Regular readers will know that I have a longstanding love of plants. The progressive work on my little London garden has been something that has brought me a lot of joy over the years even though it’s been a long work in progress and still going.
The accumulation of plant life in my interior however has only been a recent development. Late last year, I came across an article in Elle Decoration that showcased an interior based in Brooklyn that was minimal but full of plants. It struck me how wonderful having plants in the home could be. The life the plants brought to the interior helped create a space that was homely, peaceful and tranquil. And so, I decided to try to bring some greenery into my home. I was cautious at first, starting with some easy to care for succulents, and have slowly progressed from there.
So when Jacqui Small asked me to review a book called Decorating with Plants by renowned Japanese Garden Stylist Satoshi Kawamoto, I just couldn’t refuse. The look of the book alone speaks true to Satoshi’s unique and edgy style and the book itself doesn’t disappoint.
Decorating with Plants provides pages of inspiration on how to incorporate a variety of plant life into your home. What I love about this book is that it is uniquely in Satoshi’s style where he prefers to use natural materials such as driftwood, linens and vintage finds to create his displays – totally in line with my aesthetic.
He starts the book by providing examples of how you can create plant displays in your home, using his home on the outskirts of Tokyo to showcase idea’s for every room in the house including the toilet. The book then talks about various ways to style a corner in the home, table settings and then store design.
Though the book is not a weighty tome, it is small but impactful. The images in the book are full of inspiration and I found myself, spending minutes on each page having to dissect the images because there are so many good ideas. Though the book is focused on plants, the images also provide inspiration on how to decorate with your every day items. His bedroom for example uses a variety of hats as display on his walls which I loved.
Would I recommend this book? If I saw this book on the shelf of the bookstore, I would definitely buy it simply because the book speaks to my aesthetic and creativity.
For this post, I decided to show some of Satoshi’s table settings that he has featured in the book. Beautifully created and styled all using the same table.
Satoshi is also the creative director of Green Fingers, a chain of stores in Tokyo and New York that encourages customers to transform their living environment with greenery, garden accessories and personalised furniture. Further stores are planned for Los Angeles and my home town London. I can’t wait!
Till next time, xD
Image Source: Title Image by Doris Lee, consequent images from the book.