sealed with quite a lot of tape! So only the top card was visible.
As you can see by the picture below, the top post card was a cute illustration of dogs on a street corner.
She fell instantly for the little sausage dog! And though I'm very partial to Scotty dogs, it was the style of the illustration and the colours used that I took a shine to.

Vintage Dog Post Card

We wondered what was likely to be in the rest of the package.We could see that all the cards were the same size, so we hoped they would be from the same set.The conclusion of the wondering was that it would be either, more of the same card (which is what I expected) or variations of the top one.

As I wrote in this post Easter Bunnies  I knew it would be futile to argue
 with She,
when it came to the question of  buying a package of unknown content.  
  And as we both thought the top card was just so, well.. doggone cute!
And definitely worth the price, even if it the only cute card was the one we could see.
So we purchased the little package of cards and tape. 

On our arrival home, She, of course, attacked the plastic bag with hand and scissors in her excited impatience to see its contents!

Vintage illustrated Post Cards of cute animals

And as you can see, it turned out there were actually four different illustrations of cute dogs, one even included a few friendly felines as well.
There were a number of repeats in the package, but unfortunately only one copy of the sausage dog and poodle together!

Illustrated post card of  cute poodle and sausage dog

Vintage post card of cute dogs

Vintage illustrated post card of cute animals

 So we decided to keep the set of four to include in our own collection, and the spares will go into our Etsy store. 
Vintage illustration of cute dogs on a post card

vintage illustrated post card of a poodle and sausage dog

Vintage illustration of cute animals

Vintage illustrated post card of a cute dog and three kitens.

Aren't they wonderful?

I have tried to research the artist Inge Scherer. So far I have found no information. The only thing I did find were some other postcards by the same artist. There were a few of  sweet little kittens and one of a lion, all in the same lovely style.

So if you happen to know any information about the artist, please let us know.
Hope you enjoyed viewing our little ephemera find.

 Which one is your favourite?


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