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Interior Design Trends and Houseplants with Betsy from Affordable Interior Design, Ep 145



Houseplants and interior design: you’d think these two passions would go together like two peas in a pod, but they can sometimes be at war with each other. We can find ourselves desperately wanting to style plants in rooms with no light, or getting overwhelmed with figuring out how to make our homes look planty and not cluttered. Many plant people don't know the first thing about interior design trends, and many interior designers don't know the first thing about plant care (even if they want to have plants in their designs). Luckily for us, I recently met Betsy, of the Affordable Interior Design podcast, and we decided to huddle up and see how we can match our compatible but different skill sets together and came up with this collaborative episode! Betsy breaks down various design styles, and I match plants that would suit those aesthetics. It’s a super fun chat that I hope will leave you ready to elevate your home and grow more joy in your lives!


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In this episode we learn:

  • [01:11] What to expect from this episode
  • [04:40] A little info on Maria’s design style
  • [05:41] The importance of deliberate plant corners
  • [07:32] How Betsy became the interior designer she is today
  • [09:59] Why people feel intimidated by interior design
  • [12:22] How interior design and plant care can be similar
  • [14:42] Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to go big!
  • [16:43] Tip #2: The rule of thirds // the rule of odd numbers
  • [18:47] Tip #3: How to design a bookshelf
  • [22:35] Is color-blocking your books still in?
  • [25:33] How to prevent plants from overgrowing in spaces on your shelf
  • [26:56] What is bohemian style and how to execute it?
  • [31:40] How many colors can you have in a room?
  • [34:14] How do you mix and match different textures effectively?
  • [35:09] The best indoor and outdoor gardening products
  • [36:13] Where to get quality seeds for this year’s garden
  • [37:55] Incorporating plants into your boho home
  • [39:09] Modern vs contemporary design styles
  • [41:17] What is minimalism?
  • [42:44] How to achieve clean lines in your home
  • [44:18] Adding color to your contemporary home
  • [46:37] The best plants for your clean lines home
  • [48:54] What is glam style and its common components?
  • [53:13] How to achieve a sophisticated beach coastal style
  • [56:57] Adding plants to your beach coastal home
  • [59:49] The principles of rustic design // farmhouse interior
  • [01:02:45] What plants are fit for your farmhouse style?
  • [01:05:51] Is Scandinavian design considered contemporary?
  • [01:08:06] Why plants are popular interior design assets today
  • [01:10:44] Maria’s closing remarks

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