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How to Liven Up an Industrial-Inspired Space with Plants

Let's revisit the peg-worthy Hectare One office for ideas

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Photography: courtesy of Mundo Design and Build

Hectare One, the laidback office shared by friends and brothers-in-law Erwan Heussaff and Nico Bolzico, is a millennial’s dream office. Aside from having open spaces, it also houses a coffee shop-like pantry and offices where creativity and innovation thrive. Designed by interior designer and Real Living style spotter Mara Manalo and architect Mervin Afan, the office came to life with Mundo Design and Build as contractor.

During our tour of the space, we noticed how it doesn’t feel like an office at all. The ambiance is chill and relaxing, as if you’re in a hip hangout where you get to do the things you love. Erwan and Nico both wanted to have a space where employees and guests can feel at ease. It’s safe to say the plants seen all over the place contribute to its calming and welcoming ambiance.

If you’ve saved Hectare One as a peg for your dream home or you simply love the industrial style, we’ve got tips on how you can liven up the look with touches of green. Whether it’s a real plant or faux turf, hints of green can definitely do wonders. Get started with these ideas:

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Don’t be afraid to bring in tall indoor plants.


Even if you have a limited space to work with, a couple of tall indoor plants can help brighten it up. It can help create an illusion of a taller space while adding a distinct tropical feel to your home. Keep the look from being boring by mixing and matching the style of your planters. Tierra Plants sells indoor plants and planters you can work with. Click here to learn more.

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RL Tip: Feeling extra creative? You may want to paint your planters, too!

Create a unique accent wall.


Starting a vertical garden is a good way of maximizing vertical space and creating a focal point. Instead of replicating what the others are doing (like using hanging planters or installing shelves), take your cue from Hectare One’s accent wall—to go with the theme, they have a wire wall accent spruced up with different plants. To do something similar, consider working with a wall-mounted trellis or a pegboard. You simply need hooks to attach tiny potted plants to the trellis or the holes of the pegboard. If you’re up for something unique, you can ditch the pots and just decorate the board directly using the plants and some twine.

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Shop for the materials you can work with at AllHome.

Experiment with turf.


Contrary to popular belief, artificial grass rugs come in different shapes and sizes—you’re not limited to a rectangular option. If you live in a condo and you want to revamp your living area, the photo above can be your peg. Define the space with a round turf rug or carpet by setting it in the middle. Surround the area with ottomans and a sofa bed so you can accommodate guests. Working with turf is a good alternative if you can’t commit to caring for real plants.

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Find similar products at Wilcon Depot.

Do it with prints.


When it comes to decorating with plants, you don’t have to pick between real ones and faux pieces. How about expressing your inner #plantita with prints and wall accents instead? This office found inside Hectare One features a cement wall spruced up with prints in similar sizes depicting plants and nature. This gallery wall idea doesn’t require watering and making sure the plants get some sun! All you have to do is curate the prints you love—you can work with a theme in mind—and have these displayed on a blank wall.

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Find similar prints at Papemelroti.

Make it blend in with your belongings.


We’ve seen pantries and kitchens spruced up with potted plants. Many homeowners do it by setting up a vignette or displaying it with pretty dinnerware. At Hectare One, the potted plants blend in with common pantry items like chips, drinks, and plates. Try doing the same by opting for plain white planters and placing them on the counter where it can’t get in the way of your tasks. In a busy space like the kitchen, a touch of green can be soothing.

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Find similar faux plants at AllHome.

Hectare One is located at 2230 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

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