Plant Purifiers

I am busy writing about all sorts of ways to improve your health and quality of life, in and outside of your home in my upcoming book Om for there Home.

Did you know one of the easiest ways to bring a little fresh air and JOY into your home is with the help of a plant?  It enhances your mind, body and spirit.  It's quite the little multi-tasker!

 Without a doubt your environment affects your health. The right houseplant can actually make a big difference in your mood, your stress level, your sleep quality and even your breathing. They pruify the air while providing immense pleasure to look at and has a calming effect too.
House plants improve indoor air quality by increasing oxygen levels .  These silent beauties are masters of air pollutant removal – magically working hard to absorb carbon dioxide, ammonia, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene and other "nasties" throughout your home. 

"A plant study as far back as 1772 showed the benefit of plants for restoring air that was stagnant and low in oxygen from burning candles and from keeping animals. Plants have also been studied for their ability to purify and revitalize air for use by astronauts in space stations and future moon bases.
In a six month study of a plant filled room compared with a room without plants, the levels of airborne microbes and bacteria were 50% higher in the room without plants. Plants in the home also increase humidity, which reduces irritation from dry sinuses, reduces the severity of asthma and also reduces congestion." Occupants in rooms with plants recovered faster from illness, and studies have shown a higher level of focus.
Some plants to consider are ~ 
Peace Lily
Aloe Vera 
Snake Plant 
English Ivy
Boston Fern
Spider plant
Golden Pothos
Bamboo plant

Make sure to take the plants' growing conditions into consideration. 

Plus, having something alive and green in your home is good Feng Shui, except in the bedroom where it is believed plants are too activating.

Do you need any more resons to run to the nursery?

Quote:positive psychology

Fall Trends

Thank you New Home Source for including me in your designer round up. Take as look at what my  colleagues and I have to say about what we see happening this season.

Trend Report

photo Lily Bunn for OKL

Nature Nurtures

We know the health benefits from being in nature.  Those benefits don't stop at the front door.

Biophilic Design (meaning love of nature) is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions.  We humans have an innate love of nature, but we are spending less and less time in it!  With longer commutes, more stressful lives, pressures from every direction, including technology, we should make it our mission to seek it out more often.  Being in nature, feeling connected to it, bringing nature indoors, or even having pictures of nature in our living space greatly improves our health on so many levels.  It is a simple (and really pleasurable) way of improving our health and well being.

Studies have shown being around nature improves cognitive function, lowers cortisol and stress hormones, increases mental capacity, creativity and enhances mood.  Bringing it into our home brings with it the same physiological and psychological benefits.

If you want a calming, restorative home, think about how and where you can incorporate more of mother nature's influence.

Can't you just feel your blood pressure dropping?

top photo:Kim Hoyt