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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!

Day 7: Kasbah Bab Ourika

Picture perfect

Located in the Atlas mountains in Marrakech, is Kasbah Bab Ourika. The most picturesque, gorgeous and serene landscape I ever did see. With rolling hills, mountain peaks, a river and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, this place is absolute heaven.

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I always preach about how important it is to reconnect with nature and ground yourself to the earth. I could not think of a better example of this then Kasbah Bab Ourika. Nature is incorporated in so many ways, from the endless views, to the abundance of greenery and natural sunlight all the way to the finer details of natural tiles.

5 ways to bring Kasbah Bab Ourika

into your home

  1. Invest in a gorgeous Persian/Turkish rug. These rugs are so practical - they are super easy to care for and will last for years and years. Splurge on the real deal or get a cost-effective, cheaper replica to add that extra dimension into the space.
  2. Pouf Party! Poufs are the perfect accessory. I always love incorporating them into a living room as an option instead of an arm chair. The perfect way to make you and your guests feel right at home. 
  3. Go with a handmade tile. It is no secret that I am passionate about handmade tiles. They have the power to connect you to the earth and bring character, warmth and soul into a space. Check out my PASSION and other business - Tiles of Ezra, for best quality handmade Moroccan tiles! These tiles really are the best coming out of Morocco. And we ship worldwide - JUST SAYIN' :)
  4. Greenery and Terracotta Pots. Terracotta pots are my "secret agent" - they (much to many of my client's surprise) work seamlessly in any space, and in particular modern homes! 
  5. Cushion the blow. Bring in a mix of bold, bright colours and patterns with your cushions. You'd be surprised at how well they will work together and bring charm to your home, especially if much of the space is neutral.
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Check out the vid below to see some of my highlights from this magical space!

Have you visited this little piece of heaven? Let me know your Morocco must sees in the comments below!

Find out what Richie whispered to me in bed last week....

Get your mind out of the gutter naughty, it's to do with sheets. The most comfortable, soft, gorgeous, sexy, delicate and may I mention healthy sheets ever.

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Don't underestimate the power of a good set of bed linen. Your bed is your sanctuary, the perfect place to revitalize and rejuvenate, binge watch a season of Netflix and even get a bit frisky with some in-between the sheets fun. So lovely people, I would like to introduce you to the best of the best, Purezone bamboo sheets. I always feel the need to share with you that I am in no way affiliated to the product and that I derive no benefit by promoting products on my blog. The things I choose to share with you are the things that I love and believe that you will love too!

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HOLY SHEET I literally could not believe how amazing these felt on my body. The benefits of bamboo are endless. Bamboo sheets are incredibly soft and smooth on the skin and are a naturally hygienic choice; bamboo is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.

On top of this, it is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making bamboo a sustainable, organic crop grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It is also great for temperature regulation, allowing you to keep warm in winter and cool in summer (PERFECT for Melbourne weather.) 

I used to think that sheet softness meant I had to buy Egyptian Cotton with a high thread count, but boy was I wrong. I also had a misconception in my head that bamboo wouldn't feel or look luxurious but I was so wrong! I am a bamboo convert! Trust me, you'll be texting your friends to tell them how good the experience in your bed was, and I'm not talking about the PG stuff. Even Jesse couldn't get enough!

My bamboo sheets are from Purezone, they have an amazing range and they have certainly kept me as a returning client!

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Georgia Ezra Healthy home healthy you, bedlinen bamboo and how this impacts your health
Georgia Ezra Healthy home healthy you, bedlinen bamboo and how this impacts your health

You NEED this killer Kikki.K stuff in your life!

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know that I love a good Insta story.. I mean who doesn't, right? So you might have already seen one of my uploads from the other day about a gorgeous delivery I received from Kikki K. I just know that there are loads of you out there who, much like me, have a secret obsession with cute stationary and organizing tools.  So I just HAD to write a blog about it because these products were seriously too divine and necessary not to.

As hard as I try to be organized, I am not. Running several businesses as well as being a full-time mom and wife means I live a crazy, hectic and full on life (which I love!) but it also means I need things set out for me. I find that if things are written out in front of me, they become easier to visualize and prioritize. Sometimes I have so much on my plate that I need to smash through that I don't even know where to begin. Which is why the planner pad I received is so good. It allows me to order tasks according to their level of importance and makes the things I need to accomplish tangible and clear.

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The next item that arrived was a Dream Journal and to say I am totally obsessed is an understatement. The opening lines "Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams" speak to me more than I could ever describe. I have always been a dreamer. Dreaming gets me through every day and year and in all honesty, I would not be where I am today if it was not for a lil' dreaming. The journal has sections for goals, short-term dreams, long term dreams and inspiring quotes. If you are a dreamer, I highly recommend this journal! And it is so pretty-in-pink too. Totally functional as well as nice to look at. Love love love it!

I also received a "Paper book for every day inspiration." This book contains inspiring DIY projects and craft goodness for paper lovers. It is packed with quotes, stickers and just awesome things in general. Sometimes all it takes is a few clever words strung together in an inspirational quote to get your ass into gear and make you realize that what you wish for is actually easily attainable with the right attitude.

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The last (and potentially the best) thing I received was a gorgeous, leather notebook. The reason I love this so much is because I cannot survive without a diary. I need to write down everything whether it is online, in a book or on a scrap piece of paper. This notebook was monogrammed with my initials. So obsessed with it all.

Thank you for the amazing goodies Kikki.K! And to my readers, be sure to check out their new range. Easy on the eye but so functional too for anyone on the go! What stationary and organizing tools can you guys not live without? Let me know in the comments below! I can't get enough of this stuff!

Natural light and it's importance on your health

When we enter a space, we are automatically aware of how we feel (either consciously or sub-consciously.) Different lighting schemes create different moods within spaces. Without natural light, a room will appear to be dark and moody, which in some instances may serve a purpose, but ultimately can have detrimental effects on a person's general wellness. But - what is the science behind this notion? Why does natural light have the incredible power to alter our moods? Let's delve a little further...

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing our selves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms.

When designing, depending on what mood we are trying to create, we will employ a combination of natural and artificial lighting to best achieve this aesthetic. But as a general rule, I do not believe artificial light is ever a better alternative to natural light.  I think natural light is always the best source in all circumstances within our offices, homes and interior spaces. Our bodies respond to it in such a positive way. We need natural daylight to function, just as we need darkness to help us go to sleep. It goes further than just aesthetics and more so about what our bodies respond to and need for the benefit of our emotional health and wellbeing. After all, what could possibly be more important than a healthy home and a healthy mind?

 

In the video below, I cover this concept in greater detail. 

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

When introducing light and airy colours you completely change the mood of the home to a clear, clean, bright and uplifting space. Keeping this in mind, of course there are certain circumstances where I like to utilise a more moody palette. I do this by painting the walls and ceiling a deeper colour as well as using dim pendant or lamp shade to light the room. Introducing retail tones in the upholstery and furniture as well as soft moody casts of light and shadows creates an extremely romantic emotional experience for most. Lush deep drapery and rugs as well as coffee table books of choice will compliment this too. This ultimately makes anyone who enters the room feel a completely different sense of experience purely through the tone and light within the room.

Here are my 5 easy tips on how to improve the natural light in your home:

  1. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow throughout your home every day.
  2. Introduce large mirrors which bounce the light around the room.
  3. Style and accessorise with neutral and lighter colours 
  4. Paint your ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling height look taller. 
  5. Declutter and remove as much as you can from shelving and walls.

Be sure to watch the video below where I talk about this exact topic

Employ these tips and I ensure you you will be on track in creating the healthiest and most desirable home possible; and hand in hand with a healthy home comes a healthy YOU! 

xxx

Georgia

P.S - Do you struggle with certain spaces where bringing natural light in seems impossible? Tell me about it below and let me find ways to help you!