Tips & Tricks
 Adding Life to Your Space

When it comes to decking out your space in a lively fashion . . .

. . . investing in some plants can really go a long way.  Not only are plants and greens in the home aesthetically pleasing, but the positive effects on your health and overall well being is truly extraordinary.

How can plants improve your mood and overall feeling of well-being? Think back to 8th grade science, learning about photosynthesis, and how plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Humans, on the other hand, take in oxygen and produce carbon dioxide — what a perfect match! Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels, therefore, providing an easier setting to breathe.

According to NASA research, plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. Plants reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide, and especially VOCs like formaldehyde, common in most modern home builds or new construction. Another magical benefit to indoor plants (and probably my personal favorite) is the reduction of airborne dust levels. A study performed by Washington State University concluded that foliage plants can reduce indoor airborne dust levels by up to 20%, and this was concluded with plants that occupied 5% of the volume of the particular room. How amazing is that?

Indoor plants — just anther one of those design elements that look great AND are great for your home and your health. Scroll down to see some beautiful spaces utilizing indoor plants, and a round-up style list of some of the best plants for your home, and where to get them!


Of course, before purchasing, please double check and do your research to make sure you are not bringing in toxic plants to homes with small children and/or pets.

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Are you a fan of live plants in the home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Design Breakdown 03
Curated & Collected Dining Space

I was immediately struck by the airiness of this beautiful SoCal dining room in designer Gwendolyn Gibbish‘s own home. I especially love the collected feel, as if all of these pieces were chosen over time, but have come together in the present as a very cohesive selection. I love the mixture of metallics vs. the natural rattan dining chairs and greenery, and the bright pop of color from that fantastic blue credenza. This room is to die for!

Keep scrolling for an original breakdown of this space just over $3500! I encourage you to start with a base like this and build your look with your own found treasures along the way. 

(Click here) to take a peek at Laurel & Wolf’s feature article on Gwendolyn’s beautiful home!

Design Scope
 Layered Boho Bedroom

Inspiration ⟶

Project Scope ⟶

Space : Master Bedroom

Price Point : $5,500-$7,500

Client Specifics : Neutrals mixed with pops of bold color, layered textures, painted accent wall.

Final Thoughts ⟶

What a fun space to work with! My client was extremely open to experimentation and was ready and willing to paint such a deep color on her accent wall -- score!!! We had a healthy budget to accomplish what was needed in the space, with a ton of room for play. Balancing color selection and distribution throughout the space between light and dark was a challenge but I think we totally nailed it. It's important to consider natural lighting sources when painting with darker colors. Luckily we were working with tall ceilings and a ton of natural light pouring in from several spots in this room. This space has totally inspired me to pick up the brush and give a dark color a go on one of my own walls... I wonder if my landlord would think the same... ☻

☞ All Photoshop renderings are sourced and created by Carolynne Kelly. Inspiration images are for inspiration purpose only. I will always link to the origin of posting if possible. The renderings posted on this blog are slightly altered out of respect for my clients and their personalized & curated designs.