Breathe Easy: Bring Life to Your Home with House Plants

When staging a home to be listed for sale, we often advise clients to add some houseplants to help bring life to a room.  But don’t wait until you’re ready to sell. 

Having houseplants around your home can benefit your health, according to numerous studies.  In general, plants are air purifiers, creating oxygen and lowering carbon dioxide. They aid in the removal of toxins from the air, such as mold, formaldehyde, benzene, radiation and carbon monoxide, thus helping to alleviate headaches, drowsiness, insomnia, and other ailments.  As natural humidifiers, they can also help with dry skin and decrease dust in your home, thus preventing some allergies.  In addition to breathing cleaner air, caring for your plants can be therapeutic and relieve stress.

To get you started, here’s a short list of houseplants reported to improve
your air quality:

  • Eucalyptus
  • African violets
  • English ivy
  • Marble ivy
  • Peace lily
  • Baby rubber plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Golden pothos
  • Palm plant
  • Aloe vera**
  • Heartleaf philodendron
  • Schefflera
  • Ficus tree

**In addition to cleaning the air, the aloe vera plant is very effective in soothing burns, healing wounds and treating acne, when its gel is applied topically. 

One of our favorite plant shops is Lawrence and Clarke Cacti Co. in Old Hickory. Stop by and tell them we sent you! And for a little extra inspiration, check out Stephanie’s plant board on Pinterest.

A word of warning: many houseplants are toxic if ingested, so be sure to research your specific plant if you have young children or pets in your home.

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About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

2018 — 2019   Senior Ride Nashville


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