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The Decorator's Guide to Indoor Gardening and Greenhouse Design

For beginners and green thumbs alike.

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If a bit of greenery is clinically proven to reduce stress (and it is, according to several studies), then everyone could stand to find room for a dedicated grow space. Is it any surprise that there were more searches for “indoor garden” this past spring than ever before? Before we dive into the fun stuff, let it be said that a true stand-alone greenhouse is an investment: Be prepared to spend between $1,000 and $5,000 for a good prefab option, advises Maya Haynie of deVINE Plantery, or closer to $20,000 for a custom build with all the bells and whistles. But even turning a cozy corner into a plant zone or indoor garden can be therapeutic and just as worthwhile, especially as temperatures drop. Keep reading to learn more about full-size and small-scale options and design ideas.

Greenhouses aren’t just for plants–set up a table to work, paint, or dine on.



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You don’t need acreage to cultivate a garden year-round. Assemble a mini plant wall in a sunny corner (designer Corey Damen Jenkins used a Crate & Barrel wall shelf at left), or try a compact hydroponic system that allows you to grow just about anything, anywhere, without the mess of soil.


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