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Wild Thing

There’s a wonderful book that’s come out recently, Wild Interiors: Beautiful Plants in Beautiful Spaces, by Hilton Carter, plant and interior stylist, director and fine artist. Carter takes us on a journey through 12 incredibly inspiring plant-filled homes.

Even if, like me, you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, you may gather enough info, and courage, to turn it around. There’s even a chapter guiding us on which plants work best in which room, whether it’s the kitchen, bath or bedroom.

Although all of the homes in the book were fun, quirky and stunning, one in particular wowed me. It’s the 400 square foot Brooklyn living space/studio of artist Alina Fassakhova and her husband Artem. The 11 foot high ceilings and huge loft windows provide plenty of natural light for the various interests of the couple.

Alina finds inspiration for textures, colors, organic forms and lines, in the 80 plus plants that fill her paintings with leaf forms and shadows. Landscapes, indigenous cultures and tropical reefs also fill her creative well.

Originally from Moscow, Alina moved with her husband to NYC in 2017. She works in oils, acrylics and pastels on Arches oil paper or canvas. Her website,, is a masterwork in color and form. Bonus: The site also has a fascinating video of Alina’s process. Much to be learned here.

As there is throughout this visually beautiful and informative book.

Photography by Hilton Carter.


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