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High-pressure workdays, household chores and raising your kids are simply guaranteed to cause you a lot of stress. But so much stress can seriously affect your overall well-being. Heart diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, aging and fatal accidents are all linked with increased stress level. That’s why it’s very important that you do whatever you can in order to reduce stress. And is there a better way to start than turning your home into a real stress-reducing place? The following 5 tips will help you do so.

De-Clutter the Entire Place


It’s no secret that clutter is super stress-inducing. Not being able to find something you need can always cause some additional stress, especially when you are in a hurry. That’s why decluttering your house is one of the first things you will have to do is you want your home to become a real stress-reducing place. Of course, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take 15 minutes a day and try to find some new places for all the clutter that is just lying around your home. Also, make it a goal to fill at least one trash bag with the things you no longer need.

Add a Touch of Nature

We all know that spending time in nature can help you reduce stress. So why not try to bring the outside inside and make your home as green as possible? Potted plants are always a good option. What’s great about them is that most of them are quite easy to take care of, which means they will cause you absolutely no stress at all. If you like doing yoga, this can be a great setting for your meditation. Bromeliad, philodendron and spider plants are easy to maintain and they are guaranteed to make your home stress-reducing. You can also combine these with some nature-inspired designs to your décor.

Try to Create Symmetry

Another important thing you will have to do when trying to make your home more stress-reducing is to try to create symmetry. Symmetry can lead to a feeling of peace and help you relax. This is the case because symmetry prevents your eyes from bouncing from an object in the room to the other. Of course, things don’t have to be perfectly matched, but sticking to symmetry in the terms of color, proportion and light is always recommended. Just let your creativity flow and you are definitely going to come up with some new ways to add symmetry to your home.

Consider Your Lighting Options


Overhead lights are known to cause headaches which is another stress inducer. Therefore, if you want to be relaxed all the time when you are at home, you should make sure there’s a lot of natural light. Consider installing a new window or two as well as glass doors if possible. Still, you will need some lighting options for the evenings as well. That’s where desk lamps might come in handy. Halogen bulbs don’t cause headaches as much as incandescent bulbs do, so make sure you use them for your desk lamps.

Keep the Air Fresh

Your stress level can also depend on the air quality inside of your home. This is especially the case if you or any other family member is a smoker. Getting an air purifier is always the best option for eliminating the stale air. If you decide to get one for your home, make sure you find one that will fit into your interior. Using scented candles will also help you keep the air inside of your fresh. Some of the scents such as lavender, chocolate and cinnamon can be used as a part of aromatherapy and help you reduce stress.

All of these tips are guaranteed to help you change the atmosphere inside of your home and make it a real stress-reducing place. Even if you do all of these things, bear in mind that getting at least 2 hours of rest per day is an absolute must if you don’t want stress to cause you some more serious health conditions.

 

Unfortunately, loving plants and having a green thumb doesn’t always go hand-in-hand. For those who want to bring an essence of the world outdoors into their home, finding a low maintenance plant is key.

Here are six of the best decorative and low maintenance plants to bring your home to life, without causing you undue stress about keeping them alive.

Chives

When it comes to low maintenance decorative plants, chives have it all. These plants pretty much grow themselves and act as an aromatic, decorative grass. Under the right conditions, chives will also bloom into beautiful purple flowers.

Chives are perennial plants, meaning they’ll come back year after year. When you trim back your plant, you can use the shoots and blooms in the kitchen. This is a decorative indoor plant that keeps on giving. You can get a pack of chive seeds in the edible wildflower seed collections from SeedNeeds.

Air Plant

One of the challenges “black thumbs” face when attempting to grow plants indoors is soil knowledge. Some plants require soil of a specific texture or acidity level to grow and thrive. With an air plant, you don’t need to worry about the soil because it doesn’t need any.

That’s right. You can set an air plant pretty much anywhere, without needing a pot. You could have it growing on your desk if you felt so inclined.

These beauties are incredible to look at and easy to water. Instead of watering every day, you can usually turn it upside down in a bucket of water for 15-30 minutes each week, hang it to dry, then put it back in it’s growing spot. If your air plant’s leaves start to curve inward, it’s telling you that it’s time for another bath.

Jade

Jade plants are resilient and long-lasting. As a plant that’s susceptible to root rot, it actually thrives when you forget to water it for a while.

If you plant your jade from a cutting, all you need to do is give it space to grow itself. Leave the cutting in a dry, warm area until the cut area heals, then set it on top of some dirt in a pot. From there, it will grow roots until it’s firmly rooted. During these weeks, you avoid watering it until it’s rooted and ready.

Jade likes bright windows and direct sunlight. Take it outside during the summer, but keep it warm and indoors during winter months.

Aloe

Aloe is a fan-favorite for low maintenance plants. Like jade, it does better if you leave it alone and let it soak up the sun. During the winter months, you will only have to water your aloe every few weeks as it goes into a period of dormancy.

Not only do aloe plants look great, but they also have potent healing properties. These are a decorative plant that will not only look great in your home but can be a lovely gift to your friends.

ZZ Plant

A ZZ plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a unique looking low-maintenance house plant. Its leaves are a vibrant shade of green, growing straight up rather than fanning out. It’s pleasing to look at and easy to take care of.

The ZZ plant doesn’t like direct sunlight but enjoys exposure to bright light throughout the day. That being said, it still thrives in dim light; it just doesn’t grow as fast. This is a plant that also does well without too much water.

Note that the ZZ plant isn’t pet-friendly. If you have furry friends at home, avoid this one.

Money Tree

A money tree is a beautiful indoor plant that’s recognizable by its unique, braided trunk. This decorative plant is a feng shui favorite and said to attract luck and wealth to a household.

Money trees like bright, indirect light and humid areas. This is a decorative plant that would do well in a humid bathroom, as long as you keep it away from drafty windows. You can turn this plant into a bonsai masterpiece by encouraging the stems to braid more tightly using wire.

These plants are beautiful and low-maintenance, making them perfect for interior decorating.

Keeping in touch with nature is in essence of our being. However, sometimes it can be quite hard or even impossible thing to achieve while living in concrete building apartments and urban areas that most of us call home. Here are some tips and interesting solutions on how to reconnect yourself with nature by redesigning your interior.

Plants


Embrace the nature in your home by surrounding yourself with plants. Bringing in as many plants as possible is a great start, they will instantly make your home atmosphere feel more natural. You can group them to make the place feel like a garden or even let them hang from the ceiling to give a more natural flow to your space.

Sunlight and air


Throw away your curtains. The quickest and cheapest way to feel immediate nature in your home is to let the sunlight and fresh air in. Sunlight and fresh air are good for our well-being, as they bring the balance between serotonin and melatonin levels in our body. Increased oxygen level will keep you well energized during the day as well.

Wood


Even though plastic, metal, rubber or some other fabricated materials can sometimes be cheaper or more practical solutions, tend to own wooden things, from wooden beams and hardwood floors to furniture and kitchen utensils, you can even mask you air conditioning system with wood.

Stone

Installing a stone wall in your living room can make a big difference when it comes to the overall feeling of natural atmosphere and biophilic mindset of your space. It’s astonishing how something so hard and cold can translate into such a warm and inviting interior feature made of a natural element.

Water fountain

Having a water fountain producing a smoothing and relaxing sound will have a strong impact on your daily activities and will make a great and interesting décor for your living room as well. Owning a Zen fountain will give your space an immediate organic and natural look.

Other natural elements

Placing seashells and pinecones is a great way to fill up empty spaces on shelves, coffee tables or even window sills. Use leather and cotton items as much as possible, seagrass will serve the purpose as well. These small and cheap details serve as excellent and easy on the eyes décor while embracing the presence of natural environment and coziness in your space.

Colors


A great alternative to surrounding your space with natural elements is using colors that will evoke a natural mindset. You can achieve that by using dark green or gold brown for a forest look or deep blue mixed with beige for a relaxing and calming ocean-and-sand-beach view. It’s well known that colors have great influence on our psychological state and these will have a satisfying and relaxing impact on you and your home atmosphere.

Art


Reduce the anxiety and stress level by hanging nature-inspired pictures on the walls. Looking at landscapes, animals, mountains, ocean or some other natural scenery and forms will give a strong feeling of tranquility and peacefulness to your home.

Natural shapes

Straight lines and right angles are not usually found in a natural environment, so try to avoid them as much as possible. Fuzzy rugs, cushions and pillows can soften up your space and bring more curvy and round look to your home.

Wallpapers


Yes, it’s fake but choosing a nature-inspired wallpaper will definitely do the job. Bring your walls to life by covering them with bamboo, ocean, landscape, tree or mountain wallpapers.
Biophilic design can reduce stress and anxiety, enhance creativity and bring tranquility and peacefulness to your home. As the world continues to urbanize, these qualities are becoming more and more important and are essential for our well-being. Introducing some of these small changes will embrace the nature in your home and it will have a strong psychological impact on you and your space.

Adding plants and flowers to your living space might be the easiest yet most effective way to make it cozier, more welcoming and visually appealing. Plants can brighten up any room in a matter of seconds, not to mention their positive effect on your mood and health: they purify the air, help you feel better and are the best decoration you can hope for, since they come in all shapes, sizes and, most importantly, colors. So, if you too wish to brighten up your home but are unsure how, here are a few great ways you can decorate with plants.

 

Make a statement

Every room needs a focal point, and what better way to make one than by focusing on a beautiful plant full of colors? This is an easy way to create a focal point too, because you only need a small plant stand and a decorative pot, and you’re good to go. You can pick a plant of any size and shift all the attention to it, but make sure you choose the right one. Some of the most popular choices of plants that can easily be turned into focal points include peace lilies, succulents, bromeliads and cacti, so pick the plant you like and turn it into a statement piece today.

 

A vertical garden

This is an idea not that many people know about, but it’s certainly among the most unique and attractive ways to decorate your interior space. If you have an empty wall unoccupied by bookshelves, pictures and paintings, turn it into a vertical garden everyone’s going to notice the second they walk into your home. For an impressive indoor garden, you need pots, containers, a few wooden pallets and as many plants as you want. The best thing about this idea is that you can incorporate herbs, flowers and even grass in there as well, so it’s literally a proper garden, just inside your house.

 

Indoor ivy wall

If you like seeing old mansions in movies covered in romantic and intriguing ivy, you can create such an effect in real life as well, both indoors and out. Unfortunately, ivy is going to make you wait a decade or two before it completely covers your exterior walls, but what you can do in the meantime is focus on decorating your interior with this plant. You just have to find a species that you like, position it in opposite corners of your living room and give it some guidance along the walls – of course, you need to water it regularly and provide enough natural light if you want to achieve the best results.

 

Low-maintenance options

Speaking of watering, not everyone who loves plants and flowers loves watering them as well. Sometimes you may be too busy or too forgetful to do it on time, so opting for low-maintenance plants instead might be a good idea – aloe, rabbit ears, philodendron and spider plant are among the options you can take into consideration. These usually need to be watered once every couple of weeks, so taking care of them is really easy, but they’ll still look quite amazing and will make your friends jealous of your wonderful green décor.

 

Keep up with the schedule

However, even the most low-maintenance plants need to be fertilized and their soil needs attention as well, so you can’t really rely on watering them once a month and expect your indoor garden to flourish. That’s why you should make a schedule and write down all the important details of your plants: when you brought them into your home, how often they require water, when you need to fertilize the soil, etc. Also, you should learn how to water them properly and what kind of water is the best, because not all water is the same. These things may be boring, but they’re ultimately going to determine the success of your indoor plants.

 

Being surrounded by plants is wonderful, especially in the spring, and they’re a much better choice than artificial décor full of dangerous materials and harmful bacteria that can endanger the health of your entire family. Therefore, get your favorite plants and spread them all around your living area as soon as possible!

Having a swimming area on your property is a major boon during hot summer months, especially if your poolside also sports beautiful adjacent foliage for much-needed shade and natural look. But greenery can cost you more than it is worth if not selected carefully: with certain plant types, you are in for blocked filters and tons of dry leaves floating around the pool, which can completely ruin your fun, up pool maintenance costs and force you to spend more time cleaning the leafy mess than enjoying a refreshing dip. That is why choosing the right poolside plants is extremely important for both your pleasure and family budget – and here are some practical tips on how to select the best low-maintenance greenery for your private swimming area.

Poolside plant basics: Dos and don’ts

If you are concerned that chlorinated water may harm your poolside foliage in case of accidental splashes, rest easy: most plants will suffer no damage through contact with pool water and can even be watered with it without a problem. Debris, however, is a force to be reckoned with: to prevent leaves getting into the water, plant low-growth shrubbery at least 6-8 feet away from the pool edge. Also, avoid deciduous trees or else you will spend autumn months straining foliage out of the pool.

Pool garden types: To pot or not to pot

Since pools are normally located in areas of bright sun and their use entails quite a bit of splashing, you should avoid plant species that require extremely dry air or a cool shade to thrive. You can add foliage to your poolside either by planting flora directly into the ground or by using potted plants. Whatever plant species you opt for, remember that large leafy litter is easier to pick up than obnoxious tiny leaves that can easily get anywhere, including the water filter.

  • Dig in: Planting around the pool

For a low-maintenance garden and a tropical poolside look, pick small palms, cycads, or cacti species. Succulent plants such as aloe, yucca and agave love both sun and water and they will not be bothered by extreme heats. Other low-litter poolside plants include cascalote, ironwood, red gum and mastic tree, fruitless olive and Mediterranean fan palm, while low-profile shrubs that can thrive by a pool include Indian mallow, buddleia, mountain laurel, dalea and Arizona rosewood.

  • Potted beauty: Plants for poolside containers

For hassle-free maintenance and appealing look, use large containers or pots to accommodate your poolside garden. In addition to allowing you to relocate the garden if necessary, planters decked with saucers provide relatively good plant protection from heat rising from the tiles and increased light reflection from the water. Plants that love to dwell in poolside pots are desert broom, creeping jenny, lantana, blue euphorbia, germander, penstemon, verbena and tufted evening primrose.

Poolside plant maintenance: Be a good garden keeper

Compared to standard garden plants, poolside foliage needs a little bit more care to survive and stay healthy and lush. Poolside shrubbery will require additional irrigation since both the garden beds and the planters in the swimming area tend to dry quickly because of high heat. If used in pots, each specimen should be allowed ample room for optimal air circulation, and you can also use efficient gardening tools to transplant the plants when the pots become too tight for its growing roots.

Do not let your poolside be a drab blend of tiles, water and concrete: by planting shrubs next to the outdoor bathing area, you will increase your property’s value, add visual interest to the backyard and create a lovely ambiance for your family’s summertime poolside lounging sessions.

Having a little garden you can call your own is an amazing idea, you must admit. Unfortunately, no matter how much we enjoy gardening, our creativity and wishes are usually limited by little space. But that doesn’t mean you should simply give up on your dreams. If you have always wanted to have a gorgeous garden, you just need to be willing enough to find proper place for it. One of the most amazing ways to do that is to design your own rooftop garden.

Rooftop gardens are a functional and creative solution for every urban dweller. Thanks to them, you won’t have to waste your already little private space, and at the same time, you will achieve a real, vibrant outdoor surroundings. Apart from being space-savers, these gardens also provide the entire building with additional insulation, absorb rain and contribute to aesthetical value by filling usually empty and unnoticed roofs. Creating a rooftop garden is simpler that it seems. However, before you embark on such endeavor, you need to get informed about everything you’re supposed to do. Here are some things you should keep in mind.

Mind gardening laws and ordinances

Before you start designing your rooftop garden, you should get informed about your local gardening laws and ordinances.  Believe it or not, some gardening regulations simply forbid rooftop gardens or require special conditions for their creation. For example, there are some ordinances considering special watering requirements, the height of your fence, the length of grass, and so on. Therefore, before you spend both your time and money, you need to make sure whether you’re allowed to set up a garden on your building’s roof.

Hire an architect

Before you create your rooftop garden, you need to check whether your building is designed to withstand the additional weight or not. For instance, many buildings aren’t safe for adding rooftop gardens, while the other ones might bear only limited weight. That’s why you need to hire an architect who will do all the researches necessary and inform you about the weight your building can take.

Use as little weight as possible

Even if your building can withstand the additional weight, you are supposed to use as little weight as possible. For example, instead of paving the area, you could simply look for amazing container gardening tips. Plastic, fiberglass or foam planting containers are easy to maintain, and most importantly, they’re really light. You could also consider using lightweight soilless potting mix instead of ordinary garden dirt.

Install windbreaks

When creating a rooftop garden, you shouldn’t forget about installing a windbreak for such places are usually very windy. That’s why you need to protect your plants by installing a windbreak. There are numerous amazing ways to do that, but most effective one is installing the windbreaks that slow down the wind circulation, rater that completely stopping it. Another amazing solution for a windswept area is growing wind-tolerant and low-maintenance plants that can survive harsh rooftop conditions, during both summer and winter.

Water your garden properly

You should also take the watering of your roof garden into consideration. Firstly, you need to learn how to water plants in containers properly. Secondly, you need to decide how you’re going to do that. If you want to maintain your plants with ease, without carrying extremely heavy buckets and bottles every time you need to water your garden, you should definitely consider having an automatic water system added.

Eventually, creating a gorgeous rooftop garden is pretty simple if you are willing enough to make such idea come true. All you have to do is to get informed ahead of time, come up with numerous possible solutions and get started. Unleash the inner enthusiast in yourself and begin the trip to the world of amazing rooftop gardening ideas. Enjoy!