When rising pop-R&B singer Tayla Parx isn’t recording tracks for her new album or writing Grammy-nominated songs for the likes of John Legend and HAIM, she’s spending time in the “most important room” in her house: a turquoise-hued space filled with portable planters, which she uses to grow vegetables and herbs—everything from bell peppers and cucumbers to basil and lavender. (“I’m making my first little tincture,” she tells her followers in an Instagram tour; other favorite garden-fueled foods include homemade salsa and mint-garnished cocktails.) It’s her version of a greenhouse, sprouting on the ground floor of her Los Angeles home. “Some of my favorite things are in my greenhouse,” she says, from a marble car lighter to an Andy Warhol Flowers BearBrick. A mushroom poster adorns one wall, while circular wall hangings hold soil and seedlings.
It’s hard to believe this space was once the coldest room in the house, which Parx quickly remedied by installing a fireplace to create coziness for both herself and the greenery. Her whole home has been “TaylaMade”—adjusted to accommodate her creative pursuits. On the roof are raised beds; Parx is particularly proud of her broccoli and lettuce. Working from home has been doable thanks to her music studio, where she finished her album Coping Mechanisms. Her greenhouse is the place she goes to clear her mind, often accompanied by her dogs and a good movie on the projector.
Parx organized the room in a way that prioritizes easy access to the plants, since she takes care to tend to them every day. Jewel-toned velvet couches sit beneath and opposite a trio of windows that showcase the changing light throughout the day. "It's absolutely beautiful to see the sun change the mood," Parx says. As the day goes on, new shadows—and opportunities for inspiration—take shape.
Original article appeared on Vogue | Author Akili King