Terrarium

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Redecorate your home with some of the seasons hottest interior design trends for the colder months of the year.

It’s time to bring out the blankets, fluffy cushions and thick rugs to combat the colder temperatures, and make your house look good at the same time.

RELATED: How To Start Your Own Terrarium

Faux fur

Who doesn’t love a little faux fur in their home? Whether you decide to incorporate a blanket, cushion, rug or throw, the possibilities are endless with this signature autumnal trend.

If you do decide on a rug, make sure to place some non-stick layers underneath so it doesn’t move out of place.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Candles

Warm, woody candles are a must-have for the autumn-winter season. Keep them away from a window so they can burn evenly, and remember to trim them before lighting. Soy-based candles require little to no maintenance, and the glass can also be used to store the essentials after it’s been cleaned.

They also help to set the warm and cozy ambience that we all want to achieve during the colder seasons.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Terrariums

A low-maintenance way to bring some greenery into your home is with a terrarium. These are small groups of plants (mostly cactus and succulents), which last forever only need to be watered sparingly.

Keep them in direct sunlight (on a window sill) for best results.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Wall hangings

Creating your own art hanging is as easy as stapling your favourite piece of fabric onto a canvas.

Ikea and other craft stores sell fabrics by the metre, and you can easily come up with a creative piece for every room of the house. They are also more homely than a traditional painting.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Timber chairs

Nail that Scandinavian style by incorporating some timber tables and chairs into your living room or study. You can then accessorise them with faux fur throws which look and feel so luxurious.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

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March 18, 2015

How To Start Your Own Terrarium 

If you’re living in a small apartment, or simply can’t commit to the idea of turning into the next Burke’s Backyard, then a terrarium should be right up your street.

These mini-ecosystems are often kept in clear fish bowls and are super-easy to grow and maintain (even for those social butterflies who are never at home!).

Start your own terrarium for the kitchen, living room, or even the bedroom with these easy tips.

RELATED: How To Keep Your Indoor Plant Alive

What you’ll need:

Glass

Any clear, round glass container is perfect to keep your terrarium. Urban Outfitters have the biggest selection of these containers, some of which you can also suspend from the wall or ceiling.

Stones

Before adding the soil, prepare a thin layer of stones and pebbles on the base of the container. This helps to keep the entire plant from toppling over and helps with drainage. You won’t see a thick layer of water at the bottom on your terrarium and it won’t leak.

Soil

Look out for succulent soil which is finer than anything growing in your backyard – it’s perfect for your terrarium. It’s available at any gardening centre and won’t break the bank.

Charcoal/Carbon

This should be the second layer after the soil and keeps everything smelling fresh. It won’t leave your entire home smelling like soil and basically regulates your entire terrarium. Don’t forget about it!

Plants

If you’re just starting out, it’s best to stick with a plant which doesn’t require too much attention. We’re thinking along the lines of a mini-cactus which isn’t too difficult to de-pot and plant in the centre of the terrarium.

If you are feeling a little adventurous, then a succulent is another great alternative. Dig a small hole and carefully plant them individually.

Water

Rather than watering them with a hose (we definitely do not recommend this!), use a fine mist spray to water the leaves.

Image via The Independent

March 4, 2015