5 Easy, Earth-Friendly Ways To Create a More Eco-Conscious Home

With renewed focus on the accelerating climate crisis, many people wonder what they can do individually to make a difference. The good news is that you can have an immediate impact by instituting small changes around the house.

1. Cancel plastic from your bathroom.

2. Swap out paper products for cloth.

3. Upcycle your recycling.

4. Reduce your laundry loads.

5. Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

Read more about these tips HERE.

There Are Many Ways To Pay for a Home Remodel. Which Method Is Best?

That home-remodeling project may give you all the extra space you need. But how will you pay for it?

A survey conducted in February by San Diego-based LightStream, a national online consumer lender, found that 73% of high-income homeowners, defined as those with household incomes of more than $100,000, plan to use savings to pay for home-improvement projects, while 32% will use credit cards. The balance will secure a home-improvement loan. Many people tap more than one method to pay. But the best way to pay?

Read more HERE.

Spring 2021 Design Trends

The six additional weeks of winter predicted by Punxsutawney Phil have come and gone—and aside from a few cold snaps here and there, it’s safe to say that spring is most definitely here. And we couldn’t be more excited to head out into the fresh air and prep our backyards for enjoying the warmer weather.

But after spending what felt like the longest-ever winter indoors, you probably need to show your interiors a little love, too. If you’re ready to spruce things up inside as well as out, then you’re in luck,

Read more HERE.

5-Step Guide To Making Your Junk Drawer Functional

Have a junk drawer that’s starting to overflow into other places? We know the feeling. Fortunately, your home life doesn’t need to be controlled by junk anymore.

This installment of “Decluttering for Dummies” is all about getting your junk drawer in check, and transforming it from a burial ground for crap into a storage space that’s actually functional.

So whether you have one problem drawer or several, we’re here to help you tackle your junk with help from the organization pros. Here’s everything you need to know about decluttering your junk drawer once and for all.

Tips for Updating Your Kitchen Countertops

Countertops can make or break a kitchen. Over time, any well-used work surface for meal prep, dining, and cleanup endures normal wear and tear. But if your countertops have seen better days and you’re feeling stuck in a kitchen design rut, it might be time for an upgrade.

“Countertops play an integral part in a kitchen’s aesthetic and functionality,” says Young Huh, a New York City–based interior designer. “It’s an update that instantly modernizes the look of the room and can truly change how you cook and enjoy the space.”

Think you’re the only one mulling over a kitchen countertop revamp? Think again. In a recent kitchen trends survey by Houzz, countertops came in as the most popular feature renovating homeowners plan to upgrade.

If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen countertops but have no idea where to start, the following must-know tips will point you in the right direction.

5 Styles Fixer Upper Has Dropped

Chip and Joanna Gaines are home renovation royalty. They’ve gone from the debut of their smash hit, HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” in 2013 to running their own network, Magnolia.

A large part of their success (aside from their adorableness as a couple) is their keen sense of design, which they’ve honed into a highly marketable style known as modern farmhouse. And while the tenets of their signature style have endured (think: reclaimed wood, white paint,  comfortable no-frills furniture), their aesthetic hasn’t remained static by any means, and has evolved over time.

Curious to see how Chip and Joanna’s decor style has changed over the years? Here’s a look at some of their early fads that have since faded from their repertoire, and the new styles that have taken their place.

Spring-Cleaning? The Only 4 Supplies You Need

Before you buy that extra-large jug of industrial-strength cleaning solution, take a look in your pantry. Your spring-cleaning prep may include stocking up on spray bottles full of grime-fighting chemical products (masked by the scent of lemon), but it might be time to rethink your strategy. You don’t need a cabinet full of specialized cleaners for every surface; just a few common household products can clean and refresh your home. Read more HERE.

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