One of the most frustrating tasks when plants is keeping your dog or cat out of them. Pets love digging the dirt, using your plant as a litter box, or eating the leaves. In addition, you don’t want curiosity to literally kill the cat; some plants can harm animals. Don’t give up on your houseplants or garden, or on your … Read More
Time for Winter Decluttering and Downsizing
Winter is upon us, which means shorter days and more time indoors, just on the heels of the holidays. The holidays inspire a lot of emotions and often among them is the feeling that you have too much stuff! After putting up a tree or making space for guests or receiving a lot of gifts–for better or worse–you might feel the … Read More
Should You Put a Tiny Home on Your Property?
Have you heard about the Tiny Home trend? Does the thought of living in 400 square feet of space sound impossible for you? Well, many people are adding tiny homes to their property for other reasons. They can be great options as guest houses, mother-in-law residences, Airbnb rentals, or places for adult children to live temporarily. In case you haven’t … Read More
Are We Ready for the Smart Homes Transition?
alsYou’ve probably hear of Nest thermostats. In case you haven’t, they let you control your home’s thermostat with a mobile app. They can also learn from your usage what temperatures you prefer at what time of day and can create the most energy-saving thermostat schedule. According to Nest, independent research shows these smart thermostats can save you 10%-12% on your … Read More
Refresh Your Empty Nest
One of the most exciting times in you and your spouse’s lives may be when you send your kids off to college or when they move to apartments or houses of their own. You might find yourself a little sad, yet eager for the possibilities. Maybe you’re looking around your house right now, wondering what kind of updates you can … Read More
How to (Un)wire Your House for Entertainment
For years now, making the switch from cable TV entertainment to wireless streaming has been trending in home entertainment. In fact, according to eMarketer, 22 million people have “cut the cord” and dropped cable services. And the number of people who have never subscribed to cable TV, known as “cord-nevers,” rises every year and is up to 34 million. So … Read More
Ten Coolest Home Design Apps
Building your custom dream home can be a lot of fun. Imagine being in almost complete control over the size and specs of your house. Sound exciting? But what if you’re not in the market for a new house and still want to get the thrill of designing your dream home? Well, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of … Read More
The Best Flowers to Plant in Late Summer and Fall
Summer is winding down and fall begins, unofficially, after Labor Day. Perhaps you’ve returned from a summer of travelling or have just seen the kids back to school. You may find yourself spending a little more time at home, looking for a creative outlet. As you prepare for cooler weather, don’t put away the gardening gloves and trowels just yet! … Read More
Set Up the Perfect Homework Space
It’s the ongoing challenge of each school year: keep kids focused and successful in their studies. You probably know just how much more productive you are when you work in the right space. The same is true for kids. Whether completing math problems or composing a poem, a child needs the right environment for his or her learning style. Set your kids … Read More
Are Your Home and Family Disaster-Ready?
Protecting against natural disasters is just as wise as winterizing your lawn and garden, and routinely performing spring cleaning. Find out how to keep your home and family disaster-ready, so you have what you need, when harsh elements strike. Don’t Ignore the Risk of Flooding Nature hit this past February quite hard, with many storms. According to WLWT Channel … Read More