Holy Faux-liage - why I worship at the altar of artificial plants

I don't normally advocate faking it. Preserve what you've got is my motto. But try as I might, there are some things I fail to keep looking perky and pot plants are one of them.

Faux-liage is the answer to my green-fingered prayers. Hallelujia! then for Abigail Ahern the patron saint of succulents, who has blessed us with her fabulous faux florists, at Heals on the ground floor of Yorkshire interiors heaven Redbrick.

If ever there was a more beautiful display of plastic products, I'd like to see it. 

Abigail Ahern's faux flower shop at Heals in Redbrick, near Leeds.

Abigail Ahern's faux flower shop at Heals in Redbrick, near Leeds.

You might be fooled into thinking into thinking these stunning plants and flowers are real, but please don't be fooled into thinking AA fauxs are extortionately priced. OK, so a Hydreangea stem will set you back £12.50.

A pretty pale pink Rannuculous is £5.50

A simple burgundy cow parsley spray is £6

You're looking at around £40 for enough stems to make a statement vase, not cheap, I get that, but what you need to remember is that this is the bunch of flowers that keeps on giving. Week after week, month after month, year after year. Anniversary after anniversary... ahem, it's this week, love (winky face) 

Fauxs actually make excellent plant maths, so as one by one my disastrous attempts at home grown greenery depart this world, I am just going to replace them with perma-plants instead. I mean, I've got enough mouths to feed. I'm over it.

Goldenball cactus from £60

Goldenball cactus from £60

Large Yuha Cactus £145

Large Yuha Cactus £145

Staghorn plat £70

Staghorn plat £70

String of Pearls £50

String of Pearls £50

From lush trailing ferns, to the coolest kingsize cacti, these are the fakes to bring a room scheme to life. Ironic when you put it like that isn't it?

But hey, you can't just take my word for it. Like all the best fake jobs, you need to have a good look and see if they really do pass as the real thing first. Then go on, cop a feel. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Don't worry, Heals won't mind you fondling their foliage one little bit.

Here's where to get your hands on these fabulous fauxs, whilst also taking in the best interior design destination in the North of England, home to over 40 top brands and innovative retailers.

Redbrick  is situated in Batley, on the outskirts of Leeds.  Click here for directions.

Redbrick is situated in Batley, on the outskirts of Leeds. Click here for directions.

Happy Monday all. my advice to get you through the week? Go buy yourself flowers of course!

Please get in touch, I'd love to hear from you and will gladly accept any floral deliveries also (joke) Leave a comment below and stalk me on social media... stalks... flowers... get it? Sorry, I'll go now, before you tell me where to shove my Tule Cactus. 

Faux Tule Cactus £65  Abigail Ahern

Faux Tule Cactus £65 Abigail Ahern

Claire x

 

 

 

Maximum respect

So it's Day 4 of my Ridiculous Blogging Adventure. Are you caught up yet? (Scroll down the last few posts for deets)

As I near the end of my whirlwind war against boringness, I'm looking for inspiration to push the interior boundaries. Ref: celebrated American interior designer Iris Apfel.

Interior, fashion designer and business woman Iris Apfel for Alexander McQueen

Interior, fashion designer and business woman Iris Apfel for Alexander McQueen

This Queens born broad was appointed to design interiors for nine US Presidents, presumably resulting in a series of White Houses that were anything but white. 

Maximum respect Grandma. I mean, if I can get away with a six foot Ostrich statue in my lounge when I'm your age I'll be giving myself a fist pump. In the meantime, a Matthew Williamson ostrich feathered lamp might just have to do* 

*Sighs longingly.

Ostrich feathered lamps feature heavily in Matthew Williamson's maximalist home. His new furniture range launches in Harrods soon.

Ostrich feathered lamps feature heavily in Matthew Williamson's maximalist home. His new furniture range launches in Harrods soon.

All this plumage makes my recent parrot cage purchase seem far from ridiculous. It's another second hand market steal that I bundled in through the back door hoping to escape the prying eyes of the neighbours. (Believe me, they've seen enough).

They can keep the ASBO on hold however, because lucky for them I have no plans to start up an aviary. Instead the cage is my pretty new plant stand. What do you think?

Tada! Second hand metal parrot cage £30. Selection of real and faux plants models own :D

Tada! Second hand metal parrot cage £30. Selection of real and faux plants models own :D

Like most things in my place, this is work in progress. The ideal scenario involves a lot more trailing ivy, and some pretty leafy ferns. But you get the drift.

Here's more inspiration from Pinterest, this time featuring actual birds. Ridiculous concept for a bird cage, right?

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Of course this is all very boho - the cornerstone of maximalism - but it's also a really easy way to group together leafy greens to make a much bigger and more striking statement. 

Smaller versions are effective too, but be sure to look for trailing plants that will spill out through the wire bars. I tried it with some cactuses and it just looked pants.

What do you think? I reckon Iris (who in my head was deffo in Marilyn's squad back in the day) would definitely approve.

#Teamridiculous or #teamboring. Which squad are you?

Drop me a line with your thoughts.

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