If you're lacking green space outside, take a cue from Victoria (also known as SFGirlbyBay and occasional AT:SF contributor). Succulents bring the outdoors inside in a way that's approachable even for the green thumb-challenged.
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Victoria planted a row of these hardy, beachy plants in an old tin and parked it on a prized vintage rolling cart to make one of the most pleasingly simple coffee table vignettes we've ever seen.