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3 Ways to Use Plants at Home

Backyard foliage can make an impact in any room with a bit of styling


Aside from flowers, plants found in the garden may be used to add life to any room in the house. Take inspiration from these different setups.

Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

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As a centerpiece Make your table setting fresh by placing foliage cuttings in monochromatic vases—it’s perfect for casual lunches and dinners. Just leave spaces in between the vases so you can see the guests in front of you. You can use a variety of fresh plant cuttings from your own backyard, and play with different leaf shapes and colors, as well as container heights. Also try mixing in short bamboo sticks and reeds. If you don’t want vases, you can use different styles of drinking glasses, also clean perfume and olive oil bottles.
As a kitchen accent Some herbs come in really small pots. To make it look pretty in your kitchen, try popping the pots into nice mugs. These also make great insta-gifts for friends!
As a table accent When people use plants in their homes, they immediately look for pots or planters to put them in. Try showing off their beauty—roots and all—in clear vases instead, the way you would with a flower. You can accent it with rocks or display the plants on their own.

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