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Greenery Goals At 'Into The Wild' Interiors

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The phrase ‘green thumb’ doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to Into the Wild owner, Marita McCausland. After growing up in the Dandenong Ranges with parents who owned a Garden Centre, Marita surely has green fingers, shoulders, head and toes!

Since studying photography at university and working in print for 15 years, Marita has now returned to her roots (…sorry, just couldn’t help myself) to combine her two loves – interiors and plants – in her lush Hampton store.

21st June, 2018

Into the Wild, where plants meet interiors.  Left to right: Euphorbia Eritrea on floor, HK Living Wall hanging, Boston ferns, Mistletoe cactus, Hoya, Giant Elephant Ear (Alocasia) on table, and Curly Lipstick Plant. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

As enthusiasm and demand for her plants grew, Marita realised ‘it made sense to open a store’. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Marita McCausland of Into the Wild, which also stocks a selection of homewares and plant accessories. Chair is by Family Love Tree, Wall hanging and Brass Table both from HK Living. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Leafy foliage jostles happily alongside handmade ceramics – handmade watering can from local Hampton artist Simone Karras, Zakkia Handle pot with Zebra Plant. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Into the Wild features counter tiles from Jatana Interiors, wicker pendants from HK Living, and Angus & Celeste planters. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Into the Wild has been specifically designed to feel ‘warm, tranquil and inviting’ rather than ‘it feeling like a nursery as such’. Pictured here: woven wall hanging HK Living, Lulu console from Family Love Tree, log stools, and cascading Indian Rope Hoya Plants Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 21st June 2018

‘To be able to workshop green ideas for people’s homes and spaces is my idea of heaven.’ – Marita McCausland.

Into the Wild emerged out of Marita McCausland’s experience sourcing and wholesaling indoor plants for some of her favourite Melbourne homeware stores, and selling plants in pots via her online business. As enthusiasm and demand for her plants grew, Marita realised ‘it made sense to open a store.’

For someone who loves chatting with people, and views plants as little works of art, Marita’s certainly found her calling. She says that being able to workshop green ideas for people’s homes and spaces is ‘my idea of heaven.’

Into the Wild has been designed to feel ‘warm, tranquil and inviting’ rather than feeling like a traditional plant nursery. Leafy foliage jostles happily alongside ceramics by local designers such as Angus & Celeste and Papaya.

For those of us who are slightly less confident around plants, Marita offers some helpful advice for nurturing our green friends through the cold winter months. Firstly, cut your watering regime in half, in order to avoid soil gnats (eww). Secondly, shuffle your plants closer to the window to maximise light in the shorter days. Plants (like us…) are very unhappy in a cold draft, so keep them snug where possible!

If you are in the market for a new Monstera Deliciosa, Hoya, Devils Ivy, String of Pearls or big friendly fern, Marita suggests taking a photo of your space in with you when shopping. Not only can you ensure your plants will aesthetically suit the space, but Marita (aka the plant guru) can advise on the best choice for th light and environmental conditions.  Go forth and green-ify!

Into the Wild
251 Hampton Street
Hampton, Victoria  

Tuesday to Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 3pm

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