Green Your Walls With a Vertical Garden

I love the trend of living walls, which can be used to cover vertical spaces with gorgeous green plants. In addition to their beauty, these gardens can also help filter the air and lower building temperature. Some people even grow edible herbs and vegetables on their walls!

Whether you live in a studio apartment with room for one panel or a large house where you can launch a full-scale project, there are several great solutions available. Many of them are modular so you can configure them according to your particular space.

Pictured at the top of this post is a vertical garden DIY panel from Flora Grubb. Designed to be used outdoors, it has 45 square panels for endless design possibilities.


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Wall envy…

Yes, WALL envy! We are currently renting and I'm proud to say it's quite an architectural gem, but because it's under straight preservation design guidelines, we are limited to one wall color – white. I don't mind it really, because of the nature of the place. It's called "the Treetops", hence we literally live in a treehouse! And when you are surrounded by trees, you really can't complain. But how I would love, love, love to paint a splash of color, or do something super creative with the walls. Here are a few images/ideas that had caught my eye. I say, the bolder the better!

… a wall of postcards. Pretty fabulous no? Get the how-to here.

… a chalkboard wall calendar. Have you tried chalkboard paint before? This checkerboard pattern makes a pretty handy planner for the family. Click here for the how-to video and directions.

… a classic black + white striped bathroom. Beautifully accessorized… It feels so warm and welcoming to me, perfect for a guest hallway bath.

… a blueprint inspiration. How amazing does this oversized blueprint wallpaper look? Makes me want to blow up something my mister did for our own home. And how about a collection of vintage blueprints? (Think I may need to start digging through buckets of them at flea markets!)

{ images: 1 / 2 scan from Martha Stewart Living, photography by Eric Piasecki / 3 / 4 }

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