Episode 45: plants and interiors with Emilie Fournet

Emilie Fournet's kitchen with her brilliant string of pearls lightshade. Photograph: Rachael Smith

Emilie Fournet's kitchen with her brilliant string of pearls lightshade. Photograph: Rachael Smith

Emilie's living room. For more images, visit Emilie's  Instagram .

Emilie's living room. For more images, visit Emilie's Instagram.

So, you've ended up with a home full of houseplants, but how do you display them to make the most of their best features? I talk to North London-based interior designer and houseplant enthusiast Emilie Fournet about statement plants, why the fiddle leaf fig is the plant of the moment, how to match pots with plants, and when it's absolutely OK to use fake plants (yes really!). If you're intrigued by the idea of using fakes in tricky areas of your house, Emilie recommends two brands to look out for - Abigail Ahern and Artificial Green.

Her amazing light fitting strung with Senecio rowleyanus, string of pearls, is from Canadian designer Object/Interface. You can Emilie on Instagram as @emiliefournetinteriors and her website is here.

Question of the week

Listener Sarah who is @perthplantlady on Instagram wanted to identify the strange nubs on her Monstera deliciosa. I was happy to reassure her that they were aerial roots, the way Monsteras climb through the jungle in their native climes. if your Monstera is putting out aerial roots, consider constructing or buying a moss pole to support its growth. 

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On The Ledge talks, live show and houseplant chats 

I'll be making an appearance at Gardeners' World Live in Birmingham on June 14 on the Blooming Interiors stage - check out the schedule here, and stay tuned as I'll have a ticket giveaway coming up in the next few weeks.

I am also going to be at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on the afternoon of July 4 giving talks on houseplants in the roses theatre - do join me if you can. And on the evening of Friday October 26 I'll be bringing a live show of On The Ledge to the RHS London Urban Garden show, with special guests including Alys Fowler and all kinds of leafy fun! Put those dates in your diary NOW!


This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy DropsAn Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day Gokarna by Samuel Corwin, and Oh Mallory by Josh Woodward, all licensed under Creative Commons.

Jane Perrone