Beautify Your Space with Plant Proliferation

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Grandma’s Attic = old books, old pictures, old crap + new plants

I love where I live. Yes, I live in the best neighborhood–filled with some of my favorite bars, restaurants, and people–but it’s my actual abode that makes me unbelievably happy. So much light, space, and it’s really quiet (which is a big deal because I live in one of the most lively parts of the city).

And since I work from home, it’s really important that I love my space. Some days I only leave to go to yoga, so I guess the only downside to my place is that it makes grandma here even more of a homebody.

Even though my space is inanimate, I feel like it’s important to respect it by cleaning it (I’m a wee bit OCD), adorning it, and beautifying it. And it has a name, courtesy of one of my best friends: Grandma’s Attic. I don’t think it was necessarily meant as a compliment, but I take it as one.

Grandma’s Attic is filled with family heirlooms, antiques, old books, and the occasional figurine which I am sure scream “old maid” central.

In my eyes Grandma’s Attic is perfect, but it dawned on me that I might need to “liven up the place” instead of just being surrounded by old, inanimate objects all day.

So I bought a ton of new houseplants this weekend and when I woke up this morning I looked around and they made me so happy. Not just because they’re beautiful, but there’s this new vitality permeating throughout my abode.

Turns out that beautifying your space with houseplants also has a number of health benefits physically and mentally. I did some research and found this fabulous article from MastersInHealthcare.com that documents 15 reasons why we all could use more houseplants:

  1. Plants can help fight colds: Indoor plants have been shown to reduce cold-related illnesses by more than 30%. This is due to their effect of increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

  2. Plants can remove airborne contaminants: We breathe the same air again and again, potentially inhaling harmful substances that are trapped inside. Indoor plants can help to remove pollutants including VOCs that cause headaches, nausea, and more.
  3. Plants can stop your headaches: Filling your home with plants can decrease or eliminate headaches. With plants, you’re much less likely to be breathing the kind of stuffy, stale air that contributes to headaches.
  4. Plants can make you happy: House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall.

  5. Plants can improve your mental health: Caring for a living thing can help when you’re depressed and lonely, giving you a purpose in life.
  6. Plants can decrease your blood pressure: People with plants in their homes have less stress, and plants have been known to contribute to lower blood pressure.
  7. Plants can reduce carbon dioxide: During photosynthesis, plants draw carbon dioxide from the air. Removing this substance can help prevent drowsiness from elevated levels.
  8. Plants can offer treatment: Some indoor plants, like aloe, can be applied to skin and offer pain relief.
  9. Plants can prevent allergies: Exposing children to allergens such as plants early in life can help them build a tolerance and immunity to the allergen. It works like a custom allergy shot, naturally.

  10. Plants can negate cigarette smoke: If you are a smoker or live with one, a plant may help you remove the airborne chemicals from cigarettes. In particular, the Peace Lily is a good choice for this health benefit.
  11. Plants can make your brain work better: Potted plants and flowers can improve your idea generation, mood, and more.
  12. Plants provide clean air: In addition to filtering chemicals, plants also put out clean air, improving the air quality around them.
  13. Plants can clear congestion: Eucalyptus in particular can help clear phlegm and congestion from your system. In fact, eucalyptus is often found in congestion remedies.
  14. Plants are natural humidifiers: Instead of buying a humidifier machine to soften the air, just bring in a plant or two.
  15. Plants can improve your sleep: Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night. Filling a vase in your bedroom with these flowers can improve your night’s rest.

Where’s the best place to get houseplants?

I love Home Depot–great selection and prices–and it’s where my momma goes.

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