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Urban Jungle Bloggers – Plants in the Workplace

September 25, 2014

Late to the party but at least I turned up.

After a short summer break it’s Urban Jungle Bloggers month.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series, devised by Igor and Judith. The idea is to get some green into our homes, especially for us urban folks! Every month they invite bloggers to share ideas for creating an urban jungle through styling challenges, DIYs, green tips and tricks. Every month there is a different theme on the topic. You can follow and get more Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration on Pinterest and on Facebook.

September’s theme is: ‘back to school, plants in the workplace’

Wousa, have I missed something? Holiday month? I’ve been working non-stop so it’s all becoming a blur. Thank you to those who keep patiently awaiting news of my new venture. It’s really not long now.

Back to business. I have a home office and it’s difficult to photograph as it’s not big but with a lot of desk space. If I turn to my right, I have some in-built storing cupboards and here sometimes you’ll find my trolley. The ceramics biscuit tin I found in a second hand shop and I immediately decided to house a vibrant and jolly plant in there to keep me company as the weather turns and the nights draw in.

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace
Azalea plant in biscuit tin

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace
Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen

If I turn around I’m faced with a big desk. Some of you would have seen my post of stationery heaven where you can see it better. Right now, I’ve got 2 plants sitting there. I’m a bit in love with the lidded pot I found recently (left)

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace
Left: Kalenchoe | Right: Heather plant (which usually lives outdoors on my terrace).

This next section is where my Apple Mac sits. This purpose-built desk is facing the front of the room, which is open plan. I built this island for my home office as a separation between living and working.

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace
The succulents in the 3 little pots were gifted to me by a friend.

Urban Jungle Bloggers - plants in the workplace
These guys like to move around the apartment and are actually doing rather well.

So, there you have it. As autumn turns to winter and I have to say good-bye to my roof terrace for a long while, I try and cheer myself up with flowers and plants. I make sure I choose ones that don’t need too much looking after:-)

As I prepare to launch my new venture, my blogging is (unfortunately) taking a bit of a back seat. Apologies to my readers for the lack of posts. I’ll be back here on Thursday 2nd October. See you then x


Thank you to everyone who has so kindly nominated and voted for me in the Amara Interior Blog awards. I’m humbled and very touched. Please feel free to vote for me.
Voting closes on Friday 3rd October.


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  • Reply Igor September 25, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I love, love, love the biscuits container as a planter Tina!! So wonderful and happy! I know it’s such a crazily busy time for you and I am eagerly awaiting your new project – so I am double thankful that you joined our Urban Jungle Bloggers topic despite your full agenda! See you soon in London!

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Ha. I did think of you when I got it. It’s blue and fun!
      Awww, happy to have joined the fun. Only thing is I need to go around and see what everyone else has done:-)

      Can’t wait to see you very soon x

  • Reply Judith September 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hahaha holiday month? Here neither 😉 Looks like a full agenda in your office, lots of (pretty!) notes and sketches. Those balloon shape vessels for those tiny succulents are cute, are they in resin? Thanks for making time to show us the greens around your desk, Tina! Very happy to see you soon in London!

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I hear you…. what bloody holiday?

      Those mini vessels for the succulents are made out of glass. Then there’s a kind of resin layer surrounding the glass. I believe they were hand painted.
      I’ve had them for 20 years or so and really adore them:-)

      Yay! See you in London soon.

  • Reply Catherine@farmhousehome September 26, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Love the vibrant blue of the biscuit container with the pink azalea plant and the Island to separate your work space from your living area is a great idea. All the best as your new project takes shape and thanks for showing us all the plant life. xx

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Gosh, that biscuit container is a bit of a hit!:-))

      Thank you. Yes, love the division as well. Did the same thing with separating the kitchen on the other side…
      Hope you’re well lovely xx

  • Reply Katy September 26, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Hi Tina. I feel your sadness in closing up the roof terrace for the winter 🙁 I love that blue biscuit tin vase though. Can not wait to find out more about your new venture, so exciting! Xx

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Oh, sweets, hope you’re on the mend!

      I know, I really struggle with it, especially after we’ve had such an incredible summer that keeps on giving:-)
      Thanks.. not long now xx

  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy September 26, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Love these pics, it’s always fun to sneak a peak inside a blogger’s home! excited to hear more about the new venture too


    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Becky. Hope you’re well and sorry I didn’t make it to 100% tweet up.
      Some things just had to give…
      Sorry we didn’t get to meet x

  • Reply Alison Sye September 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Loving all of those pots in which you have your plants. Will pop over and vote now x

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Oh, thanks Alison… glad you like them and thank you so much for voting xx

  • Reply Alison Sye September 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Voted xx

  • Reply rekobo September 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    <3 <3 <3 the ceramic biscuit mud 😉

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you:-))

  • Reply Mel September 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Oh I understand, I really don’t like the moment when we have to put our deck table away when the rain kicks in… I think you’ll need to book a few little getaways to the south of France to revive you during the winter… I love how your plants on your desk are so cheery and colourful! Oh and hurry up with announcement please ha ha! Mel xx

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I know, it sucks, right.. well, you’re about to take yours out again.

      I think you make a good point re: South of France. However, I don’t see myself going anywhere till earliest in January 2015:-((
      really not long now. In fact, going to printer today xx

  • Reply Jillian In Italy September 29, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Love your work space and all your various vessels for your plants. The blue Biscuit tin is crazy cute. And I have to admit that I never thought to have an azalea plant inside. Great idea. Have a great week Tina. Jx

    • Reply tina September 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hello Jillian and thank you:-)

      I love it when I make a find like this. In fact, I didn’t see it. The volunteer in the little church shop pointed it out to me. Once I saw it, it had to come home with me.
      Thank you Jillian and happy week to you too x

  • Reply Anya Jensen September 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Love the biscuit tin – and I am always in awe of all your Faber Castel stuff – now I wish I could draw :))
    Happy Monday

    • Reply tina October 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Ha. My beloved Faber Castell art supplies:-)) I do use them regularly…
      thank you lovely. xx

  • Reply Doris October 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    OMG your plants are so so cute! And those colourful pots, so very Tina. I just love it! Your office space is lovely. xD

    • Reply tina October 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Hehe, but then I am Colourliving after all! Hehe.
      Thank you Dorris, what a sweet thing to say x

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine October 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I love the biscuit tin, what a creative idea! Your work space is so colourful and out-of-the-box. Excellent!

    • Reply tina October 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you Louise. What a nice thing to say. I do really like my office space:-)

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