Casual Cacti
By Olivia Martin / Published by Dwell

Originally published in November 2011, Peter Benoit's loft renovation features a light-filled living room. The douglas fir clad storage "box" is on the right as a full height bookshelf. The low maintenance cacti in front of the Design Within Reach sofa are a must for Benoit and his wife's black thumbs.  

The picture wall is adorned with images collected from family, colleagues, and estate sales. ”I kill plants, so cacti are our friends,” Peter says of the succulents along the low table behind the Design Within Reach sofa, just over which an Established & Sons Font clock keeps time.

Olivia Martin


Olivia Martin is the managing editor at Dwell. Growing up in a 1905 Victorian fostered her love of architecture, design, and unpredictable floorboards. Aside from organizing articles flying around the Dwell office, she can be found wandering in vintage clothing stores or coercing her roommate into various decorating schemes for their apartment.

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