If you’re thinking about adding a room, or changing a room to fit another purpose, you should take some time to consider what you would really like to do with another room in your house. Depending on the particulars of your house, adding a room can be quite an expensive endeavour. If you’re thinking of doing any kind of remodelling you should familiarize yourself with the local building codes and any laws that may prohibit what you are thinking of doing to your home. If you live in a neighbourhood with a Homeowner’s Association, you will have to clear any outer changes to your house, including room additions. Read the rest of this entry »
Many of us would like to make our homes safer and better for the environment, but don’t know where to start. There are many things you can do that are not costly, but help the environment and your home safety. Once you decide to go green and help the environment, you can buy books on green renovation and take the ideas that you like from them. Once you start thinking about ways to help the environment in your home, you will be surprised at what things make a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »
With more and more homeowners looking to go “green”, it is no surprise that more companies are making green products for the kitchen. If you are looking to do a bit of remodeling in the kitchen, or just want a more planet-friendly kitchen in general, the following list of must-haves will help you get started in the right direction: Read the rest of this entry »
When decorating your home on a budget, going eco-friendly might not be the first thing that pops into your head. Environmentally friendly home design however, could be surprisingly economical. So if you’re looking to keep things green both when it comes to the environment and your wallet, here are a few ideas. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want your kitchen’s style to have an air of spring freshness year round, an indoor herb garden is the way to go. Indoor herb gardens are easy to set up and maintain. These beautiful little gardens can add a sense of vitality to any kitchen. Not only do these delightful little gardens add great looks and a lovely aroma, they also provide useful herbs and spices to use in your cooking.
Looking for a fun, easy way to spruce up any room? Houseplants have been interior decorators’ friends for decades. While many modern designers deem houseplants as a throwback to the fifties, beautiful green plants and flowers are a designing essential that never goes out of style. There are so many types of plants available today that are easy to take care of, that you will never run out of options. You don’t have to have a green thumb either, there are houseplants for everyone. Adding some plants to your house is a great way to add some warmth and vitality. Having plants can also help the air quality of your home, which is a big plus. Many people get confused or frustrated with the basics of bringing houseplants into their decor. Here are 3 tips and benefits to use houseplants right.
You’ve totally redesigned that room, yet there is still something missing. You just can’t seem to put your finger on it, but you know that the room needs something. You’ve painted, put in new furniture; basically the whole room looks new, but still needs a burst of life. Think green – a few houseplants in a room or spread throughout the house can do wonders to make things seem new. It doesn’t have to be warm outside to keep spring blooming indoors all year round!
Cacti or Air Plants
Many people refrain from putting plants into their design plans because they claim to have a ‘brown thumb’, and that their plants always die. There are some great, low-maintenance alternatives that can still add a burst of colour and life to your rooms, without requiring a botany degree. The reliable cactus can add a beautiful flash of southwestern style to any room, and most types are very low maintenance. Another alternative are air plants. Technically known as Tillandsia, these beautiful plants just need some light and a spritz of water when they start to dry.
For years people have used terrariums to keep plants growing indoors that would be impossible to keep otherwise. Think about getting a terrarium, they are self-contained and there are some very unusual and exotic plants that will thrive in these lovely little displays. Some of the plants you can get to grow in these containers are real conversations starters that can help bring out the wild-side of a room, without getting out of control.
There are many flowers that will grow well when potted indoors. You can even bring some of your flower garden favourites like Lilies or Tulips indoors in attractive pots that match your décor. These large, blooming flowers can bring a sense of colour and vitality to a room that plastic flowers can never match.
Whatever you choice for adding some green to your home decorating, be sure to add something. Even a small plant, placed in an attractive pot or vase, can make the difference in how you house looks and feels.
“Green” is everywhere these days. While changing everything around you to “green” may be costly, you will save much more in the end. Now “being green” can mean different things, for example, if you need a new sink you can just take an old one and revamp it with a new faucet. Or “being green” can also mean taking out your old bathtub or shower and giving it to and organization or facility that can reuse it. By giving things away to someone you know will reuse it is not only a step in the direction towards “becoming green” yourself but can also let others know what they can do “become green” as well. Becoming an individual that wants to create a “green” bathroom can benefit you in so many ways in the future as it also allows you to become energy efficient and eco-friendly. Typical ways are:
- “Becoming green” will allow you to use less water. To save on hot water, you can always create a dual toilet and a low pressure shower head. By doing this you save money on energy and electricity because you are conserving water rather than using electricity to pump your clean water whenever needed.
- When redoing your bathroom it is important that you choose a good form of lighting, something that gives a lot of light but won’t devastate your electricity bill. Try buying fluorescent lights or an LED lighting fixture. These tend to be slightly smaller but they still give out the best amount of lighting for the room and you save just about 45% on the use of them.
- “Becoming green” will lower your organic compounds. This means all the heat and chemicals your bathroom stores due to hygiene products can be reduced with proper ventilation. This can save you from doing other work on your bathroom in the future and can also prevent health problems.
- Finally try to consider all “green” products, like organic cotton linen for your bathroom to match your organic, natural cosmetics.