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03 May

Eco Luxe and Unexpected Wild – 2 trends for decorating with indoor plants.

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Botanicals-on-the-door-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I’ve previously posted the kitchen that I styled for a collaborative project with Red magazine and The Joy of plants. My theme was The Happy Life trend, which was full of celebratory brights.

There were 5 other designers who were each asked to style a room in the same Victorian house, in North London.

Their themes were very different to mine, hence a separate blog post.

The 2 themes in question were the Eco Luxe and Unexpected Wild trends.

Eco-luxe-botanical-trend-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Styling the Eco Luxe theme in the master bedroom, was Marianne Cotterill, a renowned stylist.

Eco-Luxe-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Her brief was to create a room as an oasis of tranquility, using elegant natural materials for a sense of comfort and luxury.

Materials for the Eco Luxe trend included rough stone, unfinished and polished wood, smooth stainless steel and copper.

Toned down greens were used as part of the natural look, copper for a touch of luxury, powerful yellow ochre and black for clarity and order, and white for spaciousness.

Those pots created from copper sheet foil were simply stunning and that botanical print dress completed the look of the wall. Eco-Luxe-trend-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Beautiful shallow bowls of smooth contours, filled with green shoots were stacked on this elegant dressing table.

Examples of Eco Luxe plants are the Monstera and Dracena, that display gradations of colour from dark green to rust and hanging plants such as Nepenthus. Eco-Luxe-by-Marianne-Coterill-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Natural textures and materials were inter mingled and layered, creating a sense of depth. Eco-Luxe-trend-The-joy-of-plants-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Green was accentuated by metal black, white and wood, all working harmoniously. Eco-Luxe-1-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Terrariums and upcycled milk bottles were used to display plants.

That Cire Trudon candle really set the mood for the room. Succulents-in-cork-by-Marianne-Cotterill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Such a great idea to use recycled corks to display succulents.Terrariums-by-The-Urban-Botanist-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNext, is the work of Lucy Serafi, owner of The Urban Botanist, with her own interpretation of Eco Luxe.

Love those Copper bottles flanked by beautifully styled Terrariums.

Botanicals-in-the-hallway-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell As we move out into the the hall and stairways, we were met by the Unexpected Wild theme.

These have been created by Ian Drummond, the creative director of Indoor Garden Design.
Hanging-orchids-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What can I say? I need to reproduce this hanging orchid look at home.  Orchids-on-chandelier-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell And this! absolutely gorgeous!

Ian’s brief, the Unexpected Wild trend, was to create “an aura of relaxation, as if nature was allowed to run free. To showcase irregular, robust shapes that have a simple natural look alongside natural tints and terracottas.”

Take a look at the bathroom he styled below. Unexpected-wild-botanical-trend-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell What luxury, to have a fireplace in the bathroom surrounded by wild and lush greens. Red-magazine-Unexpected-wild-trend-bathroom-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell How about this for an after work soak? It’s like taking a dip in the wilderness.
Bathroom-plants-by-Ian-Drummond-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More bathroom creativity.Colour-in-the-bathroom-photo-by-Little-Big-BellNaturally, I had to snap this as it was colourful, and such an amazing idea for bubble bath storage. Unexpected-Wild-trend-Red-magazine-Sarah-Keady-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The Unexpected Wild theme continued into the dining room.

This was styled by Red Magazine’s Interiors Editor, Sarah Keady.

Love the idea of foliage in glass jars of varying sizes, that adorned both the fireplace and dining table.
The-Joy-of-plants-and-Red-magazine-Redgreenhouse-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A natural tone of wood and creams. The look had been softened by the use of Asparagus ferns in the place settings. Styling-plants-at-home-Red-magazine-event-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Old step ladders and crates with vintage books were used to display potted greens. Styling-with-plants-Sarah-Keady-Red-magazine-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell A closer view. Unexpected-wild-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Here, Joanna Thornhill, also a stylist, has put her interpretation too on the Unexpected Wild theme, but with pops of colour. Spring-blooms-by-Jo-Thornhill-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-Bell Love this idea of sprouting bulbs from glass jars.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the green inspiration.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with my fellow designer friends.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

  1. Barbara

    Wow. so many wonderful ideas for styling with plants. I need my home to look like this.

  2. absolutely gorgeous! I love the overwhelming greenery in every space they styled. My favourite? The bathroom by far!! Thx for sharing Geraldine (and this is way too beautiful not to share back 🙂 xoxo

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thank you Ilaria. the bathroom is one of my favourites too. x

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