This month we want to kick start a new series for the Urban Jungle Bloggers – ‘Plant Still-life’. With the ‘Plant Still-life’ we want to encourage you to create a styling vignette with a certain theme by using plants and other props. This month we have chosen the topic ‘Desert’. As always we are very open in our interpretation. So here I roll with my ‘Plant Still-life’.
As always I ended up doing everything in a rush. I got back home after work – extra a bit early – but it was so gloomy that I gave up. Then the light got better and I was running around like a headless chicken. In this season the light is really difficult. But it was time to get going. What would best portray the theme ‘desert’ in my home? I have no piles of sand, no tall cacti, no desert pictures. Then I remembered some old ethnographic images from Egyptian people. And the theme was set.
These images from people from the desert anchor my styling. The rest was a quick shuffling of props. I focused on earthy hues as a reference to the colours of the desert. A handmade mini tajine made of ceramic, a wooden bowl, and brass details framed the styling. Last but not least I added a few plants.
The selected plants are no desert plants. Since the desert I referred to is rather the African Sahara than Central American deserts, it was hard to select adequate plants. Instead I added two cacti, a little banana palm, an Aloe vera plant, and a pineapple plant. I imagine these plants to grow in a lush courtyard of a riad somewhere in Northern Africa. And that is if not in the desert, then at least at the desert’s brink. And that is good enough for today’s styling (after I had collected all kind of props in preparation of this post – see the last images here).
So now I am off to see your ‘Plant Still-lifes’. Oh and if you have a certain topic you’d like to see for an upcoming Urban Jungle Bloggers month, let me know in the comments!
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