Bamboo, where do I even start? This little evergreen is one of the most versatile plants. It can virtually be used for anything. From houses in Asia, to luxurious Gucci bags on the high streets of Kensington. From the simple chopping boards, to beautiful works of furniture art. It’s even a food for one of the cutest (and one of the most pointless) animals around! The snuggly Panda! There really aren’t limits to what this amazingly apt tree can do.
I personally love the way bamboo looks. Maybe its because for 14 years I stared at a lot of bamboo in various forms growing up in Asia. I even ate out of it! To me it looks clean, modern, and earthy, but also has a twist of the old mystical times of South East Asia. The great thing about bamboo is that it grows insanely fast, in certain areas some varieties are actually reported to have grown 250cm in 24 HOURS! You can literally sit there in front of it and actually WATCH it grow! It is the fastest growing plant on the planet. Add to that the fact its sturdy and looks stunning, well hey, you got yourself an amazing little gift from Mother Nature.
The best factor however for me is that bamboo tends to be really cheap, even though it can look expensive (and of course it can be too if you want that!). Like I’ve mentioned before I like to keep things clean and tidy and clutter free. I recently did a trip to Ikea and saw a little bamboo container there for £9 as a set of two. To me, thats a bargain! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! As you all know by now storage means everything to me, especially in this flat. And what do you think boxes are for? Si señor, storage! The first larger one (the smaller one is in the larger box) I wanted to use in the bedroom to hide all of the hubbies lotions and perfumes. The second I wanted in the bathroom just to have a place to ‘contain’ our toothbrushes and toothpastes so as to at least attempt to make it more organised. You can even use the ‘lids’ of the boxes for something, or to even elevate them like I did for the smaller box in the bathroom. The sizes are great and can even fit on small ledges and shelves. Bamboo also seems to have a soothing affect on me. Somehow I don’t think its as harsh looking as other types of materials.
After I bought those two items, the theme of bambooing up the bathroom/flat really began. You can’t just sprinkle random bits and bobs in areas when you decorate. Interior design wise and feng shui wise rooms need to flow and need to seem like you aren’t stepping from one extreme into another. I’m a member of ACHICA ‘The members only Luxury Lifestyle Store’ and they do great flash sale offers on luxury items (a lot of which I’ve actually sold in my previous jobs). You have to wait for the products to arrive, but its always worth the wait. Luckily, I stumbled across a gorgeous bamboo range on the same week called ‘Premier’. They had tons of things I found attractive, but as always my frugalness came out as well as my need to only buy what I needed.
Not to forget that I can’t just buy everything, I have very limited space to play with. I ended up getting a ceramic lotion dispenser with a bamboo stand for hand soap as well as a ceramic loo brush with a bamboo stand! The dispenser cost £4.5 and the loo brush was £11.50! Absolute steals! I’ve seen this same sale pop up a few times on ACHICA so I wouldn’t be surprised if it came up again! It’s a great place to find truly exquisite things for much much cheaper. I really love them! They bring me back to Asia in a sense, but with a European flare. If your into sustainability, elegance, durability, and simplicity then bamboo products are definitely for you! Bamboo is unquestionably on trend at the moment and suits almost all interiors. Come on everyone, lets help our planet, our wallets, and our interiors by sprucing up some, and getting some bamboo beauties!