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Book Review and Tool Give-Away Party: Indoor Plant Décor May 6, 2013

Book Review: Indoor Plant Décor


by Kylee Baumle & Jenny Peterson

160 pages
St. Lynn’s Press, 2013
List Price: $16.95

This jewel of a book is not only a bountiful little purse-sized plant shopping companion to take with you to the greenhouse, it’s a style and inspiration powerhouse for your home’s houseplants. If you feel challenged by choosing plants for your home and bewildered by the array of choices, then Kylee and Jenny have your answers, by giving you the elements to succeed with 21st century charisma.

Starting with a guide to eight décor styles to springboard from, readers will begin to understand what they can do to create the comfortable and warm feeling that the houseplants bring to your home. From Peaceful Zen to Vintage, each styleboard has gorgeous images and décor style ideas provide you with tips, tricks,  how-to’s and care instructions to bring your design ideas to life. Plus, they have taken great care to give options for low maintenance plants as well as options for those of you who are not afraid of a plant Diva or two.

Indoor Plant Décor really takes the idea of customizing your houseplant displays to another level of inspiration. With emphasis on textures, colors and home décor in addition to plant selection, this book takes a holistic approach to interior landscaping. Artwork, fabrics, lighting, flooring and more go into each carefully considered combination.


In the care and feeding of plants section titled Practical Matters, Kylee and Jenny begin with the admission that they too have also killed houseplants, like the rest of us. They offer enthusiastic encouragement up, its OK, keep trying, no guilt here. How refreshing!

The Houseplants at a Glance sections are genius, laid out according to the ease of maintenance with such group titles as Easy Breezy, Moderately Manageable, and Design Diva’s the reader will find options for every location in the house.

Whether your design style is simple, traditional or wacky, you are going be so inspired with the ideas in Indoor Plant Décor you will want to get in your car and immediately head to your local greenhouse for some new plants to dress up your home!


St. Lynn’s Press graciously supplied me with a copy of Indoor Plant Décor for my review but you can order your very own copy NOW on right here!

Kylee Baumle enjoys photographing gardens as much as she does tending to them. Her photos have been published in trade catalogs, garden magazines and books. She writes for several gardening publications, has a weekly local newspaper column on gardening and has appeared on America’s Web Radio show, America’s Homegrown Veggies, the web TV show, Garden World Report, and has been a guest host on the popular #gardenchat on Twitter. Kylee currently shares living space in rural Ohio with her husband, two cats, and over 200 plants in their house and conservatory.
Read Kylee’s great blog, Our Little Acre here!

Jenny Peterson lives in Austin, Texas. She is a landscape designer and freelance writer specializing in small spaces. Her deign work has bee featured in Garden Up! (Cool Springs Press, 2011) on vertical gardening, in Small-Space Container Gardens (Timber Press, 2012), and in Horticulture and Cottages & Bungalows magazines.  She is a horticulturist and a member of the Garden Designers Roundtable. She writes on her blog, J.Peterson Garden Design (www.jpetersongardendesign) and is a regional writer for
Read Jenny’s fabulous blog here!

Excited about designing with houseplants? Want to win a GREAT tool for helping to care for your new plants? YES you do! Leave a comment on this post and you are automatically entered to win this lovely watering can for your houseplants courtesy of Master Gardner!
(Give-Away is open to US residents only)

master gardner watering can

Master Gardner is giving away this adorable Stainless Steel Watering Can.

Also –

Several other bloggers are participating in this virtual book tour, each offering a different prize. Visit each blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post for a chance to win that prize. The more blogs you visit, the more opportunities for you to win some goodies!

Steve Asbell – The Rainforest Garden
Debra Lee Baldwin – Gardening Gone Wild
Carolyn Binder – Cowlick Cottage Farm
Shawna Coronado – Shawna Coronado
Charlotte Germane – Dirt Du Jour
Pam Penick – Digging
Stacy Risenmay – Not Just a Housewife
Erin Schanen – The Impatient Gardener
Rebecca Sweet – Gossip in the Garden

Robin Horton – Urban Gardens


43 Responses to “Book Review and Tool Give-Away Party: Indoor Plant Décor”

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  2. Hi Christina! Looks like a great book and I love your blog. Can’t wait to meet you!

  3. Laura Says:

    Houseplants never looked better than in this book!

  4. Shirley Says:

    Pretty photos and good ideas, I love the wooly pocket as an indoor planter.

  5. Liz H Says:

    The book looks awesome–i definitely know how to over- and under-water houseplants. A cute watering can would help!

  6. Patty Soriano Says:

    I collect watering cans, and this one is a cutie ! Thank you for hosting this sweet giveaway!

  7. Jen Y Says:

    What a fun book & a beautiful watering can – I’d love to win it.

  8. Diane C Says:

    First time here but won’t be the last. Please enter me.

  9. Looks like another great book for me to order. I would really like to incorporate more succulents inside my this book would come in handy. Right now I have a beautiful Euphorbia, Haworthia and Pony Tail palm growing pretty well!

  10. Jeavonna Chapman Says:

    That’s an interesting looking watering can. Pretty. Very excited about Kylee and Jen’s book. Thanks for participating.

  11. Ally Says:

    That looks like the perfect little watering can to assist me with watering in between those tight leaf spaces. I usually use a recycled water bottle, so this would really class things up.

  12. Cindy Whitley Says:

    I have to have plants around me. In the Summer I am at the Beach in my Trailer and I have Orchids, Begonias, Philodendron, Rabbits Foot Fern, Pepperomia, Succulents etc. inside. Not to mention the ones outside. I have a little tiny Teapot to water inside only big enough to water2.plantsat a time. would love this one. :•)

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  14. katina Says:

    You know, I have a glass light cover (one of those ones that’s flush with the ceiling) that I’ve been holding on to because I want to use it as a planter. I haven’t as of yet because I’m terrified that it’s going to concentrate the sun beams and set the mulch on fire. I may have to revisit it though…maybe if I spray-painted it, it wouldn’t be a problem.

  15. Gayle Colcone Says:

    Oh, that is an awesome watering can! I have 3-4 levels of houseplants that that would work fabulously for!

  16. Sharon fouke Says:

    I am hoping to get this book for Mother’s Day. Love everything I’ve seen about so far!!

  17. Judy Says:

    LOVE the watering can!!!

  18. That’s an adorable watering can! I love my houseplants. I have way too many, and need more.

  19. Sounds like a great book. Nice cover. I’ve added it to my wish list.

    Nice watering can for the giveaway.

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  20. […] Book Review: Indoor Plant Décor by Kylee Baumle & Jenny Peterson 160 pages St. Lynn's Press, 2013 List Price: $16.95 This jewel of a book is not only a bountiful little purse-sized plant shoppi…  […]

  21. Erin Says:

    I love being inspired by others’ creativity. I need to do a better job with my houseplants. Maybe this will help me!

  22. Janet Says:

    I would LOVE this gorgeous plant watering can, so would my houseplants. The book is a must have–great ideas.

  23. manda Says:

    Love the giveaways!

  24. Jane Says:

    The book looks awesome. Just like your page. I can’t wait to read it. My houseplants are just scattered everywhere and I can use some design help

  25. I’m so excited to enter this one!!

  26. Elisabeth Says:

    That is an adorable watering can!

  27. Betsy Says:

    Feeling inspired already just from seeing photos from the book!

  28. Barb Says:

    How timely, Christina! My watering can just broke a few weeks ago and I hadn’t replaced it because I hadn’t found one to rival its shape and beauty. This watering can is gorgeous. Thanks for your wonderful ideas. I love, love your book, “Fine Foliage” as well as Kylee’s book. I’m redoing a garden now, so I have been incorporating many of your wonderful combinations in the plan.

  29. Angel Says:

    What an adorable watering can !! I have plants inside and out, citrus herbs and vegetables all waiting sorta patiently to be outside in the sunshine, its almost time here in NY !

  30. rosidentevil Says:

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  32. Cathy Says:

    Sounds like a book I need, I’ve killed more than my share of houseplants. I’ll give up the guilt, but would still like to keep more alive. Please enter my name for the cute watering can.

  33. Danny Says:

    Love all the pictures! Great giveaway!

  34. carol yemola Says:

    The watering can is so cute! Thanks for the opportunity. I have subscribed to your emails.

  35. kristin Says:

    What a darling watering can. I bet I wouldn’t get quite so much water everywhere if I had this type of tool.

  36. sunducky Says:

    The book and watering can both look lovely!

  37. Brenda Says:

    This is such a lovely watering can! I’m very excited to read the book and bring life to the empty spaces in my home. Crossing my fingers tonight!

  38. manda kay Says:

    Great Giveaway!

  39. Hi. CONGRATS to Kylee and Jenny for the recent release of their book, Indoor Plant Decor. I think the hanging wall planters on the front cover are so cool. I’d like to do something like that in my livingroom.

    (I hope this comment doesn’t wind up being a duplicate comment. I thought I had left a comment the other day, but couldn’t find it in the comments. Thanks and have a great day!)

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