Indoor Plant Décor Inspires with Houseplants

by Seasonal Wisdom on March 26, 2014

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Do you consider houseplants to be home design accessories, just like your pillows, paintings and curtains? If not, then it’s time to give houseplants another look, according to Indoor Plant Décor co-authors Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson.

In fact, the right houseplant can completely change the look of your room… Learn more and enter to win a copy of this book.

All photos courtesy of Indoor Plant Décor.

front cover of indoor plant decor bookOne of the first things you’ll notice about Indoor Plant Décor is that this isn’t your typical houseplant book. It’s really more of a design stylebook for indoor plants.

The co-authors start each chapter with a styleboard of images, which represent a particular style – such as Peaceful Zen, Vintage Vibe or Modern Eclectic.  Then they inspire you to recreate this style for your own home, using houseplants.

Also featured are a number of DIY projects, style tips and a quick guide to selecting and caring for plants.

These writers are friends of mine from the social media world. So when I heard about their book, I couldn’t wait to ask them why they designed a style guide for houseplants.

Living wall in Indoor Plant Decor

The Rationale for Indoor Plant Décor

As Baumle explains, Indoor Plant Décor was written to help people choose plants that enhance their home’s style as much as other accessories do.

“So many times, houseplants aren’t given much thought,” says Baumle. “Yet, plants have an architectural silhouette, which gives them a style just like furniture and other decorator items. Not to mention, the containers that we grow them in can entirely change a plant’s look.”

Movie cube comic planters with ornamental pepper plants in Indoor Plant Decor

All Four Seasons of Indoor Plant Décor

Her co-author Peterson agrees, adding “Indoor Plant Décor shows that you can and should use plants, containers and accessories to accentuate your interior décor, whatever time of year it happens to be.”

Peterson admits that many of us tend to lean towards houseplants more in the fall and winter. “As the weather warms up and we move outside again, we often feel the need to pare down our interiors,” she says. “But plants always provide that sense of home and softness to any interior. Houseplants allow us to bring the outdoors in, so we always feel surrounded by nature.”

Succulents in silver cups

Indoor Plant Décor Isn’t Difficult

One of the biggest misconceptions about growing houseplants is that it’s hard to do. But these authors believe there is a plant for everyone, no matter how green (or brown) your thumb may be. The secret is to match houseplants not only with your personal style, but also with your lifestyle, according to Baumle.

“If you have a busy life, choose a plant that thrives on neglect,” says Baumle. “There are a surprising number of plants like this.”

Vertical salad garden planter in kitchen

Think Outside the Pot

This book encourages you to challenge your creativity. “There are so many more options with houseplants now,” says Peterson. “We’re not relegated to simply sticking a plant in a pot on the table and calling it good. We have artistic vertical growing systems now, as well as interesting plants like succulents, air plants and tropicals widely available.”

Many different plants are suitable for growing inside, no matter where you live.

“We want our readers to have fun with houseplants, and take risks with them,” says Baumle. “The palette is so big, and there are so many ways to integrate houseplants into our living space. We hope our book will be a jumping off point that inspires other ideas.”

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny Peterson March 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

Thank you for such a wonderful write-up on our book, Teresa! Kylee and I are passionate about houseplants as a way of decorating your interior, and we hope our book helps others to feel the same. And if you’re afraid of houseplants, just take baby steps until you’re more confident. You can do it!

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Jennifer Caswell March 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

Houseplants make my house feel alive and vibrant. You can feel their gentle energy all around you. They add so much beauty and color. I lve my houseplants!

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Samantha LaRue March 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I would love to know more about decorating my home with the beauty of nature. I’ve avoided it for so long because of cats and kids, but I could really use some green in my life!

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Kelli Rodda March 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

Plants clean the air, they make you heal faster when you’re sick, they help you concentrate — the list is long, but impressive. Why wouldn’t you want to have a house filled with plants?! I’m currently working on a way to incorporate plants into my tiny office. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Carrie March 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

I like houseplants to keep my connection to plants going through the winter months.

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Seasonal Wisdom March 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

Good luck to everyone entering into this random drawing! We’re all winners when we grow plants in our homes and surround ourselves with Mother Nature.

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Cathy March 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I love having houseplants in my kitchen and bathroom, draping down from high cabinets. I’m very curious about vertical gardening, but I’m not sure how it would mesh with apartment living…

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Bob Stembridge March 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

As the owner of a BROWN thumb… I could really use the help!!!

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Vanessa Richins Myers March 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I love having plants all year round. Since I live in snow country, houseplants fit the bill.

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Kathy March 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

Houseplants are such a great deco !

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Mary March 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

If you are a gardener and you live in New England, then there is no way you could survive the winter without houseplants!

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Karen ~ Wall Flower Studio April 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

Excellent post, Teresa! The book looks fabulous.
Admittedly, there’s no way I could get through our extended Canadian winters without my houseplant friends! My way of thanking them is to put them all outside for the summer. : )

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Diane April 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Plants are signs of life in the midst of colorless, dead looking winters.

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MiscMarsha April 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

This book is so inspiring. We have a lot of empty walls and nooks in our home that could benefit from some living art.

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Jaimee April 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm

As a few other commenter said, winter would be extra long without houseplants!

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Landscaping Dubai June 23, 2014 at 4:26 am

It’s always good to have indooor plants. They help reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being and improves air quality inside the house.

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