‘We have got to get ourselves back to the garden’ ~ Joni Mitchell

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a series of tips and techniques that reflect a courageous approach to design.  The series, Is Your Space Too Safe, will explore five interior design options that require boldness.  The payoff? Unique, personality-filled interiors that dare to leave “safe” behind.  


Studies show that nature has a significant impact on our wellbeing, so it’s no surprise Canadians increasingly want plants inside their homes.  An interior space with an abundance of foliage is a big trend in 2020.  And now, with most of us in self-isolation, caring for plants gives us a meaningful activity to include in our days. 

Here are some tips when planning your own garden space.  Both solutions for nature inspired rooms will provide a relaxing space for reflection and contemplation. 

If you are fortunate to have lots of natural light, the trick will be to select plants of varied sizes, colours and textures in order to create a dynamic look and suit the unique light conditions in an environment.  Play around with scale in a smaller space by including plants with large leaves. Be sure to include some flowering plants that bloom throughout the year so you will have ongoing pops of colour.  Varying plant placement using pedestals, stands and woven plant hangers will help to create a sense of depth, while an assortment of pots in interesting colours and textures, will enhance the decorative effect.

The juxtaposition of the natural world with the real world is enchanting and layering lush jungle wallpaper and large scaled botanticals in your garden refuge will be mysterious and magical. These patterns have been reinterpreted in a modern, expressive format with bold sweeps of colour and large luscious leaves and blooms.  A wall or two covered in a dynamic jungle or sophisticated botanical, paired with inviting seating and dynamic accessories will envelope you with vines and exotic blossoms. 

Having a ‘garden space’ gives us a sanctuary to step into, away from the distractions of home offices and media rooms.  In anticipation of socializing again, now is a great time to be planning your own garden retreat.   Creating a nature inspired living space is the perfect Spring project as we prepare for the welcoming of family and friends back into our homes.