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The Spirit of Interior Design by ProQuest

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Who doesn't love flowers? A bouquet of cheer and beauty to bring nature inside the home lifts the spirits of the infirm, brings lovers together, shows compassion for those who have lost loved ones and allows the simplicity of nature's perfection to be shared indoors. The tantalizing fragrance of evergreens in winter, the delicate notes of roses in summer and the pleasing aroma of living greenery any time of the year gives us enough reason to always have fresh flowers and greenery in our homes.The problem is that flowers grown in greenhouses are subject to tremendous amounts of chemicals. And most of the flowers sold in stores are grown in other countries - often South America. Prior to shipping, they are doused even more to ensure not a bug or parasite enters the country along with the flowers. Customs departments do not allow greenery and flowers to cross borders unless they meet stringent requirements for diseases and pests.Choose pots of earthenware from flea markets, garage sales and second hand stores that match your decor. Only upon failing to find intact interesting used vessels, should you go off to the store to purchase new ones. Be sure that the plants have adequate light, good organic fertilizer, clean organic soil and fresh water when they feel dry to the touch. When the plants become too large for their pots, repotting to a larger container will be necessary; however, with many plants, such as the pothos and English ivy, the pots will not need to be changed for a very long time. Occasional pruning and pinching back wayward growth will help shape the plant, unless the desired look is to be an overgrown jungle of greenery.

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									                                                                                                             est amounts of water are located at the

The Spirit of                                                                                                lower regions and those whose water
                                                                                                             needs are less are located at the top.
                                                                                                                 Living greenery can actually clean
Interior Design                                                                                              the air in a building. NASA has named a
                                                                                                             variety of plants that are known to clean
                                                                                                             the air of certain indoor pollutants. Tri-
                                                                                                             chloroethylene, benzene and formalde-
                                                                                                             hyde are three common chemicals found
                                                                                                             indoors that plants are capable of remov-
                                              Greening your home with style                                  ing from the air. One plant for every 100
                                                                                                             square feet of floor space is recom-




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                                              by Eileen Wosnack                                              mended to purify the air and rid these
                                                                                                             chemicals from the indoor atmosphere.
                                                                                                                 Most of these plants have beautiful
                                                                                                             foliage and come in several color op-
   Bringing Nature Into Your Home                                                                            tions, from variegated bronze and cream
                                                                                                             to different shades of green. Many are

W      ho doesn’t love flowers? A bou-
       quet of cheer and beauty to bring
nature inside the home lifts the spirits of
                                                getting caught in the vicious cycle of
                                                chemical growing?
                                                    Green design always includes ele-
                                                                                                             easy enough for beginners to grow and
                                                                                                             do not have special light requirements.
                                                                                                                 For good design sense, choose plants
the infirm, brings lovers together, shows       ments of Nature. Minimalists choose a                        of varied heights and colors for a room.
compassion for those who have lost              single oversized flower blossom to pres-                     One from each category (some are found
loved ones and allows the simp
								
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