Interior Design for Beginners: Decorating with Plants

A course by Ale de la Cerda (LENPO)
Architect. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2021
, Architect

Learn to observe and understand plants by designing interior spaces that connect with nature

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (176)
  • 4454 students

Learn to observe and understand plants by designing interior spaces that connect with nature

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (176)
  • 4454 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 57m)
  • 26 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Dutch, Italian
  • Level: Beginner
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Discover the wonderful world of plants and learn to connect with it through design alongside architect Alejandra de la Cerda. She is the cofounder of the architecture firm Polen and of Lenpo, a studio specialized in bringing people and nature closer together. The aim of her work is to enhance the quality of life within spaces using plant-centric designs.

In this course, Alejandra teaches you how to understand plants from both a functional and aesthetic point of view and use them to transform interior spaces. For the final project, plan a design project centered around plants for a space of your choice, from the analysis, sketches, and layout to the selection of plants and materials based on environmental conditions, your objectives, and desired style.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The plants
  • U3
    U3. Space
  • U4
    U4. Let's do it!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know Alejandra, who tells you about how she developed a deep connection with plants, discovered her passion for design, and cofounded Polen and studio Lenpo. She also introduces you to some of her work and shares her artistic influences.

Continue with an overview of the materials you need for the course and learn some basic concepts about plants, their characteristics, and the factors you need to consider to give them the perfect balance of light, water, and nutrients.

Next, see how to create substrate for your plants, which is the root of their existence. Alejandra shows you the most common components and how to mix them before teaching you to recognize pests and diseases and how to treat them.

Shift your focus from nature to design and find out how to analyze the space you chose for the final project. Discover how to select the right plants based on the conditions they need, and then define the overall style.

Now it's time to get designing! Make a mood board with materials, colors, textures, and elements of style. Use the information you compiled earlier to create a layout divided into areas and decide how you want to arrange the plant pots and other accessories.

Once you're satisfied with your layout, the only thing left to do is set up your space. Alejandra wraps up the course by giving you some tips on plant care and maintenance. Now you know how to create a personal oasis wherever you go.

What is this course's project?

Plan a plant-centric interior design project for a space of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Architects, designers, and anyone with a passion for plants and design who wants to explore, learn, and get their hands dirty!

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary to take this course, just a good dose of imagination and a passion for plants and design.

For the design portion, you need paper, pencil, a tape measure, colored pencils or markers, and a design program if you decide to create a digital layout. As for working with plants, you need scissors, a trowel, a light meter (optional), a moisture meter, a watering can and a spray bottle, basic components for creating substrate (tezontle, pumice stone, compost, and coconut coir) and a pesticide you can easily make at home.


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Ale de la Cerda (LENPO)

Alejandra de la Cerda is cofounder of the architecture firm Polen Diseño Vivo (2010) and studio Lenpo (2016), a space dedicated to inspiring and connecting people with plants and nature though courses, workshops, design, and objects. Alejandra graduated with a degree in architecture from the Ibero-American University and has completed multiple certificate courses from the Mexican Federation of Gardening and Floral Arrangement (FMJAF). She also belongs to SAPM, the society of landscape architects.

Throughout her career, she has worked with brands like Google, Twitter, Grupo Maquarie, Uber, Eli Lilly, and the United States Embassy. Her design work has also been displayed at Design Week México, WantedDesign New York, and Caravana Americana, and been featured in magazines like Architectural Digest, Ambientes, Gatopardo, and VOGUE.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The plants

    • The world of plants
    • Basic factors
    • The substrate
    • How to identify and control pests?
  • U3


    • Live the space
    • Identify the space: information and measurements
    • The style
  • U4

    Let's do it!

    • Materials and mood board
    • How to make an outline by zones
    • Select plants
    • Flowerpots and accessories
    • Space styling
    • How to keep your plants happy?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Interior Design for Beginners: Decorating with Plants

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Interior Design for Beginners: Decorating with Plants. Architecture, Spaces, and Craft course by Ale de la Cerda (LENPO)

Interior Design for Beginners: Decorating with Plants

A course by Ale de la Cerda (LENPO)
Architect. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (176)
  • 4454 students