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Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Urban Jungle is a book packed with green inspiration, plant styling ideas and handy plant information for anyone who wants to bring more greens into their homes and daily lives. This book will take you on an inspirational voyage through green homes across Europe showcasing how beautiful, individual, creative and sometimes even arty green living can be. Moreover, this book ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 8th 2016 by Callwey
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been tending to plants for a few decades by now, swinging rather wildly between orchids, cacti and other plants as I moved from one place to the next, customizing the lot to whatever new conditions I happened to stumble on: direct or indirect light, dry air or not, wide or narrow windowsills, etc. I've also been known to give away beautiful plants that I'd successfully nurtured for years just to make room for some new ones. And whatever I pick up, to this day I always study the hell out of ...more
Grace Leneghan
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A typical coffee-table book. Beautiful aesthetically but lacking in narrative. Really inspirational images though of what I’d love my dream apartment to look like (essentially filled with dozens of different kinds of plants).
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book. It has nice stories of fellow plant collectors. It also has a lot of information on a couple of common houseplants, which I (caretaker of about 80 plants) found enlightening. I also loved the DIYs in the book. Bonus points for the wonderful illustrations at the beginning of each chapter and the nicely designed lay-out of the book.
Melanie Mathias
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has lovely photographs in it and is very easy to read. Now I need to buy some plants!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book for plant lovers with lots of styling ideas and also lots of information of various potted plants and how to keep them.
The couples/families chosen could've been a bit more diverse. It's all very white and hetero-normative including having either cats or kids lol
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous photos!
Martina P
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
A lovely coffee-table book about city apartments filled with plants.
Authors are bloggers and part of the "Urban Jungle Bloggers" community so they wanted to do some green topic month for their blog and asked other blooggers to join them. Few months later that had a lot to see : how people live and style their homes with plants, from Europe, United States, Brazil even New Zeland.
As they say it's a source of inspiration, ideas and a manual for all of those who want to bring more plants into thei
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like this book in the way that I like reading books on fashion. I don't know if I could actually do the kind of gardening and plant styling that is shown in this book but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of seeing what others do with plants. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is stylish and has some nice ideas on plants and plant styling. But it is low on information beyond the styling, and is poorly organized. There is no index and useful information is spread randomly across the book’s contents. (I did appreciate the list of stores at the back.) More importantly though was realizing just how white it is; every family featured in the book is Caucasian, and even the artwork features white people. I would really have liked to see some diversity. Surely there ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Fun read!! Part coffee table book. Part interior styling guide. Part DIY book for plant stuff. Part plant guide for common houseplants. Part interview of urban jungle enthusiasts (and a peek into their homes).

The authors believe that there is no such thing as a “black thumb”. They might have convinced me! Now I want to go get a plant...or two and create my own urban jungle!!

I bought the book as a reference for painting potted plants. I have lots of new ideas and I know I’ll be flipping through
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is more of a coffee table book - featuring beautiful pictures of houses & plants by families from different places in the world. There are some basic care tips about the plants featured and some background stories about the families but it lacked depth (after all, it's more of a interior design book!). I enjoyed looking at the pictures, and stealing a tip here and there to style my plants! There are also some DIY projects in the book that are simple to follow.

A fun read and a book to pick u
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was more like 3.5 stars for me, but I am rounding up to 4.

I found Urban Jungle to be more inspirational than informative. The meat of the book is profiles of four families across Europe which show how plants fit into their lives. The book does have some basic care tips and plant-related craft ideas, but it is mainly about beautiful pictures of plants in people's homes. It inspired me to do something about the wilting peace lily in my living room so I liked the book if for no other reason th
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, one of the best of the plant books I requested from the library. It's light on useful/practical information like plant care (a few species are highlighted), this book is more of something that you page through for enjoyment and to get ideas. I love all of the homes and collections shown. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Usually I read books for pleasure and enjoying being swept away to another time and place. On this book, however, I wanted to be right here and now (or rather at the nursery) getting my own Urban Jungle in place. The visuals were inspiring and I'm looking forward to bringing live plants into my own living space! ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the colours and photos in the book - it serves more as inspiration for interior design rather than a manual for plant care. I was a bit dissapointed that even the design tips included rather simple phrases like "choose interesting pots" or "put more plants together". Its a typical coffee table book, I loved going through it but I didnt learn new things. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that the content of this book has been helpful for me. Along the paragraphs I learned a few new things. However, for the price I paid for this eBook, while comparing with other eBooks, I had expected more content and depth. Even if you talk about the photographs, I don't consider them 'that good'. ...more
Michelle Smart
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was fast, fun, and full of great ideas. It was light reading, similar to a magazine, with a major focus on the photography. The balance of personal stories and plant care tips was perfect for me. I'm considering rereading it already! ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO many good projects and advice. Beautiful book!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully photographed book for indoor plant enthusiasts and wannabe green thumbs!
Christian Danielsen
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring, well written and overall a beautiful book
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Beware of the clueless Germans covered in this book with their racist "Indigenous" home decor. Seeing a child-sized tipi and artwork of a dog wearing a headdress ruined this book for me :( ...more
Heather Mattern
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-travels
Such a stunning book! Makes me want to fill my home with all the plants!!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great starting point to learn about on-trend house plants and how to care for them, with inspiring interviews from plant lovers and plant bloggers throughout.
Tatiana Kim
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, style
It's beautiful. Maybe not useful if you need guides for planting, but beautiful and full of inspiration. ...more
Kam Babjaková
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, great source of inspiration as well as full of tips and tricks about plants. Love it!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: plch, physical, 2018
Beautiful coffee table book.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nice pictures, but content was underwhelming.
Dianelys R
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. Beautiful pictures, and beautiful stories.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I’d say it’s half inspirational and half plant care. The plant care tips are definitely geared towards beginners. Overall, lovely read.
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