Ciao! My name is Silvia, I am a trained architect and urban designer with love for plans and decor. I am originally from the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy. I hold a degree in urban design from The Bartlett, UCL and in architecture from the University of Cagliari.
London is the city where I live and work. For the past 8 years I have been pursuing my passion and interest for international masterplanning, working in multiple projects around the world, from Muscat to Toronto, and other cities in between.
I never miss a chance to escape back to my beautiful island and enjoy the sunshine and the sea. I love plants and decor. I am a prod mum of currently 100+ plants and we all live happily together in a 48 sqm apartment in south London.
Oh yes… and I am an auntie of a little potato French bulldog called Minnie that lives in Italy.
My grandma and my mum have always been the greatest inspiration. I have grown up running around my grandma’s garden and surrounded by plants and sunshine. They are part of my DNA. Since moving to London 8 years ago I have been trying to recreate my evergreen environment indoors.
When is Sicily I spotted where cacti grow truly happy...
I have recently moved to my new 48 sqm apartment and I wanted to document the process of decorating and arranging my plants.
I am passionate about incorporating plants into interior design. I value their role as an essential décor piece, just as a beautiful object or painting would be! Most importantly I like to have fun with them!
I like to reinvent and wilder spaces, creating green interior oasis that inspire the days to day life. By using the technique of collages, I like to reimagine corners of homes and to visualise how they can be transformed. I also work with mood boards which help me bring together the combination of textures, materials and plants, to see how all the pieces can come together harmonically.
My feeds are all about plants, interiors and travel inspirations, all from my 48sqm south facing apartment. That’s how 48sqm_ingreen started!
Can you ask a parent: what’s your favourite child? OK... We secretly know there is always one. Here it’s mine, but please don’t tell the others!
If I must say it is probably my Monstera Deliciosa. I started it as a cutting taken from a juvenile plant when experimenting with propagations. It has now overgrown the mother plant by far! It is stunning and we have been together throughout the past 3/4 years.
Oh and my begonia angel wing, which is not the most beautiful but it has a special place in my heart. It started as a kindly donated cutting from my 96 years old grandma that has a great love for plants, which has been highly contagious!
Collecting plants is a beautiful and rewarding hobby, but placement of ever-growing collections can become overwhelming, especially for the ones living in small apartments.
How to make such large collections aesthetically pleasing and avoid the feeling of clutter?
[Small space – big collection tips] I like to create a composition by grouping plants together. Placing vertical tall elements, medium size and small plants together immediately creates an interesting corner. Don’t forget to emphasise the star plant: we know there is always one in the family. The group should play around it.
Keep them clean! Indoor plants are not as lucky to receive a good old rain shower. They collect dust as every other object or surface in your home. I like to keep them dust free! Not only they will look more put together but they will grow healthier and faster. Throw a pool party in your bathroom from time to time and have fun!
I have grown up around cacti, but my heart belongs to tropical plants and aroid. I am always amassed by their beautiful leaves ‘s colours and shapes: a true statement!
My collection reflects my preference, and the majority are tropical plants. However, I have a few cacti that I keep in my bedroom. It has a beautiful south facing windowsill where I keep them. They seem to love it their, even in not so sunny London!
If you’d like to see a video we have made about general houseplant care, have a look here.
If you want to know more about Silvia please follow her @48sqm_ingreen
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