Category Archives: Living Art

My favourite Monstera.

I know I said the next post would be all about the master bedroom, but A) I still haven’t found a bed base I like (and while mattresses on recycled pallets can look industrial-chic, I think mattresses on the floor just look povo) and B) I haven’t finished the fabric jewellery board I’m aiming to take pride of place on the rear wall. I’ve also been annoyingly hindered by a nasty throat infection I may or may not have brought upon myself by inhaling a kilogram of teak dust over the weekend. Sanding back wood without the proper PPE is like clubbing past the age of 30: it seems harmless enough at the time but inevitably leaves you dirty, nauseous and consumed with self-loathing.

So instead, I’d like to introduce the latest addition to the household; a baby Monstera deliciosa I paid way too much for at a local florist’s last week while walking home from the pub. Serves me right for drunken plant-perving, I guess.


Monstera deliciosa (also known as Split-leaf philodendron; Fruit Salad Plant), artfully positioned to disguise the leaf damage I caused by dropping my phone on it).

I have a particular fondness for MD’s, as my Mum kept a gorgeous specimen in our living room for years when I was a kid. When I bought this one, it had already outgrown the pot so much that its roots were climbing over the edges and crawling through the drainage holes. I immediately transplanted it into a much bigger pot, thinking I was doing the right thing giving my new baby room to breathe and grow and maybe even dance a little when I wasn’t watching, but it turns out I may have screwed up – apparently when repotting you’re only supposed to go up another inch or so in pot size to avoid the roots taking in too much water and developing rot.

I don’t want to traumatise it by repotting again so soon, so I’ll keep it dry for a bit and see what happens. Seeing as it is Dry July and all, I might give myself the same treatment. Or if not for the entire month, at least until I find another route home.

Gardens under glass.

Last week I felt the need to personalise my new room, but the last thing I wanted to do was clutter up the space with more “stuff”. Cue the terrarium! Gardens under glass are all the rage in Melbourne, and while they do fall under the category of “stuff”, they serve the added purpose of filtering the air as well as providing a source of natural beauty. They also take up minimal space, depending on their size.

After visiting a few florists and nurseries to scoff heartily at their $100+ price tags, I decided to DIY. I bought a set of secondhand glass cookie jars, bags of potting mix and charcoal, some rocks (my inner scrooge revolted fiercely at this) and three plants specifically recommended for terrariums. While I do love the look of cacti and succulents, I decided to avoid using them after reading this article. My total outlay was $50. The result? Erm, I’ll let you judge for yourself.


In my defense, manoeuvring plants and rocks into position through a small hole is harder than it looks. While I continue to work on creating something pinworthy, here are some examples of terrariums at their most artistically arranged and lush to inspire you.





For those who find jars of nothing but foliage frighteningly dull: delightful miniature scenes can be created with the addition of moss and figurines.









*repeats mantra “creativity is not a competition”…*