Decor Demon – A simple way to add some greenery to your home

Decor Demon - A simple way to add some greenery to your home

Is your green thumb more Toxic Avenger than Jolly Green Giant? Under your supervision, are plants more likely to become 6 feet under than 6 feet tall? Mine, too! But Mother Nature will take no more excuses since the creation of the Food Map Container. Chief designer Jon L. Wilson, AIA, LEED AP, heads the California-based Food Map Design, a young multidisciplinary firm committed to residential food cultivation. Wilson’s industrial-chic containers arm green-space-lacking urbanites with a tool to grow their own food. If the Food Map Container can be a mobile food source, why can’t it also be an easy-care indoor/outdoor freestanding garden? I tried it out myself. The result? My greenery is still a bold, grassy hue, and I rarely even need to leave my living room to keep it that way. Success!

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Dé creator Brian Patrick Flynn is a television producer turned decorator/designer. The moniker “Décor Demon” comes from his fast-paced weekend routine of furiously raiding garage sales and flea markets for one-of-a-kind pieces. What started out of necessity as a cash-strapped film student has led to a unique design style (referred to as “Garage Sale Glamour”) seen in more than a dozen magazines as well as seven seasons of a hit television series.



The toxic avenger: Known for multiple counts of horticultural homicide, I assigned myself to this project. Do I like having my photo taken outside in 32-degree weather? No. Would I like to be published in print looking like an expert on gardening? Maybe.


Totally plastic: Food Map Containers come fully assembled with pre-drilled holes for drainage. The DIY-challenged haven’t a leg to stand on when it comes to planting this four-wheeled wonder. It’s okay to be plastic (when filling planters). Reduce, reuse and recycle with empty 2-liter bottles used as filler. This saves on the amount of soil you’ll need and it will make the overall load lighter. This works in regular planters as well.


Dirty deeds: Things only got messy when it came to adding potting soil. It clumps up inside the bag, so it’s necessary to mix it up before adding to the container. While my plants were thankful for the healthy soil, my hands were thankful for my $1.99 gardening- glove investment.


How does your garden grow?: As far as plant selection was concerned, I opted for liriope, which thrives both in shaded spaces and partial sunlight—excellent for adding some green to my studio or against my patio’s black-brown brick exterior. For a pop of bold color, I chose annuals and selected magenta and pink pansies. Since the liriope is super easy to care for, it made sense to stick with a green palette year round, then change up the color accordingly with seasonal flowers. My dog, Sebastian, approves of the botanical selections and stands guard in case of a squirrel attack.


Health on wheels: It’s easy being green thanks to the Food Map Container’s lockable wheels. No need to take plants out of planters for doses of sunlight or visits with the hose—just lock/unlock the wheels and push. After an hour-long trial run playing gardener, my mobile mini-landscape brought the outdoors in. My green friends get their daily dose of sunlight with a simple push from the studio to the great room. When thirsty, they simply stroll out the front door to the hose.

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