Most big cities rightfully earn the moniker “concrete jungle.” It makes sense. Oftentimes trees are sparse and the grass isn’t green because it’s barely there at all. But not all is grey and made of stone in our country’s metropolises. Look hard enough, and you’ll find little pockets of lush life that loving home-dwellers like Summer Rayne Oakes have carved out for themselves. Her Williamsburg, Brooklyn home proves that even amidst the energy of a burgeoning city, plants and greenery can thrive.
As you peek around the space Summer rents, it quickly becomes clear why her garden grows in abundance. She has done everything she can to set her potted pals up for success. From rigging planters from scratch, reflecting light here and there, to hand-pollination, her plant collection is healthy and well loved. The results of these efforts even serve as the main decoration for her industrial space. In one corner, dripping vines creep through window frames and in another, the apartment’s walls are literally covered in flourishing buds. They don’t grow so dense that a little color can’t seep through, though. A palette inspired by Central and South America pokes its head out here and there, lending the space a relaxing earthiness.
Summer says all of the lush foliage, along with her home’s exotic color scheme, do wonders for her daily vibe. These features keep her smiling and happy as she mediates in the living room or casually reads in her hammock. Simply put, in either spot and on any given day, she feels relaxed and reset after simply being in her home. What more could you ask for from your corner of the sky? Click through to take a look inside one of Brooklyn’s secret gardens. Enjoy! —Garrett