One thing I’ve vowed to get better at, planting. Or more specifically, keeping plants alive. Indoor plants are fundamental to balanced living and brining life, literally, into a space. So, I started with a few terrariums in my condo, which was going quite well, or so I thought. In the past few weeks I’ve had a few of my precious succulents shrivel up and die. Grudgingly I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t so much as keeping them alive, rather than slowly killing them. As it turns out killing a succulent takes a lot longer than a regular plant therefore you can be under the false pretense that you’re caring for them perfectly. So, alas. What is a girl to do? Educate myself on how to do the job right, of course!
Insert the Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman. I hunted this book down on Gardenista, a site for those with a green thumb or a godsend for those of us like me with a brown thumb. 100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season, is the cover’s subtitle. Perfection. The glorious book is made up of step-by-step instructions on how to create the most interesting, lively, contemporary indoor planters. Shot by Paige Green, it includes beautiful images of everything, so you can visualize not only what it will look like in your home but also what it’s supposed to look like when you’re done.
Baylor is the founder and principal designer of Lila B. Design, a sustainable floral and plant studio in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. The shop is in the courtyard of the Stable Café and beautiful kept, as you can imagine. It looks like the perfect spot to grab a coffee and decompress. They also give classes on a variety of fun subjects all pertaining to planting that will surely make your brown thumb green. Definitely on my list next time I’m in SF!
Originally sourced via Gardenista.