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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Things You Can Do With A LIVING WALL....

You could buy a warehouse to live in and do this !!!
I would definitely do this !!
I can see me living or working here in a heart beat.

You could hang a few to cover something you would rather not look at.
.....I would need to carry it around with me all day. wink wink
Cover an entire building.

Need some fresh air ? Stephan from Architect Design told me that english ivy in a home has more air purifying abilities than any other house plant.

Have you ever been frustrated trying to pick an exterior paint color? Go REALLY GREEN.

How about covering a new wood fence ?
If you have little or no room to plant something in front of it , do this.

An exhibit of living walls.

Look how you can cover those ugly wire fences. These are stunning.
I did a post on an apartment with living walls of english ivy, and I wondered how they did this.
In this post I will reveal how it is done and where you can get it.

Can you think of a place where you could use a living wall ???

Click to enlarge and print these out if you are interested.

You can mix it up, and use different plants !!

This would normally be a big concrete (boring) wall.
This must be spectacular in person.

Oh yes, and you can do a roof too.

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  1. Awesome post! Absolutely love the first the image and the fact you included info on how to do it. Could imagine this being done in cities and totally changing the feeling of the urban landscape.

  2. I've always loved 'green' buildings! Someday I want an ivy covered house -infinitely more boring but simpler to take care of than these pretties you posted!

  3. Not only stunning on the exterior..., but to bring them (or the english ivy) inside the home for air purifying reasons..., pretty clever.

  4. My Notting Hill

    in all of our dreams!
    yes it would be fantastic.


  5. Too cool! I love all of these!
    How creative and green is this one! A two for!

  6. Renee, What a neat post! You have demonstrated the power of foliage inside and out!

  7. Fabulous! You are a wealth of information Renee. Thanks for sharing this! I have several buildings on our property I could do this to! It also gives me ideas for the slanted ceiling in my long narrow bedroom! I need some help in there, we've lived here 4 years and I just keep moving furniture around in there but I still hate it! Also have an old column from a local college dorm here (just one) that I have no idea what to do with as well as old wooden doors with the original hardware still on them....just call me salvage lady LOL!...maybe English Ivy vines could spruce them up?! You're a doll! Luanne

  8. Renee...the side of the building in Delray where we went for brunch was completely covered!

    Unfortunately I planted that ficus replens...and now I have a living wall in our courtyard. Living. Breathing. Eating paint. Taking over. Yep, that about sums it up!

  9. Hi Renee,
    I been an avid reader of yours and everytime I visit you, you always give a smile on my face. Seeing this greeny walls and roof give me thoughts of having on my empty garage wall.

    Thanks for sharing...

  10. that 'sunday house' in delray is fabulous.

    i love the the climbing ficus vines..........they look so great when they are thick and completely cover a wall, as you described.

    it is best not to think about what they are actually doing to what they are climbing on.

  11. That first pic of the ivy covered building is gorgeous! Great post.

  12. Such a fun idea - although, this is way more work than paint!

  13. I LOVE living walls. We now have several of them in the downtown area of Vancouver and I love how they soften the architecture.

  14. Fantastic!
    I want a wall full of succulents.

    ..but, for those of us with a busted green thumb, I have a simple solution:

    Smear plain yogurt on a shady stucco wall and watch the moss grow. You can even take moss and apply it to the wall using the yogurt as glue.

    Go for it. If it doesn't work out well, you can just hose it off. ;P


    i love that !
    brilliant alternative........and you said your green thumb was broken.
    not !!

  16. North America is in the middle of a green wall revolution but is still far behind Europe. Hopefully things will catch up quickly! I live in Vancouver, Canada and we see more and more of these beautiful living walls in the city.

    Here are some additional examples of what’s possible to do when it comes to vertical gardens:

    Green facades or "ivy walls" are beautiful but can take up to 10 years to cover the side of a house. You also have to make sure that they grow on a support which is separated from the building envelope as their aerial roots penetrate small cracks, expand and can cause permanent structural damage, which can be very costly to repair.

    Other green wall plants known for cleaning up common indoor air pollutants include:

    Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
    Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
    Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
    Janet Craig Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’')
    Ficus sp.
    Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures)
    Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
    Philodendron sp.

    Thanks for the great posts Renee!

  17. Hi Renee..
    This is my first time to land on your piece of green 'paradise'. I LOVE the idea of living walls very much. Just imagine if someday every house applies this idea, how green our earth would be...

    Very nice posts! Thanks for sharing...

    -irawan, Jakarta, Indonesia



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About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

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