There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a spectacular rocky coastline, into your interior spaces.
(BPT) - The countdown to this year’s holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will.
(StatePoint) Creative decorating solutions are needed when decorating your rental space. Make sure you are complying with the rental rules and regulations.
(StatePoint) There is no better place to entertain on a warm sunny day than in your own backyard. But before the parties start, make sure your outdoor space is a place where people want to spend time.
(StatePoint) Is updating your flooring on your home improvement to-do list this season? From color to style to performance, there’s a lot to consider. Learn how to find flooring that fits your lifestyle and reflects your family’s personality.
(NAPSI)—Runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds is a major environmental concern, but U.S. farmers are aggressively adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem.
(BPT) - With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget.
(StatePoint) There’s nothing like spending time outdoors in the woods. With some simple steps, you can make your woodlands a paradise for flora and fauna by creating a space for wildlife to thrive.
(StatePoint) October, which is Energy Action Month, is a great time to learn more about how your home uses energy. By making more energy efficient choices, you can increase the comfort of your home, reduce your energy bills, breathe healthier air indoors and help the environment.
(NewsUSA) - Recycling plastic water bottles is great, but, unfortunately, many of these bottles don't make it to the recycling bin, and end up in landfills instead. Alkame Water is addressing this problem and is making it easier to "think green" when buying bottled water. Their patented new water bottle is designed to be biodegradable in landfills as well as recyclable with other plastics.
(NAPSI)—Just about every American farm family includes an unsung hero: the “farm mom.” Doing everything from keeping the books to combining the fields, 30 percent of today’s primary farm operators are women. They grow our food, our economy and our way of life—while also growing the next generation. The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest recognizes these amazing women.
(StatePoint) Recycling is crucial to running a green home. It’s also an easy and effective way to reduce your weekly contribution to the local landfill.
(NAPSI)—Here’s good news, for a change, about our environment: Americans have more than tripled the amount of materials they recycled in the 1980s—more than a third of the country’s household waste—thanks to technological advances by the waste industry that collects, sorts and processes America’s recyclables.
(NewsUSA) - Some engineering experts believe mechanical engineers are advocates for international sustainability. At the very least, while some fully embrace and others cautiously test the waters, a sustainable consciousness is surfacing in the occupation.
(Family Features) - According to the Farmers' Almanac, this winter will see an increase in "shivery conditions," where temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the nation and snowfall will be significant. Are you and your family winter ready?
(Family Features) For most Americans, the holiday season is the busiest and most demanding time of the year. From social engagements and travel to buying gifts and baking, it's often hard to juggle competing commitments. In fact, 80 percent of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season, according to the American Psychological Association.
(Family Features) - Nothing captures the warmth of the holidays quite like the gentle glow of candlelight. This season, set the mood with delicious holiday scents and decorations by making fragrance your centerpiece.
(Family Features) - Parking a lawn mower in the corner of a garage or storage building is not tucking it in for winter.
(Family Features) The change in seasons should bring about more than just a change of wardrobe. It's important to check out your appliances and home systems now in order to help prevent unnecessary repairs when you need those systems the most.
(Family Features) If you've got a gardener on your holiday shopping list, but you can't tell a peony from a petunia, don't fret. This handy gift guide will let you pick out a gift that will make any home horticulturalist happy.
(Family Features) Every chef knows a properly outfitted kitchen is a must in order to create culinary masterpieces. This year, make sure the special food lover in your life has everything he or she needs to stir their passion for food and drink. Expand their culinary library with a book that serves up helpful food tips and original recipes. Let them prepare their favorite recipes with a set of ergonomic and innovative knives. Perk up their mornings with a coffee maker that quickly brews a customized cup at the touch of a button. Or, help them serve up delightful dishes by keeping their pantry stocked with superior quality olive oil. This guide will help you find unique gifts for every kitchen connoisseur on your list.
(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds.
(Family Features) - Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination in plumbing, thus minimizing the consumer’s exposure to pathogenic bacteria such as Legionella, which can cause Legionnaire’s disease. This research was discovered by the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University.
(BPT) - No matter what time of year it is, the kitchen is always the busiest room in the home. That’s especially the case during the holiday season. With the added stress of planning the perfect menu and creating the ideal holiday atmosphere for your guests, it’s no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed with the planning process.
(BPT) - Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you’re not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your project, if you’re itchin’ to update your kitchen, follow these five steps to design the space you’ve been dreaming about.
(BPT) - Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.
(BPT) - Mattress shopping isn’t a matter to take lying down. The average American spends three full years sleeping on each mattress they buy. A mattress is the single most important factor in achieving the quality sleep that is crucial to a high quality of life.
(BPT) - “A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.” That’s how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it’s probably even truer today. The kitchen’s central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that’s reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.
(StatePoint) Kitchen remodeling can significantly increase home value. However this can get extremely expensive. But simple kitchen fix-ups can add both value and comfort to your space.
(BPT) - Is your tiny bathroom cramping your functionality and style, leaving you longing for the enormous bathrooms gracing the pages of design magazines? Even if your bathroom is a fraction of the size, all it takes is some design savvy to make the most of the space you have. Consider these 10 smart tips that will help your bathroom look, feel and function like those larger contenders.
(BPT) - Ever purchased a great-looking faucet only to find you can’t easily turn it on with one hand? Or discovered that you can’t stand to sit for more than a few minutes on that new sofa that looked so great in the showroom? If so, you have experienced comfort and practicality sacrificed on the altar of aesthetics.
(BPT) - From enjoying a nice cup of coffee in the morning to putting the final touches on a homemade pie, the kitchen is the center of the home any time of year, but especially during the busy holiday season. The kitchen will be put to the test, filled to the brim with friends and loved ones, whipping up the family’s secret recipes. In order to handle the holiday season with ease, your sink needs to be in tip-top shape. Is yours up for the challenge?