One of my finishing touch, in my designs, is adding a “living” plant or tree in the home. Plants are inexpenisve and provide sculptural elements and texture. Ficus trees and high def paintings are just two of the design trends for 2012 in Canadian House and Home. For a modern look, the fiddleleaf fig (or Ficus lyrata) in a large seagrass basket makes a casual accent. The placement of the tree should be in a corner of the living room or dining room. Make sure it’s well potted and nurtured. If you have small children or small pets, a large fern placed out of reach is a better choice.
Veronica Swanson Beard’s Manhattan Penthouse, via Harper’s Bazaar
Living Room by Designer Mark D. Sikes and Michael Griffin, via La Dolce Vita
One of my favorite is a palm tree. Designer Ralph Lauren
Eclectic Los Angeles Living Room , Designed by Moises Esquenazi
The ficus makes a good alternative.
Colonial Living Room by Designer Albert Hadley
Neoclassical foyer by Designer J. Randall Powers