If you live in the south, like we do, and you’re already experiencing the amazing spring weather, it’s time to freshen up, inside and outside!
One of our favorite ways here at J.Mozeley interiors, especially when we finish designing a space, is to add fresh flowers! Bringing the outside in is one of the easiest ways to create energy and life inside your home. Here are the what, where, when, and why of sprucing up your home with the outdoors!
Don’t know where to start? Do you have a brown thumb (like me) and kill every plant you own? (I literally couldn’t even keep a cactus alive) Here are a few tips.
- Just buy flowers. When we bought our house the landscaping was…how can I put this…dismal. We’ve been doing a lot of work the last two years, but we do not have big beautiful blooms yet, so I buy flowers! Nothing shameful about that. Put them in cute jars/buckets/baskets/etc. – Literally ANYTHING can be a centerpiece for holding flowers. Find old vases at a thrift store and paint them, use vintage tins or old containers you have in your pantry, try old wooden toolboxes or teapots, and of course mason jars are a big thing now. Chose items that either match and blend with your home decor, or something that will really stand out. Make a statement.
- If you’re more of a natural do-it-yourself type, go shopping in your yard and create a stunning centerpiece. Use 2 – 3 different variety of flowers, cutting the stems at least 7 – 10 inches. Don’t forget to use greenery in addition to the colorful blooms for a more full and polished look.
- Choosing different size plants to place throughout the home is also a good idea. Greenery never gets old or goes out of season. Having large potted floor plants will open up your space and create the illusion of the outdoors inside your home.
Placing flowers on your kitchen table as a centerpiece is great, but if you really want to up your game and create a cohesive theme throughout your home, strategically place plants and centerpieces in spaces that are visited often and need a pick-me-up.
- If you’re new at this, alternating types of plants and flowers in each space is a good place to start. If you have smaller spaces in your home, be sure not to overwhelm the space with the outdoors, you don’t want your family to feel like they’re eating in the jungle. Instead, choose small, potted plants with proper draining systems. Be sure to use different sizes and shapes (or styles) of pots in order to create visual interest.
- In larger, more empty spaces in the home (living rooms, dining rooms, large foyers, etc), be sure to add large greens in big planters. Or, choose a few planters and plants in differing sizes, but similar styles.
- Create a cohesive theme in your home by adding both blooms and greenery to spaces throughout. A beautiful, blooming centerpiece in the kitchen, on the counter, offset by small greens in the windows (succulents maybe); into the dining room where you have all sizes of potted plants, in the corners of the room, and on the table. I love using greens on the dining table because they are so versatile. With potted greens on the table, I can use any combination of colorful linen, dishes, and other decorations. Moving through the house into the bedrooms, small potted plants on night tables or desks bring a fresh and simple vibe to the space but stay consistent with the public spaces of the home. Of course, with all of these suggestions, you will need to keep in mind the amount of light in the space and possibly the temperature or the proximity to an air duct (as some plants will get too dry with heat/air blowing directly on them).
Of course, as off of these are, this is totally a personal preference. For me, even though I have absolute opposite of a green thumb, I love to have plants in my house year round, moving them from the indoors to the outdoors when the weather permits.
- This can be tricky. To know when you need to bring your plants inside, or to know when they need an appropriate amount of outdoors and sunshine, make sure to read up and do your research on the plants you choose. I tend to lean toward succulent plants as they are pretty low maintenance and super cute and versatile. When choosing the plants I wanted in my home, I had to consider the look I was going for, but also, which plants were going to do the best in the amount of indoor time they would have during the winter. A great place to start with learning a little more about the plants you like is, your local nursery or home improvement store. Typically, the employees are very knowledgable as to what will do well in your space and can help you determine what is best for the plant you chose.
- BE SEASONAL!! Of course, right?! When choosing flowers for centerpieces, whether you cut them from your backyard, or order them online, or pick them up at the local grocery store, choose flowers that are in season and local to your area. A lot of stores and online suppliers are not going to necessarily stock things that are local to you, or even specifically in season, so again, do a little research before you purchase if you would like to keep your blooms current.
- When selecting greens to place in your home, be sure to choose things that will last. You don’t want to end up with plants that are going to die once you bring them outside, or vice versa. Also, if you choose plants for a large planter that really shouldn’t be moved, be sure the plant will thrive indoors year round.
We are all aware of the benefits of trees and the process of photosynthesis, but I think we tend to learn about that stuff in school and remember it as a part of science class instead of as a part of life. Obviously, we can’t survive without plants using the carbon dioxide we produce to generate the oxygen we need. That is true for any kind of plant, in any kind of space.
- Plants in your home will keep your air clean. Just within the complex process of the cycle of life, the plants you keep in your house will help to purify the air from some of the toxic chemicals and solvents we have or use in our homes daily.
- Plants help reduce stress and anxiety. Studies found how having plants in offices helps lowered people’s heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory problems. So the same would be true for your home.
- Overall, plants will improve wellbeing. As some plants actually have healing properties, adding plants to your home will improve your physical health. In addition, they have been scientifically proven to impact your emotional and mental state as well. Can you find a reason to NOT have plants?!
As always, be sure to have fun and choose plants you love, whether it’s the aesthetic (look ), the smell, or even just the quality (like they’re hard to kill – my favorite) you can make your space more personal, healthy, and happier by adding some life!
Just a quick note – our hearts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends of the late Billy Graham. He was truly a heart after God and an inspiration to each and every one of us.