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Make Every Day feel like Summer with Houseplants

30th May 2017

Make Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants |

Welcome to the UK home blog hop!

Firstly, a big hello and welcome if you’ve just joined me from Melanie Lissack Interiors. I’m Natasha and on my blog, you’ll find inspiration on a range of subjects including interiors, simple living, creativity and self-care. If you’re seeking a calmer and simpler life, then you’ve come to the right place!

Today I’m taking part in the #UKHomeBlogHop organised by the fabulous Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. The blog hop consists of five days of summer-inspired posts from some of the UK’s leading interior bloggers.

Make Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants | Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants |

Palms and pina colada

The one thing that makes my home feel alive and summery all year round is houseplants and even in the depths of winter, I can enjoy an abundance of greenery thanks to my leafy friends. Houseplants improve air quality and make loveable housemates and because I don’t have a garden, they enable me to bring a little bit of the outdoors in.

I just did a headcount and I have 58 houseplants – so, you could say I’m something of an addict! The problem is they seem to be sold everywhere, which means I can’t resist snapping up a new specimen or two when I’m out and about.

So today I thought I’d share five of the plants that make my home feel summery. The kind you might find in a faraway holiday destination, which will have you reaching for a pina colada!

Make Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants |

Make everyday feel like summer..


I like to visit the palm house at the Oxford Botanic Garden as often as I can, it’s an oasis of calm in the centre of the city! There’s something about the size and sweeping leaf shape of the palm that I find fascinating. They’re also calming, especially when they’re blowing wistfully in a summer breeze. If you want to give a room an instantly tropical feel then you can’t go wrong with a palm however, you do need a fair amount of space, my last one got so big I had to give it away!


A cactus can make us think of hot sunny days and a sandy terrain and because of their natural habitat, they tend to require little water making them fairly low maintenance. One way to display cacti is in a small group or planted in a dish garden. That way you can create your own desert oasis bringing a little sunshine to the greyest of days. Further reading: six tips for taking care of cacti.

Monstera Deliciosa

The monstera deliciosa or Swiss cheese plant originated from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico. As a child of the 1970s, I remember seeing many of these plants alongside a kitsch bar cart and it’s great to see they’re back in fashion! The Swiss cheese plant is fairly low-maintenance and with large shiny leaves and a wild and haphazard look it certainly conjures up feelings of distant places. After a couple of years, mine has doubled in size – a perfect specimen for my Oxford urban jungle!


Many succulents come from the dryer areas of the world and like cacti, they look fairly exotic. I’ve found they can be tricky to look after but when monitored closely you can gauge how much light and water they need. There are so many different varieties that once you get bitten by the succulent bug it’s very hard to stop collecting! Further reading: eight tips for taking care of succulents.

Yucca or Madagascar Dragon Tree

If you’d like an easy-care plant that looks like a palm tree then a yucca or madagascar dragon tree is a great choice. I’ve had both species and they always seem to thrive no matter where they’re displayed. Tropical looking houseplants add character and charm to any room. Further reading: three simple ways to style your houseplants.

And finally, the best thing about houseplants is they’re inexpensive to buy and will give you endless joy!

Make Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants |
Make Every Day Feel Like Summer with Houseplants |

Summer loving

Here’s the full list of bloggers taking part in the summer blog hop. If you fancy a little snoop around some homes and gardens, do follow the links when they go live. The next blogger to visit is the super stylish Sarah Akwisombe. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a gorgeous day!

Monday 29th May:
Swoon Worthy
Apartment No. 4
The Ordinary Lovely
French for Pineapple
Dear Designer
Seasons in Colour

Tuesday 30th May:
Melanie Lissack Interiors
Natasha Denness
Sarah Akwisombe
Design Soda
Around The Houses
Lazy Daisy Jones

Wednesday 31st May:
Old Fashioned Susie
Madmoiselle Poirot
Lisa Dawson Styling
Lust Living
The Pink House

Thursday 1st June:
Fabric of My Life
Making Spaces
Ana Mum Diary
A Beautiful Space
We Love Home

Friday 2nd June:
Renovation Bay-Bee
Fresh Design Blog
Don’t Cramp My Style
Well I Guess This is Growing Up

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    Reply melanie lissack 30th May 2017 at 11:18 am

    beautiful photos! Your house looks so serene, tidy and relaxing!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:35 am

      Thank you so much, Melanie! I am in love with your Miami botanical balcony!

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    Reply Lazy Daisy jones 30th May 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hi Natasha! I am playing tourist today and visiting you via the blog hop!
    You plant collection is amazing I have a few but not as many as you.
    Beautiful photograph
    Best wishes
    Ashley x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:36 am

      Haha – welcome to Candy Pop! Thank you, I’m quite proud of my ever-growing houseplant collection. Hashtag green fingers!

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    Reply Carole King 30th May 2017 at 11:26 am

    Everything looks so lovely Natasha. And your plants look healthy and happy. A lovely post. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:37 am

      Thanks so much, Carole. I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful garden!

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    Reply kate 30th May 2017 at 11:30 am

    Beautiful post Natasha! I’ve just started adding plants to my home so it’s fab to read your guide and learn more about the best ways to style and take care of them x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Kate. That sounds great – houseplants are such lovable little housemates! I hope you have a gorgeous day.

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    Reply Design_Soda_Ruthie 30th May 2017 at 11:36 am

    Great piece, I had no idea you could grow yuccas indoors so I’m now off to get one 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I have two small yuccas, both from B&Q. They seem to be thriving in my home! 🙂

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    Reply Kimberly Duran 30th May 2017 at 11:37 am

    Holy crap – 58 plants!! That’s incredible – I have about 20 and I thought that was a lot! Ha! I love how beautifully you style everything, it’s always so calm and serene. Such a pretty post! Thanks so much for joining in the hop lovely! Oh and interesting side point: quite a few years ago, a male friend of mine had a Swiss Cheese plant in his living room – this was before the big trend for houseplants of course – and I used to make fun of it, calling it the ’70s porn plant’. Haha! Ahh it’s funny how things come back in style because now I want one!! 😉 xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:43 am

      That’s hilarious – my Swiss cheese plant now has a new name! I had to include my kitsch gold bar cart as a nod towards eclectic boho glam! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for organising the blog hop. You’re a superstar! 🙂

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    Reply alicia gilbert 30th May 2017 at 11:43 am

    Great post, looks amazing !

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Reply Sue 30th May 2017 at 11:48 am

    58 plants is incredible!! Would love to know more about your watering schedule xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Sue. To be honest I was a little shocked when I counted them! I tend to water the thirsty ones every week and the rest every one to two months. 🙂

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    Reply Jenny Kakoudakis (@SeasonsInColour) 30th May 2017 at 12:42 pm

    What a lot of useful info! Have never been huge on succulents and cacti until I realised they cannot be (easily) killed! Ha ! Very relaxing space!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Jenny. Yes, I’ve had some of my cacti for years!

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    Reply Juan Sandiego 30th May 2017 at 1:26 pm

    *stands up* My name is Juan and I have an issue with plants too *sits down*. But yours look a million times healthier! (mine just scream for more light). I definitely need to check your other plant-related posts.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much for your comment.

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    Reply Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 30th May 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I could so happily move in to your home. I love how light, bright and calm it is. Although, you probably wouldn’t want me as plants and I really do not get one very well. I’m so jealous of your skills at keeping them alive.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s really kind of you! Come over for a cuppa anytime!

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    Reply Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook 30th May 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I have returned to having houseplants after years of abstinence (completely no green fingers) but I’ve decided to give it a try again. And I love it! My kitchen looks so jolly. Maybe I might put some in the beach hut! Elinor x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 9:02 pm

      That sounds perfect. Houseplants make lovely housemates!

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    Reply Wheel Chic Home 30th May 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I love a plant and like you remember the 70s with the Swiss cheese plant! I’ve just picked up a couple of small plants recently after getting rid of some but it feel bland without greenery! Lovely post and great photography!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much. Gotta love a 70s Swiss cheese plant! 🙂

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    Reply Molly 30th May 2017 at 7:19 pm

    GORGEOUS collection of plants. I have serious plant envy!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much, Molly!

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    Reply Alice Judge-Talbot 30th May 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Beautiful photos – I feel like I’ve learned something today! The swiss cheese plant is definitely next on my list 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you, Alice. You definitely need a Swiss cheese plant, they’re low maintenance and look great!

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    Reply Fiona Cameron 30th May 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful styling and photography. I have complete plant envy. So lovely to find your fab blog through the blog hop. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th May 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Fiona. Lovely to discover your blog too! 🙂

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    Reply Lisa Dawson 30th May 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Your house is gorgeous so serene! And love all your plants

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st May 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thank you, Lisa. I hope you’re having a lovely day!

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    Reply Carole Poirot 31st May 2017 at 9:53 am

    How many plants?!?!? I’m clearly a slacker, haha! I love the calm vibe in your home and the plants add so much botanical beauty. Right, I’m off to buy more plants… 😉 xo

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 31st May 2017 at 11:04 am

      I know – I couldn’t believe it when I counted them! Thanks for your kind comment, I hope you find some nice houseplants! 🙂

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    Reply fashionforlunch 31st May 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I love this post and I’m obsessed with your bar cart!!!!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you so much! It belonged to my auntie!

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    Reply Lori 31st May 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Ooh I love plants in the home they give such a good vibe! I have heard though that cacti in the home encourages tears, obvs it’s an old wives tale! Gorgepus pics x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Lori. Really? I’ve never heard that! Happy new month. 🙂

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    Reply freshdesignblog 31st May 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Houseplants are an essential and it’s great to focus on how they can help add a summery feel into your home. Lovely post and beautiful photos.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:33 pm

      They sure are! I think my apartment would be sad without them!

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    Reply Anne Marie 31st May 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I really like your styling and how green colour of the plants pops out on the white background of your walls, feels very relaxing!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Anne. I hope you’re having a lovely day!

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    Reply Stephanie 31st May 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Do you know what….I only have 1 tiny succulent in my home!!! I think I need to buy some more don’t I! Great post, and your house plants look perfect.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Stephanie. One succulent sounds good to me! 🙂

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    Reply Amanda Cottingham 1st June 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I am obsessed with buying plants at the moment….and you aren’t helping that obsession 😉 Beautiful styling!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st June 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Haha – once you start it’s hard to stop! I hope you’re having a great week.

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    Reply Lucy 2nd June 2017 at 1:50 pm

    These plants are absolutely stunning. I thought I had a lot of plants! Really inspiring read X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd June 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thank you, Lucy. There’s no such thing as too many plants – haha!

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    Reply KarenAnita 2nd June 2017 at 8:03 pm

    OMG 58 HOUSEPLANTS. That’s like running a whole family, how do you keep them all alive? Haha I’m well impressed! And you have styled them so beautifully x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 3rd June 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thank you! They don’t require too much maintenance, just a drop of water when they look thirsty! I hope you have a great weekend.

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    Reply Maxine 3rd June 2017 at 5:41 pm

    So simple but so pretty. What a great space you have.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th June 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thanks so much, Maxine!

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    Reply Karen Knox 4th June 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful images!!
    A question for you? How do you get your string of hearts to look so “full”?
    Mine is growing well length wise, but it’s not really thick like yours. Does that even make sense?x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 4th June 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Karen. To be honest, it was quite full when I got it so as it’s grown it’s remained quite leafy!

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    Reply Catherine 6th June 2017 at 8:59 am

    Great post! I’d love to add some more cacti to my plant clan, I just need to find somewhere Ada won’t get her hands on them!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 6th June 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you, Catherine. Good thinking!

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    Reply Katie Albury 25th June 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I have to admit I’ve got about as much chance keeping a house plant alive as I have leaving half a bar of Galaxy chocolate for another day…I’m useless! But I do want to make a good effort at looking after some plants when we eventually move into our house. Absolutely love the way you’ve styled them, so much better than plonking them on a window sill! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 1st July 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much, Katie. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    Reply Offrs 16th July 2017 at 4:30 am

    Looks like you had a lovely houseplants. Those apartments look nice – really clean and simple.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 28th July 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you!

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    Reply Do gia dung tien ich 1st November 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This is fabulous, Candy! I really like all of the plant and how you use it to decorate your house.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 23rd January 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you!

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