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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These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

September 27, 2016 by  
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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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INFOGRAPHIC: 14 edible plants that you can grow indoors

January 14, 2016 by  
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Do you dream of your own vegetable patch, but lack the yard to make it happen? You don’t need a big yard – or even a big balcony – to produce your own food. Growing it inside is easy when you know how. This infographic has advice and tips for sowing and harvesting your edible plants right inside your own home, so no matter the weather, or your outdoor space, you can have fresh, delicious food at your fingertips. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 14 edible plants that you can grow indoors

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The Vivarium is a renovated industrial warehouse in Thailand turned into a terrarium-like restaurant

December 22, 2015 by  
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11 Innovative planters for the home

October 13, 2015 by  
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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

June 29, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 9 low-maintenance plants for the office Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air plants , air purifying plants , best plants for air purification , cacti , DIY , DIY terrariums , Gardening , green , green decor , green design , green office decor , Indoor , Indoor Plants , interior decorating , interior design , jade plants , Office , peace lily , plants , pothos , snake plant , spider plants , succulents , water lettuce

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NOTlab founders design modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

June 16, 2015 by  
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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

June 16, 2015 by  
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We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change , and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance. An unauthorized draft of that document designed to urge the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to join him in the fight to save our planet was published online in PDF format  Monday by L’Espresso, a prominent Italian news weekly. But Vatican officials warn that the 192-page draft doesn’t represent the final version of the Pope’s encyclical, which will be released on Thursday. Read the rest of Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholics , Climate Change , encyclical , leaked encyclical , official vatican statements on climate change , papal document , papal encyclical , Pope Francis , pope on climate change , pope scientist , vatican , Vatican City

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Dossofiorito’s suspended Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow how they would in nature

April 21, 2015 by  
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Opiary’s Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

August 14, 2014 by  
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One can never have too many plants in the house, and Opiary’s new line of terraformed furniture allows you to bring even more of the outside world into your space. This furniture series can actually be used both indoors and outdoors, so you can revel in backyard comfort during the summer months , and then bask in lush greenery in your living room when snow blows outside your window in midwinter. The pieces are made of ferrocement and steel with in-built irrigation systems, and are as elegant as they are utilitarian. If you’re in the NYC area, you can check out these fabulous pieces in person at the NY NOW show; August 17-20, 2014,  The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, booth #4163. + Opiary + NY NOW 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: “green furniture” , ferrocement , green cement , indoor furniture , Indoor Plants , NY Now , Opiary , outdoor furniture , plant furniture , plants , terraformed furniture

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