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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 8/2/2019

Not every home will have all of your favorite features. It is especially true if you live in a condominium home in a large city or just couldn't afford the neighborhood of your dream home. You might end up with some unique configuration that you don't love or a view out your windows or balcony that is less than desirable. So, what can you attempt to mitigate the lack of views from your home to assist you in making the most out of your living space to enjoy life in your current home?

Plants. 

Houseplants remain a great way to improve the view from your windows or balcony. Hang a window box or grow a vine up a trellis on your balcony to help distract you from the brick wall across the alley or dumpster down below. Place indoor trees near your windows or between windows and furniture so you when you look toward the light you see beautiful and uplifting greenery.

Wallpaper, Wall and Window Decals. 

An excellent way to liven up your space and draw attention away from the view out your windows is to introduce attractive wall coverings. If you like bright colors, try a creative pattern of wallpaper that attracts the eye. You might live in a city but wish you were closer to or had a view of nature. Luckily there are many wall-decals you can install that depict forests, beach scenes or open fields. If you merely want to cover up the view from your windows without losing daylight try patterned white or opaque window decals that add texture to your space without adding noise or stealing light away from your home.

Screens. 

There are many folding screens you can use to add structure and interest to a room that covers your windows without taking up too much space or blocking a lot of light. Find a natural wood carved screen, a bright white folding screen or a cloth screen in a pattern and color you find uplifting and turn that into your new view.

Creative Window Treatments. 

Finally, go with a good old window treatment. You can find tall opaque screens that cover your windows while letting in the light. Use curtains and beautiful drapery around your window or balcony doors to create intrigue and add to the design of your space.

A combination of some of all of the ideas above can readily help you transform your home and help you cope with a less than stellar view. Don't overdo your cover-up and crowd your home but consider which tricks will best help you create the illusion of beauty out your windows to help you best enjoy your home.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 10/14/2016

Living a stress free life is the best way to get a good night of sleep. Designing your bedroom for optimum comfort and relaxation is another way to improve your sleep quality. What you may not realize is the positive role that certain plants could play in helping you to sleep better. Plants as Sleep Aids

  • Aloe Vera - Releases oxygen into the atmosphere. Not only can Aloe Vera help you to sleep better, it also helps to keep your skin healthy. People have put Aloe Vera on wounds to hasten the healing process.
  • Cactus – Variety is a plus when it comes to cactus. These plants are good energy balancers. Place them in or near windows. A cactus can also thrive if placed on a dresser that’s several feet away from a window. Few plants are as easy to care for as a cactus. Because some cactus grow big, the most you may have to do with this plant, in addition to watering it, is to re-pot it.
  • Gardenia – This plant has a reputation for being a sleep aid. Just make sure that you understand how to care for your Gardenia before you bring it home as these plants tend to require more than a once a week watering.
  • Bamboo – Some people consider bamboo to be a “good luck” plant. Bamboo is great for improving the overall air quality in your bedroom.
  • Jasmine – When budded, jasmine explode with beautiful white flowers. In addition to helping you sleep, Jasmine emits a pleasant fragrance. This plant grows indoors or outdoors.
  • Lavender – Part of the mint family, lavender has a relaxing scent. Lavender has also been said to help reduce anxiety.
Oxygen is a sleep aid as well as a stress reducer. After you put one or more plants in your bedroom, consider opening your windows during the day while you’re at home, especially if your bedroom is on the second or third floor. Close and lock windows before you leave your house or work in the basement or attic to keep burglars from seeing your home as an easy target. Also, make sure that the air quality in your home is good. This could call for a humidifier, especially if you or a family member has allergies. Keep carpets, floors and furniture clean to reduce allergens as well. Good air quality can help plants to grow and thrive. So too can giving your plants attention. Place plants in decorative pots to add more design and style to your bedroom. Keep plants out of the reach of young children and animals. Place plants that have thorns or prickly ends on them on tall dressers or top bedroom shelving. Read and follow the directions associated with plants that you buy for your bedroom, so you know how to care for the plants.




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