An apartment with tall ceilings and large windows is unarguably the Holy Grail for renters, but few people who are lucky enough to find such dwellings take true advantage of them. This is not the case for Hilton Carter and his girlfriend, Fiona. Not only has the couple outfitted their one-bedroom Baltimore loft—housed within a converted cotton mill—with a collection of vintage items and beautiful furniture, they have also capitalized on the space’s height and natural light by covering almost every surface with something green. Ivy tendrils wrap around a bar cart, a giant fiddle-leaf fig tree stretches its arms against wide windows, an array of smaller specimens fills out rows of test tubes in the hallway. “My goal was to create an interior green space that felt welcoming and inspiring,” Hilton says. “Not only was it important that the space feel comfortable and engaging to guests, but for us, a place that never got boring. Having the walls covered in art and small treasures placed about really keeps it from getting stale.” A veritable indoor jungle that packs the charm in spades, we can’t imagine ever wanting to leave! Take a closer look below.
“The mini Harley Davidson was handed down to me from my father,” Hilton notes. “He bought it when he was a tenager, after working all summer to save up the money. He stopped riding it shortly after I was born. It hasn’t been ridden since. The American flag is a vintage 48 star flag purchased at a thrift store in Asbury Park, NJ.”
“I painted these walls to give the dining area a little separation from the other rooms. The process is similar to how I would treat my drawing paper when in college. King Proteas sit in the vase on the table.”
“This is our propagation wall. The neon sign (‘HOUSE’) glows green to represent the idea of ‘greenhouse.’ The clippings are held by spice racks. Some of the clippings have lived on the wall since we’ve had it, while others we give out as gifts.”
“Bathroom door that we found at a salvage yard. The ‘WC’ was hand painted by me.”
“To the top left is a wooden cat head sculpture that I purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA. It holds an air plant in its mouth.”
“The large philodendron over the bed is hanging in a macrame hammock that my girlfriend made.”