I recently joined a group of fellow design writers at West Elm for a planting and terrarium-making workshop led by designer Shane Powers
, best known for his work as the style and decorating editor for Blueprint
and Martha Stewart Living
. Powers, who has developed products for brands such as Martha by Mail, collaborated with West Elm to create a collection of garden-vessel designs featuring his love for simple, organic forms.
Woodland-style terrariums are everywhere, so it was refreshing to see how Powers used succulents, cacti and sand to make terrariums and other plantings with an unexpected twist. These design tips from his workshop will get you started creating unusual indoor gardens of your own.