urban jungle

Book review: House of plants by Caro Langton & Rose Ray

November 3, 2016

How to look after your plantsI came home from two weeks in Marrakech to find three of my plants: an Areca, an Aloe Vera and a Pachira (if you don’t know it, is a gorgeous looking plant) looking very green and beautiful + a copy of the House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray which is an inspiring, beautifully written and photographed book.

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who was not being able to look after plants simply because until recently, I had a track record of killing plants and the only ones that survived, were the ones I collected on Pinterest in my urban jungle folder.

However, last Sunday, my beautiful green friends were waving at me, saying: “YES YOU CAN, LOOK AT US!!”

I can’t tell you how happy it made me feel to have such green beauties still alive in my home. One thing I really enjoyed in Marrakech was walking through the Majorelle Jardin, previously owned by Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé, which is filled with the most gorgeous cacti and the Secret Garden museum in the Medina.

So I decided to shift paradigm and from now on to define myself as someone WHO CAN look after green plants.


Urban jungle in San Francisco

April 20, 2016

Urban Jungle in San Francisco, Paxton GateLast Monday, Siham from Frenchbydesign and I spent the day walking around the streets of San Francisco.
I saw many pretty ceramic shops and coffee places in Valencia and I loved discovering Paxton Gate, which is quite an interesting, curious shop considering they specialise in entomology and taxidermy and plants. So yes you get welcomed by skulls and dead animals but then as you walk in, you discover this gorgeous urban jungle garden at the back of the shop filled with cacti, succulents and other beautiful plants.

I thought it was quite funny the contrast between all things dead and these beautiful, green plants celebrating life… READ MORE...

4 inspiring workspaces with plants

September 15, 2015

4 inspiring workspaces using plants & tips to fight the holidays blues. Read on www.karinecandicekong.comWhat are your tips to cope with post-holidays blues?
I usually start adding new prints on our walls to update the look of our home (loving my latest purchase here for our home in France) until I feel motivated enough to tackle a proper DIY job.
I tackle little jobs like untangling this pretty garland or labelling all our house keys as if they were the job of the century, although they DO provide me with boundless amount of satisfaction :-)
I sort out Mila’s clothes and bits and pieces that landed in our homes to clear our spaces and I add new plants to our home to forget about the ones I killed during the Summer.
September is like New Year to me. It’s a new beginning, the chance to start over. Do you get that feeling too in September?  READ MORE...

5 ways to display green plants at home

January 18, 2015

urban jungle at home. For more inspiration, go to www.karinecandicekong.comI have enjoyed doing this post so much last year that I think it’s time for another one. The large plants that I got a few months ago (photo 3) is still very much alive and looks beautiful and I’m keen to get more. Plants make a home such a happy, vibrant place don’t you think?