greenery Posts

The Plants of Balance Design

By: Danielle Clockel

Nothing breathes life into a space quite like plants. They’re colorful, lively, and many of them improve the quality of air in your home. At our studio, we have really embraced this concept! Let us introduce you to some of the plants we share our workspace with, and see if any of them might be a good fit for your home.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Ah, orchids. So beautiful, so inspirational. Phalaenopsis is a pretty simple plant to keep happy. Make sure it gets good light, but not direct sun, as it will burn. Set this orchid on a windowsill with a view of trees or one that is covered by a sheer curtain; it loves soft, filtered light. Most importantly, stick to a routine. Most orchids do well with a shot or so of warm water once a week. And don’t be alarmed when its blooms fall, it’s simply done with that bloom cycle! Stick to the watering schedule and keep an eye on the leaves. If they’re healthy looking, your orchid should bloom again when it’s ready. Your patience will be greatly rewarded!

Sansevieria Cylindrica

Sansevieria is a succulent, which means it isn’t very high maintenance. It loves sunlight, but even if you don’t have a full sun window it should do pretty well. Just try to keep it out of a dark shady corner, that will make it sad. Its watering schedule is every other week at most, so you don’t have to panic if you realize you haven’t given it a drink in a little bit.

Pilea Involucrata

Aka the friendship plant. Aww! This is a great plant for beginners because it’s resilient and low maintenance. Water about once a week, or when the soil looks dry, and it’ll be a happy camper. It likes a bit of light but not direct sun, so it can go almost anywhere in your home that isn’t totally shady and dark (ours have been happy on desks, in bathrooms, and in the middle of the room). Also, you can take a cutting and submerge the stem in water for a while and you’ll see it begin to root. Once you see roots, you can plant this new friend in soil and watch it grow.

Bromelia

The Bromelia is a newcomer to our studio, but it’s definitely a favorite with its tall, lively red flower. Ours is in the storefront window, which gets a good bit of light but not full, direct sun (which would be too intense). It lets you know when it needs water, as the water collects in a cup at the base of the plant. When you see that it’s empty, fill it up a bit! Enjoy all this beauty while you can, the Bro is a love ’em and leave ’em type of plant, only flowering once. Luckily you’ll get a good four to six months of prime flower time from one of these, and once the bloom starts to die, the plant will begin producing “pups” or clones of itself. So you can pluck one of the babies and grow it into a new flowering Bromelia! The gift that keeps on giving.

More than just being beautiful, plants have their own personalities and quirks that help personalize a space. While not every plant is ideal for every room (or every person), there’s certainly one out there that’s a perfect match for you. Do a little research and a bit of hunting at local nurseries and you’re sure to find your soul plant!

Color of the Year: Greenery

By: Shelby Adamson

Pantone has announced it’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery. Described as a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

pantone-greenery

While we heartily embrace Pantone’s fresh approach to this life-affirming shade, and this hue in the spring does make us swoon, let’s not forget the vast range of colors in this family.

Vintage Vogue, Benjamin Moore.

vintage-vogue

Photo Courtesy of Scotch & Nonsense

Let’s branch out and use rich colors on cabinetry to break out of the monotony of black/white/gray paint. Rich, deep navy was the cabinetry color of choice for 2016, but in 2017 we would love to see Vintage Vogue mixed with warm woods!

Avocado, Benjamin Moore.

avocado

If you tend to lean towards warm and organic design, this beautiful olive inspired green is for you. Plus, the best way to transform a boring space is a bold color!

Lime Sorbet, Benjamin Moore.

lime-sorbet

Photo courtesy of Mobel Pobel

While Pantone’s pick is vibrant and energizing, Lime Sorbet is more soothing and understated.  A room with this hue feels airy and calm.  If meditating was a color, it would be this.

Green Smoke, Farrow & Ball.

green-smoke

Photo courtesy of Domino

We love the mossy, nature-inspired feel of this color. It’s cool and warm at the same time, and is a great design staple as a paint color, furniture piece, or richly knit throw.

Kale Green, Sherwin Williams.

english-kitchen-green

Photo courtesy of Plain English Kitchens

Currently obsessing over this modern English kitchen with clean, simple lines, elevated by the richness of the materials and of course, the beautiful green paint.

We would love to hear your take on the color of the new year. Share your thoughts with us!