Monday, February 1, 2010

Fighting the Blues with Greens

I don't know about where you live, but where I am there's still 3 feet of snow on the ground.
I live on top of a mountain. When we drive down to the valley the majority of the snow is gone. This, however, is what my backyard looks like.


Plus, the air quality here is disgusting this time of year.  We have some of the worst air in the country, and just breathing feels hazardous to my health.
I'm tired of winter. So very tired.

This is the time of year that I start feeling like it will never be Summer again.  And I miss Summer so much.  Long daylight hours, the ability to slide on some flip-flops and walk out the door (instead of bundling up in several layers of warm clothing.), being able to let my kids play outside and expend some of their endless energy...
I long for summer.

So to fight off the winter-time-blues I've decided to bring some house plants into my life.
I've had the same two houseplants for YEARS. There have been others - some have died, some have been transplanted outdoors, but my supply has dwindled down to two.

The Home Depot has a huge supply of houseplants right now. I started by buying one for my kitchen, then went back a few days later to buy more.  They really brighten the place up, and I think having something green and alive in my house is having a positive effect on my mood.
Or maybe it's all in my head. No matter - they make me feel better about the season :)

Here's the kitchen plant - so lush and green I almost believe it's July

This one's by the front door - in a room that's rarely used, it brings some much-needed life in!

These two are in the family room.


When I was buying up plants my daughter begged to have one for her room. This little tropical one is what she picked out.  It sits on her desk and makes me feel warmer.

And last, this one in my bathroom, which makes it just a tiny bit more spa-like.


Adding these was so affordable! Less than $5 for the one in the kitchen, less than $3 each for the ones in the family room, daughters room and by the front door. The others I already had.
Consider adding plants to your home to update your decor...and fight seasonal depression! 


Anny said...

I love my plants too, they make any space feel more alive :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

My trick is keeping them alive!

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Denise said...

I hope you feel better. I know what it is like to have winter blues. I use to live in a cold climate (live in Florida now). One thought to keep in mind, your air is hard to breath but not bad air. I would hate to live in those cites that have all that air polution. It will get better spring will be here before you know it!
If it helps, you have a stunning view and I love your home!

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