Jeffrey Fisher: Get a tropical punch (and sculptural twist) from an indoor tree

Hello Jeffrey,
Currently I’ve noticed in interior magazines that everyone’s home looks to have a lovely tree tucked in the corner or put artfully beside a chair. I enjoy the seem but have in no way experienced a eco-friendly thumb. My spouse is excellent with outside gardening but for some purpose displays no curiosity in houseplants. Now that vegetation are on my radar, I truly feel like my residence is bare with out them. Do you like to decorate with plants? Any ideas for me?

Hello Judith,

I grew up in the ’70s, with a mother who preferred houseplants really a lot. She experienced prized spider vegetation and variegated philodendrons. And when I say prized, you should do not think blue-ribbon worthy it was just commonplace for the time to have vegetation all over the place. I remember one particular path of philodendron so lengthy that it framed the complete leading of the kitchen cupboards. My mother would shine these leaves weekly with enjoy and pride. And when she felt she needed one more spider plant she would lower off 1 of the baby spiders and adhere it in a glass of drinking water until it grew roots.

And so, due to the fact of the very first eighteen a long time of my life, I avoided houseplants for two many years. Then lately, like you, I commenced to get be aware of fascinating vegetation in stunning interiors and made a decision that I too desired the innovative appear of shiny, healthful greenery in my residence.

I stimulate you to do as I did, and start off with an orchid. They are not as difficult to treatment for as you might consider (the less I fuss above mine the better they do) and the blossoms are the ultimate in plant payback.

Once you’ve established to oneself you truly can treatment for an orchid — believe me, if I can, you can — then I advocate having the leap to a decorative tree. I felt compelled to just take the plunge following seeing a fiddle-leaf fig on each and every Elle Decor magazine protect. (You will acknowledge the tree as shortly as you Google it — massive, shiny broad leaves on branches that prolong from a slender trunk.)

I was at first nervous (I felt as however I had adopted a pet) but am happy to report that my four-calendar year-old is approximately five-and-a-fifty percent-feet tall, appears outwardly healthful and helps make me smile. Standing in the center of my loft, it tends to make a statuesque focal stage, but also serves as a visible divider among my living and function locations.

The loft pictured over was made by WXY Architecture + Urban Layout ( and demonstrates properly how a sculptural tree can complete an inside. Although the style of this loft is lovely on its own, the addition of the ponytail palm in a up to date pot provides yet another level of curiosity to the open up-notion flooring plan. The cascading punch of whimsical eco-friendly leaves are as impactful as a piece of sculpture would be.

Maintain in mind, massive plants and the container in which to home them can effortlessly include up to the cost of a little piece of household furniture — but now that I’m a plant convert I see price in allocating cash to greenery. Believe in me, Judith, a new tree in the corner of your living place will give you as significantly fulfillment as if you experienced bought a new side table or étagère.

I’ve listened to that if we reside extended adequate we grow to be our mothers and fathers. I guess I’ve grow to be my mother: On any offered Saturday you can locate me misting my fiddle-leaf fig, cleaning its leaves and whispering considerate words of encouragement to it. However, luckily, I’m not standing on the kitchen counter polishing the leaves of an overgrown philodendron. However.

—Send your decor question to

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *