Greening Up Your Home

06 Jan 2011
Our FurnitureOur Home Accessories posted by Nan Tofanelli

I know that when the Christmas tree and all of the twinkle lights get put away for the season, our home looks sadly bare. Not that bare is necessarily bad.


It's a great time to clean under and behind things. But without the promise yet of spring, it is easy to go into winter shock. (Winter shock is when you sit around in front of the fire and eat all of the left-over sweets that everyone gave you for Christmas while reading whatever sale catalogs managed to make it into your mailbox. You don't really need any of those fabulous looking cashmere sweaters in pumice or iceberg but the price is good and maybe you can wear a size too small next year?) 

An alternative that I find to cure winter shock is to "green" up my home. Remember how nice the evergreen tree looked? That is what you are lacking. Get yourself to your local, plant friendly store and invest in some living organisms of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyl.

 

Kumquat tree with phaleonopsis orchid.

Bird's Nest ferns.

African Violet and faux bird's nest.

Japanese Maple in one of our antique Chinese pots.

Phaleonopsis orchid in Chinese chest.

Faux Fern in blue & white pottery.

They will look good but require some work, thereby forcing you off the sofa and working to water and feed them instead of feeding yourself those two week old Russian tea cakes! No more Winter Shock!

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