Day 4 – Pops of color

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This post is part of a 31 day series – “31 days to decorate your home on a budget.”  You can read through all the posts in this series here

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What do all these pictures have in common?  (Other than they are beautiful, the furniture is gorgeous, and we all wish our homes looked like this? Smile)

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Chloe Side Table

Hudson Bed, Full, Mahogany stain

Ashby Sleigh Bed, Full, Rustic Pine finish

It might be something green!  

Plants are a great way to decorate on a budget! 

And they are good for your families health too since they help clean the air of pollutants. 

“Many houseplants help to clean the air inside a home of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene with a process known as photosynthesis. According to NASA researchers, you need to use one potted plant per every 100 square feet for the plants to be proactive in cleaning the air in the home.”

Check out  this link for more information.

The pictures above are all off designer websites (like Pottery Barn!)  The next time you pick up a décor catalog, pay attention to the pictures – you will see plants in 80% of the pictures. Smile

Here are some plants that I have in my house:

Some type of tropical palm plant ($4 at Wal-mart?)

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Large palm plant in my living room ($10 at Wal-mart)

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Large peace lily

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Small plant in my bathroom ($3 at Wal-mart)

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Another plant in my downstairs bathroom.  ($3 at Wal-Mart)

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And this is my newest plant! Smile  Kroger had their plants 50% off the other day, making this $4.  It is my dining room.

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(Plants can be toxic to cats and dogs so if you have an indoor pet, I suggest checking this list over at the ASPCA to make sure the plant will not make your pet sick.)

If you don’t have a green thumb, but still want to add some pops of green to your space, consider adding some faux foliage. I love these little green plants (from Ikea) and have several of them spread through my house in my favorite yard sale milk glass containers. Smile

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So the next time you are at Wal-mart, Home Depot, or even the grocery store, check out the plant selection and pick one out to take home!  The air in your home will be cleaner, and your space with look great with a fresh pop of green! Smile

How about you, do you have plants in your home?  What are your favorite types of houseplants?  Do you have a green thumb? Smile

{cj}

Comments

  1. I SO do not have a green thumb though I HAVE tried!! That is very interesting though about plants cleaning the air. Maybe I should try, try again!
    I do love some faux foliage though! 🙂 Love that last pic with the pinecones in the vases! I need to do that one!

    • Christina says:

      I might edit my post – I do consider myself to have a green thumb 🙂 BUT even “I” can’t make houseplants last indefinitely. I usually get 2-4 years out of one of the larger palm tree plants. BUT I have to admit that I don’t fertlize or change/add soil though either – that would probably help. Just weekly watering 🙂

      that’s funny about you not knowing that they clean the air – I thought that was a well known thing? maybe I should look up some links and add them in the post. 🙂

      did you catch all the decorating with nature pictures in my previous post? Lots of FREE ideas! 🙂 I love the pinecones too! 🙂

  2. Not only do I not have a green thumb- the big joke around my house is that I have a brown thumb! I do have 2 plants that (miracle of miracles are still alive!) I ‘ve had them both for around 9 years. One is an ivy (Iknow they’re hardy) that I got from my mom’s memorial service and the other is from when my son was a year old and had surgery. (He just turned 10). I do love plants though!

    Your series is very inspiring. As a mom who quit teaching to homeschool my special needs son and the wife of a small business owner, I’m always looking for frugal ways to make my home beautiful. Thank you!

    • Christina says:

      maybe later I will do a post all about caring for indoor plants! I am good about watering them but horrible about fertilizing or replenishing the soil.

      I was homeschooled too! 🙂 and plan to hopefully homeschool my own kids one day too.

      thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂 welcome!

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