There used to be little debate when it came to the kind of houseplants Costa Mesa homeowners preferred. For the finishing touches they provide, the gracious choice was always the live variety. Artificial greenery and florals were easily dismissed as “fakes”—regarded as second-rate solutions in home décor.

A lot has changed since then—principally in the advances made by the artificial foliage makers. This month’s commentary (“Real vs. Fake Plants: Which is Better for Your Home?”) provided a timely update. Today’s Costa Mesa homeowners aren’t just wondering whether they can “get away” with fake plants. Because recent years have seen marked improvements in manufacturing techniques, the low-maintenance option has been steadily gaining favor.

To address the issue, author Kayleigh Roberts queried interior design professionals on how they determine which to choose. The answer depended on the homeowner’s situation, determined by practical questions like how frequently the owner plans to be absent, whether or not “curious pets” would be on the prowl, and whether or not the home is to be staged for sale (in that case, faux would probably get the nod).

Even so—and even given the fact that artificials have “improved by leaps and bounds”— when it comes to the question of whether they can pass as the real thing, experts admitted that they can almost always tell the difference. But for certain specific examples, that has been getting harder and harder. Some examples demonstrate the point: pictured were a faux amaryllis, lemon cypress, and a striking silk orchid.

Real or not, the addition of plants is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to provide pops of color that add interest to any interior space. When your own Costa Mesa home is being prepped for market, it’s one of the simple touches that create a warm, inviting environment. Call us for more dependable ideas!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at




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