Minnesota is a far cry from the desert, but that didn't stop architect Julie Snow from bringing a little inspiration from Marfa, Texas, to a loftlike Minneapolis home. The master bathroom has a bamboo screen and a Deauville tub by Victoria + Albert. A vintage enameled metal sign from the London Underground is framed by the screen and a cactus that sits atop an African stool.
In their Emeryville, California, loft Lynda and Peter Benoit prove that even small plants can make a big statement when clustered together. "I kill plants, so cacti are our friends,” Peter says of the succulents along the low table behind the Design Within Reach sofa, just over which an Established & Sons Font clock keeps time.
In a Portland house with an impressive pedigree, a cactus's long lines compliment midcentury furniture including a George Nelson Bubble Lamp and an Eames Lounge by Charles and Ray Eames. The glass walls and mitered corner are original features of architect Saul Zaik’s 1956 design.
While the living room of this Austin ranch house looks out over a lush succulent garden, the interior also offers a bevy of potted cacti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.
Bringing greenery inside doesn't require a lot of space. Even a simple bathroom terrarium—like the one in this modern Venice Beach bungalow—can support a pintsized planting.