Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plant Still-life ‘Desert’

October 20, 2016 4

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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’.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

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.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

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.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

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).

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Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

Urban Jungle Bloggers, urbanjunglebloggers, plant still life, plant still-life, boho, bohemian, interior styling, ethnic

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 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 Judith October 20, 2016 at 14:13

    You headless chicken you! 😀 I love the faces of the people from Egypt and the (Dutch) text below stating that Arab women (even when they were from Mesopotamia and were considered as underclass people) love jewelry and have lots of self confidence and are intelligent 🙂 Allez, happy UJB day!

  • Reply Henda October 20, 2016 at 16:36

    hello Igor,

    juste un petit mot pour te dire bravo pour le livre que j’ai reçu hier et qui est génial. Je suis contente de l’avoir je ne regrette pas mon achat.Ce livre est magnifique!!! Au prochain j’espère!!
    Bonne journée à toi!

    • Reply Igor October 20, 2016 at 18:54

      Oh merci beaucoup Henda! Je suis très content que tu sois satisfaite avec le livre!! Vivement le deuxième Urban Jungle book:-)

  • Reply Nini Tjäder October 20, 2016 at 18:52

    I too had problems with the light yesterday when I was shooting my contribution. There was a short while in the afternoon, just before the light disappeared that gave enough light. But it was short. As you said, it is tricky with the light this time of the year. I waited a whole week to shoot the pictures before I was able to yesterday. It has been extremely gloomy and dark here in Sweden lately. I see that you too fell into the trap of using an aloe vera for the desert theme… I did too. Only later looked it up to find that it is actually a tropical and has nothing to do with deserts… Well, I always somehow associate with deserts when i see an aloe vera plant.

    • Reply Igor October 20, 2016 at 18:56

      Hahaha yes I know, but then I thought all the time of the African Sahara as an inspiration and frankly there is hardly anything growing apart from date palms in the oases:-) So I picked just random plants – it is more the props that refer to the ‘desert’ theme.

  • Reply barbara October 21, 2016 at 12:05

    Hah! Das ist ja toll: Du hast eine Ägypterin, ich eine bekannte Dame aus Mexico – schöne Parallele!
    Sehr toll in Szene gesetzt!
    Hier kannst Du Frieda sehen:
    https://dramaqueenatwork.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/ujb-in-the-desert/
    Liebste Grüße
    Barbara

    • Reply Igor October 21, 2016 at 12:58

      Ja, die “Wüstendamen” sind einfach wunderbar und machen was her! Und Dein Beitrag ist auch so schön geworden – er hat echtes mexikanisches Flair!

  • Reply Stefania October 27, 2016 at 15:34

    Hi Igor, what a beautiful composition. I got the feeling from it and love the images of women from the desert.
    I had myself the same difficulty as I don’t posses real desert stuff. Going by suggestion though was fun!
    See you next time 🙂

  • Reply Hanneke van Olst May 21, 2017 at 13:03

    Hi Igor,

    What color paint is on the wall? I love it!

    Greetings, Hanneke

    • Reply Igor May 23, 2017 at 20:28

      Hi Hanneke! It is Plummet by Farrow & Ball! Happy you like it too!

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