Natural is best - bringing nature into the home
Okay, for this blog I'm going to need you to find your inner hippy for a moment. No no, wait – not bra burning – put it back on! That was close. I was thinking more Zen, more meditation, more ‘finding your inner chi’. So, close your eyes (not yet, after you've read this part) and imagine a place where you feel your most relaxed, calm, healthy and at peace. Where is that place, what does it look, feel and smell like? (Okay, now close them). Done? Good. Come back now, please.
Chances are this place is somewhere in nature; an isolated beach, a babbling brook, a sunlit woodland opening, a scenic mountain range… am I close? Nature makes us feel better; less stressed, alive, healthier, more in the moment and aware of the beauty around us. However, for most of us escaping to such places isn't as accessible as we’d like, and lying face down on a grass verge in a busy city centre sniffing the fresh cut lawn just isn't the same. Trust me. What we can do though, is bring nature into our homes. Making the places we live more natural, airy, beautiful and calming can have a massive impact on our stress and health levels, and here are a few ways to do just that…
Everyone loves a pot plant. Not only do they add colour and life to your interior, they actually have massive health benefits too. They are natural air filters that can remove harmful chemicals added to the air by paints, varnishes and cleaning chemicals. I'm sure there’s a few reading with concerned guilt ridden faces, who have proclaimed RIP to their leafy friends one too many times.
So here are 2 plants that I (as a self-proclaimed mass murderer of flowery things), have managed to nurture successfully. Spider plant: You can’t kill them. You just can’t. And in return they will remove formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air in your home. Aloe Vera: Also clears formaldehyde and benzene, and as an extra bonus contain aloe gel that helps heal and sooth cuts and burns, as well as looking exotic.
Kitchen Herb Gardens
These look great on the kitchen window sill and provide you with a range of fresh herbs while you’re cooking up a storm. There are many types to choose from, depending on what you require for the size of the kitchen and where you are on the chef scale of ‘Pot Noodle’ to ‘Beef Bourguignon’.
These are becoming more and more popular. Is it art? Is it an air filter? It’s both. Without taking up any counter surface space this installation cleans the air and enriches it with oxygen, as well as adding a stunning feature to your room which, if designed correctly, can enhance and complement the existing colour scheme of the space and create a wonderful aroma. One step further is the development of ‘living furniture’, for example moss tables, that will grow and change while you own them.