Greenery has become increasingly welcome in our homes, adding a touch of freshness and peace.   These days indoor plants aren’t restricted to entrance halls, but have branched out into a variety of rooms such as the living room, study, kitchen and bathrooms, not to mention their welcome presence on the patio, balcony and sunroom.

Well-placed pot plants are a wonderful way to create a welcoming and peaceful ambience in your home.  Not only do they add a dash of verdant style, houseplants improve our health too, cleaning the air of carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals. Being surrounded by greenery also lowers our blood pressure, Happily, this second benefit can be attributed to both real or faux plants too.

Block & Chisel director Susan McCoubrey, carefully selects faux plants that look like the real thing, but which allow far more scope from a decor point of view. While certainly not offering the same benefits as a real plant might, these faux plants do allow for a lot more flexibility when it comes to placement in your home, not to mention being low maintenance and water-wise, perfect for those of us who aren’t gifted with green fingers.  You are also not limited to a watertight vessel and can opt for a decorative basket or even a no-maintenance green indoor wall.

Here are some quick and simple tips from Sue on how to incorporate both faux and real plants into your home.

Pot them prettily…

A good vessel is a great step towards creating both a good home for your plant and an opportunity to bring in colour and texture into your interiors.  Texture and colour are important to factor in when considering how your vessel will fit in with the overall decor style. You’ll achieve a more eclectic look with a variety of colours and textures, while similar vessels grouped together will be more classic.

Display them proudly…

Consider the look you are going for – is it more formal or more casual? The material of your chosen vessel can help direct the look. Glass, tin, ceramic and basketware are just a few of the options available to you.   You’ll achieve a more eclectic look with a variety of pot colours and finishes, while pots that are of the same colour and finish grouped together will be far more formal.

Block & Chisel’s collection of Anduze pots allows you to create a Provencial garden landscape reminiscent of the French countryside Originally created in the 16th century, this French Provencal pottery is the iconic symbol of French garden decor. These multi-functional planters can be the centrepiece or part of the background, indoors or outdoors and will complete a “French” look.

Visit Block & Chisel’s stores in Cape Town and Joburg to view their constantly updated pots and containers or visit


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