Interiors Top Ten – Spring Cleaning Edition

1. Fresh flowers for a centerpiece on kitchen and coffee tables. This floral touch brings the outdoors in and brightens the home with a fresh new look.

– This style can be accomplished by using neutral or pastel vases filled with flowers like tulips, marigolds, and Lilies.

2. Rearranging the furniture to improve the overall flow and functionality of living spaces.

-Changing the placement of furniture can make the space feel new without having to purchase new items.

3. Adding new décor whether spring or any aesthetic that’s preferred as long as it’s new and updated, for example, hand-towels, soap dishes, vases, and candles.

-Placing fresh spring-themed décor throughout the space will add pops of color and emphasize a fresh new beginning. Even if the theme of décor isn’t spring adding new items can add a fresh take on the space.

4. Organizing kitchen cabinets and adding labels so everything has a home, the spices labeled and put in glass containers.

-Keeping spices and everyday kitchen ingredients in matching glass containers that are labeled.  Also placing labels on the shelves so every pan has a permanent place, adding separation containers for silverware and various kitchen utensils. These organizational touches will assist in the overall functionality of the kitchen which makes life cleaner and easier.

5. Changing the air filter for the AC to improve the overall indoor air quality.

-One of the most important aspects of feeling good in a space, but is an element that is often overlooked, is the indoor air quality (IAQ). If changing the filter for the AC unit has slipped your mind then a perfect time to accomplish this task is during spring cleaning.

6. Organizing linen closet, utilizing bins with labels, and placing laundry materials in labeled glass containers.

-Taking time to organize your linen closet can improve your overall quality of life. Rolling towels can add more space for storage and you can see the color and pattern. Placing the towels in matching bins will help keep them together neatly. Separating the linens by type in each bin with a label will make things easy to find and keep track of.

7. Cleaning the window treatments and sills from any dust or mold.

-This is a household task that seems to be overlooked a lot throughout the year but a spring clean is a perfect time to give this area some attention. Removing dust, dirt, and mold from window areas will also help improve indoor air quality in the home.

8. Picking up the rugs throughout the space, beating the dust out, and washing them before placing them back out.

-This task can help bring a dingy rug back to life, from collecting all the dirt and foot traffic throughout the home.

9. Take all bed linen off and wash them such as the bed skirt and comforter, also adding some fresh new decorative pillows.

-Although washing sheets is a weekly/monthly task, removing the bed skirt and comforter for cleaning doesn’t happen as often as it should. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to refresh and clean items of the home that often get overlooked otherwise.

10. Dust all décor, lamps, and shelving throughout the home.

-Having decorative items throughout the home creates interest and a cohesive theme. These items need to be moved and dusted so the cobwebs don’t distract from the beauty.



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Best Plants For Your Home

We have written about indoor plants before and we all know that it is great to incorporate the outside indoors. While you’re scrolling on your Pinterest, you probably see lots of beautiful interiors filled with plants. Do you wish that was your room? Do you doubt that you could keep them alive? Well then this is for you; here are some low-maintenance plants perfect for beginners. Remember that with the chilly season right around the corner, it is important for your health to incorporate some lively green plants in your home! It increases your mood and improves oxygen levels.

Spruce up a space with a fresh bouquet

Snake Plant

This plant is specifically known for  purifying  indoor air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. In order to preserve water, the plant opens its pores and releases oxygen exclusively at night. This helps it to maximize efficiency in cleaning the air, as found in study conducted by NASA. It has a clean, modern look and can be small enough for tighter spaces, perfect to keep in a bedroom. This plant prefers medium-bright direct lighting and only needs watering every 3-4 weeks. But remember to increase the watering’s if sunlight is increased. 

Air Plants

Tillandsia are adorably easy to take care of and can be displayed in the most creative ways. Whether they’re sitting clustered as a centerpiece or hung up on a wall, these plants will survive with almost no care. Our favorite way to use them would be in the shower. You read that right! Air plants make the perfect houseplant for a bathroom that receives plenty of natural light. The running water from your bathroom sink and shower helps increase humidity levels, which mimic air plants’ native environments, jungles. Just another reason to enjoy a long, warm shower. If you don’t keep them in the bathroom, just soak weekly in a bowl of room temperature water for 15-30 minutes. Shake excess water off afterward to avoid rotting.Do you feel like a serial houseplant killer? You might want to try growing these 11 plants -- in your bathroom.

Golden Pothos

This beautiful viney plant will shows off lush, white and green leaves, instantly enhancing your desktop. In fact, it is fondly nicknamed the ‘cubicle plant’. Wonderfully versatile, the pothos can be grown both in soil and water. This means you can creatively place and grow how you’d like! It prefers medium-low indirect light and only needs watering every 1-2 weeks, or when the soil is dry. Studies show it is also efficient in removing pollutants from indoor air, so you can breathe easy while you work.

Aloe Vera

We all know this is our mom’s favorite plant. It has numerous medicinal uses: reducing itchiness, soothing sunburn and improves digestive health. This plant is perfect to keep on a sunny kitchen window sill. They are drought-tolerant and actually prefer to be underwatered, so only water when dry. Not sure when to water? Wrinkles on the aloe’s fleshy leaves are a telltale sign.

Bird’s Nest Fern

And our last suggestion is, guess what? Pet-friendly! This unique plant has rippled leaves and grows out from the center. It would be the perfect addition to hang in your living room for all to admire. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it being dangerous for your fuzzy friends. This fern thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light. Water weekly, or whenever the soil is dry. But increase watering with increased sunlight.

Faux Plants

Of course, live indoor plants aren’t for everyone still. When we are designing a space and the client wants to incorporate faux plants, we turn to Stacked and Co. They’re an Orlando-based small business that always helps us deliver for our clients!

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Here are some of the ways we use plants in the expertly designed spaces for our clients!

An outdoor feature plant wall paired with a beautiful center piece!

An elegant, floral arrangement.

Complete a dining room with an oversized floral centerpiece!