Where: Auckland, New Zealand.

Size:  625 square meters.

Dwellers: A couple and two doggies (Schnauzer & Chihuahua).

Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

The 625 square meters sound reasonable when realizing that this apartment was formerly an industrial factory built in the 20’s on a Victoria quarter in New Zealand.

It was acquired by a plant lover and very talented guy name Ron Goh. Ron is a graphic designer, a daylight enthusiast, and loves to be surrounded by his green jungle, which makes him our kind of guy!

The house is divided into 2 floors. The first floor is an open space that contains the living room, the kitchen, and the dining room.

The second floor includes two bedrooms and a bathroom, all of which constitute this green and magical kingdom filled with euphoria.

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Image: Ron Goh

 

What do you love most about your house?

That is a tough question to answer! There are many things to love here. High ceilings with a lot of windows, white walls that enhance all the colors in the house, hardwood floors that add warmth and have this natural connection with all the plants, that each and every one is unique and special.

I love that the furniture was eclectically chosen, but they are all warm and cozy, and last but not least, I love the natural light that comes through during the daytime.

Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

 

To our readers who want to have house plants, what kind of plants would you recommend?

In the bedroom, I would recommend putting Schefflera, Alocasia polly, and Monstera.

In the living room, Rubber fig, Bird of paradise flower, cactus, fig, Viper’s bowstring hemp, Philodendron Xanadu, and Tree philodendron. In the bathroom, I would recommend Philodendron hederaceum, Devil’s ivy, and Staghorn ferns.

We have a feeling that you might have felt like you were reading Chinese right now, so here’s a visual chart of the entire gang.

 

What’s your plant treatment routine?

I water them once a week, but when it’s dry outside, I do it twice a week. However, you should make sure you’re not watering them too much, otherwise their roots will rot.

You should also consider the airways in your apartment. When there’s more wind blowing, you should increase the amount of water you use.

Don’t forget to dust them as well. When the plant is covered with dust, its ability to purify the air decreases significantly (besides the fact that it looks dirty).

And another important thing to remember is to spray them with water to keep their environment humid. I do that every morning.

I do believe that plants create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, and I can’t see my house without them.

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Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

 

What are your top two tips for having house plants?

First, you should always read the specifications that come with the plant. Second, don’t expose your plant to direct sunlight unless you know for sure that this plant needs direct sunlight- which brings us back to the specifications- this is where this kind of information will be specified.

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Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

 

How do you create an aesthetic composition of your plants?

The most important thing is to combine plants with different heights. In nature, the composition of the plants is completely random and organized at the same time.

To mimic nature, go with your initial instincts. You’d be surprised of how many different compositions can work well.

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Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

 

What’s your advice for people who want to decorate the house of their dreams?

Fill your house with things you love. Furniture doesn’t necessarily have to be new, it’s the old items you’ll take from your grandma that will bring the uniqueness and authenticity look and feel (and, also, will remind you of your grandma!).

I do believe that plants create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, and I can’t see my house without them.

bedroom boho chic
Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

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Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

Fill your house with things you love. Furniture doesn’t necessarily have to be new, it’s the old items you’ll take from your grandma that will bring the uniqueness and authenticity look and feel

plants hard wood floor
Credit: Ron Goh & Apartment Therapy

 

 

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