We’ve gone through phases where we buy a bunch of indoor plants for our home. Unfortunately, we’re not the best at keeping them thriving or sometimes, alive. I was looking forward to Rooted in Design to help me not only improve my lack of a green thumb, but also inspire me to try new techniques to consider for our home decor.
The book is broken into 8 chapters. Each chapter focuses on a particular space (On the Wall, On the Ledge, In the Kitchen, etc.) with suggestions for plants and some how-tos on making your own containers. The last chapter covers the basics of planting, some troubleshooting, and the care for plants in a nice plant directory that includes photos, light and moisture requirements.
I enjoyed reading the book, and I’m planning to incorporate some ideas into our house. I’m thinking about making a terrarium with my kids and filling in some spaces with plants.
I found the DIY projects to be interesting, but I don’t see myself making them.
I think one of my problems with the book was that the words weren’t really in line with the photographs and styling of the book. The photographs were my least favorite part of the book. As I continued reading the book, I felt like I was looking at some photos that didn’t need to be a full page (the neoclassical urn), and other photos that should have been a full page (chandelier). For example, in the “On the Floor” chapter of the book, there is a section on balancing and framing a space. But the example used in the dining room was not lit well, and not very distinguishable on the sides.
Overall, I think the book is a wonderful reference, and has great ideas to using indoor plants creatively. I plan to bring it along with me when we go plant shopping. I would suggest checking out the book from the library first before you decide to buy.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.