How to get the vintage look (part 5): Indoor garden

During grey and bare winter months, it’s more important than ever to get a little plant life inside your pad. And forget the garden centre plastic pots, here are some tempting vintage garden ideas for bringing the green stuff in.


1. Try teapots

Old teapot + flowers = instant vintage display. We’re rather in love with this turquoise tin teapot which perfect complements the colours of the blooms. Hop over to this Dutch blog for more ideas for pretty planters including buckets, ice cream glasses and wooden crates.

How to get the vintage look- Indoor Garden ideas | Mollie Makes

2. Don’t hold back

If you’ve got a bit of space – just go for it! Cram in plants in vintage tins and wicker hangers wherever you can fit them. Continue the flower theme with floral-print cushions and quilts, and a couple of charity shop flower paintings. This pretty room is from Shed Decor by Sally Coulthard.

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3. Mmm macrame

As you may have noticed, that classic Seventies craft – macrame – is back on trend. Knot up your own plant holders or pop to online crafty markets for handmade hangers – they’re the perfect way to display your plants if space is limited. Image ©

Succulents in vintage tin

4. Super succulents

(Pretty much) impossible to kill, succulents are one of our favourite indoor plants. Layer a bunch of cute cacti in a vintage tin – flip up the lid and arrange the taller succulents at the back for an instant display.


5. Unusual planters

How cute is this idea? Scoop up your cutest little succulents in an old kitchen ladle. This sweet idea is perfect for adding some leafy loveliness to the smallest corners – we love the creative use of washi tape to add a geometric pattern too: check it out here.


6. Terrarium treats

Creating a mini garden indoors is the best way to bring the outside in. Forget the pricey shop-bought terraria though, this mini marvel is made from an old spice jar. Simply scrub out and fill with mini rocks, sand and a few little plants.


7. Beautiful blends

For a lovely vintage look, match your flowers with their surroundings. We love the pastel prettiness of these hyacinths, their vintage pot and the stack of matching fabrics – find even more on Vibeke Design. Bulbs are the perfect plants for spring flowers and Christmas blooms.


8. Herb heaven

These vintage wooden drawers probably held haberdashery bits and bobs once – where better to grow your own herbs? Stack up your thyme, mint and parsley plants – and don’t forget to add a tiny sign so you known which herb is which. Kitchen cuteness! Find even more ideas here. 


9. Mid-century mix & match

If your style is more pared-down, snuggle your plants into your shelves alongside books, records and ornaments. Concrete, terracotta and geometric-style pots add a little Fifties flair. Have a snoop around this stylish (and plant-filled!) Swedish flat here.


10. Don’t hold back (II)

For some real wow factor – go large! Big leafy plants can be trained along the wall and combined with lace curtains and shabby chic furniture for a real vintage fairy tale look. This eye-catching idea is from Rooted in Design by Sprout’s Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give. Get more inspo here.

See the full How to get the Vintage Look series