Q&A: Balancing Style and Greenery in Design with @kim.wynn
Kimberly Wynn (@kim.wynn) is a filmmaker and plant stylist living in Alberta, Canada. Kim enjoys styling green spaces in interior design and telling stories via the films she makes with her husband at Plaid Collar Films. Read on for insight into her creative process, the inspirations behind her plant installations, and plant care advice!
Many thanks to our interviewer, Elise!
I was a lifestyle and entertainment host on a morning show in Vancouver, Canada. A couple years ago, I decided to leave television and pursue more creative outlets. My husband and I started a storytelling production company called Plaid Collar Films (named after our dog’s wardrobe haha). We film weddings and help entrepreneurs tell their stories.
That installation was such a joy to work on. Clients hire me to style spaces, both commercial and residential. I’m not a horticulturist, but have always had a green thumb (thanks mom!). I walk into a space and integrate style with plants, whether it’s an installation for a waiting area or someone’s bedroom. I love combining interiors with jungle vibes, balancing style and green, lush leaves.
Living walls are all the rage for interiors, and it’s so easy to create your own with Wally Pro Pockets. My inspiration came from a few images I saw of Pandora - The World of Avatar from Disney World. There were floating islands of jungles and waterfalls.... I thought, how cool would it be if I created a floating green wall! This suspended living wall was for Botaniful - a beautiful plant shop in Edmonton Alberta Canada. A must-visit if you come here.
Plants typically like bright, indirect light. A co-worker of mine explained it like this - “If you walk into a room, and it’s bright enough to read a book without turning on the lights, that’s bright indirect light.”
Typically, I look to see if the client has warm tones incorporated in the space already. If they have a credenza, coffee table or shelving unit made with earthy tones and material like wood or rattan, that’s a good start. Because green is a cool tone, you have to balance it out with warm colours and textures. If they don’t, I’ll try to incorporate it somehow with new pillow covers, wallpaper, or decor. I’m all about reducing my ecological footprint, so thrifting and revamping is a must. If there’s a shelving unit or coffee table that’s not the right colour, give it a new coat of paint or stain! Then fill them up with plants of course ;)
Thanks to Kimberly for sharing her story and her methods with us! See her work on social media: