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PRETTY THINGS: go green

 

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I can’t get enough of pretty plants and beautiful ways to display them… so here’s a little bit of inspiration!  Find more in my archives or on my pinterest board.

PS.  Au pays des merveilles turned 5 today!

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PRETTY THINGS: go green

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Since the Belgian weather isn’t really co-operating on giving us some spring, we have to do it ourselves, by bringing some green into our homes for instance.

  1. I love this ‘living wall’ created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.  Gives you some green, some light and some privacy.  Perfect.  More photos of this house here.
  2. These concrete planters seem like an easy DIY, but if you’re a bit lazy: you can also buy them at Joanna Wojtkowiak’s etsy.
  3. Jeremie Egry and Aurelien Arbet did a series called Underground, consisting of plants growing in the most unlikely places, such as these books, a cap and a jean jacket.
  4. You can use this mobile prism as is, but it is also the perfect size to hold air plants.  I’m kind of confused about what exactly air plants might be (or more exactly, what they live from), but it looks really pretty.  You can buy this ‘Himmeli’ (referring to the finish tradition of celebrating the winter solstice and serving as a means of good fortune for the future, Himmeli is swedish for sky, or heaven) here.
  5. Textile designer Isabel Wilson lives in a gorgeous home filled with plants, and -as they always do- freunde von freunden captured it beautifully.  More here.
  6. Beautiful hanging vases by textile and fashion designer Jurgen Lehl.
  7. These hanging copper and brass vases by The Workshop Gallery are handcrafted.  So beautiful.
  8. Here you can find these wonderful concrete and steel vases that do a pretty good job keeping your single flower straight.

More ideas can be found in this and this old post, or in my pinterest.

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PRETTY THINGS: go green

  1. AlissaRose sells gorgeous succulent cork magnets on etsy for a very fair price.  Too bad she only ships within America!  (source)
  2. Bart & Pieter, two garden architects, show their gorgeous home, overflowing with plants, on coffeeklatch.
  3. Succulents in cute color blocked pots, an easy DIY if you ask me.  (source)
  4. Clara Balaguer, who is a design thinker, lives in a wonderful home in Manila, The Philippines. “ I took all the dying plants from the garden downstairs, no one really goes there because it’s so full of mosquitoes. And I put them upstairs next to my mom’s old Jesus statues, so they’d actually have something to pray about.”  (source)
  5. Hanging test tube vases, available here.  (source)
  6. Outdoor shower in doug aitken’s home.  (source)
  7. Floral wall at a café, spotted by Geneva from a pair and a spair.
  8. A vertical garden made from recycled pallets.  (source)
  9. Lily‘s home, where plants are carefully protected.  (source)

Take a look here for the first edition of ‘PRETTY THINGS: go green’.

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PRETTY THINGS: go green

If you’re following me on facebook, you’ve probably already seen this photo of the view I had from behind my desk while studying.  The lovely weather we had a few weeks ago inspired me to add some fresh flowers from the garden next to my hyacinth (a gift from a friend) and my sanseveria cilindricum (bought in ikea).  (The red glass and pot on the right are also from ikea, the mug is from our local thrift shop and the glass jar was found in the kitchen.)  Because I love this green view so much, I figured I’d gather all of the interior decoration featuring plants I have been collecting over time.  Here they are!

  1. Herbs in colorful marimekko mugs at the home of weekday carnival.
  2. Cute cacti, as seen on goesting.
  3. Super pretty terrarium, available here.
  4. Fellow fellow‘s diy planters.
  5. Lucy and Stephen’s wonderful glasshouse.
  6. Most beautiful matches I could ever imagine, designed by Karou Mende and found through jokemijn.
  7. Wallflower vases by  Gitta Gschwendtner, as seen on dezeen.
  8. I might not be the biggest neon fan, but this plant hanger stole my heart.
  9. Coral vase.
  10. A pair and a spare gathered many indoor plant ideas, including these framed plants.

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PRETTY THINGS: no guilt needed

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The need for people to consume less and invest in more sustainable and timeless pieces, is something that doesn’t need explanation anymore, in my opinion.  But shopping more sustainable is not always the easiest thing to do, so I collected a few brands that manufacture products without harming the environment or exploiting people, but instead make the world a better place, one step at a time.

  1. O My Bag stands for beautiful bags that make the world a little better.  They are made out of eco-leather, which is taken from local cows and produced without the usage of harmful chemicals and while keeping in mind energy management, water control and safety conditions.  This leads to a reduced carbon footprint, but the production process, which fully takes place in India, of this bag also offers education and jobs to the economically and physically challenged.  They get a fair wage, health insurance and get to work under fair conditions.  Read more about it here and get your own O My Bag in their online shop.
  2. Jollie goods gives a pair of socks to a homeless pair in your area for every pair of Jollies socks you buy.  These help homeless people to improve their foot hygiene, which can avoid several extensive foot problems, often caused by the lack of clean socks.   Get your own here and share the love with another pair of feet.
  3. The Bogo brush is a biodegradable tooth brush made out of bamboo.  Bogo brush doesn’t only care about the environment, it also cares about the people living in it: for every brush that is bought, they give one to someone in need.  Oh, and it looks super pretty too.
  4. LN Andes is the little sister of LN Beanies, a brand by Ellen Kegels.  While the beautiful products of LN Beanies are knitted by Belgian grandmothers and Ellen, the scarves and beanies of LN Andes is made by Peruvian teen moms, who are often disowned by their family but now get a chance to work in humane conditions.  Ellen’s dream is to set up her own farm in Peru, so she can not only help teen moms, but also give the alpaca farmers a fair price for their wool.
  5. LADAK produces beautiful blankets, pillows and ponchos made out of recycled materials, which explains why every product they make is unique.  Their products are manufactured in sheltered workplaces and 15% of the profits go to homeless shelter in Amsterdam.  Get your own cosy blanket here.
  6. WeWOOD is responsible for wooden watches that are produced without artificial and toxic materials.  For every watch sold, a tree is planted.
  7. Honest by is an innitiative by Bruno Pieters and the first company in the world to share the full cost breakdown of its products.  The whole production process is carefully watched to make sure that every garment is as environmental friendly as possible and that working conditions are safe and humane.  Honest by does not sell products using leather, fur, shell or horn but wool and silk that is organic, recycled or sourced from farms that ensure animal welfare.  If you completely want to avoid animal products, they also sell completely vegan garments.  Regularly they work together with international designers to create a ‘Green’ item, of which 20% of the profit goes to a charity, chosen by that particular designer.  Oh, and they take care of your skin too, no garment should affect your skin’s health.
  8. Tom’s is known for it’s shoes, made out of sustainable and vegan materials, of which a pair is given to a child in need for every pair sold, as part of larger health and education programs.  Recently, they added sunglasses to their collection, again with the one for one strategy.  For every pair sold, a person in need gets a pair of prescription glasses, a medical treatment or sight-saving surgery.  That’s right, for each pair of sunglasses you buy, someone gets to see properly again.

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