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Homestyle New Zealand - - FRONT PAGE - PLANT STYLE BY ALANA LANGAN & JAC­QUI VI­DAL, PUB­LISHED BY THAMES & HUD­SON, $40.

Mel­bour­ni­ans Alana (an in­te­rior stylist) and Jac­qui (a gal­lerist) opened their botan­i­cal-wares studio Ivy Muse (@ivy­muse_melb) in 2014, hop­ing to en­cour­age cus­tomers to get cre­ative with green­ery, and now they’ve taken ev­ery­thing they know and put it into a beau­ti­ful, in­struc­tional book. If you’re keen to fill your place with plants but don’t know the first thing about ar­rang­ing them and worry they’ll end up cark­ing it, this is for you. Find out what you need to keep an in­door gar­den grow­ing, which plants work well where, and ways to style them in ev­ery room of the house. Ter­rar­i­ums, string gar­dens and air plants that don’t need soil to grow are among the many cool ideas, but the main take­aways? Have fun, don’t be afraid, and if some­thing doesn’t look right, just move it! It’s not rocket sci­ence, but it could have a big im­pact on your home, health and hap­pi­ness.

TOP Trans­form a dull cor­ner into some­thing worth notic­ing with a col­lec­tion of plants led by a large one. ABOVE LEFT Plant stands and stakes can also play an in­te­gral role in a strik­ing dis­play. ABOVE RIGHT Trail­ing devil’s ivy meets a Bos­ton fern in this sweet bed­room scene. Medium-sized plants like the fern are ideal fillers for spots in a room that are too small for fur­ni­ture but too big to leave empty.

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