We switched out the giant peace lily (seen in the background of previous posts here and here, and a tiny bit here) with a brand new split-leaf philodendron. I had been casually keeping my eye out for one of these for the last couple of years. They are not incredibly rare, but I hadn't seen one for sale until this past weekend when we were at one of the big-box home improvement stores on other business. The philodendron is the coolest of all house plants; it reminds me of Julius Shulman photography. Shown below is a 1958 Shulman photo of Case Study House No. 21. Incidentally, that's the home's architect Pierre Koenig standing by the credenza. I don't think there is a philodendron in the shot (that's a ficus in the foreground) but I can visualize one being right at home in a Case Study, Eichler, or any other midcentury modern style home.
Julius Shulman photo ©J. Paul Getty Trust
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