Botanical Illustrations by Laura Kientzler

botanical illustrationsbotanical illustrationsNo surprise we are all ears when it comes to something new with a botanical twist. This time it’s the botanical illustrations by French illustrator, graphic and textile designer Laura Kientzler. She has launched a new collection of botanical prints in the webshop L’Affiche Moderne.

botanical illustrationsbotanical illustrationsWe are smitten with the playful interpretations of popular plants like the Pilea or the Crassula, but Laura also adds other elements that are very popular among plant people – such as cats:-) But seriously, who can withstand a lovely botanical print?

botanical illustrationsbotanical illustrationsWe think the impact of a green vignette can be enhanced by combining your lovely houseplants with a botanical print in the background – it is a double plant impact for extra green fun. So if these illustrations caught your eye, hop over to L’Affiche Moderne and secure yourself a lovely illustration. Happy plant styling!

Images via L’Affiche Moderne

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iPot for your home & plants

iPotiPotOne plant lovers’ challenge that comes up eventually is the question how to house and display your many plants in your home without taking away actual space you need while assuring it looks nice and stylish. Well as styling experts and interior aficionados you might find one or the other solution to solve that challenge. Some Italian designers have asked the same question and they have found a creative answer with a somewhat familiar name: iPot!iPotiPotiPotiPot is a modular system that can take on an almost unlimited number of shapes and configurations. The basic idea is actually a plant pot and from there the designers have taken it further to a dimension of a multifunctional furniture piece for the contemporary home. In fact the iPot can be a simple and stylish plant pot or an entire shelving system – it’s you and your needs who decide what it will be in your home.iPotWhat we like is that here a plant pot has been the igniting idea for a design object that has gone way beyond a planter. But to put our green roommates in the focus is a nice and lovely design approach that proves that green living is not only a fashionable trend but a natural way of living. Furthermore the simplicity and customizability of the iPot is pretty cool too – it seems to be a great solution for urban living with more plants. iPotWith the iPot your concerns about the space and display for plants might find a simple yet stylish solution. Thumbs up from our side.

Photography via iPot

Houseplants of the Month August: Cacti

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cactus
Scorching August days with high temperatures can be a sort of challenge for your houseplants sometimes – but not for the ‘Houseplants of the Month’ in August – the famous cacti. They have been trending for quite a while but they are still a popular green addition to interiors – even to the homes of people who dislike regular plant care!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: CactusCacti are not only prickly fellows, they are some of the most unusual and decorative plants around. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, varying hues, they surprise with colourful blossoms, they grow like poufs, like pillars, they come bare, spikey or fluffy. They equally resonate with today’s lifestyles and living trends where boundaries are flurry – indoors and outdoors merge, living and working areas grow together and the cactus is an excellent plant for either way. They thrive indoors as well as outdoors, they add calm and focus in a vivid living environment or add geometric shape and visual highlight in a home office. In a nutshell: they are an all-round plant for the contemporary dweller!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cactus

When it comes to interior styling you can go wild and decorate with cacti in all kinds of ways: cacti look particularly pleasing when paired with smooth and functional materials such as wood, ceramics, concrete or colourful injection-moulded plastic. They also look very genuine in terracotta pots and recall the arid south where they stem from. Cacti can either bring calm and focus into lived-in interiors and vivid interior stylings like bohemian homes. At the same time they can also bring visual highlight and geometrical accents in calm and monochrome interiors. With their various shapes, sizes and colours they can perfectly match and accentuate your personal interior style.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cactus

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cactus

Plant care for cactuses is the easiest part: they like a light place (think of a south facing windowsill) and little water. They prefer less water than too much water which eventually is fatal. They store water in their roots, leaves and stems so you can even forget to water them once in a while. In winter you can leave them to rest with less to none water at all – they will then produce flowers (seeds) to survive.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cactus

But cacti are not only decorative, they are fantastic in general: for centuries cacti have been a source of food, drinking, medication, tools and building materials, they have adapted to the harshest living environments and in countries like Mexico they are even of national importance being depicted on the national coat of arms. And even though your indoor cacti might be of a manageable size, some species can grow up to one meter thick and 20 meters high. A real cactus tree!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Houseplant of the Month August: Cacti

If you like you can read more about cacti here:
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Houseplant of the Month is an initiative from Mooiwatplantendoen.nl and Bloemenbureau Holland and in collaboration with them we will present you every month a new Houseplant of the Month, right here on Urban Jungle Bloggers.

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