Decorating with Plants

Back in February West Elm posted an interview with Justina Blakeney. She mentioned that she was obsessed with a book called A House and Garden Book: Decorating with Plants by Marybeth Little Weston from 1978. Naturally I wanted to check it out, since I have a thing for houseplants. It’s no longer in print, but lucky for me I snagged a copy on the book swap site I use, Paperback Swap. (It looks like there are some copies available for sale on this site.)

This book is great! Some of the rooms are very 1978 (yikes), but there are many interiors you’d never suspect weren’t current (minus a funky looking sofa here or there). I thought I was at capacity for houseplants, but now I have plenty of ideas for squeezing more in! Here are some of my favorite spaces from the book.

Decorating with Plants

Decorating with Plants

Decorating with Plants

Decorating with Plants

Decorating with Plants

Decorating with Plants also suggested making jokes with your houseplant placement. For example, put a thyme plant next to your kitchen timer. Hardy har har you’re so funny, 1978.

 

11 comments

  1. Chris Pridmore

    Glad to see the humour has improved since 1978… I keep herbs in the kitchen and some air-filtering plants in my living spaces like the office and lounge. This was an idea I got from working in corporate offices. Plants like Sansevieria are great for filtering the air, producing lots of oxygen and making you feel more awake and energetic. They’re usually placed in offices to keep workers productive.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes, I love Sansevieria! I haven’t noticed it making me more productive, but I’ll have to try sitting closer to it while I work. ;)

  2. Kiki

    I would like to live in the first house! I would love to have a house full of plants, but sadly I always manage to kill them, even cactuses.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I always killed mine too, for years. I think it just takes practice to figure out how to keep them alive and well.

  3. Connie | Daydream In Color

    OK I’m a total dork because I lol-ed at the thyme thing. These are so pretty! I always thought I had a black thumb, but since moving I think we have a lot more windows with natural light so I’ve been experimenting with different houseplants! I love these ideas.

  4. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

    You’ll just have to pick up some thyme for one of those sunny windows! ;)

  5. Topher

    What’s up with the bad artistic renderings of Jim Morrison in the first picture, or is it a 1978 take on cool lounge club Jesus? Probably just bad almost 80’s art though.

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