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The modern houseplant: No longer an underwhelming rubber plant that takes a part time job to keep alive. Here’s five species that will not only add a natural touch to any room in the house, but will work for you, 24 hours a day, 4 seasons a year, sparing your household's air.

How does a plant improve indoor air quality? Plants are natural air filters producing CO2 and clearing the air of harmful toxins such as volatile organic compounds (found in modern building supplies and furnishings), combustion compounds, and asthma triggers such as moldcustomized baby gifts, dust mites, dander and pollen. Their leaves, roots and stems all take part in filtration.

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No room for indoor pots? Plants are very accomodating. Try out the corner on a desk, the center of a coffee table, window sill or book shelf. Vertical gardens are another way to go about creating gardening space. We love the Hanging Planter by K R for a ceiling option.

Spider Plant – try it if you weren’t blessed with a “green” thumb

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Even if you tend to neglect houseplants, you’ll have a hard time killing this resilient plant. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.

Snake Plant – try it if you never thought to garden in the bathroom

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Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.

Weeping Fig – try it if you are more advanced or want a growing statement piece

A ficus in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Caring for a ficus can be tricky, but once you get the watering and light conditions right, they will last a long time.

Bamboo palm – try one in the living room

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Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. They’re also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.

Aloe – try it in the kitchen; repot it as a house-warming gift

This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.

I just can't see my world ever living without grey - not after this years unstoppable colour trend has inspired many a home makeover in the last 11 months or so. Saying that, I have always had a thing for grey - but now it just seems to be so much better appreciated in a range of decorating styles, that ideas for using this hue are pouring out of home decorating sites and magazines - the world is hooked!

There are two things that some people don't think are real: unicorns... and the color indigo. Have you ever searched Google images for indigo? It seems no one can decide what the true color is, making you question your entire life and think to yourself... isn't that just a purplish-blue or a bluish-purple?! There are even Facebook groups and petitions to get it removed from good ol' ROYGBIV! So I wanted to combine the impossible: a unicorn built from the many shades of this elusive color of the rainbow that idles between blue and violet - with an added stick to make into a child's toy! If you are making this at home, feel free to use whites and silvers or any other colors, but I wanted to stretch the capabilities of this color, showing you can accentuate with all different shades; every piece of this magical creature is a hue of indigo.