The hip black and white look of this barrel cactus cut and placed on alternating black sand and table salt is made even more dramatic with the addition of vertical porcupine quills. "Pour one mound of table salt across each side of the glass cube. Layer black fine grained sand on top. Repeat. Layer with white aquarium pebble before placing cactus," says Anne Gunnels of Honey + Gunn Succulents. The table design is by @pleasebeseatedrentals.
Mary Margaret, who studied art history at the University of Georgia, is an artist who offers a fresh take on traditional botanicals by finishing her colorful images of flowers and plants with a glossy coat of resin. Many of her paintings are displayed in her home, including these camellias in the couple's bedroom.
The fantasy continues in the dining room. While the white walls and hardwood floors may be standard, even typical for a Brooklyn brownstone, what happens between them is anything but. In this room a surrealist light fixture designed by Paul hangs low over a thoroughly modern set of dining chairs. For a contrast from the metal furnishings, a vintage Norman Cherner armchair captains the table. On the floor, a hand-painted rug brings a big splash of color to the space which is presided over by even more fantastic sculptures of creatures, seashells and plants.
A redesigned walkway becomes a veritable art gallery for unique plant and flower combinations, which line the sides of this post-classical Pacific Heights home. Adding a dash of modernism, the bespoke furnishings and personalized architectural touches help to bring the new in with the old.
Trim your plant as needed to maintain its size, and remove any flowers when they fade. Looking for more plants to grow in a terrarium? Calvo suggests Alpine water fern (Blechnum penna-marina), Baby’s tears (Soleirolia soleirolii), Dwarf crisped fern (Dryopteris affinis ‘Crispa Gracilis’), Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) and Artillery plant (Pilea glauca ‘Aquamarine’).
A 5-foot stretch of brick wall is the visual center of this front porch. To make it an attractive focal point, designers added a large wall hanging and lots of plants. Woven wall hanging: Pottery Barn; Bench: Target
A large piece of contemporary artwork hangs above a gas fireplace to help add height to this living space. The art differs in style from the heavy, hand carved mantel which is a nod to Mediterranean design.
This lively Art Deco living space features a collection of colorful details in this sitting area. Embroidered linen curtains with watermelon pink roman shades give the window a pop of color with a white modern chair beneath. A round table with planted orchids in blue vases sits in front of printed grass cloth wallpaper with gold and teal tones.
This warm dining room makes use of natural light with geometric windows and artificial light with a candlelight chandelier. A simple flower arrangement of white tulips complements a palm plant in the corner.