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Top 10 Indoor Jungles

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There’s no denying indoor plants are having an extended moment in the spotlight right now – never have we seen so many lush indoor jungles in the spaces we photograph! (How do they keep them looking so happy and healthy? That’s another question…!)

Here’s our roundup of ace indoor gardens, from the TDF Homes and Studios archives.

5th July, 2017

Northcote
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The Northcote studio of Camille Moir-Smith of Carpenter’s Daughter. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Abbotsford
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A collection of Jason’s plants from various growers for his project, The Plant Society: Monstera ObliquaPilea Peperomiodes and Cotyledon Sinus Alexandri to name just a few. The pots are from Penelope Duke, MUD and Wingnut & Co, while the brass vessel is from a flea market in Malaysia. Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. Jason Chongue and his partner Nathan Smith.

Fitzroy
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In Kate’s home, Kilim rug from Loom, hanging sculpture by Sophie Moorhouse Morris, weaving by Hanne Ibec, Bucket coffee table and Puku ottomans by Coco Flip, lounge from Grandfather’s Axe, floor cushion from Camberwell Markets, Cacti floor stand from Mr Kitly, and sideboard made with friends from Archier. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Fitzroy
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The Fitzroy apartment of Kate Stokes (of local design studio of Coco Flip), her husband Haslett Grounds (an architect, of Grounds Architecture, who also runs Kate’s business with her). Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Chippendale
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The luminous home/office of Sydney-based photographer Penny Lane. The kitchen, featuring a painted plant pot (to the right) made by Penny under her little label Jaguar Shark. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Wilston
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The Wilston Garden House in Brisbane, is home to Sarah Abbott and Matt Collins. Pictured here, is theres custom garden room. Photo – Mindi Cooke. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Geelong
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The Geelong home of designer/maker Andrea Shaw of Stampel, and her partner Duncan Russell-Smith. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Carlton
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Alex Kennedy’s teenie, self-contained studio apartment in Carlton has one of the most photogenic bathrooms EVER! Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Eltham
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The Eltham home of Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson of Pop & Scott. Photo –Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Abbotsford
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The Abbotsford home of interior designer (and passionate plant whisperer) Jason Chongue and his partner Nathan Smith.  Photo – Annette O’Brien. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

South Yarra
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The Beverley Hills apartment building in South Yarra is home to Ellie King and Cale Sexton.

Northcote
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The Northcote studio of Camille Moir-Smith of Carpenter’s Daughter. Photo – Annette O’Brien for The Design Files.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 5th July 2017

There’s no easier, quicker or more affordable way of brightening up an interior space than by filling it with a few carefully selected plants and trees. There’s an indoor plant for any style of home – Victorian or Edwardian, minimal and modern, mid century or otherwise. And workplaces always benefit from a little oxygenating greenery!

When selecting plants, even for indoors, you do need to consider which species will thrive best in the space – observe the light and temperature conditions, and consider moving plants from winter to summer to optimise natural light but protect from harsh heat. In general, it’s a great idea to cluster multiple species, paying attention to variety in height and texture.

Plant vessels are another key consideration – aside from the way a plant pot looks, it’s worth considering how it will hold water. Pots without a hole in the base are handy for containing water and protecting timber floors (!) – instead of repotting your plant, simply place the plastic pot inside the other, and consider raising it slightly on a couple of pebbles to avoid waterlogging.

Self-watering pots can be handy (we like these), and of course when budget permits we love pots made or painted locally! Some of our favourite local makers creating gorgeous pots include Bridget BodenhamTara ShackellSophie MoranWingnut and CoAnna ForsythAmy Leeworthy and Pop & Scott.

Indoor plant stockists in Melbourne include Loose LeafGlasshaus and Mr Kitly. In Sydney, try The Plant Room – readers based in other states and cities, please share your favourite plant purveyors with us!

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