Top Outdoor Design Trends for 2015

Top Outdoor Design Trends for 2015

With patio season in sight, we asked top landscape designers, architects, and outdoor living aficionados to weigh in on what's hot in outdoor living spaces for 2015. After speaking with over 20 experts in the industry, we've come to the conclusion that the trend this year is two-fold. The first movement revolves around outdoor living and entertaining, while the second trend encompasses the eco-friendly craze that is sweeping the nation. Take a peak and check out our expert round-up for designer tips, tricks and inspiration for your outdoor living needs! THE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINER Whether you're down to dig in the...

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Made in the USA: Why some brands refuse to go overseas

Made in the USA: Why some brands refuse to go overseas

Some people look at Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. Others see it as one last chance for that backyard cookout. For the people at Hubbardton Forge, Labor Day is a celebration of craftsmanship, of a job well done and a job done right here in the United States. While many manufacturing jobs have gone overseas over the last quarter century-plus, some companies such as Castleton, Vermont-based Hubbardton Forge, remain stateside as a testament to their workers and their craftsmanship. The lighting and accessories they produce are a tribute to their commitment. "While it can be hard to...

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5 Easy & Affordable DIY’s

5 Easy & Affordable DIY’s

Ready to get your hands dirty? We browsed the web for unique and affordable home DIY projects from our favorite bloggers and interior designers to share with you today. From Minneapolis, to San Francisco to Nova Scotia and beyond, we've complied 5 projects that are not only easy to accomplish, but affordable too! 1. DIY Beaded Macrame Planter To kick off our DIY Roundup we have a project from Alison Allen, a Minneapolis based blogger, photographer and DIY fanatic. Alison shares with us a recent project she completed: A DIY Beaded Macrame Planter. Perfect for any sunny nook or corner of your...

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How the Passive House is Setting the Standard for Energy-Efficient Homes

How the Passive House is Setting the Standard for Energy-Efficient Homes

We all do our best to cut down on cooling and heating costs, whether that means bundling up in the winter, investing in insulated curtains for our windows or installing a ceiling fan in the bedroom. No matter how hard we try, however, our utility bills still seem to skyrocket during the hottest and coldest months of the year. This is simply how it works, and many of us have come to accept high electric and energy bills as a fact of life. But what if I told you it didn't have to be this way? I recently stumbled upon...

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The Coolest New Trends in Home Office Design

The Coolest New Trends in Home Office Design

In today's digital age, working from home is becoming more and more common. And why shouldn't it be? The option to work from home gives employees more flexibility, and it also allows them to choose their work environment. No longer do these people have to stay confined to the same dull cubicle for 40 hours a week. If you're one of the lucky working people who gets to do their work from home, take advantage of this opportunity to design a home office that you love. These cool, new home-office trends are a refreshing change from the drab cubicles you've...

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Best Root Beer Float Recipes for Adults

Best Root Beer Float Recipes for Adults

In honor of National Root Beer Float Day we compiled a round up of our favorite frosty recipes from around the web. These boozy floats turn a fun childhood treat into something for adults to indulge in and enjoy. Grab a chilled mug, your favorite root beer and get ready; you might just want to try them all! 1. Heavenly Bourbon Vanilla Root Beer Float   Heavenly Bourbon Vanilla Root Beer Float Ingredients: 4 teaspoons vanilla paste 8 ounces bourbon 1 pint vanilla ice cream 3 bottles good quality root beer, chilled Instructions: In 4 chilled glasses, evenly distribute the vanilla...

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How to wash your pillows

How to wash your pillows

You regularly wash your pillow cases and sheets every week or two, but what about the actual pillows? Some people assume that just washing the sheets is enough or that pillows can't be washed, but neither of these assumptions are true. Like sheets, pillows can become smelly, full of dust mites and just simply dirty! While you don't have to wash them weekly or even monthly, you'll find that washing pillows twice a year is enough to keep them fresh and clean. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Check the label Not all pillows can be machine washed,...

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History of Light – Infographic

History of Light – Infographic

Let there be light! If only it were that easy. A lot of brainpower and thousands of years got us to where we are today. Light has never been more efficient and effective. Each new light source builds on the last and the industry continues to grow and evolve. We don't yet have our hoverboards or flying cars, but when it comes to light, we've come a long way, baby. Share History of Light Image on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below

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Keep Cool This Summer Without AC

Keep Cool This Summer Without AC

As the temperature continues to rise, many people's first instinct is to crank the AC. Doing this, however, often leads to high utility bills and less money to spend on summer fun. This year, cut down on your AC usage by trying these five cool strategies, and save your money for a weekend trip instead! 1. Install ceiling fans Ceiling fans are a less expensive way to cool down in the summer. Plus, if you invest in a fan that can rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise, you can also save money on your heating bill during the winter! 2. Use...

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Putting together the perfect picnic in 5 easy steps

Putting together the perfect picnic in 5 easy steps

I enjoy summer for many reasons, and one of my favorite ways to savor the sunshine is to go on a picnic with friends and family. Delicious food, warm weather, good company – what's not to love? This summer, put together your own fun picnic. I've found these helpful tips come in handy when setting up a picnic and I'm sure you will, too! 1. Pick a picturesque setting Part of the fun of picnicking is taking in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Set up a spot by a nearby lake or check out the local park. If you have...

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4th of July Decorating Ideas

4th of July Decorating Ideas

Our earliest memories of Independence Day are of going down to the riverfront for the fireworks festival. Viewing the fireworks among hundreds and thousands of fellow Americans in celebration of our freedom. The fireworks were nice, with collective "oohs and ahhs" that induced chills. On our way home, we remember passing houses closer to the river where huge parties were gathered for fireworks, a night spent under the stars and with food off the grill. These folks had life figured out. Next year we pledged that we would no longer go to the fireworks; the fireworks would come to us....

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