The first fall chill in the air is a reminder that the garden and park life we’ve been enjoying is about to make way for the stay-home life. COVID numbers are rising again, and we know that indoors gatherings are part of the problem, so we’ll likely be doing some version of what we did back in spring, and spending a lot more time with members of our own household at home.
We haven’t forgotten that awful feeling we had in March and April, before the weather warmed up, of being trapped indoors. So many of us are now looking for ways to make our home feel cozy and nurturing for the winter months. One way to go from cabin fever to cabin chic is to bring the outdoors in. Try introducing some of these nature-inspired ideas into your family living space.
Growing house plants makes life more beautiful. They’re soothing; they’re something to nurture (and even talk to, if you’re missing your friends and co-workers); and they create a healthy environment.
Just be careful what plants you choose, if you have pets that like to nibble on greenery: These plants are not safe for dogs and these plants are toxic to cats. Otherwise, here are some ideas for greening up your home:
Put orchids in steamy places
Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, where the humidity is high and the temperature warm, are excellent spots for orchids, whose natural habit is the rainforest.
Orchids do best with soft indirect light and should be watered once every two weeks in winter. Leave exposed roots in peace, they’re hard at work extracting moisture from the air.
Spruce up your place with indoor trees
If you have the