Inspiration: Living Walls

Living walls or vertical gardens (whichever you prefer to call them) is one of the biggest trends to hit interior landscaping. Besides, lending freshness and vitality to a space, they are very sustainable as they use an automatic irrigation system where the water is stored in a trough or tank below and is re-circulated enabling it not be wasted. Plus they are highly functional especially when placed in kitchens and provide a great space saving solution for those who love gardening but do not have access to a personal patch of grass such as apartment dwellers and so on. Below, are some of my favourite spaces featuring them.

Asian Indoor Vertical Garden

In this dining area, a living wall not only adds warmth to the scheme but an ethnic inspired wall sculpture gives it an added wow factor.

Restaurant Garden

A living wall creates a cocoon like feel to this dining area.

awesome shower

In this contemporary style bathroom, indoor plants combined with a rain shower lends a soothing and energising feel perfect for winding down at the end of a hectic day.

Staircase and a vertical Garden.

Placed against a staircase, this living wall adds contrast and a nice touch of colour. It also adds great textural interest when combined with the tiled wall and wire banister.


A vertical garden infuses this living room with warmth and colour resulting in space that is cosy and inviting.

vertical garden in the living room

A vertical garden turns this nook into reading heaven!!

Vertical garden

If you are strapped for space in your terrace or balcony and still wish to add some greenery, a vertical garden would be the ideal solution for you. Check out this patio where a small vertical garden installation instantly lends interest to the design scheme.

(kitchen inside window well above lemon tree)herb wall inspo

A herb vertical garden is a convenient and clever way of getting fresh produce into your meals.

Kitchen herbs. MO-material-innovation.

If you are a little apprehensive of having an indoor wall garden as a feature, check out this smaller installation which would be perfect for a kitchen or even displayed as wall art.

So what are your thoughts on living walls? Are you inspired to create one of your own? Share your thoughts below.

Image sources: 1 & 2, Pinterest (3-5), 6 & 7, 8, Pinterest (9 & 10)



Kseniya Shapovalova by Nicole P. Malina for Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia September 2014

In Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia September 2014 editorial “Journey to the East” photographed by Nicole P. Malina in Tibet , model Kseniya Shapovalova shows off ethnic looks styled by Michael Pondaag with designs featuring Etro, Fendi, Michael Kors, Chanel and much more which consisted of bold prints, knitwear and chunky jewelry in bright hues. Makeup was done by Qiqi Franky.










Images from Inspiration by Colour


Colour Trend: Just Add Mustard

Just Add Mustard
Mustard is trending this Fall, so bring this golden hue into your home with any these accents for an instant update.

Inhabit wall lamp

Woven throw blanket

Xanadu Lacquer Tray

Könitz bone china

Normann Copenhagen kitchen dining
$35 –

Canvas wall art

Tropical home decor

Agraria scented candle
$73 –

CB2 vase

Lazy Susan glass vase

For Your Home: The Tory Burch Look

I’ve always been fascinated with the decor and design of Tory Burch’s boutiques. From bold colours, to fearless patterns, high gloss surfaces and glamorous furnishings, the design concepts reflect a homey residential feel that is both unique and visually stunning. Today, we will check out some key elements in these spaces which can be easily incorporated within your home as well.

1. Mixing Bold Patterns

Tory Burch store design with orange high-gloss millwork, ikat upholstery, and leopard carpet

Tory Burch’s stores combine a variety of bold patterns to create a look that gives maximum visual interest. To make this work, ensure you choose prints with a unifying colour scheme to prevent a visual disaster.

2. Unique Upholstery

Tory Burch boutique design

When choosing furniture opt for pieces with one-of-a-kind shapes, intricate details, carved legs or unique upholstery. Varying sizes of furniture in different prints also helps create an elegant space.

3. Diverse Accessories

Tory Burch store design with console and seating area

When it comes to accessories, pair vintage pieces with glamorous finishes to create a striking contrast. Display a variety of signature accents for a personal touch. Thus, making the design even more compelling.

4. Reflective Surfaces

Tory Burch boutique design

From high gloss walls, mirrored surfaces and polished brass Tory Burch’s boutiques use a wide array of reflective surfaces to create a dynamic space filled with light and a glamorous feel. You can achieve a similar effect with your home by opting for mirrored accents or high gloss finishes on furniture and accessories.

5. Statement Lighting

Tory Burch boutique design with wallpaper and brass staircase

For lighting, opt for large scale tiered chandeliers with sleek modern lines that make create a striking focal point within the space yet lend a timeless traditional feel. In addition, go for over-sized lamps and elegant wall sconces to create a warm ambiance.

6. Mixed Influences

Tory Burch store design with lucite and brass coffee table and wallpapered seating area

To achieve the glamorous aesthetic that is seen throughout the boutiques, be inspired by travel and don’t be afraid to mix different styles and influences together. For example, in the space above, a Middle Eastern inspired mirror creates a dramatic focal point and hangs above a luxurious teal sofa with a modern feel. While traditional chairs are paired with Moroccan bone in-laid side tables and a Lucite coffee table adds a contemporary feel.

7. Bold Jewel Tones

Tory Burch store design with X-base stools and ikat accents

Vivid jewel tones play a huge role in the Tory Burch boutiques from throw pillows to wall paint and carpets. Be colour confident and bring these rich tones into your home to create a luxurious vibe. If you are a little apprehensive about these rich hues inject a small dose into your space through accents like a teal ottoman or amethyst vase.

Image source: Domaine