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This Apartment Is a Plant Lover’s Dream

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Hilton Carter is an interior designer and the author of Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants. He is also the proud (and slightly overwhelmed) owner of about 300 stunning house plants, which he and his wife, Fiona, reside among in their Baltimore apartment. Here, he shares his tips on starting your own plant collection and gives us a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM:

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Sofa: Gardiners, similar. Coffee table: West Elm, similar. Mirror: West Elm. Painting: Jose Mertz.

On ALL THE PLANTS: We have 180 in our home and another 120 in my work studio. Honestly, it takes work to keep them alive and thriving. I spend about five hours a week tending to them, usually on Saturday or Sunday morning. 300 plants, that’s my max. But then I always always end up with more.

On the view: I try to give all the chairs in the house a good view. I like setting up seating areas where you can sit back and see everything as a whole — rather than having all the furniture pointed at one thing, like the TV. I want you to really feel like you’re IN the space.

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Chair: Dot & Bo, similar. Floor lamp: Etsy, similar. Basket: Target, similar.

On butt-friendly furniture: Growing up, I lived with my grandmother. You know how back in the day people used to put plastic on all their ‘good’ furniture? She did that. You never got to sit on the couch. I remember saying to myself, ‘When I grow up and have my own place, all the furniture will be for people to put their butts on.’ Here, you can sit wherever you want!

On your stuff vs. our stuff: This was the first apartment my wife and I moved into together. Combining our stuff, honestly, was the hardest moment in our relationship. It’s hard, looking at the things you’ve carried with you in your own life and try to ‘downsize’ them. We each had to look at our separate belongings and decide what was going to be ours. My wife does like the plants, though! She’d have to, right? She married me!

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home TourBar cart: Consignment. Mirror: Flea market.

On compromise: All that said, there was a bar cart that Fiona insisted we keep. It opens like a pop-up book and takes up so much space. But it was mandatory for her, so we figured it out. We found a nice corner for it, right under a plant, so now it looks like this cool little jungle bar.

On becoming a ‘plantfluencer’: I’ve been on Instagram since its infancy. I made the jump from Facebook as soon as I saw it, because I loved the idea of a photo-based platform. At the same time, I had a dream of doing interior styling and was trying to figure out how I could pursue that passion (my day job is in advertising). My wife who pointed out, ‘Well, you don’t really share photos of your own space. We’re about to move into a new apartment, so why don’t you take some ‘before’ photos and share that process on Instagram?’ She was the one who reminded me to use hashtags and actually utilize the app. And it just so happened there were lots of plants in it, which pushed me into this new green community on Instagram. It changed my entire life. It turned my side-hustle into another full-time job.

DINING NOOK:

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Table: Restoration Hardware. Chairs: Tabouret, similar. Bowl: Target, similar. Vase: Target, similar. Print: Egon Schiele.

On the illusion of a dining room: If you’re sitting on the couch, you’re only three feet away from the dining table. But my goal was to make the dining ‘room’ feel like a separate space. I decided to do this Venetian plaster look on the wall, by painting and scrubbing and sandpapering it off. I wanted something with a bit of an edge.

KITCHEN:

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

On having a fantasy kitchen (some day): I don’t like our kitchen, honestly. This is a rental, so we’re stuck with it, but I dream of the day when we have a big kitchen and I can get my Smeg refrigerator. THEN everything will be great. This one is small, yet it’s still the place that everyone gathers when you have a party. I don’t know why that happens, but people just cram in.

HALLWAY:

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

On finding your light: The first thing to figure out when you want to buy a plant is what kind of light you have. Get to know your window — is it east-facing, north-facing, etc. Then go to the nursery or hardware store. Always talk to the associates about which plants will work best for you — and let them tell you how to care for them. You might think there’s one kind of starter plant, but there isn’t. People usually think they should start with a snake plant. True, that is a low-maintenance, low-light plant, but if you’re new to plants you might not realize that snake plants like to stay dry longer than other types, and you’ll likely overwater it. A lot of plants die because of overwatering.

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Plant cradles: Things by HC.

On a wall of green: I really wanted a living wall, but that would have required installing a system of hoses, which you can’t do in a rental. So, I created this propagation device called The Cradle. I love that I can continuously grow new plants — or, if friends come over and see a plant they like in the house, I can take a cutting out of the wall, pot it, and give it to them as a gift. We’ve also been given cuttings from other people’s plants and use this wall to grow them into plants for our own collection.

BEDROOM:

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Lamp: West Elm, similar. Sheets: Target. Throw blanket: Spilled Paint Design.

On a glamping-inspired bedroom: Have you ever gone camping? I haven’t really. But if I were going to, this would be my style of camping. There would be a lot of greenery, but there would also be an actual bed, and you’d have all your things with you. THAT was my inspiration for our bedroom. The bedroom should be the place where you can totally relax and let your hair down.

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home TourHexagon mirror: TROHV, similar. Decorative mirror: TROHV, similar.

On a plant that fits your lifestyle: When choosing plants, think about how much time you can commit. If you’re a busy person who has to travel a lot, you’re not going to go out and buy a puppy, right? You also don’t want to go out and buy a finicky, needy type of plant that requires a lot of watering. Maybe you need a cat type of plant, you know? With a cat, you can put out extra food and water and go away for the weekend and they’ll be okay. Maybe you need a cactus.

Hilton Carter's Plant-Filled Home Tour

Thank you so much, Hilton! You are amazing.

P.S. Many more home tours, including a 600-square-foot family apartment in San Francisco and a Mexico City house with a tree inside!

(Photos by Hilton Carter.)

  1. Jen B says...

    Yay! Have loved Hilton for quite awhile. Thanks for representing Baltimore!

  2. I’m not sure about the plant lovers, but this apartment is definitely my idea of a perfect home. I’m head over hills for every corner and detail in it, especially that plant wall. What an innovative and unique idea! Very dreamy and fairy tale like.

  3. That wall treatment is very cool and a perfect backdrop for the plants.

  4. Andria says...

    I never thought I’d see a house with too many plants in it but this is actually too much for my taste. Cool for him though!

  5. Rachel says...

    Hilton’s personality really shines through in the way he writes and I would like to officially join his fan club. Where do I sign?

  6. Emily says...

    I just can’t get over what you can get away with in a rental! We’ve just had a law passed here that lets you put a nail in a wall and we feel so lucky. Amazing space!

  7. Rebecca says...

    Yay for some Baltimore love! We are much more than what is reported in the news!

  8. Karen says...

    I’ll never forget, when many years ago, I went and visited a friend in her little so-so apartment, and thinking, well better than nothing but not sure I would want to live there…..until I walked in. It felt so welcoming, cozy, and homey. I knew right away it was the plants that added to that feeling, as her furnishings weren’t spectacular, nor the apartment itself. I have never forgotten this. Over the years, when I have mentioned this to people, I have sometimes gotten crazy looks. LOL. Seeee! I’m not so crazy.

  9. The plants are great but the first thing I noticed was that Buffalo 66 poster! One of my favorite movies… such a classic.

  10. Christina says...

    I am in loveee with this home and with Hilton and Fiona. Thank you for always introducing us to such INTERESTING people and their lives! I immediately followed on Instagram, bought his book and bought two Cradles. You got me! :) xx

  11. Libbynan says...

    I’m sorry, but I have to reference the following post…. I am not claustrophobic and I love plants and I could not live there. Just looking at the pictures made me short of breath. Yeah, I know plants add oxygen to the atmosphere, but the sensation of being hemmed in and crowded came right through my screen. I can handle sixty plants, but not three hundred.

    • Emily says...

      Totally agree. All I feel when I look at these pictures is panic.

    • Jessica says...

      I’m with you 100%. The home is “great for them, not for me” to be sure! I’m not claustrophobic either but I’m starting to feel suffocated just looking at the pictures! Not to mention the insects they would invariably attract, even indoors. I imagine dodging out of the way of overhanging vines, branches, leaves etc as they grow and climb and proliferate as plants do and all I feel is panic. Also this might be just me but I would imagine the plants pressing close together and rustling their leaves, whispering with each other and gradually taking on more sinister tones and plotting how to kill me so they could get the whole place to themselves!!

  12. Christina says...

    What a stunning place! It’s cool and charming, as if it has a personality all its own. Wow!

  13. Dee says...

    I purchased my first home last November, and I have been slowly adding more and more plants. What a difference it makes on the space. I love coming home to my plants and always look forward to watering them and checking on them. They have become the pets I never new I needed and always remind me to slow down and be present.

  14. Nikki says...

    My students (third grade) know how much I love plants and how obsessed I am with my fiddle leaf fern tree named Toby (it’s a compliment Joanna because he’s piratically a child lol). At morning meeting I showed them pictures of this house because we had a conversation about dream homes and our “share” was what our dream house would have.

    One of my students piped up, “Matt (my partner) would be so mad at you.”

    It’s cute that by April my students not only know my obsession with plants but also know how my partner thinks I have too many (they know this because he thinks we have too many so I bring them into the classroom).

  15. Laurie says...

    Thank you for this home tour. In a world where we see such an emphasis on arranging our spaces “just so”, this apartment is like a riot of textures and freedom. And plants grow and shrink, so their home is like an organism. Hilton seems to be an artist, plus a scientist… and he goes all in! Bravo!

    • Mel says...

      How poetically and palpably said, Laurie! Ditto :)

  16. Nina says...

    Wow. Amazing. I would never be able to sleep in that bed – add the fear of that plant falling on my head and killing me to an irrational fear (as it looks to be well anchored). I love the idea of every chair being sittable. and yes, no matter how small everyone always gathers in the kitchen.

  17. CindyrA says...

    Fantastic! And they live in my town…Baltimore! Wonderful creative ways of hanging and displaying your plants. Right now I have about 30 spyder plant babies waiting for a new home. I love your plant rooting wall system. Thanks for opening your home to us!

  18. Love following him on the instagram and seeing all the plants and that he replies to comments and messages!

  19. this space is amazing

    xo

  20. Oh wow, I am in LOVE!

    Hannah

  21. Ann says...

    Is that Jip, Janneke and Takkie I see? As the wife of a Dutch man, and the mama of 2 year old who begs to read their stories I recognized them immediately.

    I loved this house tour, and I’ve been inspired to get more than the 2 snake plants we currently have :)

  22. Mathilda says...

    Oh wow!!! Beautiful!!!!! I’d very much like to hear more from him about plant-tending. Mine never look like his for long.

  23. pb says...

    What a beautiful house !

  24. Kris says...

    Omg I was wondering about bugs too! I feel like there must be lots of them? Or not?

    Besides that—this is SUCH a beautiful space. I’m a plant lover but a total minimalist so I would be driven to insanity If I lived here but LOVE it and think it looks amazing. Also as a POC I was thrilled to see a brown man on this tour. I Can’t ever recall seeing a black man on a house tour and love the representation!!!

  25. It is funny for me to read that this is overwhelming to a lot of people, because I look at this house apartment and all I see are #plantgoals. I have 47 plants (I just counted), plus 6 of my sister’s right now. I constantly yearn to be surrounded by more green, and this is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Cara says...

    I am too, a crazy plant lady. I have probably 50 plants in our house and about every other weekend, if it is sunny, I take them all outside and let them soak up the sun all day. My husband calls this my “plant field trip”. It takes me forever to get them all outside, water them and move them around with the light, but I love it, and they are thriving (I have 2 very healthy fiddle leaf figs, so I must be doing something right).
    PS. His propagation station is dreamy.

    • Kimberley says...

      This is the most magical thing I have ever read! Plus, serious envy of your 2 figs xo

  27. Carol Wynn says...

    So cool! It feels like another world. The only plant that freaks me out is the one hanging over the bed!

  28. Katherine says...

    Soooo beautiful. Hilton and Fiona, if you read this, thank you for the beauty you put out into the world.

  29. Hannah says...

    The air quality in their home must be AMAZING! Love love love it!

  30. Allegra LaViola says...

    this is totally awesome. possibly my favorite house tour yet. I am terrible with plants but I love the way they look. Beautiful!

    • Janice O'Kane says...

      I agree, even my husband said, “whatever you’re looking at we need to live there!”

  31. Meggles says...

    I think this is my favorite home tour ever on Cup of Jo. I love it–the style and all that greenery. What an adorable couple. Also, my sister lives in Baltimore (Reservoir Hill area), and this feature gave me nice happy feelings.

    Baltimore is, in so many ways, a beautiful city, with so many cool things to offer. The architecture and row homes are gorgeous. I know it’s having a tough time, but I’m rooting for it. :)

    • Maggie says...

      Pretty sure I know your sister (first initial B?) :)

      yess, so glad to see Baltimore on here!

  32. Katie L says...

    1) I imagined an older couple, not a hot young one. :) 2) This reminds me of an old book my grandmother had called, “The Plant Sitter”. It’s an old one, I think out of print, about a little boy who cares for plants over the summer. He starts to see them as a jungle, and it’s adorable.

  33. HH says...

    Curious.. what is the giant wreath-like plant in the living room window and where is its soil? I love how it resembles sculpture, really becomes a living sculpture in that gorgeous space.

    Also I love the lights hanging from the high ceiling in the hallway–what a magical, romantic, outdoors-like space.

    • Kim says...

      That’s his fiddle leaf fig tree that he named Frank :)

    • HH says...

      Ha, thank you! It definitely is worthy of a name!

  34. Ceridwen says...

    I love this and Hilton! Love how he has such passion about what he does. On a side note, I’m so envious that it seems inthe US you can do things to a rental like paint walls. I know he said you can’t install things, but it’s great you can make the space your own. In Australia it’s hard to do anything! Even putting a hook to hang a picture you need permission and a lot of landlords won’t allow it. Some rental laws are changing (like they can’t say no now to having a pet) but still. Anyway, love these house tours. Very inspiring!

    • Kim says...

      I don’t think most landlords would enthusiastically want you to change things in a rental (unless you’re upgrading it) but I’ve found a lot of my friends paint walls and then repaint when they move out. Some ask first, some don’t.

    • Sara says...

      funny you should mention renting in Australia (which is where i live) as just the other day my landlord requested that i remove all my indoor plants in case water from the pots damaged the floorboards. ridiculous, right??

    • Sasha L says...

      Ceridwen, that’s awesome that you are allowed pets in rentals. I would love to see that true everywhere.

      Re water ruining floors: I end up with water on my floor every single time I water my plants. They are mostly in a very high shelf and I can barely reach and I probably overfill the trays. Anyway, if I were your landlady I’d still let you have plants. And pets. People need things to care for, it’s a fact.

  35. pauvazar says...

    I believe they have a cat :)

  36. I’v never been huge on plants but I think I am now. These are gorgeous.

  37. Jen says...

    I would have loved to have seen the plant names listed under each photo, alongside the furniture! (Although appreciate that would have been a looong list for some of these pictures!)

  38. Minerrva says...

    Beautiful home! I have a specific question about plant hanging that I’ve been wondering about. I’ve been seeing people somehow attach small potted plants to window panes inside their houses (I think there’s one in the photo of the bay window above, the pic under the kitchen pic). I can’t figure out what the device is. Some kind of suction cup system? But what suction cups are strong enough to support the weight of flower pots with soil in them?
    If anyone more interior-plant-savvy knows, I’d love to find out!

    • pauvazar says...

      I think in this case is attached via a string, if you look close at the upper window pane, you will see a string coming down

  39. Andrea says...

    He’s such a beautiful person, hands down, but I seriously got claustrophobic looking at those pictures, I couldn’t handle all those plants but it is beautiful. Sort of! But he rocks just by being him!!!!!

    • Eloise says...

      I’m with you on all fronts, here!

  40. Owl says...

    Beautiful is an understatement! The air must be such high quality with all those plants in there. It is absolutely a dream space, I can’t imagine how wonderful it must feel to be in that apartment. Sadly, I am not a green thumb! Wish I were! I Will get the book, though, to learn more.

    • Meggles says...

      I had the same thought about the air! It must be like breathing in pure oxygen! :)

  41. Rosie says...

    Oh my God. I’m so anxious just looking at their home. Being responsible for keeping them alive would overwhelm me!

  42. Shan54 says...

    So excited to see Hilton and his place (and awesome book) featured on my favorite blog! Cheers to Charm City!

  43. Meredith says...

    Wow. I’m half in awe of this, and half visually overwhelmed by the sheer number of plants! Maybe it’s just because I live in a small apartment, but I can’t quite imagine having this volume of plants around. I’m reminded of the line about parenting I’ve seen on this blog a lot — good for them, not for me! That said, I am feeling more inspired to think about adding a small plant to a lonely-looking corner in my tiny space… :)

    • JayNay says...

      Ha, I feel you. Most people who have that many plants start out small. You don’t jump in and buy 300 plants at once. So his collection probably accrued over time, which also means you adjust your plant care routine as you go.
      One thing I’ve found on my plant explorations is that one larger plant has much more visual impact than a half dozen smaller ones. The small ones can feel cluttered. So if you’re feeling adventurous, find the largest plant that makes sense for your space (e.g. a kentia, or a bird of paradise, or a yucca, which are all fairly easy to take care of).

    • Meredith says...

      Ooh, good tip, Jaynay, thanks! I think I’m more of a visual minimalist, generally, and even if they accrue over time I still can’t imagine having this many. I do have a few already, and love having living things around. Just can’t quite imagine adding more in to reach this volume. But you’re inspiring me, I’ve had them more clustered but might move them around a bit and see how the size/space variation feels… Thanks for the tip! :)

  44. CL says...

    …and the dusting?! love my plant babies, but keeping their leaves clean is a pain.

    • june says...

      You pile everything in your shower and give them all a solid rinse. Let them drain/dry out over night and you’re good for the next couple months. That’s what we do and it’s worth it if you’re starved for green like we are.

    • K says...

      I think if you have plant passion like that, it’s just part of passing the love. The work isn’t felt as work

  45. WOW this is gorgeous. I’m guessing they don’t have pets, lol. I guess I made my choice of pets over plants!

  46. Bindi Naik says...

    For some reason, I was totally surprised when I saw his picture! I was expecting…I don’t know…a older, bookish, somewhat awkward looking white man. Not this beautiful young couple. That is so funny! As a brown person, my reaction really makes me think. I too, often have a narrow viewpoint of racial and cultural norms and what types of people are into what things. Very interesting. Thank you!

    • Amanda says...

      Yes, me too! I was so pleasantly surprised to see the photo of the couple, and so so happy to see a fellow BIPOC doing these great things. As someone who works in the world of environmental change, white folks tend to dominate these types of conversations about homes, plants, wellness, sustainability etc. it’s great to see Hilton as a trailblazer in this field. And I agree, I also need to confront my internalized ideas about racial and cultural norms (regardless of my own racialized background) when it comes to the subject of “lifestyle”– very interesting indeed!

    • Check out Erika Hart on Instagram. She is an activist and educator, but also a crazy plant lady. :)

  47. Annie says...

    Anyone else get serious Jumanji vibes from this tour? Haha it’s beautiful but definitely too many plants for me!

  48. Trudy says...

    Can I ask about the Jip & Janneke illustration in the bedroom? It’s from a classic Dutch children’s book, so curious to hear Hiltons story behind it!

    • Kat says...

      I’m swooning here. This is the embodiment of my plant-filled dreams! I love their wood floors, too.

    • Ser says...

      I had exactly the same question! My eye caught the Jip&Janneke illustration immediately and it reminded me of my childhood. Such a fun idea to put it up as art!

  49. A says...

    I wonder how much bugs are an issue if they are at all?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will ask! xoxo

    • Kelsey Miller says...

      Good question! I think he keeps a close eye out for bugs when he tends to the plants every week. And he’s addressed how to deal with bugs in other interviews. Here’s a good one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzHO9Vfph2c

  50. Hillary F says...

    Hilton, you really need a Big Chill fridge (and I am totally biased because I am the CMO). Love, love your place.

    • Em_c_nola says...

      OMG, you have my dream job! I’m in marketing but passionately renovate homes on the side…the Big Chill line is so dreamy!

  51. N says...

    This is sooo beautiful. My dream. However, how do you water correctly without preventing leaks (esp. with the hanging planters?)
    I wish I were friends so I would be the beneficiary of more plant cuttings! *wink*

  52. Oh this is so heavenly! We don’t have a lot of flat spaces in our house in an effort to prevent clutter*, so I like seeing the wall and ceiling hangings.

    * full disclosure: it’s not working. Clutter will always find you.

    • Sasha L says...

      😂

      I find that completely empty spaces, ie a clear table or counter, are easier to avoid clutter. The second something lands, it’s like twelve more things suddenly appear and voila, clutter city. My husband thinks I’m a nut for insisting on bare surfaces, but I’m right, right?

      We have installed many very high shelves, for beautiful joy bringing objects and plants. They add beauty to our home and needed space for plants, but too out of reach to ever leave a set of keys or glass of water or whatever, so clutter free.

    • Oh my gosh, Sasha, it’s insane how quickly things get out of control. A clear table or counter is a reason for me to pile up (likely overdue) library books or for my husband to put down a power tool (currently staring at a drill and safety glasses). We’ve found *s-m-a-l-l* hooks to be helpful for keys, coffee supplies, etc. because if they’re too big, like our coat ones by the door, we will add too much stuff.

  53. I’m so glad you featured Hilton! I live in Baltimore and have been following him on Instagram for a long time. Cheers to Charm City! (And definitely order his book, it’s amazing.)

    • Meggles says...

      Ooh. Did not know he had a book, but I’m about to find him on Instagram!

  54. ariane says...

    This apartment is beautiful but at 5 hours of maintenance a week, how do they go away for more than a week!?

    • Rosie says...

      He basically says that they don’t travel because of the plants. FYI most people don’t get enough time off to go away for multiple weeks. 2 accrued weeks is pretty standard. My wife has 4, but she can only take a week at a time. The nature of my job is that I can take one 4 day weekend every other month and I never get holidays like the 4th of July, but I kind of get the time between Christmas and New Years although I’m expected to be on email.

    • nadine says...

      When I leave for a few days I ask friends who live close by or neighbours to check the cat and water the plants, and I do the same for them when they go out of town. I have a friend that travels a lot and she uses a cat sitting app/website and they also cover plant watering. Something like that may be helpful if you don’t know anyone available at the right time. But maybe that’s easier to find in a city compared to a rural area?

  55. freya says...

    WOW, this is incredible!
    I love the way green leafy plants look but having cats am not sure which ones are toxic. Any ideas? I pretty much only have cactus plants for this reason but would love something green and not spiky…

    • Amanda says...

      ASPCA makes a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for cats (and other lists for dogs and horses): https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?field_toxicity_value%5B%5D=02

      Also, as a cat owner, I do have some mildly toxic plants in my house but I put them places my cat can’t get to – on a very high shelf with nothing around it for them to climb, or a hanging planter. Depending on the mischievousness of your cats, this may or may not work for you. We’ve definitely had one plant take a tumble because my fat cat decided to try and get to it though he wasn’t 100% successful.

    • freya says...

      thanks for the responses! xo

  56. Bex says...

    Would have loved to see a shot of the whole living room, he mentions that the dining table is 3 feet away from the couch and feels totally different but without a shot, it’s hard to make out the difference.

  57. Mims says...

    I garden a half acre corner to corner. and this house full of plants (though pretty!) has me feeling VERY overwhelmed!

  58. Marlena says...

    I’ve died and gone to heaven.

  59. Christina says...

    I MEAN. <3 <3 <3

  60. liz says...

    dream apartment. done. wow.

  61. Yasmine says...

    I love this house tour! The plants are awesome, and I love that you’re featuring an apt in my hometown of Baltimore :)

  62. Roseanna says...

    I’m hoping the comment about that tiny bar cart taking up space in this apartment was a joke!! Can you imagine a compromise where he gets to cover every inch of their home in plants and she has to fight for….a piece of actual furniture? Yikes.

    • Owl says...

      I think the previous paragraph spoke to that – that they had to compromise a lot. I guess that was one example of a non-negotiable item.

      Though I thought, “ Lucky lady to have a hubby who will create such a magical space with all those plants and take care of them!” I would be thrilled to marry that kind of green thumb! Lol! (Ps: though I am a lucky lady who is very happily married to an amazing guy who has other talents, so no complaints here! 😊)

    • Robin says...

      I love plants but I confess to having the same thought! That bar cart looks like a hard working piece of furniture :)

    • Heather says...

      The cart does look tiny in the photo, but from his description of it opening like a pop-up book, my sense is that the two top panels (which look hinged) probably fold out, so they have to leave enough clearance around it to let it “grow” to three times the size when opened. Kind of like a plant!

  63. Oh my, how those plants just beautify that space! I got some new ideas for hanging/displaying my plants from this apartment, thank you (especially that plant hammock above the bed). My grandmother had a house like Hilton’s – just plants everywhere, and she was always taking in plants that other people didn’t want or couldn’t grow well. Warms my heart.

  64. Meredith says...

    Do you get flies?? So many plants!

  65. samantha bodamer says...

    oh my, he is my new favorite! I just discovered him a month or so ago.
    I’ve been scouring for Fiddle Leaf Fig Tips as well as vacation care! I’ve yet to find his input on the latter, what does he do when he goes out of town?!

    such a beautiful home! plants make a home complete <3

    • Hilary says...

      Check his Instagram! I JUST saw a post about his plan for when he travels!

    • samantha bodamer says...

      @Hilary I am trying to zoom in on his paper! hahaha. thanks for the tip, I missed this one. clearly I am not the only one asking!

  66. What a great apartment, the plants are beautiful (I would be terrified sleeping with such a big pot above my head though!)

    • Kelly says...

      My first thought was: Oh no!!!

      Second thought: ok, they must not live on the West Coast because the thought of that crashing down in an earthquake is terrifying to me!

    • Robin says...

      Yes! No earthquakes here, but still, no way could I sleep with that over my head.

  67. Joanne Kang says...

    Question for Hilton — how do you deal with all the insect critters that usually come with plants? I love the aesthetics of plants but can’t stand crawlers.

    • KC says...

      YES!!! Why isn’t this ever talked about when we read posts about plant lovers, and indoor jungles?!

  68. Stephanie says...

    Love this! I also love the blue dress your wife is wearing and need to know where it’s from, please and thank you :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we will ask! :)

    • Allison says...

      Looks like a Nooworks jumpsuit to me!

  69. K says...

    Dreamy!
    That wall treatment is very cool and a perfect backdrop for the plants.

  70. Louisa says...

    THIS IS A RENTAL?

    • Lee says...

      haha. That was my same thought! They have truly created a beautiful space!!! I want to meet them so I can come visit. I can’t imagine how peaceful it must feel to sit among so many plants. What a great feature COJ!

  71. WOW.
    I loved this feature so much. Promise to update us if/when he does move into a house!
    I need more plants in my life.

  72. Sharon says...

    Gorgeous space––I love the addition of mirrors because it makes one plant look double it’s size! I also love the propogation wall.
    ALSO: I must know where Fiona got that jumper in the last picture!!