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Urban Jungle in San Francisco, Paxton Gate

Urban jungle in San Francisco

Last Monday, Siham from Frenchbydesign and I spent the day walking around the streets of San Francisco. I saw many pretty ceramic shops and coffee places in Valencia and I loved discovering Paxton Gate, which is quite an interesting, curious shop considering they specialise in entomology and taxidermy and plants. So yes you get welcomed by skulls and dead animals but then as you walk in, you discover this gorgeous urban jungle garden at the back of the shop filled with cacti, succulents and other beautiful plants. I thought it was quite funny the contrast between all things dead and these beautiful, green plants celebrating life…

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How to use a paper bag as a planter

Since I came back from Amsterdam last October, I have been keen to add large plants in our home to use them as design pieces. I got the one above from Ikea six weeks ago and I’m glad to say it is still alive and looking very well. I love the tropical look of this plant. Some mornings, when the sun filters through the glass roof of the kitchen and the leaves cast a shade, I get the feeling that I’m in warm L.A. rather than in London in December. I brought back home a few of these Be-Poles paper bags with the intent to cut them in half and use them as placemats for our Christmas party but in the end, I went for something more soothing and natural. Since this bag is made of paper, the best thing to do is to add a plastic recipient within the bag so it doesn’t get soaked when you water your plant. It’s a great way to add modern, typography into your home and an affordable way to hide an ugly …