Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants and Coffee

Urban Jungle Bloggers Plants and Coffee

This month’s topic for Urban Jungle Bloggers brings together two of my favourite things: Plants and Coffee. The theme instantly brought to mind images of sitting outside surrounded by nature and greenery, sipping an aromatic cup of coffee.  It’s always a simple, but blissful pleasure to savour. Whether sitting on a balcony, in a garden or at an outdoor cafe

But since the weather is still too cold for sitting outdoors, I had an idea: why not bring the outside in and turn an area of my lounge into an extension of the balcony?

Areca palms and coffee - Urban Jungle Bloggers

So I spread out a rug next to the window and brought together my Areca palms. The large one in the terracotta pot is usually kept outside. One of the smaller ones sits next to my desk, and just this week I added another to the collection. By placing plants on either side of a window, it creates a sense of depth and helps to blur the lines between inside and out.

Areca Palms - Urban Jungle Bloggers

Areca palms are beautiful. Not only do they give your home a tropical feel, but will also help to improve the air quality.

I brewed up a fresh cafetière of coffee and used a little folding stool that Samuel made several years ago from recycled off-cuts of wood, to serve as a coffee table. The addition of a cushion and a pile of books turned it into a tranquil and biophilic  indoor / outdoor zone to unwind, surrounded by plants.

Biophilic indoor outdoor space - Mocha

You might not know this, but I am also a trained Pilates instructor. So from time to time I love to take to the floor to sit. Whether it’s to relax and read, write or even to do some work. I find that it can give a different perspective on things.

And sitting on the floor is so good for your wellbeing. It makes you more flexible and helps improve your posture. It’s something we naturally do as kids, but often forget as we grow up. Even just the act of getting up and down from the floor gives you a little workout.

Indoor outdoor living - Urban Jungle Bloggers Mocha

Plants and coffee turned out to be a real inspiration. I discovered that creating little seating nooks – even if temporary – can new interest to your space. And it’s amazing how the addition of a few plants can transform an interior. Blend in some chill-out music, a comfortable cushion, some fresh ground coffee. And you have the perfect place to relax and dream!

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by two bloggers: Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of JOELIX.com. Every month bloggers from around the world join up and share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs, green tips and tricks. For even more inspiration visit the Urban Jungle Bloggers website.


  1. This looks like a blissful extension of the outdoors to your home! A great idea how to savor a good cup of coffee surrounded by greenery! Thank you for joining us again Sarah!!

    • Thanks Igor. It’s always such fun to be part of Urban Jungle Bloggers. And this month’s topic inspired me how to have a taste of the outdoors – while still keeping warm 🙂

  2. I love this. Its so nice how you bring the outside in to your home to enjoy your delicious coffee and lovely plants.
    Im so happy to have found your blog.
    Stína Saem

  3. Super nice to see your new Areca palm tree in this post, Sarah! I love how the palm outside creates extra dept and makes your inside jungle even bigger. And also very nice to read about sitting on the floor. I rarely ever do that (only when doing renovation things at home or cleaning etc.) but it’s true that it completely changes your perspective. And some extra exercise is always good 😉 Thank you for playing along again!

    • So pleased you like it, Judith. That trick can also work with window ledges to help bring the outside in. And can definitely recommend sitting on the floor more 😉