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Decorating with plants : what to choose, ways to style, and how to make them thrive / Baylor Chapman ; photographs by Aubrie Pick.
Publication Information:
New York : Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc., 2019.
Physical Description:
272 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduction -- Getting started -- The go-to plant list -- A room-by-room guide -- Appendix: Common and botanical names.
"The complete guide to 'greening' your space, with ideas and inspiration for adding plants to every room in your home, plus a directory of versatile, easy-to-care-for specimens."-- Provided by publisher.

Chapman walks readers through everything they need to know to bring houseplants into their home. She begins with the basics of choosing and caring for plants, with emphasis on the easiest-to-care-for varieties. Then she guides readers through the home room by room, explaining how to use plants to define a space, clean the air, and even add a lovely, living fragrance. Bring nature into your home, and enrich your life! -- adapted from back cover
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Houseplants are more popular than ever before - especially with millennials, who are setting up their homes for the first time and discovering that nothing can add energy, style, and that essential "lived-in-ness" to their spaces better than a little bit of green. Whether it's a statement-making fiddle-leaf fig or a tiny tabletop succulent, a houseplant instantly elevates the look of your home. But where to begin?

In Decorating with Plants , Baylor Chapman walks readers through everything they need to know to bring houseplants into their home. First, there's Plant Care 101: from how to assess light conditions to tricks for keeping your plants alive while on vacation, Chapman gives readers the simple, foundational info they need to ensure their plants will thrive. Then she introduces us to 28 of her favourites - specimens that are tough as nails but oh-so-stylish, from the eye-catching Rubber Tree to the delicate Cape Primrose. Finally, she guides readers through the home room by room: Place an aromatic plant like jasmine or gardenia to your entry to establish your home's "signature scent." Add a proper sense of scale to your living room with a ceiling-grazing palm. Create a living centrepiece of jewel-toned succulents for a dining table arrangement that will last long after your dinner party. From air purification to pest control, there's no limit to what houseplants can do for your home - and Decorating with Plants is here to show you how to add them to spaces big and small with style.

Author Notes

Baylor Chapman is the author of The Plant Recipe Book and founder and principle designer of Lila B. Design, a green-certified business in San Francisco. She first learned to garden on a farm in Illinois and has since expanded her gardening chops working in environments from the arid mountains of New Mexico to the golden hills of California. Her designs have been featured in Sunset magazine and on PBS, as well as in Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware stores. Chapman spends her days knee-deep in plants, translating ideas into tangible designs and scouring nurseries for new varieties to play with.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Chapman (The Plant Recipe Book), founder of San Francisco's Lila B. plant design studio, offers an easily followed roadmap to horticultural success with this well-appointed guide, supplemented with attractive images from photographer Aubrie Pick. After declaring that everyone can learn to garden, she sets out to communicate the basics of indoor plant use-settling on a style and budget, matching plants with the right soil, repotting plants, knowing how often to water-before moving onto her go-to plant list, which includes orchids, spider plants, and air plants. For each, Chapman gives the basics-care level, required lighting, soil, watering, fertilizing, temperature, and size-accompanied by a full-page color photo. Part II discusses which species to use in which rooms, from the bedroom (chrysanthemums, English ivy), to the dining room (hydrangeas, hellebore), to one's home office (neon cactus, earth star). As a San Franciscan, Chapman is also attentive to space constraints, a point she drives home with "small space, big impact" ideas, such as "Standouts for the Coffee Table," "Clear Your Countertops," and "Repurposed Accessories." Chapman's inviting tone mixed with the gorgeous photography makes for an ideal volume for the brown- and green-thumbed alike. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Getting Staredp. 10
Part I The Go-To Plant List
Air Plantp. 34
Billbergia Bromeliadp. 37
Boston Fernp. 38
Cape Primrosep. 41
Dracaenap. 42
Fatshederap. 45
Ficus 'Alii'p. 46
Hippeastrump. 49
Hoyap. 50
Marimop. 53
Metallic Palmp. 54
Monsterap. 57
Orchidsp. 58
Oxalisp. 62
Palmp. 65
Pelargoniump. 66
Peperomiap. 69
Philodendronp. 70
Pileap. 73
Pothosp. 74
Prayer Plantp. 77
Rex Begoniap. 78
Rhipsalisp. 81
Rubber Plantp. 82
Sansevieriap. 85
Spider Plantp. 86
Succulentsp. 89
ZZ Plantp. 90
Part II A Room-by-Room Guide
A Plant Design Primerp. 95
Entrywayp. 100
Living Roomp. 120
Kitchenp. 146
Dining Roomp. 166
Bedroomp. 186
Kid's Roomp. 204
Bathroomp. 220
Home Officep. 236
Appendix: Common and Botanical Namesp. 259
Resourcesp. 264
Acknowledgmentsp. 266
Indexp. 267