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Six Secrets of Scandinavian Design (And How to Use Them)
Characteristics of Scandinavian interior design

Scandinavian interior design: elevating your everyday

When it comes to interior design, it’s no secret that the Scandinavians know what they’re doing. Marked by simplicity and pureness in both form and function, Scandinavian interior design exists to make everyday living beautiful and inspiring with decluttered spaces, bright, neutral tones, and plenty of nature (think wood floors and indoor greenery!). Learn all about the major principles of Scandinavian interior design, and you’ll see quickly see what all the hygge is about!

Basic characteristics of Scandinavian interior design

  1. Minimalism reigns

    Scandinavian design is all about clean, airy spaces and a definitive lack of clutter, allowing light and air to flow freely throughout. Proper organization is key if you want to attain this look, and the items that are on display are simple, functional, and boast beautiful silhouettes.

  2. Muted tones and soft textures

    Something you see time and again with Scandinavian design is the use of muted, neutral colors like white, gray, and beige. That said, it is not uncommon to see a pop of color or patterned textile here and there, so don’t be afraid to incorporate a bright red or yellow to add a bit of personality.

Photo by  @thistlegrass

Photo by @thistlegrass

3. Form AND Function

Functionality is an important element in Nordic design — a beautiful piece of furniture is nothing if it does not serve a functional purpose (or two)! Open living spaces that can serve multiple purposes are key, and tables or sofas often serve as storage units as well. Even the smallest everyday details, like a kettle or throw, are not just functional, but also beautiful and well-designed (yes, you do have permission to splurge on a small item that brings you joy!).

4. Bright spaces and natural light

Scandinavian design is all about letting the light in — sparse or no window dressings and white walls help create the feeling of brightness. And in a region known for its long, harsh winters, it’s no wonder why! Say goodbye to heavy or gaudy curtains, and keep windows free of clutter.

5. Hygge, or coziness, as a way of life

Hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh), a Danish word describing the feeling of coziness and well-being, is not just a driving factor for Scandinavian aesthetics: it’s also a way of life. Thanks to the long, harsh winters of this region, living spaces act as sanctuaries during much of the year. Combined with the bright, airy space of Scandinavian style, you’ll also see plenty of soft, textured blankets, high-quality ceramics (for all the warm beverages!), and candles galore.

6. Inspiration drawn from nature

Perhaps our most favorite aspect of Scandinavian interiors is the deep appreciation for nature. Things like large windows that give way to trees and sky, plenty of indoor potted plants, the use of natural materials, and an eco-friendly, sustainable approach to all aspects of decor make Scandinavian interior design something to swoon about.

Have a style crush yet? Shop our new collection of Scandinavian ceramic plant sets and let us help you bring nature (and hygge) into your home!


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How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Space
How to choose the right plants for your space

Finding the perfect indoor plant can be overwhelming.

With so many options out there and so many considerations to make, choosing the right plant for your space can seem daunting. Do you have the right light conditions for the plant you’ve been eyeing? What if you have pets or small children — are some of these dangerous to have within their reach? What is the look you are going for, or what size should you get? We believe plants and people belong together and we’re here to help make every step of the process as easy as possible: read our tips on how to find the perfect plants for your style and space!

The perfect environment = a thriving plant

The most important thing to first consider when choosing a plant for your home or office is the light. Certain plants, like the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig, absolutely require tons of bright indirect light. Be realistic about your light situation (see our light guide if you aren’t sure!), and make sure you choose a plant that fits the kind of light you have in your space. On our website, you can filter plants by bright, medium, and low light.

Plants that match your lifestyle

Consider how involved you will be in your plant care routine. Some plants, like Calatheas, are more demanding than others, which means they are not a great choice for individuals who travel frequently or are forgetful plant parents. Other plants, like Snake Plants or Zanzibar Gems, can go weeks without watering and are generally very low-maintenance. Check the care instructions of the plant first to make sure it’s something that matches what you’re looking for in terms of maintenance.

Creating a look you love

If you fill your home with plants it will undoubtedly look like a jungle, but you don’t necessarily need dozens of plants to create this look! Consider what look you are going for, and curate from there. Lush greenery like the Elephant Ear or Bird of Paradise create tropical vibes, while the Monstera Deliciosa has a retro feel and the Fiddle Leaf Fig or Rubber Tree a classic look. Go for one large statement plant, or group a few different plants of differing heights together.

Other considerations

Curious pets at home? There are plenty of pet-safe options, though do keep in mind that unless your pet is likely to consume quite a bit of the plant, you probably don’t need to worry too much about your plant being pet-safe.

Alternatively, you may be looking for plants that work well in certain rooms of your home. Check out our favorite plants for the bedroom or bathroom, and see why these are great choices for these specific spaces.

Still need help?

Reach out and let us help you create your oasis! Email us anytime at hello@leonandgeorge.com.


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A Pop of Color: Plant Styling with Bold Colors
Photo credit:  @shaunaglenn

Photo credit: @shaunaglenn

Looking to add a bit of color to your life?

Indoor plants are some of the most versatile pieces of decor to play with, and using a pop of color, whether on the plant’s foliage or the accessories that support it, is a fun way to add some personality to an otherwise dull area in your home. From minimal to bohemian and everything in between, here are a few simple tips to make your plants stand out.

Go for a boldly-colored ceramic

A brightly colored ceramic adds a bold splash of color to any style and brings out the foliage of plants like the  Elephant Ear .

A brightly colored ceramic adds a bold splash of color to any style and brings out the foliage of plants like the Elephant Ear.

White ceramics are clean and cool, but what about colors that really make your greenery stand out? We found that cobalt blue was the match made in heaven when it came to lush greenery. Plants like the Bird of Paradise, Elephant Ear (pictured), and Desert Cactus look particularly stunning in this unique ceramic, and as bonus points give off vacation vibes all year long.

Accessorize with a colorful plant stand

Amigo Modern’s  octahedron plant stands  are a fun way to add color to your plant stylings. Photo credit:  @amigomodern

Amigo Modern’s octahedron plant stands are a fun way to add color to your plant stylings. Photo credit: @amigomodern

When creating visual interest, plant stands are the way to go. Not only do they make your plant stand out, but they can be a great way to throw a bit of color into the mix. Layer and elevate your greenery with colorful plant stands, like these fun metallic stands by Amigo Modern.

Create contrast with surrounding surfaces

A  Pink Rubber Tree  makes for a delightful contrast against a blue wall. Photo credit:  @jennykaplan

A Pink Rubber Tree makes for a delightful contrast against a blue wall. Photo credit: @jennykaplan

When decorating a new space or corner, consider the many ways you can create contrast with the foliage of your plants:

  • Dark foliage with light ceramics, like the Rubber Tree in a white pot

  • Light foliage with dark ceramics, like the Bird’s Nest Fern in a black pot

  • Boldly painted walls — think midnight blue or forest green — with bright plants against them

  • Layering plants with different shades of green

Brighten things up with a colorful plant

The beautiful  Calathea Medallion , colorful itself, in a bright yellow planter. Photo credit:  @modern_botanic

The beautiful Calathea Medallion, colorful itself, in a bright yellow planter. Photo credit: @modern_botanic

Of course one of the best ways to bring color into your home with plants is selecting a plant that is already colorful on its own! Plants like the Pink Rubber Tree, Magenta Triostar, or Calathea Medallion (pictured) immediately brighten up a space with their bright pops of pink.


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Léon & George x Usual Wines: The Rosé Garden
The Rosé Garden is a temporary installation inside  Usual Wines’  new retail space on Chestnut Street.

The Rosé Garden is a temporary installation inside Usual Wines’ new retail space on Chestnut Street.

Is there anything better than a rose garden?

As it turns out, there is, and it’s San Francisco’s very first Rosé Garden, open now through Labor Day at Usual Wines’ new retail space in the Marina District.

The Usual Wines Rosé Garden San Francisco

An immersive experience to enjoy Usual’s premium, single-pour bottles of wine, it is without a doubt one of the freshest, most plant-forward wine bars in the city.

Curious? Head to The Usual to enjoy the perfect pairing: a glass of chilled, California rosé and a lush garden of indoor greenery (by yours truly, of course!).

 

Usual Wines Rosé Garden San Francisco

Get there:

The Usual

2076 Chestnut Street

Also, be sure to follow @leonandgeorge and @usualwines on Instagram to stay in the know about any upcoming events!

Art, Architecture, & Design: Charlotte Taylor's Reimagined Spaces
Images courtesy of  Charlotte Taylor .

Images courtesy of Charlotte Taylor.

Take a peek through Charlotte Taylor’s Instagram and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of dreamy geometric buildings, playful interiors, and spaces that invite the eye to wander through them.

Combining her passion for architecture, design, and photography, London-Based artist Charlotte Taylor creates intriguing digital paintings of real and fictional spaces that, with each glance, leave us longing for more.

This month, shop a selection of her limited edition prints, exclusively at our San Francisco showroom and on our website.

 
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Get This Look: West Elm Summer Inspiration

Didn’t get around to spring cleaning? It’s not too late! With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to give your home a little refresh, add some lush greenery to the scene, and prep for any summer hosting you have planned.

And for just this reason, we’ll be setting up shop at West Elm for the weekend, making your home decor needs a total breeze. Our plant stylists will be onsite and ready to help you put the finishing touches on your new style and create the plant goals of your dreams.

In the meantime, take advantage of these gorgeous plant moments straight out of West Elm’s spring and summer catalogues as inspiration. Make yourself a refreshing cocktail, have a seat in your living room, and imagine the possibilities!

A    Bird of Paradise    that pulls together the room’s color story. Photo:    West Elm   .

A Bird of Paradise that pulls together the room’s color story. Photo: West Elm.

A    Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree    creating visual interest against white walls and windowpanes. Photo:    West Elm   .

A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree creating visual interest against white walls and windowpanes. Photo: West Elm.

An    Elephant’s Ear    and a staked    Cascading Pothos    (right) adds personality and jungle vibes to a dining room. Photo:    West Elm   .

An Elephant’s Ear and a staked Cascading Pothos (right) adds personality and jungle vibes to a dining room. Photo: West Elm.

A large statement plant like the    Bird of Paradise    instantly creates a feeling of lush oasis in the bedroom. Photo:    West Elm   .

A large statement plant like the Bird of Paradise instantly creates a feeling of lush oasis in the bedroom. Photo: West Elm.

Sculptural    Dragon Tree    and    Desert Cactus   … does it get anymore summer than that? Photo:    West Elm   .

Sculptural Dragon Tree and Desert Cactus… does it get anymore summer than that? Photo: West Elm.

The Best Plants for the Bathroom
The  Phiolodendron Brasil  is a humid-loving plant great for bathrooms.

The Phiolodendron Brasil is a humid-loving plant great for bathrooms.

Looking for the best plants for the bathroom?

Thanks to the moisture-rich environment, the bathroom is a great place for many indoor plants. That said, not all plants enjoy the extra humidity (think succulents or cacti!) and some may even develop fungus issues if left there too long. What’s more, some bathrooms have small or no windows, making it difficult for light-loving plants to survive. With all this in mind, find our picks for the best plants for any type of bathroom (and while you’re at it, give your entire bathroom a style upgrade!)

The Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a plant that loves moisture. In fact, if it is not watered regularly or is left too long with dry soil, it will let you know by dramatically drooping its foliage, making it the perfect plant for humid bathrooms. That said, this plant is best for spaces with a decent amount of light.

The Parlor Palm

Indoor palms love shady, humid conditions, and they are the perfect plant for bathrooms with medium light. Parlor Palms in particular are a nice size for small to medium-sized bathrooms (though if you have the space, go for a big Kentia Palm!).

The Cascading Pothos

Easiest plant in the world? Possibly. The Cascading Pothos (or any Pothos or Devil’s Ivy variety) is a thirsty plant that will flourish even in a space with little to no light.

The Staghorn Fern

Ferns make great plants for bathrooms as they love humid, shady environments. The Staghorn Fern with its unique, fuzzy foliage and its delicate shape is a fantastic addition to any space.

The Cast Iron Plant

The Cast Iron plant gets its name from its extreme hardiness. In fact, these plants love dark, draft corners and will thrive in a low-light bathroom with frequent temperature fluctuations.

The Bird of Paradise

Have a big bathroom that you’d like to transform into a jungle? The Bird of Paradise requires medium to bright light, lots of moisture, and plenty of space to spread out.



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Simple tips to refresh your home
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Photo Credit: Apartment 34

Is there any better time than spring to give your home a refresh?

From a simple spring clean-out to bold pops of color, there’s a number of different ways you can give your home a fresh new feel. For a bit of inspiration, we asked our plant stylists what they do when they’re in the mood for a refresh— read on and don’t be afraid to try at home!

Restyle your surfaces

What’s on your coffee table right now? How long has it been there? What about your dining room table or kitchen counter? If it’s been a while since you’ve changed things up, here’s the perfect opportunity to make a small move with a big impact (even if it’s just changing out your coffee table books for new ones!). Go bold by introducing something structural (that piece of driftwood that’s been sitting in garage?), or create a new centerpiece with everyday objects lying around your home (our stylist Renée suggests repurposing your most impressive salad bowl — something like these Andrew Pearce live edge bowls — and filling them with photos, old and new). Whatever you do, you’ll find that this simple ritual does wonders for your space.

Embrace the outdoors

We’re all about bringing the outdoors in, but remember there’s more than one way to do it! Whether it’s adding a bit of greenery to an empty corner or simply placing a bowl of oranges on your kitchen table, finding ways to subtly integrate nature into your space is what it’s all about.

Photo Credit:  Léon & George

Photo Credit: Léon & George

Add a pop of color

Gone are the heavy cushions and plush throws of winter. Tuck your cold weather pieces away and replace them with a bold pop of color— a statement piece (think a new chair or rug), an accent (textiles, lamps, etc), or a brightly colored plant, like the Pink rubber tree.

Refresh your bathroom

It’s amazing what a new shower curtain can do. While you’re at it, consider adding a bright new bath mat (we love this Aelfie millennial pink bath rug) or some moisture-loving plants to the mix. And if you’re feeling truly ambitious, go for a fresh new coat of paint in a unique yet calming color, like sea-foam green or midnight blue.

Get serious about the clutter

There’s a reason Marie Kondo has been so successful— we humans have a lot of stuff! Get serious about your spring cleaning and let go of things you don’t need or use anymore, even if that just means putting them into storage. And you don’t have to be a minimalist to enjoy the feeling of a decluttered home— just remember that less is more, and you will doubly cherish the things that make the cut.

Shop our Plants at Batch
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Sometimes you just want that in real life experience before buying online. Other than our Sunday shops this Spring, you can also check out our plants #IRL in the latest Spring collection at Batch! 

Photo by  Batch

Photo by Batch

Batch is a thoughtfully curated selection of up-and-coming products and innovative online brands. They have a stylish, stunning showroom that allows you to browse these pieces in a beautifully crafted setting.

Now through May you can pop in and shop their pink paradise! Along with many of our gorgeous greens, you'll also find other incredibly creative brands and interior decor options. 

Photo by  Batch

Photo by Batch

 

Want to check it out for yourself?

Batch is housed in an historic 1916-era firehouse, and they’ve gone to great lengths to preserve, restore, or re-use its original features.

We'll be featured in this space until May 26th, so don't miss it!

Visit 1648 Pacific Ave in SF and get your pink on!

Also, be sure to follow @leonandgeorge and @visitbatch on IG to stay in the know about any upcoming events.