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?
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.
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!
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!
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and 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