Bringing The Outdoors In!

As the holidays approach, many of you may be setting up a tree in your living room. Evergreen trees are an ancient symbol of eternal life, and bringing them indoors is a tradition that predates Christmas itself! The Romans decorated their homes and temples with fir trees and wreaths during the winter festival of Saturnalia. And it has a bit of universal appeal, doesn’t it? The tree in your home, in the middle of an icy winter, can really create a sense of warmth and wellbeing.
indoor plants
Have you ever thought about bringing plants indoors during the rest of the year? Whether you live in a small condo with no lawn or a home on a large lot and lush garden, you can enjoy the benefits of bringing a little natural beauty indoors. And aesthetics aside, here are some great reasons to pick up a few indoor plants:

1) CLEAN, FRESH AIR: This one might be the most obvious. Plants help with increased oxygen levels, but a 1989 NASA study showed that certain plants can clean out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air.

2) HEALTH: With the cleaner air comes a noticeable health impact. The aforementioned airborne chemicals have been linked to headaches and eye irritation, so it’s great to get rid of those. Plus, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

3) PRODUCTIVITY: Lastly, something you may not have expected. A University of Michigan study revealed that being around plants can increase memory retention up to 20%. Meanwhile, two Norwegian studies found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced by the presence of plants in the office.

So even once the holiday season is over, think about a replacement plant for your living room. But make sure to do a bit of research first. You’ll want to choose plants that match your decor, lifestyle, and ability to take care of them. If you have pets you need to be especially careful, as some house plants are toxic to animals.

Feeling like you need room for a bigger tree next year? Thinking about a sale or purchase in the spring? As always we’re here for any of your real estate related needs or questions.

Happy Holidays!

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