Interior Vertical Gardens; going green in a new direction

We have all heard the coined term “going green” referring to minimizing our carbon footprint, using a certain percentage of recycled material in our products, devoting to LEED programs and so on and so on…

But what about an obvious “actually going green” approach. I frequently voice my devoted fondness for incorporating live and lush plant life into any interior space and the benefits, but this newest trend takes that idea in a whole different direction… literally!

For years we’ve seen the potted houseplants, the interior gardens in lobbies and more recently garden green rooftops speckling our sky scrappers. With keeping in the same concept, new innovators have put a different spin on how to incorporate your lovely greens into a space using a new creative objective in mind… adding a living piece of art!

Take a look at some of these interior vertical gardens

 

 

 

 

 

How to style your coffee table

Having that amazing sofa, side chairs and coffee table are your key elements to any living room, but it’s the accessories that make any room shine and stand out from any other ordinary living room.  Believe it or not, dressing up your coffee table is an art form. It’s the focal point of your sitting arrangement and it makes quite a statement. Here are essentials for styling a designer look table that will not only express your style but really make your room  top notch.

-always include some sort of foliage (real or fake)

-incorporate books; medium to large  (preferably ones of your interests)

-use different height items; it’s more appealing to the eye

-include an art piece;  figurine/statue

-form about 3 groupings of decor, don’t line them up evenly or place all decor in the middle

 

 

Brick & Moss

With spring upon us, everyone is dusting off their gardening tools and making plans to renovate their outdoor spaces. With all the flower, mulch, shrubbery, lawn ornamnet options, sometimes it can be overwhelming and overboard.

Sometimes a big but subtle change can make all the difference you need to spruce up your yard. Laid brick or stone patios with just the slightest moss laid in the cracks has become the preferred choice for many home owners and not just for it’s romantically rustic look but because it has a lot advantages…

-Moss has no roots, so it grows well in shallow narrow places such as between laid patio bricks

-Because lack of roots, it will not upheave and crack your laid bricks/stone as tree or plants roots would to concrete

-Easy to plant and transplant. You can literally pick it off of a rock/tree and lay it between patio bricks and it will re-attach and grow on its own.

-Easily maintained,  you can run a weed wacker over it to trim and it will not die.

-Grows well in damp shady weather, so if in dry mild climate be sure to water ever so often to prevent from drying out.

 

For more tips on how to grow moss inlay check out this link…

http://www.finegardening.com/how-to/qa/growing-moss-cracks.aspx

 

L.A. Flower Market

I recently ventured out and visited the LA flower market downtown and was instantly overwhelmed (in a great way) by all the variety of flowers and tools available to help you make an amazing arrangement. Not only did I want to make a trip to immerse myself in all the colors, scents and variations but this place has so much history behind it, I just had to check it off my list of things to do!

I wanted to share this post because I think we underestimate what fresh flowers can do for your space and soul! When I brought my flowers home, it instantly uplifted my mood and the scent of my oriental lilies gave a fresh and lighthearted ambiance. Not to mention the splash of color that now caught my eye every time I walked into or passed my kitchen.

There are a ton of flower markets in your town, take some time to stop and smell the … well, there’s too many flowers to list 🙂

 

*They do have trade hours and public hours

Top Non-Toxic Indoor Plants

If you are a plant lover like me, then you understand that bringing in a little nature indoors not only brightens and livens up your space it also has air purifying qualities. There are many benefits for adding a little green in your life, but if you have pets and kids you may want to make sure you are not incorporating toxic plants (if ingested) in their environments. Here are the top non-toxic plants that are safe and have great eye appeal. Find a complete list of both toxic and non-toxic kid/pet plants here… http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

Boston_fern_

1. Boston Fern

Bamboo

2. Bamboo

Cast Iron Plant

3. Cast Iron Plant

Money-Tree

4. Money Tree

ponytail_palm

5. Ponytail Palm

prayer plant

6. prayer plant

Succulents

7. Succulents

Yucca-Elephantipes-Cane

8. Yucca Plant

Spider Plant

9. Spider Plant