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Last night, while waiting for a table at Nopalito in the Western Addition, we spotted this adorable little succulent garden tucked between a row of tables and the glass wall of their enclosed patio. At the restaurant the planter is used, of course, as a clever way to create some space between diners and the wall, but we love the idea of doing an indoor window box at home...
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We always think of window box planters affixed to the outside of a house or on a balcony, but why not reverse the look and try one inside instead? A long, narrow planter like this could be used, for example, in place of a table, to solve the problem of how to place a couch or a bed up against a window without creating weird lines or an unsightly gap. Can't you just imagine the little succulent tips poking up behind the top of a couch?

Alternately, if you've got a banquette, you could try replicating the garden from Nopalito in your dining nook, even using landscape lamps among the plants as accent lighting for romantic meals.

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Here's another one, previous featured on Apartment Therapy: LA, that's purely decorative. What do you think of the look? Would you try this?

(Images: Susie Nadler; Do It Yourself Magazine)