Stay Connected: Create an Indoor Sanctuary

Stay Connected: Create an Indoor Sanctuary

We've joined with two real-life besties and #reviewgirls for some wholesome ways to stay connected with your loved ones while we are spending more time at home. Anne and Christina are both working from home right now and have found that incorporating plants into their office and home decor has been a great way to boost their mood and decrease stress levels. They share their recommended indoor plant list and tips for keeping them healthy. We also cover how to translate the sense of calm to your working space, from creating a beautiful desk area to dressing the part whilst still feeling comfortable.

11 June 2020
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary

"Spending more time at home has meant that I've had time to update the interiors with some indoor potted plants. Anne and I discussed the different types of plants that would suit each other's home and after a few trips to Bunnings I am now the proud owner of these gorgeous indoor plants. 

I'm wearing the beautiful Review On The Dot Dress, while tending to my new indoor plant babies, which I've styled here in my bookcase, using a variety of ceramic pots."

Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary

"Last year I took a trip to the North Island in New Zealand and hiked the Waipoua Forest. I was in awe when I saw the Tane Mahuta Tree, which is the biggest tree alive in the world. Their enormous size gave me the feeling of being in the presence of giants. Their large size made my worries seem small in comparison. The Tana Mahuta is the most famous tree in New Zealand (I can see why!) and is estimated to be between 1,250 to 2,000 years old!

Being in this forest was invigorating! I love finding time to connect with nature, as greenery helps me feel completely grounded, bringing a sense of calm and well-being. There are so many known benefits that plants have on our health: aside from the well-known fact that they convert carbon dioxide (the air we breathe out) to oxygen, they also minimize toxins and freshen the air!

I am currently working from home every day, and I have incorporated a bit of nature into my indoor space. I have my favourite indoor plant near my desk, the Ctenanthe also known as the Never Never plant (which is the large plant pictured in my photo). A fun aspect of the Never Never plant is during the day it will lower its leaves, and will fold them upward during the night. I personally find that plants help me reduce stress levels, increase concentration and productivity, and boost my mind. They are also such a great source of joy whenever I look at them. 

While spending a lot of time at home, Christina and i have enjoyed discussing all kinds of plants to make our homes into an indoor sanctuary! In addition to the mood-boosting qualities of plants, we love that they are visually beautiful and will enhance any home. We are excited to share our indoor plant recommendations and tips below."

Indoor Plant Recommendations

Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Fiddle Leaf Fig:
These trendy trees have more than just lush foliage going for them. Their hardy disposition can adapt to most bright locations (minus direct sunlight). Water generiously in the summer and slow it down when winter comes. 
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
English Ivy:
If you love a plant with cascading leaves, why not consider the English Ivy. The Cascade, Domino and Irish Lace are some of the best potted varieties and best for rooms with lots of space since they grow very long. 
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Mother-In-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant:
Mother-in-law's tongue is tough to kill. They can go for a month without water and the leaves are typically tall, stiff, and vertical, earning it the other nickname "snake plant".
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
The String of Pearls:
A trendy plant with a distinctive look. Their plump round pearls are filled with water to help them survive long periods of drought. This plant's sprawling nature is perfect for home with high ceilings or lots of empty vertical space. 
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Cactus and Succulents:
If you are new to indoor plants or don't have much time to take care of them, Cactus and Succulents are an easy option as they are low maintenance and bring a beautiful aesthetic to your home!
 

Indoor Plant Care Tips

  1. Avoid over watering your plant - Sometimes people accidentally kill their plants by over watering. If the water sits in the pot with nowhere to go, it can cause the roots to rot, and the plant will die. Signs to look out for include wilting leaves, yellow and brown falling leaves. An ideal set up is that the pot has drainage holes at the base where water can drain into a larger encased pow or saucer.
  2. Be cautious of too much sun - Many indoor plants don't like direct or harsh sun. Some warning signs to look out for include off-coloured foliage, wilting, burned foliage, spotted foliage, or falling leaves.
  3. Revive your plants with fresh fertilizer - If your plants look like they are dying, don't fret! Most plants can be easily saved. An effective way to revive your plants is to add some fresh fertilizer!

Setting Your Desk

Translate your sense of calm that your indoor plants provide to the place where you set all your focus while working; the desk. Creating a clean and organised desk space is super important to ensure your mind can focus and not to be distracted by clutter around you. Sometimes less is more, so we recommend only keeping out the things you reach for regularly and sorting other items somewhere off the desk such as in the drawers beneath. You can also bring a touch of your own personal style by opting for stationary in your favourite colours. We promise this will help to make your desk feel like a happy space every time you sit down to work! 

Creating the Perfect Working from Home Outfit

The key to creating the perfect working from home outfit is finding a balance between feeling confident and beautiful while still being comfortable and cosy. Think pretty lace or floral tops to make you pop on conference calls, cosy knits, ponte dresses, flowy skirts and stretchy pants. We have curated the perfect collection of Review working from home good that tick all these boxes!

Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary

You can also take inspiration from the lovely Anne & Christina

Anne wears the Forever Mine Top and Cascading Camelia Skirt

Christina wears the On the Dot Dress

Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Do you have a favourite indoor plant or tips for creating a perfect desk space?
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Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary
Create an Indoor Sanctuary