Posts tagged ‘Indoor plants’

March 7, 2012

FURNNISH Blog Today: Styling Idea # 381 Kumquats


Yeah….Mum and Dad’s house didn’t drown in the floods! I am not even sure it got wet as the flood was due to water upstream not rain! Excellent news. Back to the blog now.

I saw this sunny image and thought it was such a nice twist on the indoor plant craze that is sweeping the world. I’m going to take a stab and say these are kumquat plants BUT if anyone would like to correct me I would be really relieved! I’m no green thumb peeps.

Anyway, what do we think? Is it too formal? I have a stunning larger than life black and white photograph in the background somewhere to keep it fresh and young. It sure would welcome you home I think.

January 10, 2011

Styling Idea # 97 Indoor Plants Standard Figs


A dear friend of mine commented on Friday’s post (love comments thank you!!) and presented a dilemma. Her issue is that she has found a chair that she loves and is worried that is from a “pedestrian” furniture store – a store that is a chain store of furniture and is mass producing in other words. Here is my take on this dilemma- there is no dilemma. Seriously. Excellent rooms, like excellent outfits, all pull together the best of options available. For clients I have used pedestrian (although at times they too have mentioned that they did not want to purchase from chain stores), second hand, garage sale finds, custom designed, high design etc etc all in one. Over the weekend I stayed at the beautiful, highly recommended Links House in Bowral and my exact comment on their furniture was “this is a eye of an excellent decorator- nothing needs to match perfectly and nothing looks particularly expensive but the overall feeling is perfect and welcoming and calm”.

I am very passionate about this response for a number of reasons. Firstly we live in Australia and economy of scale means our available options for furniture are limited to say the least, secondly style is ALWAYS about combination not picking the most expensive piece for the sake of it and finally unlike chain stores you are unlikely to see your coveted chair on some 16 year old on Oxford St. Enjoy your find my friend- i love it!

Julian Wass Living Room


  • Whilst I am on classic Bowral style interiors allow me to share a simple tip for creating a formal space- standard figs!
  • Indoor plants are certainly having a resurgence and your choice of shape and size and style will emulate an aura all over the room so pick for your desired effect. In Bowral the one they used was in fact a dead tree! (Feng Sui would go nuts over this bad energy source but I think it worked)
  • I really love this room on so many levels – the ceiling height of the curtains (withe the green continued above the window so smart), the detailed windows, the comfortable and welcoming chairs, the lamps coming out of the wall, the excellent use of colour! Sometimes as much as I love a funky retro patterned space I am attracted to this timeless elegance. If you are too get yourself a fig!!
December 2, 2010

Styling Idea # 78 Planter Box Bulkhead


I am growing my first indoor plant at the moment. Now, really if you had never thought about indoor plants would it occur to you that they grow in stature as well as new leaves? It had not to me (I was a bonsai lady before so I thought they were all stunted). How ignorant of me but anyway it is getting bigger is also now giving me flowers. It is a lily of course, very hardy and plastic looking, but alive all the same.

I wish it was growing out of one of these…..


  • All this white laminex and skylight is a bit 1998 for me but how great is the idea?
  • I would tile the planter box with vintage Moroccan tiles and add a healthy dose of wood to the space.
  • It would be great to see this lit at night in some creative way.