The Plant Doctor’s Baltimore Home and Studio Are Absolutely Filled With Gorgeous Green Plants

updated Jun 25, 2019

The Plant Doctor’s Baltimore Home and Studio Are Absolutely Filled With Gorgeous Green Plants

updated Jun 25, 2019
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Name: Hilton Carter and Fiona Vismans, dog Charlie, and cats Isabella and Zoe
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting

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Hilton Carter lives in a historic building in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore with his wife, Fiona, pup, Charlie, cats, Isabella and Zoe, and… over 200 houseplants. Known around Apartment Therapy as the Plant Doctor, Hilton is a plant stylist, interior designer, artist, and filmmaker. He’s been collecting plants since 2011, and spends hours every weekend watering and methodically caring for them. Hilton sees plants as an integral part of his home, making the space feel warm and inviting while cleaning the air and “bringing the outside in.”

Hilton and Fiona’s style—a mashup of bohemian, industrial, and urban jungle—matches their loft apartment, with its soaring ceilings and huge, northwest-facing windows. The building, built as a cotton mill in the 1870s, maintained elements like stone columns and original wood flooring when it was converted into apartments. Mid-century style pieces from West Elm are combined with an assortment of vintage and thrifted finds that each tell a story. Thoughtful gallery walls include art from Hilton’s work, as well as a great deal of art made by friends. Hilton has customized the space with innovative projects like his DIY painted wall in the dining area, a custom plant canopy above the bed in the bedroom, and a “living wall” of propagated plants in the hallway.

Hilton also has a studio space down the road, Jungle by the Falls, which he has curated and styled with even more plants. He created it so that “other artists, filmmakers, photographers and even event planners, could rent out a space that blurred the lines of interior/exterior,” as his own home does.

Now, along with titles like Plant Doctor, stylist, designer, and artist, Hilton can also add author to the list: His new book, “Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants,” is out April 9, 2019.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-century, industrial jungle

Inspiration: Life

Favorite Element: The painted walls in the dining room, the propagation wall, and gallery wall

Biggest Challenge: Making a small space not seem cluttered

What Friends Say: “You have a lot of plants.”

Biggest Embarrassment: Fighting with my wife about where to place the bar cart.

Proudest DIY: The painted dining room walls.

Biggest Indulgence: Leather chairs.

Best Advice: Own what you love.

Dream Sources: I rarely remember my dreams. Hahahaha


Sofa — Gardiners
Pillows — Target
Leather Chairs — Dot & Bo
Coffee Table — West Elm
Ottoman — West Elm
Floor Mirror — West Elm
TV Stand/Bench — West Elm
Lamp — Target
Side Table — West Elm
Cube Art — Fay Ray
Artwork — Jose Mertz, Erin Fitzpatrick, Andrea Choe, Drury Bynum and others

Dining Table — Restoration Hardware
Dining Chairs — Overstock

Dresser — West Elm
Duvet Cover — Target
Side Tables — West Elm
Lamp to the left of bed — Target
Lamp to the right of bed — West Elm
Console Table — Dot & Bo

Thanks, Hilton!

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