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The Forgotten Room – The Hallway

Many of us don’t forget the important parts of being a homeowner – proper lawn care, routine safety inspections, having a good reputable security system backed by a solid company such as ADT, and the overall decoration and feel of your home. We spend hours and thousands of dollars to ensure that the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom are beautifully coordinated and decked out for all visitors to see. One room that many people neglect is the one place in your house that most don’t even consider to be a room – your hallway.

Even small, one-bedroom apartments have at least a small form of hallway, and most older or larger homes have long halls that connect the other rooms we spend so much time decorating. It’s not often that your guests will be able to make it from your den or living room to the bathroom without passing through these thresholds.

You will want to keep in mind the intentional functionality of hallways, being the act of getting from one location to another within your home, easily and quickly. This doesn’t mean that your hall has to be bland and devoid of interior design. If size permits, you may even be able to have a furniture piece such as a nice end table that would be perfect for displaying a nice art sculpture or even a low maintenance plant such as a pothos. Plants are always a cheap way to bring some life into an otherwise dull atmosphere.

Consider the flooring and possibly getting an attractive runner rug. Not only will this protect your flooring in high traffic areas, it provides something else for the wandering eye to settle on other than plain walls. Forget the endless collages of framed family photos that line many hallways, as a mantle or other focal point serves as a much better location for these cherished images. A few other ideas include using wood or wallpaper bordering to enhance the hallway trim. In a time where most forget the hallway decoration all together, it only takes a small item or augmentation to have these corridors stand out to you and your visitors.

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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 2 of 4)

We discussed last time that natural lighting is the cheapest and most obvious sources of light for your indoor gardening efforts. Due to your living location, situation or other circumstances, you might not get enough “window light” for plants that require more sun. If you don’t get good lighting where you plan on growing, a good but slightly more expensive option is to use a strong artificial light source setup such as metal halide, halogen or sodium lighting fixtures. Keep in mind, going this route can require a bit of money and some know-how to install and keep these systems and components functioning properly.

The next thing to consider for your green thumb efforts are the types of containers you will be using for this endeavor. Container gardening has become very popular due to many city dwellers’ desire to be able to grow a garden despite having no outdoor area to grow in. Another great thing about container gardening is that the containers themselves are very mobile and can moved around to adjust to their proper lighting requirement.

When it comes to container selection, the sky is the limit. Many people use antique baskets and planters, coffee mugs (for starter plants or smaller herbs), pottery, coffee tins, watering cans or basically anything that can hold soil and drain water properly. A big consideration will be to ensure that the containers selected will complement the style, colors and feel of your indoor decorating situation. Beautiful artisan glazed planting pottery has become more and more popular as indoor gardening interest increases, and more often than not, these types of containers will come with a matching saucer to put under the container to catch any excess water draining. Nothing can boost the appearance of a beautiful Dracaena Spike plant in your family room like an equally attractive and fitting container that will help to spruce up your home in the meantime.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit about appropriate container sizes and watering requirements.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 2 of 4)

We discussed last time that natural lighting is the cheapest and most obvious sources of light for your indoor gardening efforts. Due to your living location, situation or other circumstances, you might not get enough “window light” for plants that require more sun. If you don’t get good lighting where you plan on growing, a good but slightly more expensive option is to use a strong artificial light source setup such as metal halide, halogen or sodium lighting fixtures. Keep in mind, going this route can require a bit of money and some know-how to install and keep these systems and components functioning properly.

The next thing to consider for your green thumb efforts are the types of containers you will be using for this endeavor. Container gardening has become very popular due to many city dwellers’ desire to be able to grow a garden despite having no outdoor area to grow in. Another great thing about container gardening is that the containers themselves are very mobile and can moved around to adjust to their proper lighting requirement.

When it comes to container selection, the sky is the limit. Many people use antique baskets and planters, coffee mugs (for starter plants or smaller herbs), pottery, coffee tins, watering cans or basically anything that can hold soil and drain water properly. A big consideration will be to ensure that the containers selected will complement the style, colors and feel of your indoor decorating situation. Beautiful artisan glazed planting pottery has become more and more popular as indoor gardening interest increases, and more often than not, these types of containers will come with a matching saucer to put under the container to catch any excess water draining. Nothing can boost the appearance of a beautiful Dracaena Spike plant in your family room like an equally attractive and fitting container that will help to spruce up your home in the meantime.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit about appropriate container sizes and watering requirements.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.