Donovan Ho, the Bay Area-based marketer and plant guru behind @hothouse.jungle certainly seems to agree. His plant-filled condo was already overflowing with an enviable amount of natural light and lush greenery, but the addition of painted clouds in his living room brings the outdoors in to create the perfect backdrop for his indoor jungle.
The dreamy painted cloud mural delightfully combines his creativity and passions for plants and interior styling. Now his home of three years — which he shares with an adorable Alaskan Klee Kai named Christmas — feels truly cohesive and personal. Ready to step inside his space? Ahead he’s sharing tips for creating your own wall mural with painted clouds, plus ideas for decorating with indoor greenery.
Name: Donovan Ho
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Type of Space: Condo living room
Clare colors used: Frozen, Nairobi Blue, Classic and Fresh Kicks
Tell us about your home:
I live in a one bedroom condo with my pup, Christmas, and our 60+ plants! I’ve lived here for about 3 years and this is my first purchased home, so it means a lot to me!
How would you describe your decor aesthetic?I would describe my home aesthetics as bohemian meets whimsy mid-century modern jungle. My career is in marketing, so I would like to think my home reflects my sense of adaptability and creativity!
What inspired you to add painted clouds to your living room?
The walls previously were a grey color. And since the floors are black, I wanted something to really brighten up the room, while adding a touch of fun!
What did you learn while painting the mural?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes! Clouds have no real defined shape, so a lot of it was just learning as I go. I started with a very rough outline that gradually morphed the more I painted, so don’t feel pressured to stay within the “lines.” Also, step back and take a new perspective every now and then! This really helped me with the overall formation and layout of the painted clouds.
How do you feel about your living room now?
I feel like it definitely transformed the space; the blue sky and painted clouds helped brighten and liven up the room! The whimsical colors of the mural helped contrast the seriousness of the black flooring too. Whenever I look at it, I feel a sense of peace and happiness. I also love looking into the other room; the mural perfectly frames the french doors and large windows.
Do you have a favorite plant (or species) in the room?Probably the Philoden Bobcee. I feel like it embodies the playfulness of the clouds.
Top tips for decorating with indoor plants?
Invest in a nice planter! Having a nice pot or planter definitely elevates the whole plant! And to create a perfect indoor “jungle” that’s not too overly cluttered, layer the placement of your plants. Strategically placing our pots and plants help create dimension and depth.
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