Now here is an idea for the wall you face from the entryway! Do a skylight in the hallway and then a living wall to accommodate many of your plants! There are systems to automate irrigation and allow for easy removal / swap-out of plants as it grows!
home tour and interview up with new york-based textile designer isabel wilson. her apartment & studio in williamsburg is a live/work loft space with glorious white brick walls and high ceilings. that tiered bookcase and cozy window seat had me at hello.