I do love a shelfie. They give such a fascinating insight into how people arrange their spaces and what objects they value, and I’m always trawling Pinterest for styling ideas. So when this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge – a ‘plant shelfie’ – dropped into my inbox, I was rather happy.
Several rooms in our home contain alcove shelves which were designed and built for us by a local carpenter, and they’re perfect for displaying my ever-changing selection of houseplants. They’re among my favourite bits of the house, and I spend quite a lot of time faffing around with them, much to the amusement of my other half. I shared some photos of the dining room alcove in an earlier Urban Jungle Bloggers post, so now it’s the turn of the living room.
I didn’t actually style the shelves for these images as they’re always home to two or three plants, along with books, magazines and a few treasured items (a model tram from Lisbon, candleholders and vases from Scandinavia, a cat print by Bristol artist Laura Robertson). I like things to look tidy and uncluttered, and I always try to leave blocks of the wall colour on show to give a minimal look – although the neatness doesn’t extend to the jumble of books on the very top shelf as I have far too many for that!
I’m sure I’ll decide to move things around before long, and I hope the ivy will grow to produce a lovely cascade of leaves, so they’ll probably feature again in a future post…
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series run by Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of JOELIX.com, with the aim of encouraging people to use greenery in their homes. To find out more, head over to the website or search #urbanjunglebloggers.
All photography by Abi Dare