Sometimes making changes to help the environment can feel like an uphill battle. It’s easy to think ‘I’m just one person, I can’t make a difference’. But there are small easy things you can do that will really affect how your home impacts the environment. Not only that, by making your home more eco-friendly you can save money on your energy bills.

Get LED bulbs

Did you know that an LED light bulb can last 13 years? By using energy more efficiently they produce brighter light and less heat, meaning they’re better for the planet and cheaper to run. You can buy LEDs in all styles, from warm fairy lights to bright white light bulbs and even WiFi connected interactive bulbs.

Avoid paper towels

You might think that paper towels don’t pose much of a threat to the environment, but in fact they take a long time to break down and produce harmful greenhouse gases when they do. Not to mention the fact that globally paper uses a huge amount of resources: 110 million trees and 130 million gallons of water, to be exact. Switch to cotton tea towels or cloths (not microfibre ones) or recycle old t-shirts into rags.

Work from home

By convincing your boss to let you work from home one day a week, you can cut your carbon footprint by driving less. Also, at home your food and drink choices will be greener: no takeaway coffee cups, no plastic-packaged sandwiches. You’ll probably use less paper too – most people print more documents at work (using the office’s resources) than they would at home. And you can stay in your pjs all day, which won’t do much for the environment, but it is nice.

Get a plant

House plants help remove toxins from the environment including carbon dioxide and indoor pollutants that often appear in common cleaning products such as formaldehyde and benzene. The best plants for cleaner air include palms, rubber plants and peace lilies. These are also relatively hardy plants, they grow well indoors and are easy to look after. so they’re ideal if you don’t have green fingers.

Water it with used water

You plant doesn’t need fancy filtered water. In fact, you can add nutrients to the soil by using water that has been used to cook vegetables: a great way to use waste water instead of just throwing it down the sink.

Upcycle

Buy shopping in second hand and vintage shops you can help to cut down on pollution caused by mass produced (usually plastic) homeware products. It also gives you a chance to get creative. Make outdoor cushions from old sacks, turn vintage cans and bottles into planters and vases, or add vintage charm to your home with quirky shabby chic crockery.

Buy a coffee maker

Disposable coffee cups are a big issue for the environment. In the UK, 7 million disposable cups are thrown away every day. Invest in a coffee machine at home, or even just a peculator or cafetiere. Make your own coffee (most cafes sell whole or ground beans) pop it in a keep cup, and you’ve done your little bit for the planet before you even leave the house.

Invest in a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats are an amazing way to cut your energy bills and make your home more eco-friendly. Systems like Nest have built in eco-modes that automatically turn your heating down when you’re not in. You can also download an app on your phone to turn the heat up again when you’re on your way back, so your home will be cosy when you arrive.

Add a cosy rug

Rugs on wooden floors have been shown to reduce energy bills by as much as 6%. They help rooms to stay warmer longer and also work to prevent drafts.

Choose wool not polyester

Polyester and other synthetic materials release tiny fibers, known as microfibers, every time you wash them. These get into the ocean and pose a huge threat to all kinds of marine life. Cotton fibers don’t break away in the same way and are far more easily degraded if they do enter the environment.

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London is officially the greenest city in Europe, with 35,000 acres of parks, green spaces and public gardens. But private outdoor space can still be difficult to come by. As the weather starts to warm up, transform even a small garden or patio with some of these tips…

Create privacy

Tall, easily maintained plants like palms or bamboo can help to enclose your garden and create a sense of seclusion and privacy. Putting different types of plants around the perimeter of your garden will also help to create the illusion of greater depth, making your garden appear larger.

Use containers

If space is limited in your garden, add greenery by putting plants in pots or planters. Just because they’re outdoors doesn’t mean they need to be planted directly into the ground – potted pants will flourish outside. This will also give you the freedom to move your plants around, making for a more flexible space.

Add cosy lighting

Make the most of your garden during mild summer evenings by adding some outdoor fairy lights or lanterns. String them up overhead canopy-style, or thread them through plants.

Be smart with furniture

Get furniture that utilises your space and avoid large pieces that will take up a lot of room. Stacking tables are really handy and take up minimal space when not in use. Add a bench along one side of your garden to provide seating, you could even double up a concrete planter as a seat.

Make the most of windows

Add greater depth and colour to your garden with window planters, or by adding plants inside that complement the style of your garden.

Use height

A great way to make a small garden look more spacious is to encourage people to look up. Don’t just focus on one level, instead, add hanging planters or mounted planters that fix to a wall or fence. These geometric mounted planters are from Greeeen Decor on Etsy.

Get reflective

Outdoor mirrors add so much light to your garden and trick the eye into thinking the garden is far larger. This large industrial-styled mirror is from Mirror Deco on Etsy

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Located within a few minutes walk from Shoreditch Park and New North Road, these are some of the best hidden gems of Hoxton…

The Barge House

The Barge House is a great little waterside venue, a best kept secret of Hackney’s locals. Located on Regent’s Canal, about a fifteen minute walk from Broadway Market in the direction of Islington. Or ten minutes from New North Road in the direction of Victoria Park.

In the summer, the semi-open air feel is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon – turn up for brunch and coffee and stay for a cocktail or two, all while watching the world go by along the canal – it feels just like being on holiday. Open for breakfast and lunch, the food is carefully sourced and expertly prepared, all chic takes on brunch classics including haddock and fennel fishcakes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and bavette steak sandwiches.

But the real draw is The Barge House’s famous Breakfast in Bread. They take a freshly baked sough dough loaf and load it with your choice of breakfasty deliciousness, from bacon and eggs to roast veggies, chorizo and chilli mushrooms. Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5pm. Booking essential.

Find out more and book a table on The Barge House website HERE

Waterhouse Restaurant

The Waterhouse Restaurant offers a fantastic (and very reasonably priced) breakfast and lunch menu alongside a great wine list. For fussy eaters and those of us on diets, you can also mix and match proteins (such as jerk chicken or teriyaki salmon) with sides such as sweet potato or salad.

The best thing about The Waterhouse Restaurant is that it isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a social enterprise. Set up by the Shoreditch Trust in 2008, the Waterhouse offer inclusive training opportunities to young people. They are dedicated to giving young adults opportunities and reducing social and economic disadvantage by working with people including care leavers, and others struggling under personal or financial circumstances. Staff can train for careers as chefs, or in other areas of hospitality, all while earning more than London Living Wage.

Make a booking on their website HERE

Draughts

Are you a fan of board games? Whether you’re into Catan, 7 Wonders, or if you prefer an oldie classic like Connect4 or Monopoly, you’ll find them all at Draughts, London’s first board game café.

Located just off the Kingsland Basin on Regent’s Canal (as well as another venue in Waterloo) you’ll find big social tables and super knowledgeable staff (great for shutting down that friend who likes to make up their own rules).

For food and drink the offer includes tasty nibbles such as Korean chicken and lobster mac and cheese bites, as well as great burgers. And true to form for Hackney you can expect a great selection of craft beers as well as wines and cocktails. Advance to Go!

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

Arepa and Co

Try something different at Arepa & Co, the canal side restaurant that wants to convert London to Venezuelan cuisine. Think cornbread, black beans, fried plantain, avocado, cassava, shredded beef, pork loin and roasted vegetables.

Brunch has some dishes you might not have tried before, such as breakfast criollo (Venezuala’s fry up!), tajadas (crispy fried plantain with cheese and spring onion) and pastelitos (beef turnovers with salsa verde). And if you’re not feeling very adventurous you can opt for smashed avocado.

The interiors are chilled and stylish, with an industrial vibe and plenty of greenery.

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

The Narrowboat

A great little bistro pub with canal side balcony seating. Top quality pub grub, including fantastic roasts on Sunday.

The interiors are bright ans spacious, great for a big family meal or a chilled out Sunday afternoon with friends.

They also host occasional classy events including wine tasting.

Located next to Regent’s Canal and a five minute walk from Shoreditch Park.

Take a look at the menus and book and table on their website HERE

You don’t have to commit to paint or wallpaper to add a bit of colour to a room. These tips will help you to brighten up any room quickly and easily…

Statement seating

Add a fun splash of colour with one piece of statement furniture. This could be a bold sofa or armchair, or if you’re on more of a budget, a bright rug.

Fun wall vinyls

Wall vinyls are a great way to add colour to a room without having to commit by painting. They can easily be removed too which makes them a great option if you rent your property. These confetti-style vinyls are by CasaSunshine, available on Etsy

Colourful cushions

Colourful scatter cushions really brighten up a room. You don’t have to worry about co-ordinating with cushions either, a clashy style can look like a deliberate choice. Or you could choose cushions that don’t match one another but fit to a theme, for example florals or fur.

Ferns and florals

Add a bit of colour to your room with some greenery and get the added benefit of cleaner air. Palms and succulents are really easy to keep and don’t need regular watering. Or if you’re feeling extra lazy, you can buy very realistic plastic plants online (nobody will be able to tell!)

Get bright with lighting

Brighten up a home office or living room with a bright and quirky lamp. Or, add a colourful lampshade to a ceiling light fitting. You could even change them to suit the seasons, with bright spring colours during the sunnier months and warmer shades during winter.

Colourful and cosy throws

Colourful scatter cushions are a great way to stop a room looking drab. In fact, they can even make your home stand out in online pictures when you’re trying to sell (so says Currell Senior Valuer David Gwinnutt)

Pick a theme colour

Adding touches of complimenting colours across a room can help the style to look more put together. You don’t have to over do it, perhaps just match a rug to some throw pillows, and then add in some flowers of a similar shade.

It might seem that interior design trends come and go faster than you can say “what colour velvet sofa do I want?” But there are some solid tips and tricks that you can always rely on for elegant, timeless, style in your home…

Mix old and new

A great trick employed by interior designers is to incorporate old items, including antiques and inherited pieces, with newer furniture. The best way to approach this is to tailor your new purchases to the older items that you already have. Go for natural woods and simple designs in new furniture to compliment antiques without looking too mismatched.

Think about your bulbs

The lightbulb you choose makes a massive difference to the overall look of a light fixture. More than that, the type of lighting you have can alter the whole mood of a room. Do you want the room to be bright and bold, or snug and cosy? Lightbulbs themselves can be a great statement item – there are loads of interesting filament bulbs available and the prices have really come down since they first arrived on the market. A great filament bulb can even work in a bare fitting, with no need for a lampshade.

Clashing can be great

Carefully curated items that technically ‘clash’ can be a great style choice and help to give a room more personality. This works best in moderation. If your seating clashes, for example, go for a cohesive colour scheme for your walls and floors.

Keep it personal

Make your home really feel like your own by making personal items the central focal point of a room. Interesting interior design doesn’t mean turning your back on your own personality and going along with fads and trends. Put your favourite ornaments and mementos on display, or perhaps create a dedicated area for certain memories, like a shelf for holiday souvenirs or an area for wedding photographs.

Keep the kitchen classic

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. The kitchen is likely to be the room where your interior design choices feel more permanent. Installing a breakfast bar, shelling out for new cabinets and worktops, these are major decisions. As a general rule, keeping the kitchen simple and classic is always a good choice. For kitchens, go for something that will never go out of style.

Make it look lived in

Good interior design is forward thinking. Consider your lifestyle when making decisions about how to style your home. Got four dogs? Maybe not a white rug, then. Small children? Is a cream velvet sofa the best plan? You should feel relaxed in your home, and making interior design choices that are practical and suited to you doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.

Think about taps and sinks

A small detail but one that can make a big difference to the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. Spending a little more on a stylish sink and taps can really elevate the room.

Buy less but buy well

Whether you’re moving into a new home and need a whole set of furniture, or you’re looking to update your home, don’t shop without a plan. A good way to break down the task is room by room. Think about how you want the room to look, and start with a few essential pieces (like the interior design equivalent of a capsule wardrobe). Then you can gradually build on this. Don’t try to force your home to look perfect overnight – part of the joy of interior design is seeing how your living spaces evolve.

Play around with seating

Changing up your room’s seating arrangement can be a great way to refresh the look of a room. You could even have different arrangements for different seasons, creating a more cosy feel in winter and a more airy and open feel for summer. Having one statement piece of furniture is also a great way to add a splash of colour.

Think about areas, not rooms

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a room should only be used for one thing. Some of the best interior design utilises space in creative and multi-purposed ways. You can easily add a study to the corner of a living room, or make a beautiful dining room in a kitchen. Think about dividing spaces with clever use of furniture. For example, in the picture above, the combination of a corner sofa and a large rug clearly section off a cosy lounge area in a much bigger reception room.

It’s Pancake Day! The one day of the year when it’s basically the law to eat breakfast for dinner, in the form of piles of yummy pancakes. But if you’re flipping skills aren’t up to scratch, or you just don’t feel like messing up your kitchen… here are some of East London’s famous pancake spots…

The Breakfast Club, Hackney Wick

At The Breakfast Club, Pancake Day is a really big deal. They release a special menu packed with savory and sweet options (and heaps of vegan options too) running from 5th – 8th March.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, you could even take part in their annual pancake challenge – eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes and they’re on the house. Don’t manage it and your bill will be donated to charity.

The Diner, Shoreditch

The Diner in Shoreditch is a classic American style eatery complete with booths and tall milkshakes straight out of the 1950s. So you might not be surprised to hear that they go big on Pancake Day too. Keep it simple with choc chip pancakes or go for something fruity or savoury… they also have an extensive vegan pancake menu. Yum!

Shane’s On Canalside, Hackney Wick

At Shane’s On Canalside you can munch through your stack of fluffy pancakes whilst watching the world go by along the pictureque River Lea. Their unique twist on brunch pancakes include goats cheese and butternut squash. If you’re feeling virtuous, you can work your meal off afterwards with a cycle or walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Trade, Spitalfields

Work up an appetite by doing some shopping around Spitalfields before heading to Trade. Expect all the classic pancake options including maple syrup, berries and mascarpone and bacon and egg.

Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park

Pavilion in Victoria Park is the local’s favourite brunch spot and it’s not hard to see why… with tonnes of outdoor seating beside the park’s boating lake, you can relax with their famous banana, syrup and mascarpone buttermilk pancakes. Delish!

It’s just over one month until the official start of British Summer Time. So get your spring cleaning hat on and get ready to give your home a whole new lease of life… we’ve got some room by room tips to help break down your epic spring clean…

Kitchens

Make the most of wall space

Some people make the mistake of thinking that everything needs to be hidden away for your kitchen to look clutter-free. Often, this just leads to chaotic cupboards where you can’t find anything. Add hanging space on kitchen walls for saucepans and install a magnetic knife block. You’ll have less stuff to riffle through in your cupboards and your kitchen utensils will be better organised.

Invest in a stylish spice rack

Is your spice cupboard packed with ancient bottles? Not even sure what you’ve got in there, lurking at the back? You’re not alone. First, have a massive clear out – throw away anything out of date. Then invest in a stylish spice rack. Online retailers like Etsy have literally hundreds to choose from, including clever space savers that go on the kitchen work surface, and wall mounted racks.

Reorder your cupboards

Everyone’s favourite tidying expert Marie Kondo has some excellent advice for making your kitchen clutter free and practical. Simply reorder your cupboards so every day items are easier to reach than things you only use occasionally. For example: that giant punch bowl that’s always in the way? Put it in a high cupboard, or move it out of the kitchen altogether. Mugs, everyday glasses and plates; move them to lower shelves or drawers. Simple.

Ditch duplicate items

Got three wooden spoons for no reason? Too many knives but never enough forks? We feel you. Start by getting rid of duplicate stuff. Donate it to your local charity shop, or use the app Olio to get your unwanted items collected for free by people who can use them. Then, buy inexpensive matching items that will make your drawers feel more co-ordinated and less cluttered.

Living rooms

Create categories

One of the best ways to deal with clutter the rooms you spend the most time in, is to categorise. Make your categories based on things you like most, not things you have a lot of. For example, your categories could be: books, plants, photographs. Or: movies, gadgets, magazines. Put the things that fit into the categories together first. Next, look at what you’ve got left over. Are these miscellaneous items things you really need? If so, can they be stored in a cupboard, or in storage elsewhere in your home? Stuff that isn’t something you like, or something you need: toss it!

Add trunks, boxes and baskets

So you’ve sorted out the things you like and the things you need from the stuff that’s just annoying clutter, but now what? Add some storage to your living room easily with stackable trunks. These can be picked up for a few pounds from vintage shops and car boots sales. Or, if that’s not your style, add wicker baskets, or simply boxes that can slide under tables.

Donate old books, CDs and DVDs

Running low on shelf space? Got dozens of old DVDs that have been gathering dust since you signed up for Netflix? Don’t be afraid to donate stuff to your local charity shop – you’ll be amazed how much you don’t miss things when getting rid of them makes your home feel cleaner and more spacious.

Make personal items into a feature

Got nick nacks around the room that have sentimental value? Ornaments and photographs that remind you of a certain holiday, or a special time in your life? Group these together and make them into a particular focal point in the room. Dedicate a space on a shelf to items from your travels, or momentoes from your wedding day, or whatever it might be. Collecting items together like this will make that part of your toom look like a considered style choice, even if the types of items themselves are very different.

Bathrooms

Ditch old and expired products

Spice cupboards and bathroom cabinets: the dumping ground of every home. First thing’s first: clear out all the empty bottles, all the old expired products, all the crazy lipsticks and nail polishes that you impulse bought before realising they don’t suit you.

Tidy those towels

Whether you live alone, with a partner or family, or with housemates, keeping towels tidy is a great way to make your whole bathroom look more organised. If more than one person uses your bathroom, why not try designated baskets or hangers for each person’s towel. If you live alone but store spare/guest towels in your bathroom, be sure to fold them and stack them neatly in size order. Or, for smaller storage spaces, roll your towels and place them on shelves or in baskets.

Add some greenery

Adding a plant to a decluttered surface will help motivate you to keep it neat and tidy. Aloe vera grows well in bathrooms (and you can use the leaves as a great moisturiser and after sun). Other good bathroom plants include bamboo and Boston ferns.

Divide his and hers

Living with a partner? Feel like they’re the one who always messes up your nicely ordered bathroom? Why not create boxes for each of your stuff, labeled with your names. That way you’ll both have responsibility for keeping your own toiletries tidy and there won’t be any more arguments about who left that empty shampoo bottle in the shower (hopefully).

Bedrooms

Try the wardrobe clearance trick

Want to have a clear out of your old clothes, but not sure where to start? Here’s a great technique to help you decide what to ditch. Over the next few months, make a habit of hanging clothes you have recently worn back into the cupboard with the hanger facing the other way. Do this every time you put back a jacket, or when you tidy away something you have recently worn and laundered. After a while, you’ll start to see which items of clothing you genuinely wear, and which ones just sit there gathering dust. After a length of time that you decide, take out everything that hasn’t been worn, and head down to the charity shop. Ta-da, decluttered cupboard.

Add under bed storage

A brilliant storage solution for smaller bedrooms is under bed storage. This can be as simple as inexpensive plastic boxes to house your shoes, or as fancy as a bespoke made bed with built in storage (like this one from Made). By adding under bed storage in your guest room, you can get rid of items that you want to keep hold of, but only use occasionally.

Organise jewelry using bowls

Shallow bowls and plates are an attractive way to keep your jewelry neat. You can buy trinket dishes from homewares shops and boutiques, like this one from Anthropologie or this one, available on Trouva. Or, if you’re a fan of upcycling and shabby chic, you can pick up vintage crystal plates at flea markets for a few pounds.

Create fun storage for kids

Getting kids to tidy up their bedrooms can feel like an impossible task. But there are lots of fun and creative storage solutions that make tidying up seem less boring. One idea is to turn a toy kitchen into a storage area (and combine tidying up with playtime). Stylish homewares company Stackers make these great kid’s laundry baskets too.. sharks like to eat socks, right?

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It’s half way through half term… entertaining your youngsters might be starting to feel like a challenge. But don’t worry! East London is packed with fun (and free!) things to do for all the family. Here are some ideas for great days out that won’t break the bank…

The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green

Part of the V&A, the Museum of Childhood, a few minutes walk from Bethnal Green station, is difficult to miss. A huge red brick 19th Century building, you’ll recognise it instantly for it’s imposing structure and enormous arched windows.

The Museum is the largest collection of childhood artifacts in the world, from retro games that Mum and Dad will remember to Victorian tin toys and puppets, old games, and the largest collection of dolls in the UK.

As you’d expect, the Museum isn’t just about display cases, it’s very much set up with children in mind, with loads of interactive and hands on exhibits. They also run regular competitions for children.

On a sunny day, you can enjoy a picnic and let the kids run around in the Museum’s spacious and enclosed grounds.

Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston

Behind a small door just off Dalston Lane, a secret green oasis awaits.

Dalston Curve Garden, which was created in 2010, is a free community garden packed with wildlife friendly plants and trees, including butterfly bushes and raised beds for growing food.

There’s hot and cold drinks and cakes for sale, you can sit in the open air or stay cosy in one of the snug glass houses (where there are loads of creative materials and activities for kids).

They also host regular events and welcome volunteers for gardening.

Hackney and Stepney City Farms

Meet donkeys, sheep, pigs and chickens at the city farms in Hackney and Stepney. Both farms want to teach children and adults about how a working farm operates, where our food comes from, and encourage people to learn new skills from arts and crafts to growing vegetables.

Both farms are open all year round (excluding Bank Holidays) and host regular events and workshops.

Victoria Park, Hackney

Green Flag Award winning Victoria Park is a great place to spend a sunny day in East London. Hunt for frogs and newts in the ponds, feed ducks, stroll around the Victorian pagoda, see canal boats on Regent’s Canal, or set the kids free at the skate park. For smaller children, there are two large playgrounds with swings, climbing frames and slides.

On Sundays from 10 – 4 you can also enjoy tasty treats at the street food market. There are also two permanent cafes (both dog friendly) and fantastic pubs on every corner.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford

There’s loads to do at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from cycling around the wild gardens and wetlands, to splashing in the computer-controlled fountains, tacking the outdoor climbing walls, and exploring wildlife with a free trail tour.

Refresh with a hot drink and a sandwich at the Timber Lodge or venture along the canal to Here East where you’ll find a water-side row of excellent restaurants and cafes serving up everything from burgers to Italian food and Sunday roasts.

The Ragged School Museum, Bow

Give your little ones a taste of history at the Ragged School Museum. This interactive museum is dedicated to teaching visitors about the history of the East End and giving an insight into what a Victorian school was really like. The original building once housed the largest free (or “ragged”) school in London, set up in 1867 by Thomas Barnardo.

Between 2:15 and 3:30 on the first Sunday of each month, you can experience a Victorian class, led by an actor in full costume (ticketed on a first come first served basis daily). They also run regular talks and free arts and crafts activities.

Kid’s rooms are a great opportunity to add some fun quirky style to your home. Here are some of our favourite home decor ideas for bedrooms for boys and girls…

Breton stripes

(Pottery Barn Kids)

Add some French chic to your child’s room with Breton stripes. These ones with snappy crocs are from Pottery Barn Kids. You could even create a Provencal theme and match curtains and rugs.

Massive maps

(Murwall via Etsy)

Stylish and educational, add a statement wall with map wall paper. You can get map wallpapers with all kinds of themes, we love the little animals featured on this design.

Quirky lighting

(Neon Home via Etsy)

Bespoke neon lighting has really made a come back in interiors. This simple but colourful rainbow design will really brighten up a child’s room.

Pretty pastels

(Murals Wallpaper)

Pastels are pretty and soothing – great for creating a relaxing environment that leads to drama-free bedtimes. If you don’t feel like going all out with pastel walls, add a touch of understated colour with bedding or cushions instead.

Tree-mendous bookcases

(WoodarByLyubaschenko via Etsy)

Help keep mess and clutter at bay with a themed book case, such as this tree design from Etsy online marketplace.

Make a climbing wall

(Lovethedesign.com)

Future mountain climbers will love these climbing rocks. Available in white or black, you can buy them in sets of 8 so you control how to place them and high they can climb.

Camping adventures

(Amazon)

Make every day and adventure with a mini -indoor teepee. A perfect hide out for young explorers.

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House plants not only make your house feel more like a home, they also help to clean up your air. Plants filter harmful chemicals from the air (such as formaldehyde and benzene which are commonly used in household cleaners) and  they also oxygenate your air. Here are our top tips for making plants into a feature in your home. Make space in your life for a bit more greenery!

Create a green room divider

Fill a backless shelving unit with plants and create an indoor living wall. This can also be a great way to divide up your living space, creating a dedicated dining area or reading nook within an open plan living room. Add candles too and you’ll have a stylish focal point for daytime and evening.

Add hanging planters

Hanging planters aren’t just for town high streets and outside of pubs! Add low maintenance succulents, or training plants like Senico Pearl or the very suitably named String of Beads plant to easily add a touch of green to any room. You can buy loads of different hanging planters online (in all kinds of shaped and sizes). This one pictured is from Not On The High Street. You can hang them from curtain rails or exposed beams, or you can buy stylish minimalist frames that can be attached to the wall.

A sprinkling of succulents

If you’re a serial plant killer, these are the plants for you. Extremely hardy and low maintenance, succulents (like cacti) can live on the moisture in the air. They benefit from a sprinkling of water now and then, but you can forget about them for a long time before they start to turn brown. You can buy them as tiny cuttings (only a few centimeters across) and they grow fairly slowly, so they’re great for smaller spaces like a bookcase or desk. They also cope better than other plants in less well lit spots.

Populate corners with greenery

This large Peace Lily really looks at home in the corner of this room. It can be tempting to position storage furniture in corners, such as bookcases and drawers, but reshuffling a room so that furniture is more central can make a room appear more spacious and well proportioned. You can also even out the levels in your room with a plant. For example, if all your furniture looks a bit low, add in a tall palm. If you already have items high up like tall lamps or shelves, a short plant can make the room look more balanced.

Make a mini oasis

Terrariums are a great way to add plants to your home in a flexible way. Terrariums are a bit like tiny self-contained gardens. And because they’re completely enclosed in a glass container, you can easily move them around from room to room. You can buy ready-made terrariums from good quality florists or from boutiques. Or, you can get creative and make your own. Companies like The Botanical Boys run regular terrarium-making workshops in East London.

Make a statement

Make one plant a real focal point in a room. In this studio/living space, the greenery has been allowed to creep in, making for a stylish mix of man made and natural. You could achieve the same effect with a large hanging plant, or a mature palm.

Grow your own greens

The kitchen is a great place to start when greening up your house. Living herbs can be bought in most large supermarkets and don’t take up a lot of space. Add a small herb planter to your kitchen and have fresh herbs to hand whenever you cook.

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