Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beat the Winter Blues ...Go Green

After Christmas has passed,
and all the pretty, merry festive decorations have been stored away for another year,
my home turns into one
 sad, 
pitiful, 
depressing dwelling.

And with the children returning to school,
all is eerily quiet,
 lifeless,
and dull!

{So maybe I'm being a just a tad melodramatic,
but you catch my drift, right?}

Maybe you're in the same
sad,
 pitiful, 
depressing boat {home}?

Fortunately I found the solution to remedy 
the January Winter House Blues several years ago!
...Go green!

As soon as my decorations are tucked away and out of sight,
I head to Lowe's and the local plant nurseries for new, healthy house plants to liven my spaces!



House plants are also budget friendly!

The Bromeliad combination in the urn above,
was only $5.00, marked down from $29.99.
{from Lowe's}

I swapped the original planter, which was too modern for my home,
for the urn I had on hand.


Another great idea that will add interest and life to a space,
think outside of the box for interesting containers,
such as the fish bowl below, with fern and rocks tucked inside.



How about bringing other elements of nature inside for the long winter months,
such as bleached white shells!
{Found at Lou's Flower World, Wilmington, NC}

They will surely make you think vividly of warmer beachy days!



Pair the shells with a beautiful variegated Ficus Bush (also found at Lou's. $14.99),
and create a beautiful vignette...
















Alternate the sizes and heights of house plants for more visual pleasure.






It's a documented fact,
that "bringing the outdoors in,"
with green house plants really does lighten one's mood.

And despite the stale indoor heat of winter,
plants help to purify and clean the air!



So live life happy,
any time of the year!

...Go Green!

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Linking Post To:
Masterpiece Monday@ Boogieboard Cottage
Mop It Up Monday @ I should be mopping the Floor
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Creative Inspirations @ Embracing Change
Be Inspired @ Common Ground


16 comments:

  1. Those beautiful shells are something you'd never find around here and I love them! Also, looking out of your windows I loved how cheery it looked with leaves on the trees. In contrast the site out my window is of an inversion of cloud cover and the white frigid ground. This time of year I'd love to live farther south! Your plants are fabulous and do bring that energy into your home. Plants have a short lifespan in my home as I have a terrible reputation for killing them. Would you believe I'm a farmer's daughter? True story! Enjoy your blue skies and sunshine for me too!

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  2. What a great idea and wonderful way to decorate for the winter! I love the shells, too. xo

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  3. I love using houseplants in my home all year round...I love the texture and colors they lend to the room...Great idea Rhonda to promote the use of plants and pretty bowls of shells to ward off the winter blues!!!

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  4. love it Rhonda.. going GREEN is my fav decor and yours looks beautiful. real plants all around us help make for good health and happiness. I wish that for you.

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  5. Super solution! I am on a search for some lovely primroses for my winter windowsill. You found some really great bargains!

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  6. You have a beautiful home. I LOVE the placement of the piano, I'd never have thought of that. Would make the music sound even more beautiful as well!

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  7. Great ideas. I hope you had a great holiday.

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  8. Looks really pretty, adds "life" to a room for sure! Hope you are having a GREAT weekend!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  9. I need to put some plants in my home now! I have plenty in the greenhouse right now but there's not one inside! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Wonderful idea! I've been looking at plants but haven't found any "cheap"- I'll look at Lowes and see what they have. I love the shell idea too. I love green! It's an accent color in most of my rooms. Have a great week!

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  11. Loving your January green Rhonda!

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  12. We all need a little green in January!
    I picked up some Rosemary to keep on the kitchen counter... counting the days till spring!

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  13. I love all the greenery! And I so agree with you... I'm always so sad when I take down all our Christmas decorations and the house just looks so sad and empty... time to fill it with some color!

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  14. Green plants really do freshen up a home, and they are healthy for us too. Thanks for reminding me that this is a good time to buy some new indoor plants to freshen things up around here.

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  15. I am SO with you on growing things after the rush of the holidays is over. I blogged about this very thing last week! Here's to nurturing lovely little things during the winter!

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  16. I love this idea Rhonda! I have just one little plant in my bathroom. I like the idea of lifting the mood. Helps us to remember that spring is coming!
    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey at Embracing Change

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