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Enhance Your Health with Houseplants

18 Mar

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Plants2PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR MIND & BODY


There’s so much more to houseplants than their beauty. The fact is, they can actually make you healthier and happier. During the day, during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, freshening the air you breathe.

At night, most plants respire like people do — they pull in oxygen from the air and release carbon dioxide. But there are a few plants, like orchids, succulents, bromeliads and Areca palms, that do just the opposite and emit oxygen at night. That’s why these types of plants are ideal for bedrooms.

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Besides increasing oxygen levels, plants improve your health in a number of other ways:

– Plants serve as natural air purifiers, pulling harmful toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the environment.

– Plants release the moisture they take in, increasing humidity in the air, which helps prevent respiratory illness and reduce the incidence of dry coughs, colds, sore throats and dry skin.

– Plants in hospital rooms have been found to speed the recovery rates of surgical patients, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

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– Plants in the office have been linked to fewer cold- and flu-related symptoms and reduced fatigue.

– Plants in the classroom have been found to increase the attentiveness of students by 70 percent.

– Taking care of plants can make you happier because it’s rewarding and provides a sense of purpose.

A few tips:
Don’t overwater your plants. It’s much easier to revive them when they’re under-watered. Also, don’t put your plants in direct sunlight, which can cause spotting, burning or the leaves to fall off. When you do see the ends of the leaves turning brown, trim them. This will help your plants grow healthier and stronger.

Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

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EVEN YOUR FURNISHINGS NEED SUNBLOCK

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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.

HOW TO BLOCK UV RAYS


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE

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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.


Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Pet-Friendly Furniture Fabrics

4 Mar

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Which fabrics work best?


If you have a pet, you’re probably all too familiar with shedding, chewing, scratching and

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When you have a pet, it’s best to choose furniture made from durable fabrics, such as leather.

stains. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have great looking furniture. Although no material is completely pet-proof, here are some of the most durable fabrics that can stand up to your pet’s claws and paws:

Leather/Faux Leather
The great thing about genuine and faux leather is that you can easily wipe away fur and spills. And while both resist most stains and odors, real leather is slightly more puncture resistant. To reduce potential scratches, make sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed.

 

More pet-friendly fabrics

 

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Microfiber chairs can be easily cleaned.

Microfiber
Made from polyester or other synthetic materials, microfiber has a soft, luxurious feel. And because of its tight weave, sharp claws are less likely to get stuck, and you can remove dirt with a medium-bristle brush or mild soap and water.

Outdoor Fabrics
Mold and mildew resistant, outdoor fabrics are created to withstand the harshest of elements — so, it makes sense they can hold up well to your four-legged friend. And these days, you can even find them in soft textures, like velvets and jacquards.

 

Tight weaves work best


Denim or Canvas

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Fabrics with tight weaves resist scratches.

For casual rooms, denim and canvas slipcovers feature a tight weave that resists scratches and doesn’t attract fur. And when they get dirty, you can just remove them and throw them into the wash.

 

 

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Keep in mind, if you choose geometrics, florals or other intricate patterns, you can more easily hide small scratches and stains.
Also, consider colors that will blend with your dog’s hair. Neutrals, such as dark grays or browns, blend well with most hair, and you can always add splashes of color with decorative accents.

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How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

22 Jan

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Create A Sleep Sanctuary

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A tidy bedroom may reduce anxiety and support better sleep.

Did you know that one in every three people suffers from some form of insomnia? While lack of sleep can be caused by many factors, the wrong environment may add to the troubles.

Here are a few ways you can design your bedroom to help ensure a good night’s rest:

Remove excess clutter. A messy bedroom can cause anxiety and disrupt your sleep. Choose nightstands with drawers or cabinets that you can use as storage to minimize the number of items you leave out in plain view.

Create the Right Atmosphere

Make your room as dark as possible. Keeping out light is crucial to a good night’s sleep.

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Keeping out light can be crucial to a good night’s sleep.

Consider blackout shades or curtains — even a simple sleep mask can be quite effective.

Keep cool. The ideal temperature for sleep is 60–70 degrees Fahrenheit. By naturally inducing a mild drop in body temperature, a cool room helps you sleep.

Ban electronics from the bedroom. Engaging in electronics like TVs, smartphones and laptops before bedtime stimulates your mind. Plus, the blue light they emit suppresses melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle.

Do’s and Don’ts For the Bedroom

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Invest in a quality mattress and regularly make your bed.

Use calming colors. Soft, soothing colors can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, so you sleep better. Think neutrals or pastel shades of blue, gray or green.

Invest in a quality mattress. A mattress that provides the right balance of comfort and support is key. Also, make sure it’s big enough to move around comfortably.

Make your bed. Regularly turning down your bed improves your pre-sleep routine and cues your body that it’s time to go to sleep.

When designing your bedroom, make sleep your highest priority. It can do wonders for helping you get a good night’s rest.

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Take Control of Clutter

15 Jan

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DECLUTTERING IS LIBERATING

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Clearing out clutter may help you feel more relaxed.


You may not realize how stressed and overwhelmed you can become by clutter. But once you start clearing out what you no longer need and organizing what you have left, chances are, you’ll feel a sense of control and accomplishment.

Where to Begin

Start by labeling three storage bins: keep, toss and donate.

Then working through one small space at a time, decide where to place each item.

Now the tricky part — how do you decide what to keep?

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO KEEP

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Decluttering may give you a sense of accomplishment.


Ask yourself the following questions:

How frequently do you use it? If it’s been more than six months or you didn’t even remember you had it, it’s probably a sign to toss it.

Use the 80/20 rule: Chances are you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Keep those and get rid of the rest. (Exceptions might be outfits you save for special occasions.)

Do you really love it? Maybe you got it as a gift and hung onto it. But is it something you really love?

Does it even work? If you’ve been meaning to get it fixed but it’s been gathering dust, either fix it or toss it.

GETTING ORGANIZED

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Start the new year by getting organized!

Now, it’s time to organize:

– Immediately toss or recycle the things that aren’t in good enough shape to donate.

– Take your donations to a local charity (or host a garage sale).

– Go through your keep pile. Place the items you want to store long term in labeled boxes and move to your garage or basement.

– For each item you use on a regular basis, designate a proper location.

By making a habit of decluttering, you’ll free yourself to revel in your newfound space.

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Stylish And Handy End Tables

8 Jan

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To get the most out of an end table, the right height is key.

COMBINE FASHION AND FUNCTION


It can be easy to think of end tables as an afterthought. That is, until you try to set down your drink, turn on your lamp or reach for your book. So, when choosing a style, it’s important to consider what function it will serve.

The right height is key.

To make the best use of your end table, make sure it’s within easy reach. The height should be within two inches of the arm of your chair or sofa. So, say your sofa arm is 22 inches — your end table could range between 22 and 24 inches.

PUT STYLE TO GOOD USE

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Use end tables to add an interesting contrast to your décor.


Assess your existing décor, then think about ways you can achieve an interesting contrast.

For instance, if you have lots of traditional upholstery, you could balance the soft edges with a clean, simple design. Or, if you have modern furnishings, you could complement them with something a little more ornate.

Next, ask yourself how you’ll use your end table. What do you reach for most often? Do you want extra storage for TV remotes or magazines?

CONSIDER YOUR FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

 

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Nesting end tables easily provide extra table space when you have guests.

Here are a few styles to consider based on your particular needs:

End table with open shelves or drawers. Use it to store small items or books.

Nesting end tables. Unstack them for extra table space or neatly stack them when not in use.

C-shaped end table. Like a snack table, it fits snugly over the arm of your sofa or chair.

Chair-side end table. Narrow, and small, it helps anchor a standalone chair.

Keep in mind, end tables don’t have to match. With the right combinations, you can create your own unique look.

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Unique Wall Decorations

18 Dec

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Stylish alternatives to wall art


Art and photos can certainly brighten up your walls. But if you think outside the frame, there are countless other ideas that are affordable, multifunctional and sure to impress:

Hang your hats.
Turn your hats into a wall collage. For a cohesive look, try matching neutral shades or different shades of the same color.

Install decorative hooks.
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Hang a mirror.
When positioned just right, a mirror can really brighten up your space and make your room look larger.

 

Wall art doesn’t have to be “art”


Arrange various plates.
Whether they’re mismatched plates you found at a yard sale or your grandmother’s fine china, hanging them on your wall is an excellent way to show off your collection.

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Mount a bicycle.
A wall-mounted bike draws attention and saves valuable storage space. And chances are, guests will talk about it as much as they would a piece of art.

Go vintage with vinyl records.
Display your favorite vinyl records in their original covers or by themselves. Frame them or create patterns across your wall.

Get creative with wall designs


Create a pattern with baskets.
Arrange artisan baskets on your wall (you can even use them as shelves)! Just make sure Wall Decorations4you have a good combination of pattern, size and color.

Bring the outside in with plants.
Hang wall planters and fill them with succulents and other durable plants. If you choose herbs in your kitchen, you can grab them while you cook!

 

 

Get creative.
Display travel souvenirs, lights or tapestries. Turn an old window into a picture frame. With a little imagination, you can create your very own stylish personal statement!

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Eco-Friendly Decorating

11 Dec

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“Go green” in your home


You may not realize how much of your home may be harmful to you and the environment. But the wrong furnishings and paints can actually emit toxins that cause migraines, respiratory conditions and other health issues. Fortunately, by making smart choices, you can reduce your carbon footprint and ensure a healthier environment for you and your family:

Eco Friendly2Look for recycled materials that last a long time and require very little maintenance.

Consider woven wood shades. Made from renewable materials, like bamboo, grasses and jute, they can stand up to a variety of weather conditions. 

good for the planet and our health


Eco Friendly3Make sure your wood is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Or, pick up reclaimed lumber from your local wood salvage yard.

Keep plants around. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. And by soaking up toxins and pollutants, they help purify the air.

Fill mason jars with colored water and place near windows that get a lot of sun. The water absorbs heat in the daytime and releases it back out at night.

keep the air in your home clean


Avoid paints with high concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These Eco Friendly4harmful chemicals can linger for years. Instead, chooses paints labeled low-VOC.

Use candles scented with essential oils and made from natural materials, such as beeswax or soy. Other candles may have harmful VOCs or metal wicks.

Keep in mind, some eco-friendly home improvements can earn you a tax write-off. And if you take your old materials to a reuse facility, they can be redistributed to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

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Boost Your Home Value

6 Dec

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How to choose the right HOME upgrades


If you’re contemplating a home improvement, it can be helpful to know which projects give you the highest Return on Investment (ROI). Keep in mind though, while you may want to focus your efforts on more valuable upgrades, don’t totally discount others if you plan on staying in your home for a while. Here are some of the most profitable home improvements:

Kitchen/bath remodel
Boost Value2Without a doubt, kitchen and bath remodels are the most valuable investments, bringing in ROIs often exceeding 100%. In fact, an additional bathroom offers more than twice the return as a new bedroom!

 

Some improvements pay off more than others


Boost Value3Refinished wood flooring
By refinishing your hardwood floors, it’s possible to recoup 100% of the costs. However, installing brand-new flooring has only a slightly lower return.

Energy efficient windows
Besides increasing the value of your home, energy efficient windows save you heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Even better, install energy efficient cellular shades, too, for even more savings.

First impressions are everything

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Boost Value4When painting the interior of your home, concentrate on high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. If the exterior of your home has ever been painted, you’ll need to repaint before you sell – but touch-ups may be enough.

 

 

Wood deck addition
While the value of a deck varies by region, wood decks typically bring in the highest
Boost Value5recoup value nationally – although, composite decks recoup only slightly less. Just remember that a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep.

As a general rule, if your home is already in good shape, focus on projects that will improve its appearance. First impressions are everything!

Decorating with Throw Pillows

20 Nov

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pillows2Liven Up Your Space

Throw pillows can give even the most gorgeous furnishings an extra finished look. (Not to mention lounge appeal!)

While many pieces of furniture already come with a matching set of throw pillows, you may still want to consider swapping out a few or all of them to create your own personal statement.

But with so many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

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First of all, keep in mind is that your pillows don’t have to match – you’ll actually pull off a more stylish, modern look if they don’t. But to ensure your pillows coordinate well together, here are a few tips for creating a perfectly mismatched look:

– Choose an odd number of pillows (three to five for a sofa or one for a chair). The asymmetry will make your pillows look like they were naturally tossed there.

– You don’t have to stick to square pillows. A small rectangular one in the center or odd-shaped ones on the outside can add visual interest.

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More tips for selecting throw pillows:
– Mix and match patterns – combine a larger pattern with solid, subtler designs.
– Contrast different textures (for instance, linen or faux fur against a leather couch).
– Pick complementary colors that work well together. Think about colors you can pull from your walls, an area rug or a piece of artwork.

The fun thing about throw pillows is that you can always change them up to give the room a whole new feel. And whatever pillows you go with, the true test of a great look is how much you like it when you enter the room.

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