10 simple ways to reduce waste in your home

10 simple ways to reduce waste in your home

Lowering your impact on the environment by reducing waste in the home is easier than you think. Start by incorporating just a few of these 10 strategies into your home life and continue by adding more when you're ready. Before you know it, these waste-reducing tips will become second nature. 1. Buy in bulk whenever possible and you won't need to throw away as much non-recyclable packaging. 2. Illuminate your home with LED lights. They last much longer than alternative solutions. 3. Get creative and repurpose old furniture and household items. Using items in unique ways will give your home…

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Add a hint of glam to your space with these simple decorating ideas

Add a hint of glam to your space with these simple decorating ideas

You might not be a celebrity or have the money to buy your own yacht, but that doesn't mean you can't lead a glamorous lifestyle. Glam is making a comeback in interior decorating, mimicking the style of old Hollywood and giving everyone the chance to feel like movie stars. Although this time around, the trend of adding shimmer and shine to one's home is in no way over the top. Add a hint of glam to your space and live in luxury every day with these five practical decorating ideas. 1. Decorate with dramatic colors Colors that evoke a feeling…

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5 solutions for common outdoor patio problems

5 solutions for common outdoor patio problems

During the spring and summer months, there's nothing better than relaxing on your patio or porch. Don't let your outdoor oasis be spoiled, however, when a swarm of mosquitoes crashes the party or your neighbors decide to argue loudly next door. Enjoy the outdoors this season more fully by setting up your space to fix these five common annoyances. 1. Noise It's hard to enjoy socializing with friends when all you hear are cars driving by or the TV playing in a neighboring house. Eliminate some of that noise with noise of your own. A decorative wind chime is relaxing and…

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Decorating your space from start to finish

Decorating your space from start to finish

Decorating a room mostly from scratch grants you the opportunity to create a space that will meet all of your style preferences. It also provides a good reason to feel a little overwhelmed and start looking for help. When a space is yours to put together, knowing where to start and which elements you should decide on first will smooth out the process and ensure you don't regret the finished result. So where should you begin the decorating process? The best place to start is with the expensive elements that are rarely replaced, if ever, such as the flooring or…

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Easy tricks to decorate like a professional

Easy tricks to decorate like a professional

You don't have to spend big bucks to decorate your home like a stylist would. You just have to add the right touches here and there to pull off a designer look. Use these easy tricks in your home to enhance your home's style and fool guests into thinking you hired a professional decorator. 1. Use throw pillows and blankets to add color, texture and design Throw pillows and blankets are an inexpensive way to improve your living room's style. When selecting pillows, choose three or four that feature different, complementing designs. For throw blankets, don't be afraid to try…

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5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

  A stylish mudroom - can you imagine it? Probably not. After all, it's called the mudroom for a reason. Although the front porch or entryway tends to be the place in your home where family members dump their coats and track in dirt, you can strategically design the space so it attracts less mess with these five essentials. 1. Hall tree bench Hall tree benches are perfect for mudrooms because they offer a place to sit and take your shoes off, hooks for coats and storage for shoes. Plus, there are many stylish options available, allowing you to set…

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The Love of LEGO

The Love of LEGO

Legos - those multicolored bricks roughly the size of peanuts- for most of us bring back a flood of nostalgia.   Although the concept was simple, Legos became ubiquitous for generations of children much like iPads and Netflix have become now.  The core appeal of Legos was built upon the creativity of the ambitious, transporting young engineers and city planners to their own worlds where they played unquestioned ruler.  In the infinite space of imagination and strategy, I and countless others thrived. Although it is hard to quantify exactly what we garnered through the hours spent stacking those simple bricks, it…

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The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Shh - want to know a decorating secret? How about five? In interior design, there are plenty of tips you can use when decorating your space, but some of the best tricks are still being kept secret. Such as... You don't need to have a sofa Most homeowners think there's an unwritten rule stating you have to have a sofa in the living room - but it's not actually a rule! If you want to set up a living room that's intimate and encourages conversation among family and guests, use upholstered chairs or a love seat instead. This will also…

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Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

The phrase “shabby elegance” might sound like an oxymoron, but the term actually describes the interior design style it represents pretty accurately. Shabby elegance is a style characterized by distressed, antique-looking furniture, soft colors and romantic touches. Here’s how to get the look in your home. Tip #1: Find ways to recycle and repurpose old furniture Shabby elegance is all about giving new life to old furniture pieces. Use reclaimed wood to create a fashionably worn dining table or use vintage suitcases as décor. Repurposing will give your home the character and personality that's been missing. Tip #2: Add elegance…

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The latest outdoor decor trends to liven up your yard

The latest outdoor decor trends to liven up your yard

In the spring and summer months, your front and back yards are extensions of your home’s interior design. So why not spend time perfecting your outdoor space like you do your interior? Try these five outdoor décor trends to refresh your yard space and captivate all those who pass by. 1. Mood lighting With so many outdoor lighting solutions available today, there’s no reason to take the party inside when the sun goes down! Along with outdoor lamps and wall lights, you can use ambient lighting underneath chairs, benches and sofas to create a social environment that is chic and…

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