I want to share a story about a dear friend and colleague of mine, Tracy Balogh. I am writing this down because I am very proud to work with the best in the biz.Tracy had a client
A Breath Of Fresh Air
With Spring approaching many of us are getting ready for gardening season. Hooray Spring! Sprucing up the yard and tending to our shrubs and outdoor gardens is on many of our to do lists. Maintaining your curb appeal is very important to your home’s value and upkeep, however, indoor plants can be just as important to our homes as those outdoor plants and shrubs. Most of us spend a good chunk of our time in your homes. Plants can work great with your mind and body to improve your quality of life. Here's how...
Did you know that houseplants are a great natural air purifier? When you add houseplants to your home you are not only adding greenery, style and décor, house plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Many house plants help clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners and glues found in products like cabinetry, plywood paneling and furniture.
Put a Spider Plant in a hanging basket by a sunny window or a potted Aloe Vera plant in a sunny window sill to help remove those troublesome molecules. These are both great plants for the beginner gardener.
Feeling stressed after a long day at work? Having house plants can reduce stress levels and fatigue by lowering people’s heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory problems.
A Snake Plant, sometimes known as Mother in Laws Tongue, is a great easy to care for option to help reduce stress. This plant releases oxygen at night time (the opposite of most plants). A potted Snake Plant next to your bed on your night stand might be just what your body needs to give it that extra boost of oxygen.
There is something to be said about bringing in live pieces of nature inside. The beauty of a plant can make you feel happy and can improve your overall well-being. Plants are living things, and when you’re surrounded by living things you will feel better; you’re literally bringing more life and energy into your house! This intangible quality of plants can make your house a home.
For those of you with a greener thumb give these indoor plants a go. These larger plants could be just what you need to give your interior style and air quality a boost.
Boston Fern – Perhaps not as easier to care for (their kind of particular of sunlight and the amount of humidity they receive) but just as great at purifying the air and not to mention they look gorgeous in a hanging basket.
Fiddle leaf Fig Tree – You may have seen this plant grace the cover of many interior design magazines and blogs. Keep this plant in front of a sunny window and give it just the right amount of water and it will return the favor by adding instant chicness while helping purify your air.
Sellers tip: Staging your home? Add plants or fresh flowers to your home before photographing and inviting potential buyers in to view the home. Not only will they improve the air quality they will also breathe life into the home allowing the potential new homeowner to feel the energy and life of the home.
Buyer’s tip: Look for homes with lots of South facing windows. Here in Southwest Washington, this is part of the home that generally will get the most sunlight throughout the day. The light will keep you and your plants happy. Feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to set you up with a custom search for homes with great sunlight.
Here’s a short guide for where to buy indoor plants in Vancouver, WA including some annual plant and garden sales happening this spring.
Shorty’s Garden and Home - http://www.shortysgardenandhome.com/
Vancouver Farmers Market - http://www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
Vancouver High Schools Annual Spring plant sale http://vansd.org/annual-plant-sales/
Camas Washington Plant and Garden Fair http://cwplantfair.org/
Pomeroy Farm Country Life Fair http://www.pomeroyfarm.org/events/event.php?s=2017-05-01-country-life-fair
I’ve also had some luck purchasing indoor house plants at Home Depot and Lowes.
Happy House Plant Hunting!
Lynnette grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has been a Vancouver native for over 25 years. She is passionate about her home town and has loved watching it grow and evolve into a thriving metropolit....