The weatherman had forecast a northern front coming down to Florida. I woke to heavy cloud coverage which became increasingly dark in the early morning. Slowly the front moved in.Read More
After the holidays when all the decorations come down, life seems kind of drab. In many locations of the country cold weather also brings darker skies. Here in central Florida, we’ve had several cold fronts with rain come down from the north. Cold for us. Even though I live in Florida and winters are mild, I always want a little pop of color in my home.Read More
I love a casual farmhouse style that also includes a touch of modern. With the new year beginning, it’s time for a refresh with cozy, rustic details in my home. One of my favorite decorative techniques is a few plants scattered around the house. Real house plants add year round color and also filter the air naturally. What if you can’t keep plants alive? A quality faux plant can add texture and green to your home without fear of their death. I like to use a mix of real and faux plants and flowers, sometimes even in the same arrangement. No matter what design style you favor or the color of your rooms, adding fresh touches of green using indoor plants can be very much needed for interest and a bit of color.
As I discussed in How to Have Healthy Winter Houseplants, a popular winter flowering plant is the Cyclamen which offers 8 weeks of color. It comes in a variety of pinks, whites, reds, and maroon flowers with heart-shaped leaves. With this plant, more leaves means more buds and flowers. Cyclamen are actually a type of bulb or corm (a short, thickened vertical stem). Their native habitat is the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. In your home, Cyclamen like to be a little on the cooler side with temperatures around 61˚F and in direct light or bright indirect light. My dining table faces my sliding glass doors and the plant gets plenty of light.Read More