Inspiration: Marcelo Kraslicic's Chinatown Loft

Recently, we've noticed a growing resurgence in the use of house plants in decorating. Desire to Inspire recently did a series on the 1978 House & Garden book "Decorating with House Plants", and plants play beautifully in our last house tour (especially under the bathroom sink).

These photos of photographer Marcelo Kraslicic's apartment, spotted at the Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution, caught our eye with their use of plants as a focal point...

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In a sparsely decorated loft, Kraslicic has managed to steer clear of the stark, cold feeling so often found in minimal spaces by making living things one of the focal points, even allowing ivy to take over an entire corner. The over-sized photo mural of palm trees is another great use of green, if synthetic, life.

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What do you think? Does a strong use of plants date a room? Or does it bring one to life?

(For those wondering, the stacked cushions are part of an ongoing body of work.)

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