ISSUE 3  |  Paints & Patterns

Going Tropical on Gardenista: Top Posts of the Week

January 24, 2014 12:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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This past week while most of the country was in a deep freeze, Michelle and Erin visited a trio of tropical gardens, looked into lei-making, and designed a tropical floral arrangement. Maybe it’s time for a vacation?

Above: Did you know that there’s a new Ace Hotel in Panama? Designed by Commune, no less? Makes us want to get on a plane, now.

Above: Michelle took a tour of a breeze-filled Walker Warner-designed house on the Big Island of Hawaii inspired by the great ocean camps of Old Hawaii.

Above: If you liked the interiors of Kathleen Whitaker’s Echo Park, LA, house (see A Minimalist LA Jewelry Designer Goes Maximal), you’ll love her gardens.

Above: And closer to home, Michelle dropped in on Courtney Klein’s Mission District garden, a backyard oasis with a tropical feel.

Above: And don’t miss Michelle’s 7 Secrets: How to Save a Dying Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, in which she attempts to resuscitate her pet fig tree. That’s the fiddle leaf fig in better days, above, when Michelle wrote about 10 Tips for Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig. Hint, she broke one of her rules.