Real Living (Australia)

TINY JUNGLE

A COLLINGWOO­D APARTMENT TURNED URBAN OASIS

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A creative Melbournit­e just loves plants, with all shapes and sizes filling her apartment home

Green thumb “I adore indoor plants, from fine green ferns to hardy cacti – I love them all!” Haily Tran says. These include Tillandsia ‘Houston’ air plant (left) and Rhipsalis cassutha (centre). Turn the page.

WHO SAID THAT BIG IS BETTER? Tapestry weaver Haily Tran and her husband Ken Wang have transforme­d their humble two-bedroom Melbourne apartment into a tiny urban sanctuary. The couple had moved into the Collingwoo­d unit in May 2015, after buying it off the plan three years earlier. As it was brand new, they didn’t have to make any changes – but it did need some “life” injected into it. Haily’s first instinct was to add greenery – and she set about creating an “indoor jungle” with plants in every room. Plants have always been a part of her life. “My mum helped me plant my first cactus when I was in grade four,” she recalls. “She wanted it to be a symbol of how my life will not only survive in all conditions but to actually thrive. The cactus is still in her courtyard today. It’s my height now!”

As passionate as Haily is for greenery, her other creative outlet is weaving bright and textural wall tapestries. When she’s surrounded by plants, with classical music playing in the background, she feels as though she’s in an inner-city paradise as she creates her intricate weaves. “I find it therapeuti­c to learn music with my ears and weave with my hands at the same time,” she comments.

Haily is a keen supporter of locally sourced and made products. She buys all her plants from neighbourh­ood shops and nurseries including Loose Leaf, Fitzroy Nursery, Glasshaus and Nature Boy Nrth; large pots from Pop & Scott and Retro Print Revival, and smaller pots from local ceramic artisans. She sells the smaller pots, and her weaves, through her online shop B For Brian.

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Planted out Some of the plants injecting the living area with so much life include an arrowhead plant (on side table, left), fiddle leaf fig (right of sofa), devil’s ivy (hanging, top right) and rubber plant and peace lily (bottom right).

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