Meet A Woman Who Keeps 500 Plants In Her Brooklyn Apartment
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As far as multi-hyphenate models go, Summer Rayne Oakes may be the most impressive we’ve come across. More than being a cover beauty, Summer is also a writer, businesswoman, activist, chef (she’s working on her first cookbook, also the second book she’ll publish), and an ecologist by training (she graduated from Cornell with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology).
On the top floor of an unassuming Williamsburg building is a 1200-square-foot loft that’s been transformed into a veritable jungle with over 500 plants (and 150 species) and a handful of exotic insects, including African millipedes and Madagascar hissing cockroaches (they’re confined to a terrarium, if you’re wondering).
While her home at first glance appears to be dominated by plants, Summer’s space is also decorated with dreamy touches, carefully curated vignettes, and furniture she’s built with her father using wood found on the street.
“I think that the only way I’ve really been able to survive in New York is by surrounding myself with plants,” says Summer Rayne Oakes,