Melissa C. Koh

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Greening Our Home

Home & Living

Plants are an inexpensive and easy way to spruce up your living space.

My house is filled with an endless amount of plants and so many of you have been asking about my “indoor plant recommendations” and “home styling tips” with plants! So without further ado, here it is!


I really do love having plants in my home as it not only purifies the air and brightens up the interior but it is also largely therapeutic and calming!
I love getting into the habit of maintaining my home. Every Sunday, James and I make it a point to spend the afternoon at home. We allocate chores like doing the laundry, wiping the shelves, cleaning the bathrooms and gardening. It is a wonderful feeling, as first time home owners, to really enjoy being in a house that we take so much pride in.

As we went for a dark oak wood themed interior, we had in mind from the very beginning to inject some greens to give our place a homely, warm and green environment. 

I have decorated the space with some plants and I hope it’ll give you some inspiration on how you, too, can incorporate plants as part of your home décor too!

1. Entryway

The entryway is a part of the house that can be easily neglected! As I got to clearing my home office to make space for my baby nursery,  I shifted one of my work desk to an area right next to my door and did a little entryway set up. The table houses some frames (still haven’t settled on the frame I want to use), some candles, a standing wooden frame calendar, a diffuser and a little tray to keep our keys. I threw in a large potted plant on a stand as well as a smaller potted plant on the table to add some varying height and it definitely is quite a mood booster before we leave the house and when we return home at the end of the day. 

We chose to put the snake plant right beside our door (with the lowest light intensity in our home) as this plant requires very little care and attention and will survive with very little water or sunlight.

The Snake Plant is known to absorb carbon dioxide and as a result releases oxygen during the night time, we really appreciate the additional air boost.

2. Kitchen

Macrame plant hangers are a good way to present your hanging plants. I thought it would be perfect to add some boho chicness to my laundry area! All the plants I picked for my home thrive well in mid/low light conditions. As there is ample sunlight streaming through that area at certain times of the day, I’ve found that my money plant, ferns and Ivy thrive well there.

3. Living Room

We spend most of our time at the living room so making it as cosy and inviting is extremely important! My “main plant” is placed right next to the TV console, beside the window. That big guy is like the “masterpiece” and statement in our living room. I love it for it’s thick and luscious growing leaves We’ve had it for about a year now and it’s grown to a substantial size.

4. Bedroom

When looking for functional decorations for our bedroom, a plant is most definitely our pick. Hanging plants look wonderful on shelves and add colour and life to the room. Some well-placed greenery does not only brighten a space but also purifies the air ― and they’re also beneficial in creating a more relaxing, restful ambiance.

While we are all about promoting a positive wellbeing in our very own homes, the task of keeping a plant alive may seem very daunting. I’m not sure if you would have labelled yourself as a “non-green-finger”-person and swore to never spend money on purchasing plants that would eventually die and be disposed. Or if you’ve considered the limited space and lack of natural light in your home and the responsibility and/or amount of maintenance that might feel overwhelming..

I hope I’ve convinced you not to strike plant-ownership off your list quite yet as the plants I shared above are some really tough nuts that can thrive in almost all homes. 

To sum, here are my favourite list of plants that you can consider: Snake Plant, Money Plant, Cacti, Peace Lilies, English Ivy, Ferns, Spider Plants

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  1. Jam
    12 Mar 2019 @ 8:34 am

    Where do you get your plants from?

    • melissa
      15 Mar 2019 @ 1:24 am

      I get it from every where! Far East Flora, the market near my place, Ikea and some from a pasar malam once! 🙂

  2. SundayDahlias
    11 Mar 2019 @ 9:56 am

    I’ve been looking for some house plants that will sirvive my not-so-green thumb!! Will definitely chexk these out when I go to the flower mart this weekend!!

    • melissa
      15 Mar 2019 @ 1:23 am

      Yay! I’m sure these plants will fare well! I do not have a green thumb either!

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