Urban Jungle Bloggers: Kitchen Greens

January 14, 2016 3

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When Judith and I brainstormed for the January topic of Urban Jungle Bloggers, we quickly came to the decision to enter a new room in our homes and show the greens there. We’ve seen our living rooms, bedrooms, home offices – and now it was the turn to enter the kitchen and see the plants in the kitchen. Yay, what a great idea. Especially since my kitchen is a kitchenette, has two square meters (I am not lying) and no window thus no natural light. Perfect for a little plant shooting, right? But what would life be without challenges?

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

I have learned one thing about shooting in a room without natural light – it doesn’t matter at what time you shoot hence I could take it easy and shoot after work, ha! And there is one more thing in a space without daylight – it is not the best habitat for plants! So forgive me for faking the look in my kitchenette a little bit: For this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic ‘Kitchen Greens’ I transferred a few of my plants from the living room into the kitchenette. Voilà! I admit it.

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

My kitchen is really nothing worth seeing. It is super tiny, I have no oven, no dishwasher, no extra worktop and my fridge, sink and the cooktop are one unit that barely fits into the space. A few open shelves and two trolleys create extra space for all the kitchenware you need in life. For the green addition I have opted for my Pothos plant because I like its cascading foliage – perfect for wall-mounted shelves! I have potted one stem of my Oxalis plant and placed it on the shelves too. I also added a little succulent plant to my trolley and the baby Pilea in my cute Atelier Stella pot on the other trolley. Ok, ok, I also shuffled my plates, pots and other kitchenware around to make it look bearable. Second confession!

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

Even though shooting with artificial light is really not fun (nor is shooting on two square meters), I am sort of ok with the outcome. Still I wish I had a proper kitchen with natural light and plants that actually remain year round in the kitchen. But alas, sometimes you have to compromise. Now enough with my kitchen talk, I am off to see your plants in your kitchens!

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

urbanjunglebloggers, kitchen, plants in the kitchen, kitchen greens, houseplants, indoor plants

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blogand Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date on our website Facebook page and Instagram account. Want to join? Use #urbanjunglebloggers on Twitter and Instagram. Or let us know and we’ll share the badge and upcoming topics with you. Let’s bring some green into your homes and blogs!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Nini Tjäder January 14, 2016 at 10:20

    Even if you have natural light in the kitchen, as I do with two angled windows, it is stil hard to take photos this time of the year in natural light. There is just a few hours when you can. So, sometimes I shot with lamps lit to make it at all possible and then use various settings in Camera Raw to make it look more like natural light and get rid of the yellowness that lamps create. Most of the times it works. I think you succeeded very well with your pictures.

    • Reply Igor January 14, 2016 at 11:25

      Thank you very much Nini!

  • Reply Daniella January 14, 2016 at 11:43

    Hey Igor, your small kitchen Looks great – and it Looks like there is a lot of daylight 😉 Your Pictures are great! and it is totaly ok that you faked a Little bit with putting plants in your kitchen just for the Pictures 😉
    I want to buy more plants this year and maybe I will start Blogging about my Little urban jungle too – ich nehme es mir mal fest vor 😉
    Lots of hugs
    Daniella

    • Reply Igor January 14, 2016 at 11:50

      Ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Du dabei wärst Daniella! Und lieben Dank für das nette Kompliment:-)

  • Reply HELLO MiME! January 14, 2016 at 12:48

    Wow! Great photos! And how did you manage it, that your kitchen seems so big and bright for two m2 without window?! You did an awesome job! I know this small and cozy kitchens for myself. Some weeks ago we moved and for the first time I have miles of space in my kitchen. Still can´t believe it.
    Have a great day… Michaela

    • Reply Igor January 14, 2016 at 12:57

      Thank you Michaela!! Well I envy you for your big kitchen! Mine is just too small and not even cosy as most times I am annoyed by not having enough space to cook proper meals! But well, maybe it will change one day:-)

  • Reply Regina January 14, 2016 at 13:22

    I think the challenge to transform a small and plain space into something cozy and invinting it’s rewarding and a chance to explore one’s creativity, and tiny and dark as your kitchen is you really did a awesome job putting together your kitchenwares and your plants. By the way, your pictures look great.

    • Reply Igor January 14, 2016 at 14:30

      Thank you very much Regina. I must say I like my kitchen more on pictures than in reality hahahaha.

  • Reply Holly January 14, 2016 at 22:37

    omg, I haven’t been here in so long. I LOVE your blog look!!! Congrats!

    Honestly, for a space with no natural light, you do wonders! No one could tell. Thanks for letting us into your kitchenette.

    I think our roastery needs a Pothos plant … thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Xx.

    • Reply Igor January 14, 2016 at 22:48

      Welcome back my dear!! So good to see you here! I think a Pothos is a perfect choice for Kaito Coffee!! It is an absolute low-maintenance plant and not picky at all regarding location and light!! Go for it!

  • Reply mel January 14, 2016 at 23:42

    Well styling is all part of an illusion and you did this really well. Lovely photos Igor, the open shelves are perfect for this and your plants look very happy in their (temporary) home. Special mention for that beautiful portrait of that lady with the teapot!!! Mel x

    • Reply Igor January 15, 2016 at 01:00

      Thank you Mel:-) It was quite a challenge to tackle my kitchenette for the blog, but well, it looks fine for the blog post I think. And that darling lady is a lovely art print from an Israeli artist.

  • Reply Sainab January 15, 2016 at 15:56

    Wow, you have made it look amazing even without natural light. Sometimes artifical light really works well in photographs. Lovely kitchen by the way!

    • Reply Igor January 16, 2016 at 00:58

      Thank you very much Sainab!!

  • Reply Jeska January 15, 2016 at 16:51

    Gorgeous greens! I am hoping there is some sunshine for me to take my pictures and share tomorrow! 🙂

    • Reply Igor January 16, 2016 at 00:57

      Oh yes, can’t wait to peek into your kitchen!!

  • Reply Kasia January 16, 2016 at 09:10

    Lovely kitchen! The open shelves look great. Love that little Oxalis plant, it looks so cute 🙂

    • Reply Igor January 16, 2016 at 20:36

      Thank you very much Kasia!

  • Reply Lunch & Latte | Lisa Hjalt January 16, 2016 at 17:29

    I’m making a mental note of the pothos plant. We will soon be putting up a few shelves in our kitchen (I’m preparing a corner for our coffee-making stuff) and I think that plant would be a perfect fit. Well, I don’t really need plants in the kitchen as I’m lucky to have a large window facing the patio/garden. However, after I planted the hyacinths I had on the windowsill before Christmas, I really miss having plants in there.

    I hope you’re enjoyng a lovely weekend!

    • Reply Igor January 16, 2016 at 20:38

      The Pothos is a safe option as it is really low-maintenance and has no special requirements whatsoever! I am looking forward to your new kitchen styling and especially to your coffee corner and plant:-) Have a wonderful weekend Lisa!

  • Reply tina @ Colourliving January 17, 2016 at 19:15

    You are the master of all masters. LOVE your ‘green’ kitchenette. What I always love best is that it’s all so you….. Happy Sunday.

    • Reply Igor January 18, 2016 at 10:48

      Oh thank you so much Tina! You know, that is my guiding motto – injecting my personality in all my rooms:-)

  • Reply Yvonne January 17, 2016 at 20:27

    In love with your little Oxalis in the vintage planter! It’s so sweet… Your kitchen looks fab. Really well done.

    • Reply Igor January 18, 2016 at 10:48

      Thank you so much Yvonne! It was challenging but I am happy with the little glimpses:-)

  • Reply elena +deco January 17, 2016 at 20:54

    Hello, I love the second photo from the top and the painting with the lady pouring tea!

    • Reply Igor January 18, 2016 at 10:47

      Thank you Elena and thanks for joining us Urban Jungle Bloggers!

  • Reply yzette January 21, 2016 at 22:26

    I really enjoyed your pictures and reading about your confessions, fun! Very well done :)) Trying to post my kitchen greens soon.

    • Reply Igor January 22, 2016 at 10:55

      Thank you Yzette!! I can’t wait to see your kitchen greens!

  • Reply Kathrin January 29, 2016 at 18:20

    Lieber Igor,

    den Rollwagen habe ich in mint! <3 Sehr schön! Und Deine Greens sind auch toll, am liebsten mag ich die Sukkulente, eine solche hab ich noch nie gesehen! Ich hab doch glatt vergessen die dritte Pflanze abzulichten, die in meiner Küche steht, sie ist weit oben auf einem Regal und rankt am Regal entlang, die werde ich noch in Insta nachreichen! 😉

    Liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende! Kathrin

    • Reply Igor January 29, 2016 at 18:52

      Danke Dir Kathrin und ja, zeig uns noch die dritte Pflanze auf Instagram! Ich halte Ausschau!

  • Reply Pat April 27, 2016 at 23:30

    Lieber Igor,
    Chapeau, wunderbar eingefangen und kein bisschen eng auf den Bildern 🙂
    Darf ich fragen, wie der israelische Künstler heißt? Das Bild ist nämlich auch sehr schön.
    Herzlichen Dank vorab!
    LG, Pat

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