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Montage: 25 White Rooms With Plants

Decorating with plants is a thing now. I suppose, with the emphasis on nature and bringing the outdoors in, the re-appearance of the houseplant was inevitable. But why did they go away in the first place? It’s not like a plant should be a style statement. But yeah, it was, and is.

Houseplants were very in vogue in the 1970s. Decorating with plants probably started taking hold in the ’60s, with all the hippies, potters, and peace/free love stuff happening. Chunky gold wool and macramé plant hangers and brown glazed ceramic pots were a hallmark of 1970s interior design. Growing up, our house was rife with spider plants. I also remember my mother having plants called Wandering Jews. What’s up with that?

While platforms, cork wedges, flares, and jumpsuits came ’round again much more quickly, decorating with plants, macramé plant holders, and artsy crafty textile wall hangings have just returned to the mainstream as stylish interior accents. Of course, if you’re attuned to these sorts of style matters, you well know that it’s succulents, cacti, and air plants that hold the spotlight.

I’m seeing more and more examples of people decorating with plants all over Pinterest, as well as real estate sites, as more and more sellers become savvy to staging. A well-placed indoor tree never fell out of favor with designers and stylists who needed to add life and height to interior photos. But now we’re seeing maker and style types in general decorating with plants.

I often have a succulent in my living room. I like the idea of growing an aloe plant, lest I need fresh aloe for a burn or somesuch ailment. Trader Joe’s sells succulents for rather little money. Even if I can’t keep them alive for long, succulents have a more extended lifespan than flowers. I’ve also taken to buying stalks of bamboo at Ikea. They really thrive. I tried my hand at airplants too, but it turns out that even though they don’t need dirt, airplants need to be soaked in water overnight every few weeks. All three of my airplants died within six months. I haven’t had a cactus in a while. Maybe I should get a cactus.

These 25 of-the-moment white rooms feature plenty of plants—succulents, cacti, leaves and branches in vases, and common houseplants, in corners, as centerpieces, as part of mantlepiece and credenza vignettes, hanging in kitchens, and tucked into corners in the bedroom.


Home of Happy Interiors blogger
Photo by Lina Gavénaité  •  Llamas Valley Magazine

apartment of Brechtje interior designer and stylist Jantien de Bood – Inside Out Magazine

Apartment of interior designer and stylist Jantien de Bood
 Inside Out Magazine via French By Design


Arhitektura Budjevac


Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge


Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge


Geo wall art DIY project  by  Vintage Revivals

Femina-home of photographer and stylist Line Kay iHome of photographer and stylist Line Kay in Norway  •  Femina


Copper tubing plant rod DIY project by Plan B by Morganours


L.A. apartment of graphic designer/photographer/blogger Jessica Comingore
Photo by Jennifer Young  •  The Everygirl


Design by Orlando Soria  •  Photo by Tessa Neustadt  •  via Apartment 34


Quebec apartment offered on Renter’s Pages


Austin, Texas home  •   Apartment Therapy


Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge


Bedroom makeover of designlovefest blogger Bri Emery  •  Photo by Laure Joliet


Home of Fashion Toast blogger Rumi Neely
Photo by Tessa Neustadt   •  Elle


Home of Avenue Lifestyle blogger Holly Marder


Brooklyn brownstone bedroom design by Kelly Behun Studio
Photo by Douglas Friedman   •  New York Magazine 


Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge


Home of Smitten Studio blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel


Upcycled leather sofa DIY project by Vintage Revivals


Manhattan Beach home by West Haddon Hall  •  Photo by Bethany Nauert


Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Stadshem


Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Erik Olsson


DIY plant shelf project  •  A Beautiful Mess  •  Photo by Sarah Rhodes

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Montage: 52 DIY Headboards

As a less expensive follow up to last month’s Montage: 47 Upholstered Headboards, I want to share this collection of headboards that are re-purposed, up-cycled, and the like. There are headboards fashioned from doors, decals, mirrors, mantles, tapestries, chalkboards, room dividers, architectural elements, iron gates, pegboard, plywood, and more. DIY and v intage aren’t really my thing, but there are some good ideas here.I know this topic has been done, done, and done, but I hope a number of these images are new to you.


Photographer Paul Whicheloe

Photographer Maree Homer for Real Living

Alexandra Angle

House and Home

a  home on Cape Cod

Tom Scheerer – House Beautiful

Antonio Martins

Home of illustrator Courtney Wotherspoon – Design Sponge

Alvhem Makleri

Montana Burnett Design

Stylist Christine Puech’s bedroom – Marie Claire Maison


Photographer Debi Treloar


Dreamy Whites 

French by Design


Rue Magazine


Pot and Kettle Studios

I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Apartment Therapy – Caitlin, Beacon Hill

Interior Design Magazine

Cookie Magazine

Elle Decor

Côté Sud

Apartment Therapy


Katrin ArensMarie Claire Maison

Design Sponge

Photographer Maree Homer for Real Living

Olivieri Mobili


The Brick House


Photographer Douglas Friedman

Lonny Magazine

House to Home


Solis Betancourt – Southern Accents 

T. Keller Donovan


Serena & Lily

Traditional Home

House to Home


House Roelens

Dave Coote


Ace Hotel, NYC

Mademoiselle Tiss

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Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas

Why gray sofas? First, I apologize for missing two days of blogging. I took a quick day trip to Connecticut to visit a friend. A friend who has so much faith in my taste that she has hired me to decorate her gorgeous new apartment in New York City. You didn’t realize that I’m an interior designer? I’m not! This very loyal friend is confident that through my writing and research, experience overseeing the building and renovations of my own places, and years of absorbing interior images, that I can do this. Or rather, we can do this. It’s definitely a collaboration. And really fun.

I’ll mainly be choosing furnishings. The project doesn’t involve any construction, kitchens, or bathrooms. The apartment is brand new and will be delivered finished and pristine. We  will pick paint colors, wallpapers, rugs, and furniture. The budget is similar to what I would spend if it were my own home, which makes it a lot easier. I’m nervous, but excited.

We’ve decided to go with a gray sofa in her living room. We’re thinking about a serene white and gray scheme, or white and gray with green accents. The dining room is in the same space, so we can play with that too. I’m sure I’ll be treating you to a lot of posts inspired by our deliberations and eventual decisions.

If you’re shopping for a gray sofa, definitely click over to my shopping posts Get the Look: 22 Modern Gray Sofas and Get the Look: 60 Modern Grey Sofas, both of which were updated Spring 2015.

Vita Designs

House to Home

Photographer David Duncan Livingston

Marcelo Lucini’s Buenos Aires apartment

Steven GambrelElle Decor

Greg Natale



Katie Ridder

via The Aestate

Andrew Flesher Interiors

Burley Katon HallidayElle Decor

Photographer Francesca Mantovani via French by Design

Light Locations

Home of Joanna Berryman of Matrushka

Katie Lydon

Anthony Baratta

Dwell Studio

Home of stylist/photographer Elisabeth Dunker via Design Sponge

via Apartment Therapy

Shopping Break

Rest Sofa by Muuto

Steven Gambrel – Elle Decor

Burnham Design

Home of Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks – Metropolitan Home

Emily Summers

Courtney Cox’s Malibu home – Trip HaenischElle Decor

Axel Vervoordt

Jonathan Adler

 Ix Design

Turner Davis Interiors – Elle Decor

reader’s home – Cote de Texas

 via little green notebook

Photographer Manolo Yllera


Sally Wheat Interiors

bloggers own sofa (IKEA) – Pretty Petals blog

Sally Wheat Interiors

Crate & Barrel

Ashe + Leandro



Daniel M. Pafford

Francisco Costa’s NYC apartment via Habitually Chic

Greg Natale

 Emily Robinson of the Dixie Chicks – Metropolitan Home
Architects Jim Poteet & Patrick Ousey – Interior designer Joel Mozersky

Emily Summers

via House of Phila

Sally Wheat Interiors





Burnham Design

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Montage: 47 Bunny Rabbit Rooms

Bunnies were out and about riding the (cotton) tails of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 2010, but the trend didn’t end there. While I wouldn’t say the rabbit is the “it” creature of the moment (post on those in coming weeks), they’ve certainly been hopular. (Sorry.) Last week we posted a trend roundup “Hip Hop” on The Inside Source, and in honor of Easter I’m following up here, with quite a few great bunny rabbit rooms; not all of them for kids.

Bodie et Fou—photographer Francois Kong—stylist Karine Kong

via mokkasin

Orange Street Design

via Garance Doré—Piper Perabo’s home

via le dans la

stylist Heather Nette King

via Norske Interiorblogger

Photographer Julie Ansiau via Miluccia Miluccia

painted walls by Bartsch studio via plentyofcolour

photographer Celina Fallböm

Anthropologie, Boston  |  artist Clare Goddard

Bob O’Connor Photography |  Bunny Williams : )

Douglas Friedman Photography   |   Sandra Aslaksen Photography

Cinq Mai Photography |   Coral and Tusk

Traditional Home

Avotakka   |  Onszelf

Left: Margarita Lorenzo, Chocolate Creative
Right: Home of Chanel accessories designer Laetitia Crahay via Marie Claire

Left: Home of Chanel accessories designer Laetitia Crahay via Marie Claire
Right: Window of a NoLIta boutique

Sea of Shoes  |   via French by Design

Graffiti on Bowery, NYC   |   via Love Made Me Do It

Lulu Frost, Onward Lulu

unidentified   |  ‘Handmade’ wallpaper by Paperboy

CDC Stores

Interior Magasinet    |   stylist Leesa O’Reilly

Shadow puppet wall decals by Areaware.

Muffin & Mani Wallcoverings  |   via Miluccia Miluccia

Catalina Estrada   |   101 Woonideen

kasin blogspot   |   Pope’s Mule

Shareen Joel Design  |   via Design Skool

via bride and wolfe

via le dans la

Marie Claire Maison

via Imagine Childhood

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