The 1970s redux doesn't mean having to be as funky as some looks of the era. Take air plants, known botanically as tillandsia, which are back in sleek and sculptural arrangements. The plants, which draw moisture from the air, can be tucked in nooks and crannies of natural wood as in this arrangement ($590) from Rolling Greens nursery. That's a good three decades of design away from the varnished driftwood of that era. The plants are exotic, long lasting and low maintenance -- and they reflect the water-saving consciousness of our times. The arrangements come in small, medium, large and extra large, with prices starting from $75. 9528 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, (310) 559-8656, www.rollinggreensnursery.com.
-- Nancy Yoshihara