AD presents the Clever Guest Edit, a shopping series in which our favorite design enthusiasts share the products and collectibles that bring their homes to life. This week’s special guest is Christopher Griffin, an educator, host, and the Plant Kween of Brooklyn. Get the exclusive on what’s at the top of their wish list here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Clever newsletter to get these picks delivered straight to your inbox each month.
Anyone who’s ever taken an Instagram scroll through Christopher Griffin’s apartment in Brooklyn, New York, will agree that the space is an oasis with an abundance of beautiful botanicals. Since 2016, Christopher has been building a community and providing visibility for QTPOC folks through the power of plants as the self-appointed Plant Kween. Christopher currently works as the assistant director of the NYU LGBTQ+ Center, and their background in education and an affinity for greenery made the progression into content creation around the thrilling world of horticulture a very natural one.
“I’d describe my decor style as maximalist when it comes to plants and minimalist when it comes to everything else,” says Christopher. “I enjoy warm colors, bold textures, unique prints, fun shapes when it comes to the pieces I bring into my home because minimalist does not have to mean plain, darling. The decor pieces I've highlighted here are lavish, lush, and simply golden, in the most beautiful of ways.”
As a Black queer non-binary femme, Christopher also understands the importance of maintaining a space of one’s own that functions as an authentic representation of who you really are. So for them, home decorating is like “writing a love letter to my past, present and future self.” Here, the host of a new YouTube series for AD tells us all about the nine products they love for serving lush looks in your humble abode. Consider this list some much-needed retail therapy for finding inner peace.
“Who doesn’t love a large floor mirror with a brass finish? I’ve always focused on using mirrors as a way to make my lil Brooklyn [apartments] appear larger, bringing some more breath and depth into the space. Recently the focus of these reflective design pieces have been to increase that sunshine for our green gurls through reflection and redirection.”
“A candlelit evening is always the mood, hunny! A lovely combination of a classic antique chicness paired with a modern rustic lewk is always my accessorizing go-to when adding golden texture to my indoor jungle of an apartment.”
“Combine the color yellow with a velvet texture, and you have my coins! Yellow being my accent color of choice, this lovely velvet pillow checks all the boxes for the perfect couch cuddle buddy.”
“You simply can’t go wrong with a beautiful wall decor piece that is made through a zero waste process. Serving texture realness and channeling the moon in a bright sky, this piece has a home on any of my apartment’s walls.”
“Filled with a combination of the woody and earthy scents I love and adore—cedar, amyris, patchouli, eucalyptus, and niaouli—this locally made and hand-poured candle is obvi one of my faves! This ecologically responsible candle, curated with coconut oil and beeswax, was born out of a lovely collaboration with my good friend of many years Charlie.”
“Plants aren’t the only way you can green up your space, gurl! This vibrant wallpaper with its pattern of lush leaves is simply a must, and would be perfect for an accent wall. #SupportBlackOwnedBusinesses”
“Rugs bring coziness and warmth into a space. This one with its pop of orange, raised fabric pattern, and midcentury-modern design is a lovely art piece on its own.”
“[Speaking to] a long legacy of powerful, strong, and resilient Black mothers, this art piece has my heart and captures such a beautiful moment I often enjoyed when my mother did my hair as a child.”
“Forest green, velvet upholstery, and a 1970s sculptural chicness... It’s a triple yes for me! If I were to splurge on a statement piece for my living room, this velvety s-sectional would pair so lovely with my lil indoor jungle of green gurls. It’s minimal yet rich and grand, and would add a cozy lushness to the room.”