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Decorating with Plants


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Baylor Chapman is the author of The Plant Recipe Book and founder and principle designer of Lila B. Design, a green-certified business in San Francisco. She first learned to garden on a farm in Illinois and has since expanded her gardening chops working in environments from the arid mountains of New Mexico to the golden hills of California. Her designs have been featured in Sunset magazine and on PBS, as well as in Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware stores. Chapman spends her days knee-deep in plants, translating ideas into tangible designs and scouring nurseries for new varieties to play with.


"Chapman tackles the houseplant craze and cuts through the noise. Her tips are practical and always given with an eye towards creating beautiful spaces in your home."

Decorating with Plants
gives you the most basic of information, plant by plant: How much light do they need? How much fertilizer? What about water? What about bugs? And once you get past the primer, the good stuff starts: where and how to hang them; which groupings look best; where to find lovely containers; how to keep your herbs thriving all year round. . . . Healthy plants add color, life, and a whiff of outdoors to a room. This book will help you keep your plants healthy."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Covers all the basics a plant lover needs to know to beautify your home."
--Austin American-Statesman

"This book makes me feel like I just took a warm bath, had a massage, & a cup of chamomile."
--Albany Times Union

"An easily followed roadmap to horticultural success. . . . Chapman's inviting tone mixed with the gorgeous photography makes for an ideal volume for the brown- and green-thumbed alike."
--Publishers Weekly

"Copious ideas for styling your living spaces, room by room, with a wide variety of houseplants. Narrow entryway? Big flat-screen TV? Noisy neighborhood? Yes, there's a plant for all of that, and Chapman's design ideas will leave you ready to frame a window with cacti, geraniums and pelargoniums or to outfit a kid's room with touch-friendly greenery. Chapman has an artist's eye and a plant lover's delight in the details. Her go-to plant list digs deeper than basic care info, occasionally weaving in historical background."

"Horticulturist Chapman encourages readers to add a green thing (or two or three) to every room in the house--for mood, tone, fragrance, clean air, and just plain good looks. . . . Room-by-room ideas . . . . Inspiring photographs. . . . [A] reference for any room, any lifestyle."
--Booklist, starred review

"At last! A book where savvy interior design and houseplant smarts intersect with finesse. Your home will be more beautiful, your life will be uplifted."
--Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant

"I will let you in on a major decorating secret: Every room in your house would look better with a houseplant (or three) to add some life to it. With Baylor Chapman's handy guide, you can pick the best plants--whether for a sunny windowsill or a dark corner--as well as create artful arrangements that will thrive in your home."
--Michelle Slatalla, author of Gardenista

"Yes, Baylor is a masterful designer--that's evident from the beauty she conjures in everything she touches. But Decorating with Plants reveals Baylor's other magic power: Teaching. Her latest masterpiece offers endless design pursuits, all effortlessly demystified from start to finish."
--Johanna Silver, author of The Bold Dry Garden

"This fresh approach to designing with houseplants goes well beyond the basics of selection and care, providing lushly illustrated style guidance for every room of the house. A fantastic mix of practical and inspirational."
--Susan Morrison, garden designer and author of The Less Is More Garden

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