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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Styling a Plant Shelfie

The other day, I realised that it’s been ages since I’ve picked up my SLR Camera. As I was working away on sourcing a light fitting for a client, I turned my head and from the corner of my eye I could see the camera bag in the corner of my studio just looking at me with that sad lens beckoning me to use it. So I decided to drop what I was doing and on a whim took a spare minute to join in this months Urban Jungle Bloggers.

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by Igor from Happy Interior Blog and Judith from Every month they (along with other bloggers) share idea’s and inspiration to readers on how to create green urban spaces in the home. Each month a different topic is chosen and participants are free to join in with the fun.

This months topic was “The Plant Shelfie”.

Plants are a vital part of the home and bring life to any interior space kind of like adding the fresh strawberries on top of a good Victoria Sponge. When we were renovating earlier in the year, I designed a cabinet that would house all of our audio visual equipment. My husband is a big techie so it was very important for him to ensure that we had enough storage underneath the TV to house the amplifier, sub woofer, DVD player and other high tech stuff that I can’t even pronounce. So after meeting the storage needs of my very fussy client, my next priority was to use the top of the shelf as a means to display various treasured items. I really wanted the shelf on top of the cabinet to be strong enough to house pot plants, that was always the goal so I enlisted by trusty trade friend Chris to come and help me create a concrete shelf that would be a platform for disply but still be strong enough to take the weight of my plants and pots, while at the same time working the modern rustic/boho vibe I was going for.






The process for creating the concrete shelf took over a month as it takes time to dry out, then you have to burn the surface to create the lovely marbled effect that is so common on concrete surfaces. Of course, I wanted lots of imperfection and Chris was able to help by ensuring that the edge of the shelf was filled with air holes to add character to the whole effect.

Here are some tips on putting together a Plant Shelfie with a Laidback Style:

  • Choose a surface that is imperfect to start with, aged wood, metal or concrete.
  • Use a combination of outdoor pots to house your plants
  • Use a large variety of plants that have different shapes and colours
  • Use different objects to vary the height of the plants along the shelf, in this case I have used a cake stand and books
  • Use a variety of objects to intermix your plants amongst the plants to create interest and of your plants to stand out against
  • Place art behind an otherwise busy wall to ground the display
  • Restrict the colour palette of your display so that the whole scheme doesn’t feel chaotic. In this instance I have gone for neutral colours, bronze and brown.
  • Place items in front and behind to create depth.
  • Add colour with flowers.

My plant selfie rarely changes because it is filled with things that I love and have picked up over the years.

What do you think of my plant shelfie?

Till next time,


Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee

  • elena +deco

    November 13, 2015 at 6:26 am Reply

    I like it!

    • Doris


      November 13, 2015 at 6:50 am Reply

      Thank you so much!

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