THE INDOOR GARDEN
‘I see plants as home accessories; like a necklace to a gown!’
Katja Kellhofer, 46, lives in Houghton with her husband Gerard, 38, their five dogs and two cats. Katja is a freelance events co-ordinator, stylist and florist.
“We moved into our old Victorianstyle house eight years ago. The conservatory was a blank, walled-in canvas just waiting to be painted. It’s where we would be entertaining our guests and, being the queen of green, I couldn’t simply leave it untouched.
Before getting into floristry, I was in fashion design, which has overlapped with my gardening style. I focus on colour and texture when decorating a space with plants. I always think of them as accessories, like a necklace to a ballgown! I love lush, opulent, bold-green plants with big, monster leaves, much like the greenery you’d find in a tropical jungle. The conservatory gets a nice amount of sun during the day, so it’s the perfect spot for this kind of plant, including tropical pitchers, palms, orchids, and the devil’s ivy that hangs from the ceiling. I really adore hanging plants, so I’ve added Spanish moss in my bathroom as well. Here, the plants add a lovely touch of colour against the white-tiled backdrop, and they don’t need much watering, because they soak up the steam from the bath or shower.
I inherited my love of gardening from my mother, who had deft green fingers. Today, I style editorial magazine photo shoots with plants that come from my garden. Adding a natural element to an orchestrated environment helps balance out the atmosphere, and something as small as a plant can draw attention to an otherwise boring foreground.
I don’t see why plants should be reserved for outside areas. Having them indoors looks gorgeous, and helps clear out carbon dioxide, giving you better air quality.” >>
Katja created a lush tropical paradise in her conservatory