Interiorscaping or interior plantscapes — i.e. purposefully adding plants and other living elements to your home’s design — have obvious aesthetic benefits. Adding lively pops of green to your decor simply makes the place prettier — some pros say the beauty boost is enough to help your home sell.
Beyond the visual, there’s also plenty of evidence that indoor plants have health benefits for the folks who live among them.
“Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood,” an NBC report says.
The one problem: Not all of us have an innate green thumb, or an innate plant-design sense. So where do we turn for help here in Nashville?
You’ll find any number of large companies in Nashville that specialize in commercial interiorscaping — those very pretty, and usually very expensive, expanses of plantlife inside office buildings and hotels. While certainly gifted in creating interior plantscapes, most of those organizations aren’t really seeking out the individual Nashville homeowner who wants to reboot their great room with some interior plantscapes.
We do have a handful of small Nashville companies filling that void, though. Below, a few places you can turn to if you’re looking for guidance, hardy indoor plants, and even full interiorscaping plan for your Nashville home.
Interiorscaping/interior plantscape designers in Nashville
If you spend any time around Five Points in East Nashville, you’ve likely noticed the newish fitness center at 1105 Woodland St. And yes, that does have something to do with this topic. GrowHouse Method isn’t your average gym — along with offering group classes, personal training and more, GrowHouse Method stocks a selection of indoor plants. It’s more seamless than it might seem at first look — the plants give the space a lightness and liveliness and a boost of oxygen production for the huffing and puffing athletes, and those huffs and puffs help feed the plants, too. Co-owner Molly Caroline has a degree in horticulture with an emphasis in floral design, so plants are her expertise and passion, alongside fitness. And she’d be happy to help you set up a beautiful, beneficial interiorscape at home, and help coach you on maintenance and care for the future. They do events and commercial spaces, but routinely work in Nashville homes, too. For more, visit growhousemethod.com, or reach out to Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the local businesses beautifying Inglewood in East Nashville, Flora Plant Shop stocks everything you might need to incorporate houseplants into your home decor, from cute pots and plant stands to new green friends small and large — a tall Dieffenbachia Camouflage, a cute little Scilla Violacea, potted cacti that can tuck on shelves or anchor a living room corner. And if you have no idea where to start on placing those plants in your space, the Flora staff can help — they offer plant consultations, individualized for your specific space, which can include helping you figure out what plants make the most sense and where you should place them, up to taking care of your interiorscaping once it’s complete. Learn more at floraplantshop.com, or drop by 305 E. Trinity Lane, Ste. 103 (the shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). To get a closer look at what Flora tends to stock, follow @floraplantshop on Instagram.
The beautiful plant oasis you run into when you visit the Nashville Farmers’ Market in Germantown belongs to Gardens of Babylon, a landscape company and specialty plant shop that focuses on “creating indoor and outdoor spaces that inspire.” If you’re looking to DIY your interior plantscapes, their urban plant shop and garden center is a great place to shop — they stock one of Nashville’s widest selections of indoor plants, from cacti and succulents to the ubiquitous Fiddle Leaf Fig. If you need more assistance for your interiorscaping, though, Gardens of Babylon is there to help too — they offer interior botanical design services that can be as broad as a whole building and as focused as a holiday table display. To get to know Gardens of Babylon, visit the garden center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, or drop by gardensofbabylon.com.
Hope one of those local companies is able to help, as you’re concocting interiorscaping plans for your Nashville home.