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The 411 on my favourite indoor plants

I have long been a sucker for bringing greenery into the home (waaaaay before it became super trendy and fashionable!) Bringing plants and nature inside has the incredible power to uplift mood, soul and spirit. I always make sure myself and the team at Studio Ezra incorporate greenery in the spaces we design to ensure we create the most healthy and experiential spaces. Obviously, we can't put just any plant anywhere and everywhere as it may not be able to live in the conditions of the space... So here is everything you need to know about my 5 go-to indoor plants.

Studio Ezra, Richmond Residence

Studio Ezra, Richmond Residence


Kentia Palms


I absolutely adore Kentia Palms! They do not need loads of sunlight so they are great for rooms that are on the darker side. They grow tall and not wide so they are also a great space saving option! Be careful not to overwater your kentia palm, watering it only when the uppermost soil layer is dry.

 

Olive Trees

Although olive trees are not necessrily indoor plants, I have always loved to bring them inside. This is totally possible however, they then need to be situated in areas that receive A LOT sunlight.. Such as in front of north facing windows. One of the main reasons why they are one of my faves is because they are soft and have an extremely calming quality about them. Oh and the colouring of their leaves is just stunning. 

 

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Fiddle Leaf Trees

Fiddle leaf fig trees are always a winner. Their oversized, large leaves are relaxed but architectural and beautiful. They make a statement but still manage to remain soft in their look and feel. They add so much warmth to the home. Make sure these get indirect natural sunlight and loads of it, they are sensitive plants and can be affected quickly and easily if not receiving the right amount of light. You may beed to move them around your home to find their perfect niche!

 

Studio Ezra, Balwyn Residence

Studio Ezra, Balwyn Residence

Yuccas

Now here's on you have seen but probably never known its actual name. I am obsessed with Yuccas! They are exotic, gorgeous and have low water requirements. Very durable plants!

 

Euphorbia Ingens

These indoor cactii are amazing as they are dramatic succulents that will grow to 2m high if they have rom. They are hardy and don't need much watering. These give that luscious greenery required and the height we all want in an interior! Beware, may not be the most suitable with young children. Youch! 

What indoor plants do you have in your home? Let me know which plants you love in your home and why in the comments section below. Always love discovering some new, gorgeous foliage!

Styling your home like a PRO

Don't be afraid to get m o o d y

Sometimes all it takes is a moodboard -  having everything you like, together, right in front of you helps clarify exactly what you like and don’t like! Use Pinterest, Instagram, flick through magazines and collect your fave visual references. This will help you cement your own personal style and nail down exactly what look shows off your individuality.

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The more styles the merrier

Don’t feel like you have to stick to one style. So many of you think that the items in your home have to belong to one, specific style (e.g. strictly scandi.) THIS IS SO NOT THE CASE. I often find that the most engaging and experiential spaces are those that tell a story whilst the most boring, standard and COMMON ones are the ones that feature a piece that everyone has. The places that resonate with me the most are in fact the ones that have a myriad of items from travel, inherited pieces from parents, one or two really stand out, WOW pieces and anything else that embraces individuality. Don’t be afraid to show off pieces that evoke fond memories. Invest in one thing that you really LOVE and make this a piece that really stands out. By having this statement piece, you really don’t need to fill the space with undesirable and ineffective clutter.

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Quantity NOT quality

You are probably thinking WTF. But this is so true sometimes. Why not collect a few of the same, or even varying, jars, cheap vases or even a mixture of varying candles. This creates a striking effect, mood and ambience that will make your home look like it’s fresh off the cover of a magazine! Three vases looks so much better than just one. And remember, try sticking to odd numbers for the best effect.

Tray it up

Trays in the home = tres chic. Perfect for a coffee table, entrance foyer bench or even in a powder room. Pile up some books, add a candle, a small bunch of blooms or even an old perfume bottle and voila – you are already hot to trot!

 

Layer slayer

The more you layer the space, the more homely, inviting and comforting it becomes. Add that wow factor with a throw and some scatter cushions. There are tons of cheap and amazing options available and this can really help bring that extra dimension to your home.

Its the little things


Sometimes the tiniest details make the most dramatic and biggest statement.  Why not change up the door hardware. There are some seriously cool and unique things available today like leather door handles and tabs and unique finishes and textures. Incorporate these details throughout the house to make sure you achieve a cohesive look.

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And lastly.. Have fun with it! Remember everything in moderation and don’t clutter. Don’t feel the need to fill every inch of the house, this will only make the space feel smaller. Please do not finish reading this and employ every tip I have given in every single room. Try out a few in different spaces and if you feel intimidated and don't know where to begin, I always say - Don't be afraid to go with your gut!

Art in the home and what it can do for you!

We are not robots, and so our homes should not be composed in an identical manner. Each home has a different occupant, with his or her own unique aesthetic, tastes, experiences and love for art.. I always encourage clients to stay away from trends and to embrace their individuality! For this reason, art should be original for each client. I believe that there is something so incredibly refreshing and powerful to know that the piece hung on your own wall is exclusive to you, reflecting and feeding from the exact space it sits within.

Bring freshness to the art you already have

As a practicing designer, if I am partaking in a full furniture package for a client, I absolutely will be expected to and also wish to partake in the selection of art - from sculptures to curated pieces or selections of ready-made items. I often utilise specific art pieces the clients already have and reframe them, bringing new life and a fresher look to those pieces. Often the actual art is incredibly interesting and stunning however the frame its sits within doesn’t best showcase the unit. With a simple reframe, you can make a vast difference!

Just like with design, there is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to selecting art.  Art is so personal. However, when designing and having to select art for my clients, I always respond to the general aesthetic, vibe and colour scheme that I have employed throughout the space. This completely directs me in saying yes or no to the countless pieces I search through. Tonal qualities and colour are also huge aspects to consider with this - it is not solely about you loving the art piece but how it integrates aesthetically into the design of the home. Another key aspect to take into regard is the size of the piece. Sometimes I just know the wall needs a monster; something dramatic striking and large. At other times, I feel subtle and eclectic is more suitable – a wall of 10-20 pieces uniquely framed and clustered together can be equally effective and striking.

walls as art

The art pieces within my own home are always unique works that I have collected throughout my journeys, travels and overseas trips. I frame and hang unique textures and fabrics that have their own story as well as hand knitted macramé. I have hand made Moroccan mosaics which are installed in areas throughout my home, which I consider to be art. These walls add so much depth, history and beauty to our space. The art throughout my home has always had a personal narrative attached and has not been dictated by monetary value. The pieces each tell a unique story, and have been curated and specially selected for the space in which they nest.

I was recently asked what trends I have noticed with regards to art and interior design. I have definitely picked up that Australians are far more interested in using handmade products and are steering away from the massed produced, especially when it comes to art. This is evident in the creative use of materials and textures to create walls of art as opposed to hanging art; ultimately integrating these materials into the interior design of homes.  Although I generally hate the term "trend," there are the odd few that offer perpetual magic!  A great example of this is tiles. It is no secret that I am OBSESSED with Moroccan hand made mosaics.  They are huge at the moment and I think this comes down to their timelessness and their power to offer a point of difference in homes; a product that truely tells a unique story. My side project, Tilesofezra  (www.tilesofezra.com) have a beautiful range of Moroccan Zellige Mosaics. These are handmade creations that have been manufactured for centuries, sustaining the craft and tradition of Morocco and allowing for the end user to have a product in their home which adds drama, intense layering and a very bespoke aura; an aura that could not be achieved through using a mass produced tile. 

In saying that, I am relieved to see Australians being more adventurous and unique in their styling selections and instead of following a trend or guideline, listening to their own intuition, unique aesthetic and following what genuinely excites them. If you take one thing away from this post, I hope it is the courage to embrace your own individuality when styling your home and selecting the art that goes in it! You won't regret it!

xxx

Georgia

P.S - I would LOVE to hear what your favourite art pieces in your home are! Tell me all about them below!