Make Your Home Greener, Happier, and Healthier

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Make Your Home Greener, Happier, and Healthier

Using plants of different types throughout your home can make your space greener, and your mood brighter. You can even spice up your recipes with homegrown kitchen herbs and spices.

Even those with brown thumbs can find harmony with nature. So many plants are drought resistant, do well in the shade—and simply said there are many plants that are hard to kill. With a little homework, everyone can find the perfect plant for their space. When in doubt, ask your nursery specialists, and be sure to describe what conditions you have in your home and they will guide you.

Anything and everything from orchids to fiddle-leaf fig (or ficus) trees can be used to brighten your home depending on space and light, according to Dan Moynihan, the former floral designer for Ralph Lauren’s personal home, the Polo and Hermes flagship stores in New York. Dan offered some of his recommendations over healthiest plants to have in your home. Ficus, Australian Tree Ferns and Pencil Cactus happen to be his favorite larger pieces (note that Pencil Cactus cannot be used around pets). They both need a lot of light, and watering varies on the tree. As far as small plants go, for low light areas Orchids are a perfect choice. They’re not keen on direct light exposure, and need very little watering. They are also, depending on where you buy them, quite affordable. Maidenhair Ferns, with its soft texture, is a very sweet plant and one of his favorites as well. They just need a little more care. These are just a few offerings from Dan, we can revisit this in future posts if there are questions.

Bringing nature into your home can definitely make you happier, and healthier. Your plants and the containers they go in are also part of the design features for your home. Large, small, and medium pieces can be used throughout the home to elevate each and every space.


About Jarret Yoshida: Jarret Yoshida has worked in the New York interior design world for more than two decades. With a varied portfolio of projects including residential and commercial spaces, he draws inspiration from his Asian interior designer heritage to create stylish, welcoming and sophisticated design solutions.

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