9 ways to add more houseplants to your home

February 18, 2019 by  
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Adding plants to your living space is an easy way to add beauty and character to your home. But aesthetics aren’t the only benefit of indoor gardening as houseplants can make your home’s air healthier  and also make you happier . No to mention, you can easily grow useful plants and herbs that work great for healthy cooking and as natural medicines . Even if you weren’t born with a green thumb or have a tiny space to work with, there are ways to go green with your decor. If you choose the right plants and get creative, your indoor garden will thrive. Here are nine ways to add more plant life to your home. Use the Windows For many indoor plants , sunlight is essential. So, placing your plants near windows is a no-brainer. A Beautiful Mess suggests a DIY ledge for the kitchen window to set up your herb garden or hang an over-the-window plant shelf in your living room or bedroom. Instead of hanging a curtain for privacy, you can create a “ plant shelfie ” and group a bunch of plants together or use a large sturdy tension rods to hang plants at the top of the window. Custom shelves around or under the window —  or added to the ledge— also work well, too. Wire Grid Jazz up a plain wall with a wire grid and S-hooks to display houseplants . You don’t need a ton of space for this idea, and it makes it easy to hang gardening essentials like scissors and a watering can. You can find wire grids in different shapes and sizes, and some also have mountable shelves. Kitchen Garden A window in your kitchen is an excellent place to grow an indoor herb garden , however, that’s not an option for everyone. You can still make it happen by hanging small planters on your cabinets .  Also, if you have the counter space,  you can create a small garden for succulents with a two-tier fruit basket and some fabric scraps. Related: How to grow 10 foods from kitchen scraps Pegboard Like the wire shelves, a pegboard is also a great idea for small spaces. They work well in any room, no matter how big or small. You can even use a peg board as a headboard . The great thing about pegboards is that you can use hooks, baskets and shelves to create the look you want. You can also add a pop of color with a few tiny potted plants or cover the board entirely. Ceiling Hangers Speaking of macrame, it has made a major comeback recently, which means you can easily find macrame plant hangers to hang from the ceiling. They are great to hang near windows, or you can use ceiling hangers in unexpected places like in the bathroom or over a dining table . When you live in a small space, ceiling hangers are a fantastic option. You won’t give up any shelf, floor or wall space, and they add a fun, unexpected layer to the decor . Wall Art Turn plants into pieces of living art by adding them to string art or macrame wall hangings . You can find tons of affordable options on sites like Etsy that can quickly turn plants and flowers into artwork. Plants and flowers nestled into different designs look great. Air plants are a great option for wall art because they are super easy to take care of. Related: Sustainable pencil stubs Sprout into plants Bookshelves and Picture Ledges If you have built-in shelves in your living room, bedroom or kitchen, don’t let the high shelves go to waste just because they are out of reach. Add some plants that drape down to add some green to your space. Trailing plants are very popular and they are low-maintenance. If you have the option of adding something to the wall, pictures ledges are perfect for displaying plants indoors because the small lip on the edge will keep them from falling. Picture ledges are usually cheaper than traditional shelves. Just make sure you choose ledges that are wide enough. Carts If there is a small, dull space in your home that needs some love, you can add some plants with a rolling cart . If you live in an apartment and can’t add shelves, grids or peg boards to the wall, a rolling cart is the perfect option for creating a mini- jungle . Or, if you have some dead space in a large room, the cart doesn’t even have to go up against the wall. Plant Corner If you have an empty corner that needs some attention, consider filling it with plants of different shapes and sizes. Place different pots (of various shapes and sizes) in the corner to create a plant corner. You can incorporate your plant cart into the area for some added height. Images via Shutterstock

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Elegant planter lamp brings light and nature into any space

September 12, 2016 by  
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The main body of the Milo lamp is ” mouthblown glass ,” and there are holes in the sides to allow easy access for watering. Milo comes with a wooden bowl that fits right onto the bottom of the planter, which itself is designed to keep the plants stable. The lamp can either rest on a desktop or hang from the ceiling. There are three colors: white, natural, and oak. Lightovo suggests planting either flowers, succulents, or herbs in the Milo. There’s even a smaller version, the Milo Baby , that comes in metal or white. Related: These lamps let you grow plants anywhere – even in windowless rooms But the true stars of these planter lamps are the 5.5 watt LED lights that illumine the plant without withering it. The lights have a 4000K color temperature and they’re not too hot for the plants. The lights are meant to imitate sunshine so plants can thrive in the darker days of fall and winter. According to Core77, a plant owner could even leave water in the planter’s bottom to create humidity for plants that prosper in wetter conditions. Janukanis and Krauze write on their website, “Nature is our endless inspiration where we find remedy for everything. We deeply believe that closeness with nature can truly make humans happy and set them free.” The Milo baby lamp runs between 179 and 189 Euros, which is around $200 to $212. The little lamps can be purchased on Lightovo’s website . Those interested in a Milo lamp can enter their email address on the Lightovo website to ask for one. + Lightovo Via Core77 Images via Lightovo Facebook

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 unusual ways to show off your indoor plants

August 26, 2015 by  
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A touch of green does wonders for sprucing up a home. However, if you really want to give your home some pizzazz, consider swapping the humdrum vases and pots for a more a more creative houseplant display. Serenata Flowers created an infographic with 8 unusual ways to show off your indoor plants, from decorating a bust with plant life to constructing a succulent teacup planter. The visual how-to guide features fantastic projects and helpful tips that’ll appeal to both the novice and more advanced DIY-ers. Hit the jump to see all eight ways to doll up your favorite houseplants. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 8 unusual ways to show off your indoor plants

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

October 18, 2012 by  
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Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces – but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you’re looking for a new plant for your home or office, O2forYou is a database full of different plants that clean your air. You can also look for plants with ‘ O2 for You ‘ tags at your local retailer and reap the benefits of these hard working plants. + O2forYou The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 02 for you , benefits of indoor plants , ferns and spider plants , house plants , houseplants , indoor plant week , Indoor Plants , National Indoor Plant Week , peace lilies , plants

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

October 18, 2012 by  
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Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital

October 18, 2012 by  
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New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and architect Jeanne Gang both waded into one of Chicago’s biggest preservation battles this week in an effort to save Prentice Women’s Hospital , a clover leaf-shaped hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg. Northwestern University wants to demolish the unique building to build a new biomedical research facility, and university officials have said that the oddly-shaped structure would be too difficult to retrofit. So Kimmelman reached out to Gang to develop a new proposal that would involve building a modern research facility right on top of the existing building. Read the rest of Jeanne Gang Pitches Adaptive Reuse Proposal for Chicago’s Threatened Prentice Women’s Hospital Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bertrand Goldberg , chicago , jeanne gang , Michael Kimmelman , new york times , Northwestern University , Prentice , Prentice Hospital , Prentice Women’s Hospital , Rahm Emanuel , Save Prentice , studio gang , studio gang architects

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Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

October 18, 2012 by  
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Macro Micro Studio is a 50-square-meter (538-square-foot) live-work Passivhaus developed by the University of Dundee’s Macro Micro research unit at the  Botanic Gardens in Dundee . The project will be the UK’s first fully net-zero energy live/work studio, and construction is set to run from January-May 2013. The design and technologies will be tested in a real-world situation over a period of four years in order to gain a better understanding of user behavior and technical performance. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Botanic Gardens Dundee , live work studio , live-work , Macro Micro Studio , macromicrostudi , net-zero energy , off-grid , off-grid studio , passivhaus , University of Dundee

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Donna Ruff Draws With Fire to Create Gorgeous Patterns on Cast-Off Book Pages

October 18, 2012 by  
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Plants Can ‘Talk’ To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots

June 13, 2012 by  
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  Photo via Shutterstock Watch what you say around your houseplants — they can probably hear you, and they might even be talking about you. The idea that plants communicate with each other is normally based in science-fiction or fantasy , but new research out of  The University of Western Australia reveals that this actually may be the case. UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellow  Dr. Monica Gagliano has discovered that our green friends not only react to sounds, but they can also communicate with each other via “clicking noises.” Read the rest of Plants Can ‘Talk’ To Each Other by Clicking Their Roots Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: botany , dr monica gagliano , ents , gagliano plants , plant communication , plants talk , plants talk to each other , university of western australia

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6 Hard-to-Kill Plants for the Recovering Brown Thumb

April 10, 2012 by  
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