Bringing the outside In – There is science in styling!!

12 Apr

Melbourne Stylist Indoor Garden - Heather Nette King

When you probe an interior stylist about the difference between a “stylist” and a “decorator”, a Stylist would generally say that they are there to finish off the work of a decorator, to warm up the space and give it a personality.  Effectively placing and introducing objects to make a space inviting, so that a house becomes a home or a business becomes a statement.

One of the tools of the trade for stylists is the introduction of flora and fauna to an indoor space to bring the feelings of the outdoors….. indoors. Just as we like to relax in a beautiful garden, bringing the elements of the outdoors inside helps us to relax indoors too. Recent studies by University of Technology Sydney professor Margaret Burchett have discovered that indoor air is, in some cases, more polluted than the outdoor air.  The study suggests that by adding a few indoor plants to your home or office assists in filtering out the toxins from the air that are given off from carpet, furniture, paint and even (yes girls) cosmetics. They suggest that just one little plant per room can help purify the air. It is this purification of the air that helps us to feel more relaxed, quite simply because we are breathing in better air.

So to you who say the stylist just fluffs cushions…. eat your words…. whether it be by accident or well informed research there is a little science behind all the fluffing!

From commercial space through to interiors and up – cycling, the indoor plant is a prominent styling tool.  I have included some of my favourites below:

Jamo Associates – Cinderella Forest cafe


Jamo associates based in Japan come from diverse backgrounds such as music, dance and graphic design. In 2003 Jamo started a type of collaborative work it calls “Jamo projects”, in which the office’s architecture and styling teams work together on interior design projects. Cinderella Forest cafe is one such project which brings the outside in.


The Winery –  Surry Hills

The interior design at The Winery in Sydney’s Surry Hills is a collaboration between the three owners of the Keystone Hospitality Group, made up of a former builder, interior designer and interior stylist.  Inspiration came from a trip to the Lan Club in Beijing with the team sourcing many items from auctions and customising the rest and mixing it up with a little foilage on the way. (images sourced from
the winery, surry hills              the winery, surry hills

Or for the Home…………

You can bring a little of the garden into your own home, it can be in the form of a few small or a big statement plant.  But there is no excuse to say you don’t have an outdoor garden, just bring the garden inside.
You can go for the more “free flowing” look above, or a more coordinated minimalist look, bringing the outside in doesn’t have to mean that the house needs to be over run with plants, or look like an unkept garden.
Don’t forget the bedroom (source
And for the creative cooks in search of the perfect indoor herb garden why not style up with herbs in the kitchen. Why not upcycle an old muffin tin (source

Inside Outside

And finally… for those who would prefer why not take the inside…. well…. outside. as in the work of Ditte Isager a Danish photographer born in Denmark, living in New York but bringing in his Nordic style.  I love it.
Or a bath under the stars….
 sweethomestyle: (via stellar87)
I will leave you on that thought…. on with the colourful journey…………..

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13 responses to “Bringing the outside In – There is science in styling!!

  1. This Sydney Life

    April 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Doesn’t the old muffin tin look fab’?

    • birdcagedesign

      April 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      It does, you know what I have had that picture stored away for weeks looking for an excuse or segway to use it!!!

  2. Elisa

    April 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This took my breath away from the very first picture. I love it. Makes me want to re-do our entire house!

    • birdcagedesign

      April 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks Elisa, I feel the same way… although I am not too green fingered so I need to do some research on plants that can survive the inexperienced gardener! I definately do not take after my mother who knew every latin name for the plants in the garden!!

  3. nonoymanga

    April 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I can smell the freshness. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

    • birdcagedesign

      April 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed.

  4. apartments i like

    April 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Apartments i Like blog and commented:
    Love tons of plants indoors…give a living space unique freshness. Worth the maintenance.

  5. Rose McClement

    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Wow – I cam over to thank you for liking our blog, only to be totally entertained and enthralled by your interesting article. The images and content very though provoking. Feng Shui holds the same philosophy as the university lady. Great Read. Thanks.

    • birdcagedesign

      April 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Rose, love your blog too. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Krystiana Stacy Kelly

    June 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Those pictures are so beautiful – I wish that I were that creative 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      June 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      They are, and you are I am sure… it is more a matter of having the time these days, but everyone has a creative side! 🙂


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