When I stayed with my friend Mina at her home in San Fransisco a couple weeks ago, the first thing I noticed when I stepped inside her place was how incredible her indoor garden is. Everywhere I looked there were beautifully arranged plants and flowers, and I couldn't stop telling her how impressed I was. (I also couldn't stop sending photos of the plants to my friends, which is probably why a couple of them blocked me on SnapChat.)
I shouldn't have been surprised by Mina's well-designed place; after all, she was one of the few people I knew in college who could transform a dark and drab dorm room into a bright and comfortable nook. But even still, there is something unique about the way she created her indoor garden that plays to the strengths of her house and the colors on its walls, floors and counter tops. Mina has done with plants what others will do with light: set a distinct mood. The one in her place is at once calming and energizing.
In an attempt to bring some of that energy to my own apartment, I asked her a million questions about her plants and how she approaches her garden. The interview below not only offers some excellent tips on designing and caring for an indoor garden, but it also shows how personal gardens are, and how they can be rooted in the places and people that we want to surround ourselves with.Read More