Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive

Decorating with Plants: What to Choose, Ways to Style, and How to Make Them Thrive

by Baylor Chapman


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“This book will help you keep your plants healthy.”Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7 Books to Shake Up Your Home Decor

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 favorites—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 centerpiece 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579657765
Publisher: Artisan
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 152,190
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Baylor Chapman is the author of Decorating with Plants and The Plant Recipe Book and founder of Lila B. Design, a San Francisco–based plant design studio. She has been a guest on PBS’s Growing a Greener World, and her work has appeared in Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens. When not in her studio, she’s scouring plant nurseries and leading workshops to help plant lovers of all skill levels feel confident that they can make their spaces feel like home with just a little bit of green. Check out her tutorials on and, and follow her on Instagram at @lilabdesign.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Getting Stared 10

Part I The Go-To Plant List

Air Plant 34

Billbergia Bromeliad 37

Boston Fern 38

Cape Primrose 41

Dracaena 42

Fatshedera 45

Ficus 'Alii' 46

Hippeastrum 49

Hoya 50

Marimo 53

Metallic Palm 54

Monstera 57

Orchids 58

Oxalis 62

Palm 65

Pelargonium 66

Peperomia 69

Philodendron 70

Pilea 73

Pothos 74

Prayer Plant 77

Rex Begonia 78

Rhipsalis 81

Rubber Plant 82

Sansevieria 85

Spider Plant 86

Succulents 89

ZZ Plant 90

Part II A Room-by-Room Guide

A Plant Design Primer 95

Entryway 100

Living Room 120

Kitchen 146

Dining Room 166

Bedroom 186

Kid's Room 204

Bathroom 220

Home Office 236

Appendix: Common and Botanical Names 259

Resources 264

Acknowledgments 266

Index 267

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