This week I have traded sleep for productivity and it has been so worth it the temporary switch. Sleep is great but it feels much more fulfilling to get some pressing items knocked off of your list before bed. I love starting the day with a completed task behind me.
Walking into a place for the first time, I happily note where the light dances along the wall. Natural light in a living space cannot be overrated and instantly makes a space more inviting. Windows, skylights, and french doors all warm up a space. If you don’t have generous light and wish to brighten up a home the more controllable influence is to add life in the form of greenery.
Natural benefits to having live plants in your home are improved air quality and a calming effect by having natural green tones visual. Live plants cultivate a warm space and a relaxed environment.
Plants are one of the factors in a house that transform a space into a home instantly. In any home decor showroom or housekeeping magazine, there is always a plant in sight.
Plants are not an easy task but worth every effort. I have killed many house plants in the last few years and it is worth the trial and error. We now have a dozen houseplants that have survived and now thrive. I’m sharing a few tips we have learned the hard way.
- Pick the right plant. If you don’t have a green thumb, a lower maintenance plant is best to start. Jake and I love our fiddle leaf fig tree and snake plant for minimal up keep. For beginners luck, I would start with a fiddle leaf fig. We bought ours at Calloway’s nursery or Home depot.
- Water your fiddle leaf fig when the soil is dry. If the soil is damp or wet to the touch chances are it does not need water. A common mistake in caring for house plants is over watering which can lead to undetected root rot. When the soil is bone dry, it is time to water it. Make sure to water it well. For a general rule of thumb we water our fiddle leaf fig plants every two weeks in the summer, in the winter it is slightly less often.
- Repot plant every other year or as needed. The plant gets light from windows in the home and water on demand but fresh soil is extremely important to promote longevity. Make sure to refresh soil or repot the plant entirely every two years.
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