Besides being inspired by furniture and fabrics, I also really love the outdoors and the idea of growing plants. I say the “idea of growing plants” because, really, I have the black thumb of death instead of a green thumb. My sister Emily was in Houston this past weekend and saw “Lois” the Corpse Flower (named so because of its horrid stench) at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and posted photos on her Facebook page. Check out the second photo for scale.
I was really excited to see this because it reminded me of this amazing blog on the Domino Magazine website written by the Germinatrix. The Germinatrix, a.k.a Ivette Soler, had created my quirky dream garden called the Monster Garden. The plants looked like they might eat you. This particular garden is no longer online, but these are the kinds of plants you would see in it:
I think they look like they could have come out of the latest Alice in Wonderland from Tim Burton–a little surreal, odd in scale, and full of vibrant colors. Ha!–and actually they do appear in the movie:
I like these plants because they remind me that the world is vast and there are many things to see. I would love to grow these kinds of plants, but seeing as I would need a rainforest or at least a large greenhouse, it’s just not going to happen. So, I stick with smaller versions: succulents.
These popular plants look great in the ground, in bouquets, and around the house in repurposed containers. I’ve discovered that most things I like have rich colors, bold lines, and look pretty solid. These plants fit the bill perfectly!