Indoor Plant Decor: Design Stylebook for Houseplants (& Contest to Win Woolly Pockets Planter!)

May 7, 2013 by

Spotted at Adore, New York  City. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

Fashionistas say it: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. On the horticouture side, the same idea works for your interior design scheme where plants can be the perfect interior design accessory.

Front porch at Bartlett Arboretum Designer Showcase by Liza Cousins and Barbara Boland. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

Living Decorative Elements
Just like a fabulous pair of shoes or dynamic scarf can make an outfit, a plant in a great container can be the singular home accessory that will alter and complete the look and feel of a room.

Minigarden modular vertical planters.

Plants provide texture, color, and shape, and like other decorative elements. They soften hard edges, create spacial transitions, establish focal points, at the same time bringing life and nature indoors. Like tossing an accent pillow on a sofa or chair can quickly modify your decor, it’s just as easy to do so by substituting a different plant or container.

Formal living room at Bartlett Arboretum Designer Showcase by Steve Watson Interior Design. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens. 

Natural Wellness 
Beyond accessorizing, houseplants are as valuable as they air you breathe. Literally. They multitask as natural filters, capable of purifying stagnant air and removing toxins.

Planted table at Bartlett Arboretum Designer Showhouse by Victoria Vandamm and Suzanne Bellehumeur. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens.

Indoor plants can also lower blood pressure and increase creativity–a good thing for telecommuters who spend hours at home working virtually as well as the increasing numbers of people who choose “staycations.”

Guest bath at Bartlett Arboretum Designer Showcase by Christman-Stuart Design. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens. 

Green Thumbs Up! Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants.
The brown thumbed (yes, that’s me) or design-challenged need not fret. My friends, plant and garden design experts Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson, will hold your hand and walk you through how to select, style, and care for houseplants.

In their new book, Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants, Kylee and Jenny share ideas and step-by-step projects for designing with plants and containers in ways that can create or compliment your personal decorating style.


The Stylebook
With eight basic style guides such as Peaceful Zen, Classic Elegance, Modern Eclectic, and Vintage Vibe, paired with photo collages of various elements and loads of color photos, the authors take readers through a journey sampling plants, containers, and placement suggestions to get the creative horticultural juices flowing.


For the crafty among us, the duo have rounded up some fun–and easy–DIY projects like a tabletop water garden, planted book, and twig planter (I’m trying this one out.)


Something For Every Level of Expertise
Although I love the design part of any project, I have a bit of indoor plant phobia. Never fear–Kylee and Jenny know very well that dead plants are not decorative so to help readers succeed they’ve included care tips for all environments. As I’m an indoor plant newbie, I’m particularly grateful for what I call the confidence-producing section of the book: three Houseplants at a Glance charts that list plants by ease of care: 1) easy 2) moderate and 3) design diva–plants for those seeking a challenge.


Want a sneak preview?

Kylee and Jenny’s Indoor Plant Decor Tips

1. Start small by investing just a little, you can always add more. They say think of it as “gardening on layaway.”

2. Focus on one area at a time.

3. Scour flea markets, garage sales, craft stores, and your own home for old objects you can use in new ways.

4. Be careful to not prioritize creativity over practicality: the most successful gardens, inside or out, balance both equally.

And this is my personal favorite:

5. You’re not a failure if you kill a plant on occasion, it’s going to happen as it has even to them. “So check your feelings of guilt and inadequacy at the door,” suggest the plant pros, “and forge ahead.


As you can see, this approach to decorating with indoor plants has come a long way since the 70s-era coleus suspended in a macrame pot hanger.


Enter the Urban Gardens Woolly Pockets L’il Green Meadow Planter Giveaway!


Update: We have a winner! Congratulations to Faith Meakin! Even though the contest is over, please peruse the great ideas above! 

Leave a comment below for chance to win a Woolly Pockets Lil’ Meadow Planter (retail value $90) from our friends at Green Up.

The Lil’ Meadow Planter lets you to put roots down in places you never thought possible like on patios, balconies, and rooftops– the plantabilities are endless. Made from 100% recycled materials, Meadows are soft-sided, breathable, modular and infectiously fun!

Giveaway runs through Sunday May 12.
Winners will be picked at random and announced on Monday the 13th.

*Please note that due to shipping costs, giveaways are restricted to U.S. residents. Planter does not include plants.

Green Up is a family business that sources the globe’s most innovative and imaginative plant-based designs and green technologies.
82 Myrtle Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902


Virtual Book Tour: 10 More Giveaway Prizes, 10 More Opportunities to Win
Urban Gardens is one of 11 blogs on in this virtual book tour. Visit and comment on each participating blog for a chance to win the prize offered on that blog. The more blogs you visit, the more chances to win.

The Rainforest Garden
Gardening Gone Wild
Cowlick Cottage Farm
The Casual Gardener
dirt du jour
Gossip in the Garden
Not Just a Housewife
Personal Garden Coach
The Impatient Gardener

Buy your copy of Indoor Plant Decor now.



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  2. Kamille said:

    Yay, woolly pockets!

    — May 7, 2013 @ 15:13

  3. Peter Wheeler said:

    Another great post Urban Gardens, it’s given me some inspiration for my office.

    — May 7, 2013 @ 15:25

  4. gee said:

    love woolly pockets!

    — May 7, 2013 @ 16:29

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  6. Faith said:

    I moved from a large house with an acre of land to a condo on the otherside of the USA. Now all I have is a concrete terrace that I am trying to transform into a lush garden without having beds to plant. This looks like a great solution. I hope the ‘woolly pocket” tells you what they have or you have planted. It really does look like a lush meadow!

    — May 7, 2013 @ 20:56

  7. linda g said:

    I have my succulent arrangements on a rotation schedule. One might decorate the entry table for a week or so, living in bright light and no water. Then it goes outside for a while to be refreshed, while something else outside comes in. That way I always have my indoor plant decor! Excited for the new book!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 00:44

  8. Judy said:

    What beautiful photos on your blog, this is my first time visiting. I’ve love to win the planter…

    — May 8, 2013 @ 10:45

  9. patty sechi said:

    I love GreenUp. So great to have new ideas on how to work with indoor plants in unusual arrangements and on the vertical plane. I am really looking forward to embracing the woolly pockets!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 10:48

  10. Charlie Costello said:

    Holy Molly Wooly Pockets – Now that’s a planter with some potential. I see a checkerboard design on a roof with varying colors and plants…..Let’s GreenUp the local communities…..Yeah!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 11:02

  11. Jean Whitaker said:

    Would love to win this to share ideas with other folks in our mobile home park!! thanks for the chance to win!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 11:19

  12. Joy Bennett said:

    Looks adorable, put me on the list for the contest!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 12:00

  13. Diane McCarthy said:

    What a cute planter! I have about a million places I could use one of those.

    — May 8, 2013 @ 12:07

  14. Kathy said:

    Those woolly pockets are so cute! I want to try some vertical herb plantings in my kitchen. I just need to decide what to plant them in!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 13:19

  15. smdrazic said:

    Will try this again. Not sure where my first comment went.

    I’ve added the book to my wish list. I think it will be a wonderful help in upgrading my home decor with plants.

    I think that Woolly Pockets Lil’ Meadow Planter is cool.


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    — May 8, 2013 @ 13:44

  16. Rebecca Butzow said:

    I love the Woolly Pockets planters! What a great idea for a giveaway!

    — May 8, 2013 @ 18:18

  17. Carol Roberts said:

    this is very useful to a lot of people and to me love it

    — May 9, 2013 @ 05:42

  18. Janet said:

    LOVE the ideas in this great book, and the Wooly Pocket Planter. Thinking outside the box…

    — May 9, 2013 @ 09:58

  19. Bonnie Wells said:

    Those Wolly Pockets are so cute and I would love to win one, thankyou.

    — May 9, 2013 @ 13:49

  20. Betsy said:

    Oh man, I know just where my Wooly Pocket would go! And I’m excited about the book too. The photos are amazing.

    — May 9, 2013 @ 19:58

  21. BarbR7 said:

    Oh, I was just introduced to Wooly Pockets and have been lusting for one. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win one. Think outside the box! My mantra!

    — May 10, 2013 @ 04:12

  22. Angel said:

    The book looks very inspiring and this is such an awesome giveaway,thank you !

    — May 10, 2013 @ 10:01

  23. Cathy R. said:

    The book sounds great and the pictures are fabulous. I hope you’ll post a picture of your twig planter when its finished.

    — May 10, 2013 @ 13:54

  24. Danny said:

    This sounds like a great giveaway!

    — May 11, 2013 @ 11:14

  25. Carol Yemola said:

    Just signed up for your emails. Love the photos. The grass in the table looks quite interesting. My cats would love it!

    — May 11, 2013 @ 15:25

  26. kristin said:

    I love the idea of accessorizing with plants.

    — May 11, 2013 @ 22:45

  27. Mia Graves said:

    What a cool idea. I like that it is made of 100% recycled materials. The name adds a bit of whimsy. Would love to own one!

    — May 12, 2013 @ 22:25

  28. Kim said:

    I love finding new ways to use plants and decorative containers to spruce up my house and patio.

    — May 12, 2013 @ 23:16

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