Styling An Indoor Garden

House plants are like overalls — you can’t just throw them on and expect them to look super chic, in fact you run the risk very easily of looking kinda cheap and messy. But put a teeny bit of time into it, follow some simple guidelines, and you can walk away looking like this lady:


I mean she is cool, with a capital K. You better believe I will be rocking these while I style my next interior house plant garden. In peep toe heels, none the less.

bri emery's (designlovefest) living room

Photo by Laure Joliet

So I made a little video for you on how to create your own indoor house plant garden using Bri’s house as my example. (See the rest of Bri’s living/dining room HERE).

And that’s how you do it. Not all plants can live indoors, certainly, but Fiddle Leaf Fig trees, philendronens, ferns, and most tropical plants do a pretty good job if you watch them. I’m certainly not a botanist (or whoever it is that takes care of plants), so ask your plant guy at the nursery for how to take care of them.

bluedot toro leather chair

Photo by Laure Joliet

Thanks Arian for the video. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE which basically comes up in your YouTube feed when I make a new one, but more importantly it makes me feel good to have subscribers. :)

  1. Meryl

    Love this! I have a sort of enclosed balcony (mini sun room?) that is just begging for something like this. Totally unrelated: did you see that Joy’s Petal Pusher wallpaper is on Hygge & West in a removable option? Renters rejoice!

    • Emily

      No, i didn’t. That is very good news. Maybe i’ll get it in fact. Awesome. xx

  2. Carlos

    Emily, you are Kool! (Capitol K).
    Thanks for enlightening us!

  3. Love the video, lots of helpful tips and tricks!
    I’m still in love with Bri’s apartment makeover, you really blew it out the water.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

    • Emily

      Ah, Thanks, Quinn. xx

  4. Maribeth

    Hi Emily! I loved this video. I have a fiddle leaf fig myself and am struggling to find a clean/modern but still interesting planter to put it in. Do you mind sharing some of your favorite sources?
    Thanks so much!

    • Emily

      Dude. They are so hard. Planters are crazy expensive. Right now, though, Crate and Barrel has awesome ones. i was just in there last week and wanted to hoard them, worried that next year by the time i have the room for all these plants i want, that they’ll be gone. Ikea has a few good new ones, too. But, its hard. :)

  5. Dana O.


    I need that gold pot on my life! Where did you get it from?

    • Emily

      they are just from the wholesale flower market in LA (but i’ve seen them in new york and some nurseries). so cheap, like $12.

  6. Yari

    I am totally in love with Bri’s living room! I LOVE everything you did!
    oh and I am a fan of your analogies! that overall rocks!

  7. Kimberly

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I was going to ask about plants having just read your top 12 styling essentials. Over the past year I’ve started to use plants indoors for styling pieces and was wondering about how to properly do this. Thank you for the information!

  8. I love these lush plants. I live in Arizona and most of these do not make it here. Ferns are my all time favorite, as I am from Brazil and they grow large there. I did manage to plant one recently and my hubby has made a contraption to self water, so lets see what happens there. Thanks for the great overall’s photo, i chuckled!

  9. Sandy

    I’m loving that chair and ottoman in the last pic. Do you know where it came from?


    • Emily

      The “Toro” chair and ottoman are from Blu Dot.

  10. Holly

    This vid is great. My favorite houseplant is the “praying plant” because the leaves turn to face the sun during the day and then fold up at night. And they’re full looking and hard to kill, as opposed to the ficus, my most unfavorite indoor plant. (An old friend of mine once said that “ficus” is Latin for “F-you, I’m dying”)

    • Kimberly

      I just had to reply. You totally cracked me up! I was just thinking about getting a ficus but I don’t have a green thumb. It’s something new I’ve been trying out for the past year now that I work at home. I think after reading your post I’m going to pass on the ficus. I need something that’s hard to kill, I’m gonna try the praying plant instead!

  11. Andrea Urbass

    Though not the point of the post, I HATE overalls on anyone over the age of three.

  12. Andrea Urbass

    Or NOT a farmer.

  13. Hahahaha, that is the BEST opening line to a post I’ve read in ages. Bravo.

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  15. I LOVED this video Emily! I think people sometimes treat houseplants as an afterthought and the video gives great direction! It got me thinking about how houseplants are a pretty affordable way to accessorize, but planters can be ridiculously expensive! Inspired by your video, I made a little list of affordable planters in a variety of sizes and styles. You can check it out here:•-affordable-planters/ Would love to have you stop by!

  16. lee

    I read VIA another Blogger that she bought the Fiddle Leaf online at home Depot with happy results. I found some sweet herb pots at Anthropologie last week. I will ck out crate and barrel soon. Love me some green but don’t wanna pay a lot for a pot. Great video!

  17. Super duper way to utilize a bright window. Green plants are a fun way too keep things feeling fresh, great for indoor air quality too. Cute post.

  18. I love having access to nature inside. What kind of plants would you suggest for a home that also includes small(ish) active children?

  19. jess

    This is super inspiring. I put a lot of plants around my living room this month and reignited my garden thanks you to!

  20. sarah

    Emily- Do you have a go-to nursery for fiddle leaf figs in LA? I’m having a hard time finding them. Is the flower market the best bet? BTW I love the use of plants in this room- it’s just so ALIVE!

  21. Sevgi

    Wonderful. Congratulations..

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  23. Christine

    Love this video! :) Totally looking for a large face pot like the one you put in here, but can’t seem to find them. Well, there are some out there, but not like that one, and don’t really want to pay $600+ for one. Please tell us where you got this one? Pretty please?
    Keep up the good work! We look forward to your videos, so many awesome ideas!

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  27. Cassandra

    Yes!! So in love with this but now I know I can’t live without that face pot! Where can I find it?!

  28. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this information together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

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