Decorating with air plants

Collett & Holder dot vase | Growing SpacesI’ve been trying to decide where to hang my ceramic wall dot vase from Collett & Holder for so long, and then I realised that our en suite bathroom was well overdue a bit of love and attention, so I thought that I’d make the vase part of a bigger spruce up.

All the main elements were there, but the room just needed some life adding to it, so I hung a couple of picture frames (you can find similar at Decorator’s Notebook) in which I popped some dried honesty from my parents’ garden and a few of the peacock feathers we collected on our trip to Brownsea Island back in the summer. And then the vase went up on the adjacent wall to finish off the little trio display.

Rather than use the unusual wall-mounted vase to hold flowers, I thought I’d take the chance to try out air plants – something I’ve been wanting to do for ages (expecially since seeing Ruth’s DIY hanging air plants). Each time I’ve visited our local garden centre, I’ve paused near the selection of air plants, but haven’t purchased any until now. I chose two Butzii (tillandsia) and they fit perfectly into the vase’s opening. The plants don’t need pots or soil, just natural light (not direct sun) a light misting of water occasionally. Sounds too good to be true, right?! I’m intrigued to see how they get on.

air plant in vase | Growing Spaces

Collett & Holder dot vase | Growing Spaces

Decorating with air plants | Growing SpacesI love the feel of the contemporary vase next to the vintage-style shelves and picture frames. I wish I could tell you that the wire bathroom shelf unit was vintage, but it isn’t! I picked it up at Next a few years ago (together with the matching mirror), but I’ve added some genuine vintage items such as the stoneware pot, tin from a French flea market and old cigar box. The white box (from Ikea) contains my everyday makeup bits so I just lift it down when I’m getting ready in the morning.

bathroom shelves | Growing SpacesIt’s amazing how just a few small touches can make such a big difference to how a room feels, but they’re really pulled the room together and now it sits well with the rest of the house, rather than being a neglected and unloved space.


Disclosure: Collett & Holder sent me the dot vase for use in this post





  1. January 24, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    It looks just perfect in that vase! I’ve been keen to try air plants too, looking forward to seeing how you get on with yours.

  2. January 24, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Heather the vase looks amazing in your bathroom, it’s inspired us to try it in ours too, the air plant is a perfect choice for the vase! Thanks for sharing your fab pics, love your collection of new and vintage pieces 🙂

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