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While it’s important and wonderful to spend time outside in nature, sometimes we also just want to bring a little bit of nature back inside with us. Recently, houseplants seem to have exploded in popularity, with many first-timers trying their hand at indoor gardening over the last couple of years.  And, frankly, we aren’t surprised. Adding plants to your home can infuse a refreshing dose of style into any room.

The good news? There are tons of plant varieties that do well (and look beautiful) in indoor settings. The bad news? It can be hard to choose when so many options are available. Considering different factors – like how much light, humidity, warmth, and attention a plant may get in a particular room – can help narrow the field. Here are our choices for the best houseplants for different rooms.

Bedroom Plants

Like any room, it’s important to know the conditions your bedroom can offer a plant. Is there lots of light, or is it dark? Is it drafty? Is there enough space for plants to grow? But beyond that, you might also want to consider what the plant can offer you in return. For example, many plants have been proven to remove and filter toxins from the air. In theory, this might provide you with cleaner air to breathe while you’re sleeping.

Snake Plants

In addition to being adaptable to a multitude of conditions and very easy to grow, the snake plant is also on NASA’s top 10 list of air purifying plants. While it prefers bright indirect light, it can survive in almost any lighting, as long as it sees daylight for at least part of the day. It does best with regular, occasional watering, but is hearty enough that it can survive for quite a while even if you forget to hydrate it. Uniquely, the snake plant is able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen around the clock, not just during the daytime like most other plants. Eleanor Harris (American, 1901-1942)

Philodendron

Another practically fool-proof plant, the philodendron is extremely low maintenance. There are several variations of the philodendron, and most of them are well-suited to indoor cultivation. The philodendron is known to absorb formaldehyde from the air, helping to purify the air in your bedroom. However, this plant is toxic when eaten, so it may be best to avoid putting it in small children’s bedrooms and keep it out of reach of pets.

English Ivy

This small, delicate ivy variety is a pretty addition to any bedroom. It thrives with moderate sunlight and regular watering but is otherwise relatively low maintenance. Another air filtration master, this plant absorbs harmful substances like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. There’s even some evidence that it may be able to purify the air of mold and help improve environmental allergy symptoms.

Bathroom Plants

When choosing plants for the bathroom, it’s important to select varieties that thrive in humid environments. But you should also look for plants that can handle temperature swings. Plus, it can be easy to forget about watering bathroom plants, so the more resilient the plant, the better.

Boston Fern

While many ferns are well suited to the bathroom, we’re partial to the Boston Fern. It’s attractive, elegant fronds add a touch of class to any bathroom, and easily handle the wide variations in humidity common to a bathroom. In fact, you may be able to hang your Boston fern directly in the shower and allow it to be watered every time the shower is used!

Chinese Evergreen

Most Chinese evergreens would grow well in any bathroom, but our favorite is the uniquely colored Red Emerald Chinese Evergreen. This easy-to-grow variety can survive poor lighting and ventilation, which means it can grow even in a bathroom without windows, as long it gets regular exposure to an artificial light source. To control the size of the plant, choose its pot size wisely. A small pot will discourage extensive growth, while a larger one will allow it to get quite big.

Aloe Vera

The easy-to-grow succulent aloe vera can survive without frequent watering, making it an ideal plant for lesser used bathrooms, where it may occasionally be forgotten. (But don’t forget about it completely – it needs at least occasional watering to survive.) The lively green plant brightens up any space, and its medicinal values somehow seem well suited for a spot next to the medicine cabinet!

Kitchen Plants

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s often where people gather to connect, catch up, and break bread together. That means that any plant placed in the kitchen should add a feeling of warmth and welcome to the space.

Cast Iron Plant

Okay, we’ll be honest here. Part of the reason we chose this plant is because of the name. A cast iron plant just feels like it should live nearby your cast iron skillet! But beyond that, the cast iron plant is hearty and super low maintenance. It can handle extreme temperature fluctuations, making it an ideal choice to put near a stove or oven. Plus, its long, bold leaves make it a unique and attractive statement piece.

Basil

Herbs! In the kitchen! We know this may sound like a no-brainer, but our very favorite thing to grow in the kitchen is herbs. There’s something special about being able to pick fresh herbs that you’ve grown yourself, inside your own home, and adding them to your food. We especially like basil because it’s fairly easy to grow. As long as you can provide the plant with lots of light and keep the soil moist, this plant can thrive. Plus, it’s super versatile and can be used in tons of different types of recipes!

Pothos

There are tons of varieties of pothos plants ranging from common to rare, but they all add a stylish accent to any room they’re in.  We especially like them for the kitchen because of their ability to cascade and add drama to the environment. The vines of the pothos tend to overflow and hang down from whatever pot they’re planted in. In kitchens, this can be really visually pleasing when the pothos is placed on an open shelf or atop a cabinet and allowed to grow and drape downward. Plus, they’re super easy to care for. (Starting to sense a theme here?)

Office Plants

Now more than ever, many of us regularly work from home. Because of the sharp increase in remote and hybrid work environments, we’re spending more time in our home offices. And many of them might need some sprucing up. Here are a few plants to infuse some life into your workspace.

Anthurium

Many home offices can tend to be on the small side, or function as a multi-use space. With space at a premium, we want plants that pack a lot of visual punch into a small place. That’s why we chose the anthurium as one of our office plant picks. The relatively compact plant, with its dark green leaves, is known for its striking, shiny, vibrant, heart-shaped blooms. Depending on the variety you choose, the flowers can be a variety of colors, but we’re partial to the bright red hues of the red success anthurium.

Peace Lily

No matter the industry or position, most jobs can become chaotic, stressful, and anxiety-inducing from time to time. For that, we wanted to introduce a calming presence into the workspace. True to its name, the stark white flowers of the peace lily can add an air of tranquility and calm to any room. Plus, they’re almost impossible to kill!

Money Tree

While we’re sad to report that this plant does not, in fact, produce money, we do think it’s an excellent addition to any office. Depending on your space constraints, these can be purchased as small, desktop plants, or as potted indoor trees. Their signature braided trunk adds some texture and depth to the environment, and the wide spread of leaves can be eye-catching. Thought by some cultures to bring good luck, this is a great plant to keep in your office to remind you why you work as hard as you do – it’s all about the money (tree), honey.

Houseplants are a wonderful way to bring some of the great outdoors into your home. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your office, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, we hope you’ve found some new houseplants to add to your home.

Happy gardening! For more information about plants and home improvements, please call us at 949-929-5727.

Sources: https://www.greenthumb.com/, https://shoppenelopepots.com/

The sun is blazing once again on Orange County. From the first weekend of May to September 16th, sunny California experiences some of the most beautiful weather you can imagine. I’m excited about the warm weather, family gatherings, and fun activities!

I love going to concerts and events! I find that if you attend the event with a large group of family and friends, they tend to be more fun than if you attend alone. I consider these events a great way to discover new music and make some new friends.

We have the best line-up of live music events happening in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Dana Point.

Check out our list of artists scheduled to perform at local venues this summer:

Whether you’re looking for something to do in Orange County today or tomorrow, we have you covered. From movie nights and music festivals to summer bazaars and much more, check out the best events happening in OC this summer:

Laguna Niguel

One of the best places to reside in California is Laguna Beach. It has a coastal vibe, good weather, stretches of sandy beaches, and hiking trails. More than 80 miles of multi-use paths, stunning beaches, museums, and art galleries are all available in the city. The Winter Fantasy and Crafts Festival, the Laguna Art-A-Fair, Pageant of the Masters, and the Sawdust Art Festival are just a few of the numerous festivals and events held in Laguna Beach.

Sawdust Art Festival

Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters at The Festival of Arts is a one of kind production featuring the life-sized re-creations of world-famous artwork.  Over 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding cities come together to make this performance possible, volunteers pose on stage to look exactly like famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art.  It is simply breathtaking.

The city of Laguna Niguel has planned numerous summertime events for both its citizens and tourists. Every Friday, great movies are available to watch. Friday Flix is a free movie and popcorn event held at the Sea Country Senior & Community Center or Crown Valley Park in the late afternoon or early evening. The beloved Summer Concert Series is also back. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and low-back chairs. The Sea Country Senior & Community Center and Amphitheater typically hosts concerts in the evening or the day. 

National Day Celebrations

Of course, a summertime without food would be incomplete! The first 100 attendees at National Day celebrations in Laguna Niguel will receive complimentary meals. White and blue bomb popsicles will be served to commemorate National Bomb Pop Day in the spirit of the forthcoming Independence Day. America’s favorite food, hot dog sandwiches, is the focus of National Hotdog Day. While a snow cone must be consumed to mark National Relaxation Day as a symbol of having the opportunity to unwind.

Living with Local Wildlife

A Living with Local Wildlife Workshop has been created by the city because it wishes to protect wildlife. Learning the habits and behaviors of the local animals is the major objective. And because Californians like animals, the Sea Country Senior & Community Center has a Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic. No appointments are required, rabies shots cost about $14, and additional services are also offered.

The Senior Lecture Series, which covers subjects like gardening and even scams, is the last but certainly not the least.

Check out the flyers below for more events in Laguna Niguel:

Source: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/

Aliso Viejo

One of the top 5 safest places to live in California is Aliso Viejo. It’s home to 21 parks as well as an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. The city has award-winning schools, and a wonderful location, as well as dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Furthermore, there are several employment options and vast recreational programs.

Certified Farmers’ Market

We love supporting farmers and the fresh produce they harvest. This summer, Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market will be held every Saturday in the parking lot of the Aliso Viejo Town Center’s Regal Edwards Theatre.

Furry Friends Pet Fair: Pet Vaccination & Vendor Fair

We will also be having an event dedicated to our beloved pets. It’s the Furry Friends Pet Fair happening at Aliso Viejo Ranch. It’s a pet vaccination and vendor fair. Additional services like heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, microchipping, physical exams, nail trimming, dog licensing, pet adoption, and more.

Movie Night

Like other cities, Aliso Viejo also has movie nights for the summer. It will be shown in Aliso Viejo Middle School. You are encouraged to bring blankets or low lawn chairs, and food will be available for purchase.

Source: avcity.org

Dana Point

The first surf town in Southern California was Dana Point. It has earned the title of the Dolphin and whale watching capital of the world. Every day, 2,500 yachts and tour boats depart from Dana Point Harbor for different locations. The city also has deep sea fishing, luxury spas, surfing, golfing with ocean views, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, pirate ship adventures, beach, and aerial yoga classes, and sunset wine cruises.

Moreover, there are 28 parks and an amazing selection of restaurants in the city.

Dana Point has organized a variety of events this summer for everyone to enjoy.

The first event on the list is Movies in the Park, which will take place every Friday in Lantern Bay Park and is completely FREE. Just bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair. Refreshments are available to purchase during the event.

Every Saturday, La Plaza Park hosts a Farmers Market and Craft Vendors event. Fresh produce will be brought by California farmers, and a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, apparel, purses, candles, and one-of-a-kind items will be on display from craft merchants.

The VA Disability Claims Clinic, which is held at the Dana Point Community Center on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, will be open to the public for service-related medical issues.

Dana Point Summer Bazaar

Over 30 artists, crafters, and businesses will participate in the Dana Point Summer Bazaar at the Dana Point Community Center. In collaboration with Age Well Orange County, there will also be an open house filled with activities and special events for seniors. There will be a free raffle offering some fun prizes. Speaking of free, there will be samples of great food from Zest in a Bowl, the official food supplier of the senior lunch program, as well as FREE drinks like Kona Ice.

Symphony on the Go

There are two events for all you music enthusiasts out there.  The Pacific Symphony is offering a free mobile community concert experience. This Symphony on the Go will take place at Pines Park and Dana Crest Park.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on while enjoying the music. Of course, the Concerts in the Park series is something you wouldn’t want to miss. Every Sunday in The Sea Terrace Park, two bands will perform for a FREE family-friendly concert.

Trolley Hop

The day before July 4th, there will be a Trolley Hop. If you buy a trolley hop wristband, you’ll have access to special drinks from participating restaurants. An anchor bottle opener will be given to the first 500 attendees to register for the event.

The Doheny State Beach will host the BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California. Prior to the fireworks show, the Condor Squadron of WWII-era North American AT-6 aircraft will fly over Dana Point.

Dana Point Classic Car Show

There will be 250 classic cars on display at the Dana Point Classic Car Show on Del Prado Avenue. There will be awards, entertainment, vendors, food trucks, beer gardens, and more at the event, which is FREE to the public.

Please see the flyers below for more events in Dana Point:

Sources: https://www.danapoint.org/, https://www.ohanafest.com/

Do you want to know about all of these concerts, festivals, and events? Call us at 949-929-5727 to find out more.

The Verso Homes Story: Turning Over a New Leaf

Verso Homes Team: Natalie Boyle, Crystal Schantzen, Tom Lloy, Dawn Leibovitz (Left to Right)

A name is more than just a name. It represents a story, and every experience we have shared in life is beautiful. It captures a moment in how we came to be. Life is made up of small steps, big dreams, and opportunities to share.

We are Verso Homes and we are proud to share our story. 

Realtor® & Founder

Natalie Boyle, a native of Orange County, started her career in real estate in 2001. It was during COVID-19, one of the worst global pandemics in history, that Boyle worked relentlessly to ensure that her firm was able to take care of its clients and fulfill their real estate needs. In the midst of these chaotic and challenging times, Verso Homes was born.

Brand Logo

Verso is a Latin word meaning ‘folio’ or “on the turned (leaf)”. It is found on the left-hand page of an open book signifying the turning of a new page. Thus, the leaf logo signifies a new beginning.

What inspired the color palette for our logo is the beautiful hues of a California sunset. We wanted it to reflect our unique coastal location in South Orange County.

Life changes, and when it does, you have the opportunity to write a new chapter in your life story. Verso Homes understands this and strives to help you create a colorful and memorable one with customized solutions that fit your personality, lifestyle, and budget. We are a team of compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy real estate experts who focus on the needs of our clients. We also support other local business owners in the community so that we can make Orange County a better place for everyone.

Our communities are more than just places to live, but places where memories are made. We believe that each new page in a family’s life deserves to be celebrated and we at Verso Homes help each family write their new chapter in every new home.

We are a boutique real estate company that is changing the way people buy and sell homes in South Orange County. We have an innovative approach to home sales, leveraging technology and community resources to make our clients’ dreams come true.  Verso Homes offers a more client-centric approach that is designed to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We don’t just sell homes – we want to help you build the life you imagine in the home of your dreams. We work with our clients to create an experience that begins with building wonderful memories because our goal is to help you reach yours.

“A home is more than just a house,” it is made of different chapters in your journey through life day-by-day, chapter-by-chapter.

If you’re thinking about making a move we would love to help you write your next chapter together!  Give us a call, at 949-929-5727.

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