The Co-Author of ‘Plantopedia’ Has a Soothing, Plant-Filled Australia Home
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Name: Sophia Kaplan, partner Michael Rawlings, and son Rafi
Location: Sydney, Australia
Size: 2010 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned
Sophia Kaplan wrote the book on houseplants. No, really. She and Lauren Camilleri, her business partner at their Sydney-based indoor plant and pot delivery service Leaf Supply, are the authors behind “Plantopedia,” where they’ve compiled everything you could ever want or need to know about houseplants in over 400 gorgeously green pages. With their combined styles and plant knowledge—Lauren is an art director with a degree in interior architecture and Sophia is a floral stylist with a communications degree—it’s no surprise that they’re popular experts in the plantsphere, with Leaf Supply’s instagram follower count over 50k and growing. “Plantopedia” isn’t even this pair’s first book; they also published “Leaf Supply” in 2018 and “Indoor Jungle” in 2019.
Would you imagine that a plant expert would have a pretty plant-filled home? You’d be right in Sophia’s case, which she graciously let Apartment Therapy tour. Sophia, who shares a house with her partner Michael and son Rafi, has filled her home with plants aplenty. “We finally found our home last year after much searching,” she says. “The light filled rooms, high ceilings, and sense of being in the treetops instantly appealed. I grew up next door to a park and this home feels comfortingly similar in many ways. We love hosting friends in the afternoon (pandemic permitting!), cooking together in the kitchen while others lounge on the balcony. We also spend a lot of time pottering around in the garden and running up and down the hallway with our busy 2-year-old. Nearby is beautiful Whites Creek Valley Park, which has a community garden (I’m 48th on the waiting list to join, patience be my friend) and a wonderful edible forest. It sits adjacent to a little creek where Rafi and I search for turtles. We are so lucky to have these sorts of spaces at home and nearby.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I love neutral tones and natural materials, interspersed with pops of color and lots of plants. We own a lot of secondhand furniture, and appreciate objects that have history. Some of our favorite things have been gifted, others were made by friends, or found while traveling.
Inspiration: There is a definite mid-century vibe with a lot of our furniture, and I love old Italian minimalist style… although I do find it hard to keep our home free of the clutter of life.
Favorite Element: I love the light in the afternoon as it floods into the back rooms, and the sense of being surrounded by nature with windows that look out onto the trees. Bringing the outdoors in, with lots of indoor plants, creates a connection between the two spaces and a calming flow through the house.
Biggest Indulgence: I have a bit of a thing for mid-century sideboards. Even though they are obviously secondhand they can be a bit pricey, but I figure we will have them for life.
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? Our home is always filled with plants. Not just the ones we own, but a constantly rotating series of new ones as I bring all the plants and products from our indoor plant and botanical ware online shop Leaf Supply home to shoot here, as the light is extra nice. The spare room is generally filled with pots, botanical wares, and items from our new self-care range, and I keep the plants scattered throughout our house while they await their photoshoot. I will admit that some never make it back to the studio.
What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? I love the look and feel of linen and am especially fond of our long linen curtains as they gently dance in the breeze flowing through the house. Our linen sheets, from Bed Threads, are the loveliest shades of turmeric and rose and make me happy whenever it is their turn on the bed.
What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? It would have to be plants. They are such a simple and effective way of bringing life to any space. Not only are they incredibly lush and beautiful, the act of nurturing them is the best kind of therapy. Studies have shown that keeping indoor plants reduces stress and aids productivity, which is pretty useful for everyone working from home at the moment. Plants bring me such happiness, and it’s pretty clear that only good can come from encouraging a greater connection to and appreciation for nature in your home and the world at large.
- Brass water mister — Leaf Supply
- Sofa — IKEA
- Throw cushions — IKEA
- Vases — Tara Burke
- Vases — Dinosaur Designs
- Pots + plants — Leaf Supply
- Candle — Maison Balzac via Leaf Supply
- Mugs — Open Object via Leaf Supply
- Linen curtains — IKEA
- Pendant light — Raffan Kelaher and Thomas Auctions
- Plantopedia book — Leaf Supply
- Artwork — Prints by Jacqui Turk x Leaf Supply
- Jute rug — IKEA
Footed bowls — Tara Burke
- Hand soap — Leif
Thanks Sophia and Lauren!