You only need to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest—or visit any number of suddenly stylish plant shops from Los Angeles to London to Paris—to see that the houseplant scene shows no signs of slowing down. Each month brings another tome dedicated to the specific care regimes of our favorite indoor greenery. The craze for everything from fiddle-leaf fig trees to trailing philodendrons has also had a knock-on effect on our homes, as botanical references are now woven through everything from cushion covers to vintage prints.
Author, stylist and co-editor of Marie-Claire Idées, Camille Soulayrol has honed in on this greening trend with Plantopia ($16.48 on Amazon), which shows how you can tap into the houseplant craze, sometimes without actually having to nurture a single living thing.
Photography by Frédéric Baron-Morin from Plantopia (Flammarion, 2019).
There are even step-by-step guides on making your own plant-based dyes (who knew that rosemary created the most beautiful dusty pinks and terra cotta shades?).
Pressing flowers is a time-honored childhood pastime which is just as rewarding when you’re grown up. Soulayrol suggests pressing cuttings—of flowers and leaves—and then displaying them in simple glass frames or on old pages of vintage books or sheets of textural plain paper. Firstly press the leaves in newspaper to absorb any moisture, making sure any cuttings are dry before you start. Place into a book and weigh down with more books. In a few weeks they should be dry enough to display.
Pull away the plantlet and then cut it with a clean, sharp knife at the roots, ensuring that you include several of the offshoot’s roots. Then repot and water in a free-draining pot.
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