Creating My Indoor Sanctum – Not A Chaotic Mess Of Dust Dog Hairs & Clutter…

Today is the day I start painting the living room ready to start creating my indoor garden…


Create a brighter more spacious home

Let there be light (& space)

You don’t need to do expensive refurbishments or knock down walls to enjoy a light and spacious home. To help you make the most of your existing space, Dulux has created a specialist range of paint called Light & Space, to bounce light around your room for an airy and bright feel.

How it works

Dulux Light & Space uses an ingenious light-reflective technology to create the illusion of space. By using a patented Lumitec formulation, the paint works with light reflective particles to reflect up to twice as much light back into your room.

How to apply the paint

It is easily applied with a roller or brush and requires just two coats, drying in 2 – 4 hours.



The paint cost £30 for 5L…but it is well worth the extra cost, just to reflect more light around my dark living room. The patio door faces East & catches the sun from the South, but otherwise it seems such a dark room. I have used this paint before, it did appear brighter. It was in a room with a picture rail, the dulux light & space paint was below the picture rail, with mat white above, you could see the difference…

I’m wondering if the light reflected is as good for plants as well as just brighter. The same as the use of mirrors to bounce light. Is reflected light still ‘artificial light’…I know LED lights are good grow lights. I don’t want to start setting up expensive grow lights everywhere, apart from the heat, they don’t look that decorative…

Since finding out I can grow ANY! plant in doors. I am planning on bring all my plants in doors as houseplants. Though it will take lots of research to care for each plants needs. I am buying rose & shrub compost, because I want to bring all my roses indoors…8 in total so far. They are mostly patio roses so already in pots. John might be unhappy if I bring my rambling rose with the evil thorns inside, it attacks him every time he ventures out in the garden…’Oops!’…

I love roses. I especially love fragrant roses. I am lucky to have high ceilings, so more height to allow my plants to grow taller. I’m contemplating bringing my lovely rambling rose indoors. The neighbours don’t like it. Every time it grows their way they shove it off the fence. I am going to do an experiment. I will cut it right back. Dig it up, plant it in rose compost in a big pot. Then add my obelisk. Once indoors I will just tie the stems it shoots out, which have the flowers on, to the obelisk. Might need to put it away from John. I won’t tell him which plant it is, he will be oblivious, lol…

I don’t want my indoor garden to look like I brought all my plants in doors. I want it to be a controlled environment. Trimmed to fit in the space I allocate them. I can visualise in my mind what it will look like, but everyone else in the family are…Okay! Mums having another one of her crazy ideas, just humour her…Yeah! We’ll see…

Every available space will be used. Including that sunny bit on the end of the kitchen work top…I feel like my indoor garden will inspire me to be more meticulous in my cleaning. After all, I don’t want mess among my beautiful plants. Sooo! Plants on the work top {Preferably not poisonous, preferably herbs} in nice decorative pots. I will be continuously clearing & cleaning the work top. As long as I have space for my chopping board & the ingredients I’m cooking with. Then a space to put the plates for dishing up, I’m happy…

Plants + Music = Blissful relaxation!

Also…I want the space where the laundry’s building up taking up valuable plant space {Gasp!} Hanging plants & a pot with a plant, is going there. So ‘More washing’ being done…

The thing is. I know how much better my quality of life will be, if I can fulfil this one dream to create my indoor garden. It sounds silly, but I will feel at ease, relaxed, grounded, blissful when around plants, especially lots of plants, giving me the feeling of being hidden in my own little jungle. The only thing it needs ‘Money’…Money for pots, money for compost, money for…………………………………………………………………………….otherwise its just a pipe dream & I carry on feeling ‘Ugh!’ because I can’t create my garden outside. Too much noise from neighbours. Too many weeds from when it was neglected by the people before we moved here. Too much watering, because of the burning sun, but its difficult to get around the garden with the hoes…

If my garden is indoors…NO! NOISY! NEIGHBOURS!!! No burning hot sun. Noooo! weeds! Woooo!!! that is the most blissful…I can wander around my whole house taking care of my plants, which will include cleaning. After all…Dust & dog hairs getting on my plants…{Gasps!} I don’t want to just add plants in chaos, so it looks even more chaotic. The point of my indoor garden is to create a blissful calm. Not ‘pull my hair out’ ‘feel overwhelmed’ CHAOS!…

I’m thinking wandering around my indoor garden, cleaning, tending to my lovely plants, everything in its place, no plonking anywhere, noooo! getting in the way. No causing stress from being too much clutter, it will be organised clutter, organised chaos. I might even throw in a few jungle sounds, lol…

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