The Green Thumb
Full of bright and cheery photography by Lauren Bamford with words by Mr Kitly owner Bree Claffey, "Indoor Green: Living With Plants" is a hardcover tome that celebrates the power of flora. Showing off homes all over the world, the book reveals the complicated and stupidly-simple ways in which a little greenery can transform an interior. And, if you can't keep a plant alive, you can always use the book as a decorative piece itself.
Made from high-quality carbon steel, this 11-inch Hori Hori ("hori" meaning "to dig" in Japanese) is perfect for repotting indoor or outdoor plants and getting rid of pesky weeds. Part knife and part spade, its blade is serrated to get through roots and tough soil. Complete with a gold-decorated vinyl sheath, a hori hori is essential for any green thumb.
The clever Microgarden is a foldable greenhouse in which to grow vegetable sprouts. Perfect for small spaces, Microgarden blends an appealing, simple design with reliable functionality. Made from a transparent, recyclable and waterproof material, the origami-inspired product comes complete with seeds to begin your own microgreen-growing revolution.
Good things come in small packages, and Potting Shed Creations has plenty of them. Their Garden-in-a-Bag range—complete with seeds for everything from cat grass to dill, plus growing medium and coconut husks for drainage—is a gift that encourages getting your hands dirty. Our seed of choice is mint (perfect for cooks and cocktail enthusiasts), which fills the air with a refreshing fragrance.
Handcrafted from porcelain, Dutch designer Elke van den Berg's mint-green watering pot is not just beautiful to look at, but is also ultimately functional. Dishwasher-safe, with a glistening inner-glaze that contrasts its matte outside, the pot features a slim nozzle—making it ideal for watering smaller, indoor plants. And if you're a notorious plant-killer: it makes for a lovely vase.
Folch Studio and editor Zio Baritaux created the Strange Plants books to explore contemporary artists who turn to flora as their muse—in the studio, and in personal life. Covering Lee Kwang-Ho's hyperrealist cacti paintings to plant-inspired flash tattoo art, the two beautifully designed hardcovers delve into this fascination with nature through interviews, commissioned pieces and even sticker versions of the featured artwork to customize the books' covers and pages.
Made in Melbourne, Australia, Retro Print Revival's Rocket Planters are a sleek and sophisticated way to decorate your house with greenery. Crafted using fiberglass, brass and Tasmanian Blackwood, the design (which is available in two sizes) is super-clean and inspired by mid-century modern lines. It's a welcoming home for a plant, hopefully encouraging a blastoff to growth.
These realistic-looking succulents are, in fact, decorative pillows handmade from cotton canvas and linen by Sabine Herrmann. The Berkeley, California-based artist takes her own photographs of the diverse vegetation around the neighborhood, which are then printed onto fabric. From blue agave succulents to pinecones, Hermann's Plantillo pillows are almost like an optical illusion; the best thing is that they require zero maintenance.
This Kokedama from NYC-based The Sill is a bundle of green joy wrapped in a moss ball. An art-form developed by the Japanese, it's an eye-catching way to hold plants, setting them free from pots or planters—you can even hang them. Choose from three different ferns and toss out your ho-hum succulents to make room for this living sculpture. Best of all, the Kokedama doesn't require a lot of maintenance beyond a weekly five-minute bath—staying true to The Sill's mission to make beautiful, unique indoor plants much more accessible (and less scary). National shipping available.
These 300 thread count pillowcases will brighten any bedroom, no matter how gloomy the weather outside might be. Designed in Melbourne and digitally printed on 100% cotton, The Club of Odd Volumes' Emerald linen celebrates nature—with no weekly watering necessary.
These copper edged glass terrariums crafted by a designer duo from Ichikawa, Japan exhibit the beauty of the entire plant. With one compartment to hold the water and another to suspend the plant, this unique vase allows you to observe both the succulent and its intricate root system thrive and grow.