You've spent thousands of dollars and countless hours transforming your house into a minimalist haven. You won't want to junk it up with tacky houseplants. Still, you think it could use some living greenery, if only for its ionizing properties. Turn to Hip Houseplants, and in the first chapter you'll find ideas for plants that contribute to a minimalist décor: orchids of course, a tuft of isolepis grass in a simple tin container, partridge-breasted aloe. Or maybe your apartment is decorated in retro '70s style--bright plastic dining chairs, starburst wall clock, and the like--but something's missing: the spider plants and the kalanchoe. Florist-to-the-stars Orlando Hamilton's book emphasizes matching plants and containers with their surroundings: What plants look good and thrive in steamy bathrooms? Where should you place a spreading plant, or one with a bold architectural structure? How can you use artificial illumination to spotlight your prized calla lily? In short sections, Hamilton discusses texture, color, leaf shape, pattern, and scent. The listing of 86 hip houseplants and their characteristics, ideal environment (unfortunately, none of these is a shade plant), and maintenance requirements could be used as a shopping list on your next trip to the garden center. --Liana Fredley
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Instead of having houseplants that just take up space, why not have houseplants that make the space? A plant stylist whose celebrity clients include Madonna and Sylvester Stallone and whose work has appeared in Elle Decoration, Vogue Italia, and other publications, Hamilton believes that houseplants are "ready for a deserved comeback." He offers a way to look at houseplants as d cor and presents ideas for integrating them into various interiors. Using numerous bold color photographs and a clean layout, Hamilton shows how to incorporate houseplants into contemporary styles such as Mediterranean, fusion, and minimalist. Other sections include color and scent; shape, pattern, and texture; pots and containers; and lighting. Also included are a section on plant maintenance and contact information for many of the items featured in the book. While many other houseplant books discuss how to make houseplants look good, this book focuses on how to make your living space look good with houseplants. Recommended for all public libraries. Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR
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