Americans are a nation of hard workers and for most that entails spending the majority of working hours indoors. Members of the cubicle crowd often lack direct access to natural light and unwittingly endure pollutant-contaminated air that has become all too common in newer office buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors.
Throughout the throes of the 40+ hour work week, the average person spends a lot of time breathing in mold, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, chemicals, formaldehyde, dust mites and even pesticides. Office plants counter the harmful effects of pollutants by offering a sustainable solution for improved indoor air quality while making workplace environments quieter, healthier and of course prettier places to be. Read More
How many times have you visited a corporate or doctor’s office, and noticed how outdated or “unappealing” the office was. The furniture was stained and dirty and the artwork less than inviting. Or, you might have gone into a new office that has no art on the walls. Immediately, places like these can be off-putting and make you feel uneasy.
According to experts, our opinions are formed in the first 30 seconds. And, usually, first impressions are the measure by which we make decisions about one’s professionalism and their ability to meet our needs. With our perceptions so easily influenced, it is important for businesses to make an effort when it comes to their decor. Since the dawn of cavemen, humanity has been adorning walls with artwork. We continually find solace in the expression and beauty wall art imparts upon us. I’ve compiled below some tips to keep in mind when adding artwork to your space.
With over 25,000 different species and varying shapes and colors, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more and more fascinated with orchids.
Coming in colors ranging from brown to magenta, orchids are the largest variety of flower and grow everywhere in the world except for the coldest tundras and driest deserts. As recent as this past December, new orchid species have been discovered and researchers are continually uncovering new findings about the enchanting plant species.
With so much variety, it should be no surprise that there are some amazing and little known facts about orchids. I was amazed at all the different uses for and the history surrounding this mysterious plant. After conducting some research, I have listed below the 5 orchid facts that I found most interesting. Enjoy! Read More
Fletcher Steele, c. 1925. Courtesy American Horticultural Society
“I believe that there is no beauty without ugliness and this it should not be otherwise. Both are capable of stinging us to live. Contrast is more true to me than undeviating smugness. The chief vice of a garden is to be merely pretty.”- Fletcher Steele
Plants and materials are being used more and more to enrich spaces both inside and out. Architectural landscaping, or using indoor plants and design to enhance a space, has been used for centuries. However, in recent years this practice has become an art form thanks to contributions made by a number of key figures.
Fletcher Steele was born on June 7, 1885 in Rochester, NY to a middle class family. Schooled by his mother until age 12, Steele was developed a curiosity about the natural world and artistic design. After his general schooling, he was accepted into Harvard University’s Graduate School of Landscape Architecture. Taught by greats like Fredrick Law Olmsted and Denman Ross, Steele developed his skills and passion for landscape architecture. He developed a structured style that took into consideration not only the landscape itself, but the entire surrounding area.