Summer is ending but with a little freshening up, you can give your home that summer feeling all year round.
Saying goodbye to summer doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to flowers, fresh air and even grow-it-yourself greens.
Here, six fresh ideas to help you hold onto that summer feeling.
Clear the air
The Peace Lily truly is a triple threat. Its elegant blooms flower year-round. It’s low maintenance, requiring little light and water. And, according to a NASA study, it’s one of the best houseplants at filtering toxic chemicals from indoor air. Just be mindful of munchers – pets and little ones alike – as ingestion can cause toxicity.
Plants prefer lukewarm water but never from a softener; sodium, added to combat “hard” minerals, can damage plant cells. Vintage watering can, $50, kikkerland.com
Evoke the living wall trend indoors with flora-inspired wallpaper. Cork by Fausel, Biskamp (top), $60/yard; Jungle Fresh by Coordonné $125/roll, NewWall House (Toronto), www.newwall.com
From allergens and odours to germs, the new Philips Air Purifier 2000 automatically adjusts to keep indoor air even fresher than a daisy. From $500, Canadian Tire, amazon.ca
Grow your own greens or herbs or flowers, no matter the season. This tabletop unit features full-spectrum lights so you don’t even need a windowsill. Grow-Light Indoor Garden, $179, leevalleytools.com
In its new Super Leaves line, the eco-friendly folks at Attitude used extracts from lemon, olive, orange and white tea leaves to boost moisture and cleanse, naturally. From $6, London Drugs, www.attitudeliving.com
A version of this article appeared in the September 2017 issue with the headline, “Green House,” p. 30.