Even though fall is here, it does not mean the end to flowers. I used kale, sedum, dahlia’s, hydrangeas and hosta’s all of which are still going strong! yay! The container is an antique pewter wine bucket, which I think is cool!
I was putszing around late one night in the office and decided to park myself and meditate. I took a look around and felt a really great sense of contentment. Sometimes it is the quiet of the evening that allows our mind to settle enough to truly appreciate where we are in the world.
It is no secret that I am a plant geek. I come by it honestly, my mother always had plants in our home (some I inherited!), and my Dutch father always maintained beautiful gardens. Admittedly, growing up I didn’t have the attachment to them that I do now. I am sensitive to environments that lack life, that are too hard, so I love to introduce at least one plant per room (usually more).
Here are 3 reasons that I think everyone should have plants in their homes.
1. Plants soften a room. Floors, countertops, chairs, tables…all have an inherent hardness. When you bring in a plant there is a softening of edges as well as a freshness of colour. I have found that sometimes all a room needs is a plant.
2.Plants naturally purify the air. We all grew up understanding that plants take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, but more recently scientists have proven that plants remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). A couple of the easiest plants to grow and find are Spider plants and Golden Pathos.
3.Plants connect us to nature. When we are learning to care for another living thing, we automatically see the outside world with fresh eyes. We begin to care about our external environment, about our parks and about the world at large, and that, is a good thing.
Check out Joanna Gaines Blog on the plants she uses in her designs, gorgeous!
One of the benefits of having little discretionary money when I moved away from home, is that it taught me to be circumspect with purchases. It taught patience and delayed gratification. Mostly for me however, it meant that because I had so little money to spend, I was very very particular about what I bought.
I still have a one hundred year old antique brass frame and a water pitcher of the same era that were my first purchases at an antique store 30 years ago. I have only used the frame for a picture of my husband and I, and the white water pitcher is generally used for wild flowers,
All this is to say, is that it is very rewarding to take your time when feathering your nest, especially if what you bring in has tugged at your heart in one way or another.
Every day when I wake up, I take a peek out the windows to see how the day has chosen to unfold. I meditate and then walk Gracie. Do you have a morning ritual?
This has been on my radar for so many years now. I took this shot at a local restaurant in Naples last week. The outside of the restaurant is concrete except for the living walls.