Urban Jungle Bloggers: Spring Styling With Plants

Urban Jungle Bloggers spring styling from Moch - blossoms for spring

Spring is such an uplifting time of year. After the cold, dark months of hibernation, it is a season bursting with optimism. The days get longer and sunnier; and suddenly the buds on the trees erupt into dazzling white and pink blossoms.

This month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic is all about spring styling with plants. Could there be a more perfect time to add some greenery to your home?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may already know that I particularly love both Mediterranean and Scandinavian design. Especially when the two styles are blended together.

While winter is conducive to a greater concentration of Scandinavian design: candlelight, throws, cosy greys … And of course a whole lot of hygge!

In spring, the emphasis leans more towards Mediterranean style. The image is one of bright yellow sunshine, blue skies and vibrant greenery. Hearty, thick soups are replaced by fresh salads and wedges of juicy watermelon.

With that in mind, I decided to style a table setting for spring with a Mediterranean theme, some touches of Scandinavian style; and of course plants and seasonal references.

Spring Vase with blossoms from Mocha

I began with some delicate white blossoms and placed them into (the aptly named) Spring Vase.

Spring Vase blossom arch from Mocha

Experimenting a little, I found that facing two of them towards each other created gorgeous effect. Like an arch of blossoms to welcome spring.

Succulents on a plywood tray from Mocha

Spring Vases with blossoms and succulents on a wooden tray from Mocha

Next for some greenery with some of my favourite little succulents. I placed them on a plywood tray, to echo the vases and also as a nod to the Scandi look.

Rustic Mediterranean ceramic tableware from Mocha

Rustic ceramic cup and carafe of lemon water from Mocha UK

Rustic ceramics in contrasting rough grey and blue glaze, an olive branch, and a carafe of iced water infused with sunny yellow lemons, introduce some Mediterranean elements.

Urban Jungle Bloggers spring styling from Mocha

They reference the deep blue sky and sea, sunshine and simplicity that sets the tone for a more relaxed lifestyle during the warmer months.

Mediterranean style tableware from Mocha

Urban Jungle Bloggers - Mediterranean meets Scandinavian styling from Mocha

Mediterranean meets Scandinavian spring styling with plants for Urban Jungle Bloggers by Mocha

A few finishing touches, and there you have the finished table setting. Spring styling with plants and a Mediterranean meets Scandinavian look.

I hope this has inspired you to try some styling for spring in your home.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by two bloggers: Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of JOELIX.com. Every month bloggers from around the world join up and share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, green tips and tricks. For even more inspiration visit the Urban Jungle Bloggers website.

[Photography: Sarah Ansbacher]

Dreamy Outdoor Fireplaces

Mediterranean style outdoor fireplace

With spring just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to the idea of the warm sunny days ahead.

In the winter we try to bring a taste of the outside in with plants, greenery and other touches of nature. Whereas in the summer, when we spend more time outdoors, we do the opposite. We bring some of the inside out.

What I really like is the Mediterranean style of turning outdoor spaces into an extension of the home. More than merely taking a couple of chairs out, the garden or terrace becomes an outdoor living room.  And the space is carefully considered with furniture, accessories and potted plants. Much like the interior of your home.

Outdoor fireplace in garden with pool

And for when the evenings get chilly, how about an outdoor fireplace?

Just picture the scene … sitting outside on an early spring evening, enjoying the company of a group of good friends. Wrapped in cosy throws, gathered round a warming fire to stave off the chilly air.

Outdoor living room with fireplace

I don’t have a garden right now, but if I did, I’d love to create an outdoor living room with a fireplace.

Outdoor fireplace in outdoor living room

A bonus would be if my dream home also had a pool and a view of the sea!

Outdoor fireplace with a view of the sea

How about you – would you like an outdoor fireplace? And which of these styles are your favourite?

[Image credits: 1 – Cornerstone Architects | 2 – Ibarra Rosano Design Architects | 3 – We Heart | 4 – Urban Landscape | 5 – Antoni Associates ]

Design Tips: What To Do If Your Room Doesn’t Have A View?

Blue plantation blinds in a home office

I recently wrote about why we are attracted to a room with a view. But what do you do if your room doesn’t have a good view? If you live in a built-up urban environment, this is an all too common problem. And one I can relate to. The first home my husband and I moved into […]

Click to continue...

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Hanging Planters For Succulents

Vertical hanging planters for succulents - Urban Jungle Bloggers - Mocha

When you think of hanging planters, you usually picture large, lush trailing plants, cascading down from hanging baskets. So I had a bit of a dilemma with this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic: hanging planters. You see, I do have a couple of trailing plants. But right now they are quite tiny, and wouldn’t make […]

Click to continue...

Biophilic Design: Why Do We Find A Room With A View So Appealing?

Biophilic Design - a room with a view

If I was to ask you to list the main criteria you would like for your dream home, what would they be? I’m guessing that high up on your wish list might be for your home to be situated in a location with a breathtaking view. (Perhaps by the sea, in the mountains, countryside or […]

Click to continue...

10 Good Reasons To Have Plants In Your Home

Plants in the home

Plants appear to be everywhere right now. Open almost any design magazine or blog and you’ll find interiors filled with plants. Increasingly, they are becoming an integral feature in the home. As more and more people rediscover the beauty of greenery, and how it can be used to enhance the decoration of any room. But plants are so […]

Click to continue...