Pretty Plants for Decorating

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Living With Decorative Plants
John Henry Company

Plants were the cheap decorating accessory for the 1970s. I remember at the time people would fill living areas to the point where it was more jungle than living room. Houseplants were everywhere. Watering these plants probably took an hour a day.

Aside from the dated look, this book isn’t too bad. There is a list of plants and one or two comments on light/water needs. Plant care tips are low and decorating use is the main feature of the book. Not bad for the mid 1970s and downright comical in 2017. (See example rooms below.)


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  1. The houseplant craze was so major in the ’70s, I remember my mother & I buying them in a major clothing & furniture department store. Our kitchen was full of plants. The fun thing is that when we go to our city’s conservatory, I do recognize & can name many of the plants.

  2. Ha, if you read a lot of style blogs, you’d know that this is 100% the style again! Probably for the same reasons as they were popular in the ’70s. Add shiplap as an analogue to wood panelling, and the ’70s are new again. I can kind of see this book circulating in 2017…

  3. Remember the book about cat communication the day before? My cats would take one look at a room like these and say. “Which ones will we use their pot for an extra litter box, and which ones will become salad?”

    1. For this reason, houseplants didn’t ever catch on in my house in the 70s. Eventually, my mother came up with the idea of cactuses, but even some of them got et up.

  4. I imagine lots of dirt, dead leaves, and water drops on the carpet. And of course the fun of knocking into these all the time.

    I don’t mind a few plants in the house (I have three, two of which are outdoors in warmer weather) but less is more! These rooms look like a nursery.

  5. I always liked having a plant or two. Better than the gloomy dungeon gray and diarrhea brown accented by soulless stainless steel that’s so popular these days.

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