Urban veggie garden

by Lana on July 30, 2014

Urban veggie garden

One of the best things I saw on my trip to Joburg was a veggie garden that I spotted in Craighall Park. This particular household has turned their verge into a vegetable garden and the best thing… it’s for their neighbourhood not themselves. Yes, their whole verge dedicated is to growing vegetables and herbs which anyone can go and pick. The only rule… just pick what you can eat. Isn’t this a wonderful idea? I’d love to see these start popping up in Cape Town.

Urban veggie garden

There’s nothing like picking one’s own vegetables, fruit and herbs, it really brings a lot of joy and contentment to know you’ve grown your food yourself.  If you get creative you can actually achieve this in the smallest of spaces, from clever container gardens to roof tops. I’ve got a few herbs on the go but I want to plant more veggies. What are your thoughts on vegetable gardens? Do you have green fingers?

Rooftop garden

Vegetable picking

Eagle Street - The Selby

Veggie gardens

Image credits: 1, 2, 3, 5 & 7) Lanalou Style, 4) Photo by JoJo Demirel via Urban gardens, 6) Eagle Street Farm, photo by The Selby, 8) Pallet garden DIY by DIY Enthusiasts


Aromatic Apothecary

by Lana on July 29, 2014

Aromatic Apothecary

I recently received a lovely selection of products from Aromatic Apothecary which I’ve really been enjoying. So I thought I’d introduce the brand to you today as you might not have heard of them. Aromatic Apothecary is a family run business with a focus on achieving wellness through the natural art of Aromatherapy.

We are passionate about our products and the promotion of natural healing within South Africa and only ever turn to the natural world to source the amazing ingredients we use in our products.

They have a really wide range of products which you should definitley check out if you’re a fan of aromatherapy.

Aromatic Apothecary

These are the products I’ve been using and my thoughts…

Mini Roll-on’s  (Revitalize & Relaxer) – Whenever I feel I’m getting into a bit of a work slump, I massage the Revitalize onto my pulse points. Of course the Relaxer is good for evenings and winding down for bed. Handy size to keep in your bag.

Inhalers ( Stressniff & Focusniff) – I’m really enjoying these! The Focusniff really gives me an extra blast of alertness. These can last up to a year if they are kept tightly closed.

Burner essences (Winter warmer & Fresh beginnings) – These have been great to create an inviting feeling in my office.

Spray  & Spritzer (Fresh beginnings) – I absolutely love this scent with its hints of lime and lemongrass. It reminds me of Lemon Cream biscuits! I’ve been spritzing my office every morning.

Liquid soap (Fresh beginnings) – the same delicious scent as the spritzer

Diffuser oil (Fresh beginnings) – Once again, its the same delicious scent. I have found that I have to turn the sticks quite often to release the scent though.

What I’ve loved most about these products is that they’ve helped me create more of a positive work environment which makes such a difference to my day!

You can find Aromatic Apothecary products in various health shops as well as at their two retail kiosks, one in Durban at Gateways Theater of Shopping and the other at the V&A Waterfront. And of course you can shop online too.

Aromatic Apothecary

Aromatic Apothecary

All photography: Lana Kenney ©

Disclaimer: Aromatic Apothecary products were gifted to me however I only post about a product or brand if  it’s a good fit for the Lanalou Style aesthetic and if it’s something I genuinely approve of.

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Get creative with greenery

by Lana on July 28, 2014

Verdant appeal - Cole & Son wallpaper

I’m a huge fan of adding greenery and indoor plants to one’s home to bring in some life and colour. I’m sure you are too and these days there are just so many creative ways to do this. If you’re a fan of DIYs, you can try your hand at creating hanging rope holders, a hanging string garden or your own unique pots. Choosing quirky containers for your plants is a simple and easy way to add some interest.

Choosing the right plant for your space is key, so take some time and do a bit of research before you start buying your plants. Of course you can also display simple flower arrangements in unusual vases and bottles for a quick fix. You’ll find loads more inspiration over on the Urban Jungle pinterest board.

Indoor plants

Indoor plants

Indoor plants

Indoor plants

Indoor plants

hanging plant ideas

Molly Wood

Image credits: 1) Versailes Grand wallpaper by Cole & Son, 2 & 6) KKDW, 3) Junifaden, 4) Henk Hattingh, 5) Practising Simplicity,  7 & 8) Photos by Nicole Franzen for Light + Ladder, 9) Pop & Scott pots via Poppytalk, 10) A Beautiful Mess, 11) Emily Henderson, 12) Poppytalk, 13) I spy DIY, 14) Molly Wood Garden Design


{Words to live by}

by Lana on July 27, 2014

positive quote

This is so true isn’t it? So why not begin something today…

Love the typography by Noel Shively with photo by Jillchien1126