Perfect Plants for the Bedroom

We’re talking decorating again! It’s the word of the month on my blog isn’t it? Well, that or Sydney. But anyway, given my first ‘weekend’ (Wednesdays and Thursdays) begins in less than 48 hours, I thought i’d start planning some fun activities to make the most of it. I’ve been thinking about my bedroom design and I think it really need some greenery, so I’ve spent two hours researching the best (and actually good-looking) plants to have in your bedroom. I’ve put together six of my favourite discoveries and amalgamated some of my new-learned facts – some of them have even been proven to help you get a better nights sleep! Have a read…

Six Perfect Bedroom Plants

The Snake Plant 

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For anyone who hasn’t taken care of many plants before (ahem, me) or just seems to never find themselves at home (yep, me again), this plant seems made-to-fit. The Snake Plant requires very little sunlight, and very little water. It only really needs watering when you feel the soil is very dry – it’s a bloody sturdy bugger! Fun-fact this plant is actually often referred to as the ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,’ Oh and NASA research has shown the plant actually improves air-quality by removing toxins such a formaldehyde and benzene from your home.

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String of Pearls 

edef7dc8fe21efaa0a5fe35cb88993e0All I can say about the String of Pearls is that if the garden centre I go to on Wednesday doesn’t have it, I’m going to be extremely devastated. I think this plant is just aesthetically incredible. The little green spheres that fall from the roots are so graceful, delicate and perfect. Being from the succulent family, The String of Pearls requires very little water to stay alive. However, it does need at least four hours of direct sunlight each day – so put it near a window!

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Aloe Vera

803b551169dadcd19319432b755ef57e.jpgRemember when you laid on the beach for eight hours and reassured your friends twelve times you ‘aren’t getting burnt‘? Well this plant helped soothe your blisters when you (inevitably) returned home red-raw. The Aloe Vera plant is from the succulent family meaning it needs very little watering. To tell if the Aloe Vera plant need watering you just feel to leaves to see if they feel a little damp or quite dry. Despite being very hard to kill, if you want your Aloe Vera to grow bigger it does need to be placed in direct sunlight. The Aloe Vera plant thrives on a dry soil so you should use cactus potting mix soil to plant it. 

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Split-leaf Philodendron –
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Ah what a jungle-esque beauty. I doubt i’ll actually buy this one for my bedroom, because of it’s sheer size, but I just couldn’t leave it out. Other names for this plant include the Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman, and Mexican Breadfruit Plant… Yes bread-fruit. The Split-leaf Philodendron is a fast-growing and low maintenance plant. But be careful the leaves can grow up to three-feet-long and two-feet-wide – so put it in a large, open space. Also – it’s poisonous so keep it away from pets or children. 

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The Golden Pothos

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Apparently one of the most popular of all house plants – and I can see why! Golden Pothos should be grown in a position that offers bright yet indirect light and good ventilation. But, these plants enjoy range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light. The type of soil also has little affect on their growth. And like many of the others in my list, the Golden Pothos sports air-purifying qualities. Fingers-crossed I can get my hands on this one!

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The Chinese Evergreen 

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Don’t think for a second because this species is last in the list that it’s the worst. I absolutely adore the Chinese Evergreen and it’s huge two-or-three-toned, waxy leaves. The Chinese Evergreen is so sturdy that is actually can gather dust and requires you to wipe down it’s leaves every now and then! Make sure to pot it in a well-draining soil (ie. a mix of potting soil and sand) This plant has been dubbed ‘the complete opposite of your partner’ oh sorry, I actually meant to say ‘very easy to live with’. All jokes aside though, this plant is beautiful and believe it or not also has those beneficial air-purifying properties.

 

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So off to the Garden Centre I go on Wednesday – to buy myself one or two new little babies!

I’m feeling SO inspired

 

 

 

Bedroom Decorating with a Budget

The first stage [one of three] of Sydney bedroom decoration and organisation!

My colour scheme is blush pink, light grey and rose gold after I was inspired by some stunning and impossibly perfect bedrooms on Pinterest. I however, have to do it on the budget of a graduate journalist; which in my opinion makes it that much more of an exciting challenge. I can’t wait for my first days off this week when I finally get the time and freedom to explore the city properly and tick off some more things from my ‘to buy’ list. A trip to IKEA and the local garden centre are also very much on-the-cards!

be sure to check out my bedroom pins!

Photography #001 

I thought i’d start posting some photographs I take that I find exceptionally beautiful for some reason or other…

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This photo of a succulent display was taken at Manic Botanic in Perth, Western Australia.

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Desk Inspiration – New Room

So I found a place to live in Sydney! Hallelujah! 

Of course, me being me, with a new room comes a whole new raft of decorating inspiration. So I’ve been ‘pinteresting’ away for about 48 hours straight and have come up with a list of things that I need/want to keep my desk area looking organised and stylistically fabulous. I’m planning to stick to black, metallics, whites, soft pinks and other neutrals. I want to base the decor around things I already own and love. My new Typo planner is black and gold, my to-do-list is marble-patterned, my day-to-day notebook is black, my pens are silver and gold and my MacBook is space grey. I would love to embrace the fresh and crisp white look that so many Pinterest designs exude, but as my new room comes furnished with dark black-brown coloured bed-frame, wardrobe and bed-side tables, i’ll have to work with what i’m given!

DESK ESSENTIALS

  • A stand light – In gold or black.
  • A Harry Potter themed mug for my morning coffee – I want to get just one mug that I adore. Firstly because this will keep me motivated to wash it every day and not get myself into an embarrassing rut of empty coffee mugs in my room. And secondly because I want to try out this ‘minimalism’ thing and be a little more ‘quality’ over ‘quantity.’
  • An easy-to-look-after (but real) plant – My desk will sit in front of a window so it is the perfect location for sunlight to shine in on a real plant. I also like the fact that plants are a symbol of life and growth and I think they’re something that I want to be surrounded by more.
  • A Pen holder
  • A beautiful smelling candle – Vanilla caramel or coconut scented. Glasshouse and Woodwick really are the only two brands to pick when you’re looking at mass-produced candle varieties. But if you can get yourself a locally poured soy candle, you’ve really hit the jackpot.
  • One or two inexpensive pieces of framed art – A pastel water colour, inspirational piece or sketchy piece. Something that fits with the colour scheme but also makes me happy and calm.

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I’ve also found some DIY projects i’ll post which i’d like to do also – just waiting until I get to Sydney! (my life has to be packed in just two and a half suitcases first!)

If you missed the link up the top, here’s my pinterest!