Decorating & Design - Flower Arranging

Decorating with plants and flowers

Inspired by his home’s verdant view, this spirited gardening expert brought his passion indoors to create a personalized space that takes advantage of the pleasures that summertime has to offer.

Thomas Hobbs knows what he likes and always has. The B.C.-based garden designer, author, owner of Southlands Nursery and all-around tastemaker has always had a passion for plants. “My first memory plantwise is from when I was four. I rummaged through the neighbour’s garbage looking for cast-off cut flowers and tried to root them,” he says. It didn’t work, but he wasn’t deterred, and by grade 6 he had created his first very own greenhouse.

It’s not surprising, then, that the Vancouver condo he purchased with his partner, Brent Beattie, backs onto one of the city’s brightest horticultural jewels, VanDusen Botanical Garden. “That’s why we bought it,” says Thomas – that and, after buying a farm near the U.S. border, the couple needed a pied-à-terre closer to work. The 1,825-square-foot condo is convenient, but its setting is remarkable in such an urban environment. “It feels completely private, like we’re living in a park or a forest,” says Thomas.
Modern kitchen

“It was move-in-ready,” says homeowner Thomas Hobbs of the modern kitchen. Avocado-coloured bar stools provide a vibrant punch to the sleek stainless steel-fronted kitchen island. The paintings were picked up for a song at a student sale at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

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