- FEBRUARY 27, 2019
- By Julia Huisman
- Photography by Brad M. Wolf
A Botanical Haven
Greenery is certainly having its moment in the sun, coming back into our homes in big and beautiful ways. It’s one thing to shove a plant or two inside the dusty open corners of a house, and quite another to craft a work of art out of botanical elements. Adam Wiltfang and Heath Timm of Valparaiso have mastered the latter, and then some. Wiltfang, the owner and creative genius behind Designer Desserts Bakery, invites us into his mind’s eye and shares innovative ideas on home design, and how to bring the outside in.
When planning out the little wall space available in the living room, I couldn’t make up my mind on artwork or wall hangings, so we decided to make a living wall with plants. I installed cork tiles in a random pattern and then painted. I then attached a variety of hanging pots, baskets, and vases to fill with different plants and foliage. It is easy and fun to change out the plants throughout the seasons for a fresh new vibe.
Stepping into the sun room is like being inside a greenhouse. I painted the entire room, including the ceiling, an ash gray to create the perfect backdrop for all of the greenery. Then I added a leather daybed with lots of furs, blankets, and pillows to relax and take in all the beauty of the plants and enjoy some relaxing time with a good book.
Greenery is certainly having its moment in the sun, coming back into our homes in big and beautiful ways.
I always wanted a massive kitchen—it’s the true heart of any home. I took the classic black and white but added a few twists. Clean white cabinets and dark black granite countertops are accented by the smoky gray glass subway tile. The clean lines make it a great space for showcasing our collections of dishes and utensils we have collected over the years. Don’t be afraid of color! Instead of all white, I took dark moody grays and painted them on the ceiling, then added floating reclaimed wood panels above the island and dining table to add depth and showcase the light fixtures.