Urban Jungle Bloggers: One Plant – Three Styles

20 February 2014 0


House plants not only create a more healthy and natural living environment, they add also to your personal interior styling. Recently we can see more and more green additions to stylish interiors – on blogs, in interior magazines, in shops. In order to show you the wide range of possibilities when it comes to green stylings, we have decided to dedicate this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers series to styling with plants. The challenge for all our participating bloggers was easy: Pick one plant and style it three ways!

Whether you prefer a monochromatic space, colorful interiors, ethnic accents or a modern home – plants perfectly fit into every style and inject the fresh vibe of nature into your home. 

But I need to admit one thing: Styling was pretty challenging for me this month. I was very often traveling and the rest of the time working in the office. The result was that I lacked time and natural light for my self-inflicted task. However, there was one single Sunday that gave me the opportunity to play around with my plants. And today you can see the result.

First challenge was to pick one of my house plants. After some pondering and trying, I’ve opted for my Sansevieria Cylindrica also known as Cylindrical Snake Plant or African Spear, a succulent plant native to Angola. I picked it for its sculptural look as I felt it might be the ideal shape to style around with a few props I found at home.

As for the three stylings I felt a bit desperate at the beginning – after so many design fairs in January I felt overexposed to stylings but I had to get a grip of myself, right? I looked around on my shelves, in my drawers, under my sideboards and I rounded-up a few props that I felt could work for my task. Now it was time to decide what goes with what and what’s the theme? Here come my three plant stylings:

Styling 1: The Playful Gentleman
This styling was inspired by geometrical shapes and a very reduced colour scheme. I chose a black, cubic plant pot and kept the vignette rather clean and simple. A black and white portrait adds visual impact and the watch in the front implies that the playful gentleman has just arrived at home. This vignette has a playful yet adult look-and-feel with a slight Scandinavian touch.

Styling 2: The Savvy Traveler
Inspired by my busy period earlier this year, I wanted to visualize my love for traveling with this styling. The colour scheme is rather calm too with blue-grey nuances but it gets a more vibrant touch through the use of a natural clay plant pot. The book refers to the yummy food I discover on my trips, the illustration shows the streets of a foreign city, the little packed box symbolizes my luggage and the seal recalls border crossings. All this is topped with a candle saying ‘Love’ – cause after all I love traveling.

Styling 3: The Paris City Boy
Yup, that’s me too – almost. Paris has become my second home and this styling is dedicated to my Paris life. A more colorful vignette with fresh greens and yellows, music for the ears, my favorite books in a treasury glass box and a candle for the cosiness in a Paris rooftop apartment – young and urban.

Now I am wondering: What do you think of my three plant stylings? And even more interesting: which one is your favorite? Please let me know in the comment section!

And thanks to all bloggers who participated this month in our Urban Jungle Bloggers series!

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 Facebook page. 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 Judith 20 February 2014 at 09:19

    Yayy, I’m so happy for our 6th UJB adventure and even though you lacked light & time, you did a great job! My favorite is the first one, it’s so clean & modern… and who’s that guy?!! Also love the preparation images, a little peek behind the scenes! Oh and Paris is always a good idea 😉 I’m so curious what all the other bloggers are creating today! Can’t wait!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 09:51

      Oh thank you Judith! I love to see all the green inspiration on so many blogs today! I am sort of running short of time again – this time I can’t speed up enough to see and read all the incoming Urban Jungle Bloggers posts!! Yay!

  • Reply gudy herder 20 February 2014 at 09:22

    I had much fun participating in this month issue and do love your pics, Igor! The last with all the nude shades is my favorite!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 09:51

      Thank you so much for joining in, Gudy, despite your busy schedule! Happy you like my styling, the nude one was actually triggered by my new headphones:-)

  • Reply Giova Brusa 20 February 2014 at 09:28

    Love the savvy traveler! Just like with Judith’s I tend to be drawn to the terra-cotta colors. And who is the gentleman by the way??

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 09:52

      Merci Giova! I too love the terracotta plant pots most – they simply symbolize plants and greens in the strongest way for me!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving 20 February 2014 at 09:54

    Ah, masculine and very Igor! Love the Paris City Boy. It’s definitely you:-)

    It’s been great fun joining in this months and look forward to seeing everyone else’s… Magda says hi!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 10:14

      Oh thank you my dear Tina!! Yeah no. 3 seems to be calling my name, right? And speaking of names – after reading of Magda I feel like I should name my plant too:-)

  • Reply Nina 20 February 2014 at 10:14

    Ah so lovely have the same plant in my kitchen and really like the 3 ways you put them for your shooting 🙂

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 10:15

      Thank you Nina! I love the plant for its sculptural look and it is so easy to care for it – ideal for someone like me who is all the time traveling!

  • Reply Anette 20 February 2014 at 10:15

    My favourite is the first styling. I love the flower pot and the gentleman …;)

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 10:16

      Haha well, seems like it was a good styling trick to use the picture of a good looking gentleman to attract the attention of my readers:-) Thank you Anette!

    • Reply Judith 20 February 2014 at 10:33

      hahaha I agree 😀

  • Reply ilaria fatone 20 February 2014 at 10:51

    I love your stylings … and by far the last two are my favourite (I guess the Paris one beats them all 😉 It was hard work for sure but so much fun! xx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 11:00

      Thank you Ilaria:-) It was great fun indeed! And Paris is Paris, right? Love that one too.

  • Reply Julia / junifaden 20 February 2014 at 11:52

    love your styling-ideas and my favourite one is the paris city boy, just lovely shades 🙂 i join you this month, too, and had so much fun styling my houseplant no. i: the orchid!


    can’t wait to see all the others stylings! greetings julia

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 12:31

      Thank you Julia! Just saw your post – it’s awesome, really like what you did!! Thanks for joining the green fun!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 20 February 2014 at 12:21

    Reckon I’d go for no. 1 (and the guy is very sweet too). I spy a few influences in your styling images 😉 But they’re all great mister. Well done!
    Think I understand this ‘urban jungle’ idea more now.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 12:31

      Yes, I guessed no. 1 would appeal most to you. Although it could also pass without a few props for you, right? Yes, some Scandinavian influences from our mutual time in Stockholm are evident – they were too strong to be ignored!

  • Reply CappelloABombetta 20 February 2014 at 14:48

    How wonderful? Definitely I cannot choose one! But if I must… the third… for my music’s love 🙂

  • Reply terráquea 20 February 2014 at 15:22

    I prefer the styling 3.

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey 20 February 2014 at 15:51

    Wonderful styling, Igor! I love them all! Jocelyn

  • Reply Regards et Maisons by Nathalie 20 February 2014 at 17:16

    J’ai adoré le sujet ce mois ci et c’est un plaisir de voir tous ces posts . que de belles inspirations !
    Géniales tes idées de styling , I love the man héhéhéhé. Bises Nathalie

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 19:40

      Merci beaucoup Nathalie:-) J’imagine tu le connais ce mec?

  • Reply fraumau 20 February 2014 at 17:51

    This is so “wow”! I really love all about this Theme and of course you interpretation of it. I do like “The Paris City Boy” most, because of its wooden elements. Looks so soft and like almost spring to me. I am so happy being part of this wonderful series! Have to check of all the participants <3
    Love Ive

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 February 2014 at 19:40

      Thank you Ive!! You did a fantastic job yourself! Thanks for joining the Urban Jungle Bloggers fun!

    • Reply fraumau 20 February 2014 at 21:33

      It’s been a pleasure 😀

  • Reply Lauren Lou Bate 20 February 2014 at 19:43

    These are beautiful! Bravo! I like the first one; I like the forms and colours. And Nicolas Ghesquière 🙂 Can’t wait to get my things together to play around with my plants this week! Thanks to you and Judith for creating such a great series! xx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 00:14

      Thank you so much Lauren! Oh and finally someone who recognized the guy in my first styling:-)) Can’t wait to see your stylings!

  • Reply Yvonne 20 February 2014 at 20:05

    Black, white marble and a hint of pale pink? Yes please! Oh, the lack of time and daylight, I totally understand. Your photos look so fab and light and airy nevertheless, how did you do that 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 00:14

      Thanks Yvonne! I tried my best and had to work on the pictures quite a bit afterwards:-)

  • Reply Designing my Home 20 February 2014 at 20:09

    Great post! Been looking into good ideas with which to fill my new home. Thanks for the pics and info!

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 20 February 2014 at 22:55

    I want to say I like No. 1 the best because Nicolas Ghesquiere is one of my favourite designers (smart move) but my heart chooses the second styling, it speaks to me.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 00:15

      Oh thanks Lisa – love to hear that! I guess you are a savvy traveler like me, right? And bravo for recognizing Mr. Ghesquière!

  • Reply Corinne - Emerald Green Interiors 20 February 2014 at 23:11

    Dear Igor, I love your styling. Beautiful pictures with great personality. If I had to choose one I’d go with the playful Gentleman, it’s strict lines appeal to my love for things simple. I love the pastel color palette of the Paris City boy and Sempé has always been a favorite of mine. Oh well it looks like I can’t make up my mind.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 00:17

      Thanks for your comment Corinne and I am happy you like my three stylings. You did a great job too – thanks for joining us!

  • Reply Anya Jensen 21 February 2014 at 08:41

    So cool Igor, I love your styling, my fave is the urban city boy – might that be you (or in-fact all of them are you:) Happy weekend my friend – I do love this series xx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 22:02

      Thank you very much Anya! I think no. 3 resembles most my personality. Happy weekend!

  • Reply stefi b. 21 February 2014 at 09:40

    i really like the first one. can’t really say why but i think the plant looks very stylish there. 🙂
    btw, thanks for your idea of the urban jungle bloggers. it was fun thinking about styling plants!
    frau s.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 22:04

      Happy you like it Stefi and cool that you joined. I really liked your stylings!

  • Reply Kevin | Thou Swell 21 February 2014 at 20:44

    I’m feeling partial to the last one! Love seeing these different scenarios.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 February 2014 at 22:04

      Thanks Kevin, the last one is my secret favorite too!

  • Reply Beauty Follower 22 February 2014 at 08:28

    The first one, το μαυρο τετράγωνο κασπό είναι μοναδικο!


  • Reply stilzitat 23 February 2014 at 17:40

    Finally I made it! I really, really loved participating this month and eventhough it was quite a challenge, I can’t wait for the next one!
    Have a great relaxing weekend, dear Igor!
    Here goes my urban jungle: http://stilzitat.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/urban-jungle-bloggers-1-plant-3-stylings/

  • Reply Stephanie 23 February 2014 at 19:33

    Love the plant and the colors you used!

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  • Reply Timmy 5 March 2015 at 01:58

    Awesome post! I am in the process of finishing off some renovations in my house, and this was a really great read. Thanks for sharing!

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