Archive for February, 2014

Office Building Tips

February 25, 2014

ImageOffice buildings are often seen as cold and anonymous, but they don’t have to be.  A building manager can create a unique “personality” for a space with a few simple décor changes. Here are three ways to get started.

Choose colors carefully:  What color is your lobby? Does the carpet coordinate? Visitors may not notice the specifics, but a warm and inviting color scheme feels welcoming, as opposed to stark white and whatever flooring happened to be on sale.  Take time with your decisions.

OK – Right about now you may be feeling overwhelmed. “Colors? Flooring? How am I supposed to do this?”  You don’t have to go it alone. A professional designer is always a good way to go to guide your decision making to achieve the perfect result.

Light sets a mood:  Just as in your home, lighting can change the way a space feels.  In a building, practical needs must be taken into consideration.  People need to be able to see clearly.  At the same time, harsh fluorescent lighting can make any room feel sterile.

Bring the space to life with plants:  Plants are the finishing touch to any office space. With the variety of species, sizes and colors, the decorative value of plants in the office is immeasurable.  Also, research has shown there are health and productivity benefits to having plants in the office. 

Office buildings can be lively places with their own signature look. These tips are a great start towards putting one together for a building you own or manage, now it’s up to you to get creative. Good luck!

To learn more about our services, or discuss any indoor office plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing premiere home and office plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.


Inside Plants owner Heddy Salerno: an expert among experts!

February 18, 2014

Expert help with plant design and care for your home or office is always available at Inside Plants.  But did you know that our owner, and plant-whisperer-in-chief * Heddy Salerno is so well regarded in our industry that she even trains other experts?

As the chairperson of the education committee of the Plantscape Industry Alliance, Heddy helps the PIA advance their mission: “to advance the professionalism of interior plantscapers and industry affiliates through quality programs, educational material and networking opportunities.”

Not only are Heddy and the PIA education committee working to set lofty professional standards for plantscapers across the country, they also hope to encourage more high schools and colleges to offer ornamental horticulture programs.  The plantscape industry is creating the jobs and training people to fill them. There’s no one better to entrust with your home or office plant design than the person setting the national standards for excellence: Heddy Salerno at Inside Plants.

*Check out some of Heddy’s thoughts on silk plants here!

To learn more about our services, or discuss any indoor office plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing premiere home and office plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.

Silk plants win gold at the Olympics!

February 11, 2014

ImagePreparations for the Sochi Olympics have had problems, but silk plants are winning the gold!  In situations where you are busy managing other issues, and it sounds like the organizers have their hands full, low maintenance silk plants are perfect. With plant maintenance handled, they can move on to bathrooms without stalls, hotels without lobbies, and other issues journalists are tweeting about with the hashtag #sochiproblems

Attached to light poles, the silk plants in Sochi drew attention because they were flowering and thriving in cold conditions.  Had it been the summer Olympics, no one would have batted an eye, provided the silk plants are of good quality.  Inside Plants believes there is a place for faux greenery in interior plant design, and we use them where light really is too low for plants to thrive.  Very dark rooms, and bathrooms can be brightened up with a silk plant. 

Wondering where in your home or office to put plants?  Not ready to give up on the health benefits of live plants? Professional help can save you money by not buying plants that won’t live, and or putting greenery where it won’t thrive.  One tip we can share, and we wish the Sochi Olympics organizers had asked: silk plants do need to be cleaned occasionally, so make sure they are easily accessible.  Like maybe not on top of a lamppost. 

To learn more about the use of silk plants in your home or office, or discuss any indoor office plant maintenance issues, please contact us. Inside Plants has been providing premiere home and office plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.

3 Drought Low Water Interior Plants

February 4, 2014

California is experiencing a drought.  Conserving water is becoming more important, so Inside Plants is pitching in by suggesting some low-water indoor houseplants.  A side bonus is that these plants are pretty hard to kill, which is great news for those of us with less-than-bright-green thumbs. Here are three great plants to try:

The Moth Orchid (Phaelenopsis)Image
Orchids look so beautiful, they must be hard to care for, right? That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  This basic orchid requires watering only once a week.  The blooms last a long time, and nothing makes a room look more elegant than an orchid.  As low water indoor houseplants go, it’s the showgirl of the bunch.

This plant has a scientific sounding name, but you’ll recognize them as they are so commonly used. Popular because they can handle low light, and infrequent watering, pothos grows quickly, and cuttings can be used to grow more plants.  You’ll actually see them in malls and public places precisely because they are easy to care for.

Cactus varietiesImage
As cacti are desert plants, it follows that they don’t need hardly any water.  Make sure you pay attention to the care instructions, some do need to be watered twice yearly or so.  And of course, parents – whether your children are of the two or four legged variety- will want to be careful, as with any houseplant.

So there you have it, three great low water indoor houseplants.  The drought is no excuse for a house without greenery.  If you’re feeling stuck,  a professional designer will be able to help you with a plan. Let’s make sure you don’t get caught with your plants down!

Need help knowing when to water?  Have other questions about indoor plant maintenance in your home or office?  Contact us. Inside Plants has been providing top quality home and commercial plant maintenance in Southern California for over 35 years.

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