The Joys (and Pain) of a Garden Room Filled with Plants

a Garden Room Filled with Plants

a Garden Room Filled with Plants and a velvet sofa

I really hope I’m not getting repetitive, but when I see rooms full of plants and green velvet sofas, I just want to share. And drool a bit. And dream of pottering amongst all of this greenery on sultry summer days. With bees abuzzing. And then imagining taking afternoon tea in my very own hothouse, with finger sandwiches and gin in my Earl Grey. Hic. And the reality is, I used to have a garden room of my own, and I left it behind in my old house. I used to have a wicker sofa (exactly like the one at the bottom of this page) and I took it to the recycling centre. I know! That is absolutely criminal. I tried to sell it but no one was buying. And I just didn’t have room for it. No lie, I even shed a tear as I left it behind.

a Garden Room Filled with Plants

Asthall dining chair £190. Asthall table £440. Both from Neptune.

Truth is, three years ago the current craze for houseplants hadn’t even reared its beautiful head. Green was hardly ever seen. And no matter how much you love this look, if you do want to have your own indoor jungle, it takes more than an a couple of hours maintenance a week. Believe me I know. Plants have to be inspected almost daily if you don’t want to be overcome with pests. Then there’s the watering, the misting, the cutting out of all the brown bits (especially with ferns), and the re-potting. But hey, it’s gotta be worth it for a room like this.

a Garden Room Filled with Plants and pastel prints

Suffolk Rectangular table in Cactus £880. Long Island dining chairs in Emma sage £340 Chatto armchair £725. All from Neptune.

But what you can’t see in a photograph is the sense of peace so many plants amassed together bring. I’m sure there’s a scientific reason for this. All I know is, it was my happy place. I’d take a book in there and not read a word. I was always content to just sit. It was my favourite place for breakfast. For lunch. And for a glass of wine. Guests always gravitated there. It’s the only room I miss.

a Garden Room Filled with Plants and a velvet green sofa

George large sofa in Isla Mallard £2,040. Tuscany rectangular table £1,740. Asthall armchair £310. All from Neptune.

And now and again, I wonder what I would have done with it had we stayed? There’s no doubt it would have undergone a transformation since the trend emerged for all things botanical. And these recent images from Neptune are giving me inspiration aplenty.

a Garden Room Filled with Plants and a chandelier

Hudson rectangular table from £1540. Harrington dining chairs £265. Corinium large jug vase £25. Sage emulsion 2.5l £37. All from Neptune.

Ideas to Steal

1.Paint the exposed brick walls the same colour as the window frames. Yes!

2.Or paint the window frames black even. Maybe.

3.Invest in the comfiest, deepest, velvet sofa. Yes!

4.Change all of the planters (plastic, metal, terracotta, whatever) for baskets. Yes!

5.Hunt out some retro botanical prints and then frame them. Yes!

6.Add a giant, crystal chandelier. Yes!

7.Change the floor tiles for something patterned and Moroccan in style. Yes!

wicker sofa from Neptune

Chatto two-seater sofa from Neptune.

8.Find another wicker sofa. Oh yes please!

All images courtesy of Neptune.

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12 Comments

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    May 18, 2017

    Oh I wish I had the time and attention for a gorgeous space like these. I can barely keep a house plant alive but love to sit in rooms full of greenery. Probably why I spend so much time at the garden centre but rarely bring anything home with me.

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      deardesigner

      May 19, 2017

      Same here Rachel. 🙁

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    May 17, 2017

    Oh how I would love a space like that!! Such a shame about your little sofa but it just gives you an excuse to search around for another 😉 I will say you are right about the maintenance – the more plants I get (because I can’t help myself), the more work I make for myself! Ahh well, it’s worth it when they are just so lovely xx

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 17, 2017

      It is worth it isn’t it. Unfortunately my new house is just so dark. I’m not sure they would survive anyway. Oh well. I’ll dream x

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    Hannah Trickett

    May 17, 2017

    oh how I want to lounge in a plant filled warehouse room!

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      deardesigner

      May 17, 2017

      Haha, wouldn’t it be lovely. x

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    Susan Earlam

    May 17, 2017

    I’m thinking you’ll love a post I’ve got coming up, plants and green velvet sofas ahoy!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 17, 2017

      Ooh I’ll be looking out for that one. x

  5. Reply

    lucy

    May 17, 2017

    All that greenery! I love it. Wouldn’t say no to that velvet sofa either x

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      deardesigner

      May 17, 2017

      It’s a great combination isn’t it 🙂

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    Kate

    May 17, 2017

    Oh to have a garden room like this! And you’re right, plants and green velvet are definitely a winning combo just now 🙂

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 17, 2017

      Maybe you can squeeze one into your new place Kate? x

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