My husband brought home an orchid for me the other day (isn't he nice?), and it's totally improved our apartment. We live in a small one-bedroom, so it makes a big impact as a centerpiece on our coffee table. It's the same type as the one shown in the first photo, and it has substantial height, giving it a kind of sculptural presence in our living room.
As far as flowers go, orchids aren't inexpensive, but they're cheap compared to other home accessories. They're colorful, decorative, and go equally well in modern and traditional interiors. Although they have a reputation for being high-maintenance flowers, a quick read through this post should put your mind at ease.
To learn more about orchids and their different varieties, the American Orchid Society is a good resource.
• How to Care for an Orchid
• Orchid Troubles? The Doctor Is In!
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• Brian and Tina's Modern Makeover
• Michael and Mindy's Urban Modern
• Julia's Refreshed Bedroom on a Budget
Photos: Lily Gahagan, Jill Slater, Brian and Tina, Michael and Mindy, Julia