Feb 1, 2014 Home Improvement
We are urged to rebuild what damage we have done to the environment before it’s too late. We only have one planet we call Mother Earth anyway, so it’s not like the human race can evacuate and head out to Mars when Earth’s deterioration has become a hopeless case for humans and other living things to live in. That notion about the possibility of living existence in Mars is still a possibility. No conclusive findings yet. Until scientists have proven that it is indeed true, let’s not expect a bunch of us purchasing a property to build new homes in that side of the universe.
Caring for the environment as much as we can is a responsible act, one that carries much gravity considering the current state of our environment. Therefore, in our own ways, we must do our share to lighten the burden of the environment and eventually prevent further damage. Even beautiful things like home decors are hazardous to the environment and to our health too, such as paints and carpets. In opting for eco-friendly materials, we are all doing ourselves a favor.
If you’re planning to go vegetarian, do you suddenly eliminate meat from your life all in one day? Of course not, that’s heading straight to rebound. You do it slowly, excluding meat from your diet one small step at a time, allowing your body and mind to get used to the idea. It’s a new lifestyle, one that you are not used to. Same is true with going green. You just don’t do a complete overhaul and buy every eco-friendly item out there. You need information and the right mindset to stay disciplined. The easiest way to start is to use recycled and re-used products. Even if you don’t purchase, you can recycle and re-use your own stuff.
Use reuse or recycled products as much as possible and you are doing a simple yet effective way of protecting the environmentand your savings. These products are as eye candies as the conventional ones, sturdy and long lasting. Natural made products are the same. Not because an area rug is made of bamboo that it looks primitive or a rug made of wool looks like a sheep. A wide selection of natural products have aesthetic quality that will make your home look much better.
Carpets and rugs should be made from natural fibers, and it is now possible to find recycled fiber floor coverings too. Rugs are available in a particularly wide range of natural fibers, including wool, cotton, jute, hemp, bamboo, seagrass and silk. All of these now come in a wide range of styles and colors, so that you should be able to find rugs to suit the size and decor of any room in your home, and especially to suit your earth friendly theme. Remember that the backing material of your rugs or carpets should also be made of natural fibers.
Decorative items such as lamps, vases, throw pillows and other accents that are considered eco-friendly are also accessible.
Smaller items like home accessories are widely available in an eco-friendly variety. Many of them are made with natural materials. Another way is to go to thrift and yard sales and purchase used items. You’ll definitely find a good bargain. This is way better than going to a department store and buying a brand new lamp and vases for instance, which will lead then to the production of more to restock your purchase, resulting to more waste, chemicals and synthetic materials added to the already mountainous pile of mostly non-biodegradable waste.
Small things count and they make a big difference. A single purchase of a recycled area rug is a weight shifted towards the environment and not against it. The more people support eco-friendly products, the higher the demand thus, more production. It’s nice to think that sometime in the future before it’s too late for us, we will all be using environment-friendly products and living an environment-conscious lifestyle.
Jan 30, 2014 Home Improvement
The trend is clear-more and more homeowners are transitioning to a greener, more eco-friendly way of creating and maintaining beautiful landscapes. The benefits of making your landscape greener than ever this spring reach far beyond the positive environmental impact alone. In fact, going organic in your landscaping and lawn can even save money while providing a better looking outdoor space than ever before. Here are 10 remarkably easy and effective ways to make your landscape greener than ever this spring.
One: Make sure your soil is perfectly balanced.
Having your yard’s soil tested for its organic composition-both positives and negatives-is a fantastic way to start with a healthy and supportive palette. Simply take a representative sample of your soil, send it for analysis, and follow the recommended steps to bringing the soil back to it’s maximum organic potential. Here’s a helpful article explaining exactly how to have your soil analyzed. The ultimate benefit? Landscapes with the right blend of rich soil to support growth and water absorption means that the use of additional chemicals and water to keep the vegetation healthy will be reduced by a remarkable amount.
Two: Scale back too much lawn.
By its very nature, grass lawns are very durable and easy to maintain. But with the perfecting standards we’ve come to expect today, lawn care perfection has practically become an intramural neighborhood competition. Having a green and luscious lawn is certainly desirable, but why not scale the proportions back a bit to reduce the need for all of that extra fertilizer, pesticide, and water use?
Three: Eliminate strong chemical products.
Believe it or not, one of the best possible ways to achieve a healthy, thick lawn is to wean it off of all of the complex and harsh non-organic fertilizers and pesticides. Traditional organic substances like manure and lime can help your yard find a perfect balance-effectively creating a stronger root system and a significantly higher resistance to weeds and other common turf problems than a chemically-supported “surface only” lawn will ever develop. Plus, with an all organic lawn, there’s no need to worry about letting the little tikes play in the grass to their hearts’ content!
Four: Manage your landscape’s watershed.
Landscaping designs with lots of concrete and other unnatural “hardscapes” all to often have the unfortunate effect of directing a great deal of rainwater into the storm sewer system-along with all of the chemicals and non-organic materials it mixes with along the way. Eventually, all of these non-organic substances end up polluting the clean water sources we rely on. By allowing much of the runoff water to be naturally absorbed by the organic landscape, you’re home’s landscaping will actively be taking a load off of an already over-stressed water system.
Five: Landscape greener by planning more sustainable plantings.
Are you familiar with the concept of xeriscaping? If not, this spring is the perfect time to learn more about how to plan a xeriscape. Basically, the concept involves designing and maintaining a landscape plan that requires minimal irrigation-reducing the usage and pollution of our precious resources. Learn more with this quick and easy guide to xeriscaping.
Six: Add a solar powered water feature.
Water, the refreshing and renewing resource that we all so vitally depend on, is naturally the perfect way to create a soothing and reflective landscape centerpiece. What’s the perfect green solution? It’s simple-creating a lovely fountain or waterfall powered by the abundant energy of the sun itself. Creating a solar powered water feature will be a true highlight in any backyard paradise!
Seven: Remember that compost is your landscape’s best organic friend.
The rich and natural nutrients provided by compost should be a part of every organic gardener’s portfolio of gardening and landscaping essentials. Creating a composting system is easy enough to do for just about any home. And, the wonderful “black gold” fertilizer that composting provides would only end up in the trash bin if it wasn’t used to create the most effective organic fertilizer that money just cannot buy!
Eight: Eliminate weeds by growing healthier lawns.
Again, achieving the right balance in your outdoor landscaping design is always essential, but one thing is certain for those looking to reduce the growth of weeds in a grass lawn organically. By making sure the soil is full of the right nutrients and ensuring that the lawn is properly watered (but not over-watered), the resulting deep-rooted lawn means that less weeds will be able to penetrate the grass. Another reliable organic method of encouraging a strong root system is having periodic aeration done as necessary.
Nine: Set up a rainwater collection system.
What better way to provide plenty of water to your landscape’s ever-thirsty vegetation than to collect, store, and distribute plenty of clean water right from the clouds for free? Harvesting rainwater to provide or supplement your landscape’s watering needs is easier than you might imagine. Plus, using this water has a double benefit effect-not only does it reduce your consumption of processed water, but it also helps reduce some of the pollutant laden runoff water that clean rain water so often turns into as it works its way through the chemical rich landscapes and dirty streets back to its source.
Ten: Use internal combustion fueled power tools less.
Agreed, the gasoline powered lawn and garden tools we’ve become accustomed to over the years sure do make caring for landscaping a breeze. But the thing is, they also pump great quantities of harmful pollutants into the air we breathe. Many folks are finding that going back to manual or electric lawn and garden tools is a refreshing change of pace from all of the noise, racket, and smelly exhaust that emanates from gasoline powered tools. Plus, in addition to the green factor, using simple manual tools is also a great way to work in a little bit extra exercise-something we can all use indeed.
Hopefully, these ten tips will help you make your landscaping greener than ever. Just one more thing-once your organic landscape beings to really shine, don’t forget to take plenty of time to be outside and enjoy it!
Author: Home Improvement Advisors
Jan 29, 2014 Home Improvement
One of the most important aspects of home design and decoration is lighting. Lighting can accentuate architectural faces, artwork or other objects providing the home owner has the right plan in place for lighting. Different colors and types of lighting can easily create different ambiances and modes in the home and property. Recessed Lighting offers a great way of doing that.
Architects and builders have been using recessed lighting for years for their remodeling and home design projects. Since the beginning recessed lighting solutions have evolved from a few basic formats to an array of styles, sizes and colors.
There are virtually no limitations as to what recessed lighting trim can be used for. It can create custom look and feels matching whatever decor the home owner has in mind.
Recessed lighting trim can therefor match the decorating scheme of the house and property while providing the functionality needed in the home or particular room that it is installed in. Different types of recessed lighting trim are available for purchase, like:
Open trims – This is the basic style of recessed lighting that consists of a simple trim around the opening of your lighting assembly. This trim can come in a variety of colors and finishes.
Reflector trims – Exactly as it sounds, this type of trim uses reflective surfaces to mirror light. This creates a brighter light in your home space and best used for areas where you work such as the kitchen, garage workspace or home office.
Then there are architectural trims that can provide a custom look for specific design elements of an area or room. They can be purchased from various vendors offering them or custom made in case none of the pre made solutions can be applied to the room or solution the home owner is looking for.
Baffle trims on the other hand are used in situations where a beam of light should be pointed in a specific direction. This is being achieved by reflectors that are located inside the lighting fixture that bundle and direct the light. They also reduce the glare of light that is normally emitting from the fixtures.
Adjustable or directional trim – What you need to know about this recessed lighting trim is that it is quite versatile. You can adjust the direction of the light beaming from it so that you can illuminate specific areas such as a reading nook or special art objects.
Additional recessed lighting trims are available including glass trims, pinhole trims, wall wash trims, shower trims or diffuser trims each designed for a specific purpose. Many options are available when selecting recessed lighting trims.
Jan 28, 2014 Home Improvement
Tuscany lighting has soft qualities and it grants a gorgeous appearance to your home at dawn or dusk. You can use it in the morning muted. You can have Tuscany candle holders at night to enhance the joyous moments in the outdoor dinner parties. Tuscany decoration with light can help to set the romantic mood and you can plan for an enthusiastic garden party. It offers an inviting ambience and warm feeling to the guests.
You can add some other themes to enhance the Tuscany home decor. You can use the details of grapes, olives, scrolled ironwork, earthy tones like olive green and terracotta and Italian garden scenes. You can add textures like maple, tapestry or ceramic tile, which can increase the Tuscany feel.
You can put a Tuscany Motif to your rooms by including wrought iron lighting. The wrought iron chandelier hanging in the dining room or bedroom can provide a beautiful backdrop for all your parties and get together.
You can add Tuscany Outdoor lighting to your garden. Tuscany inspired candelabra is the most fascinating way to enhance the feel. You can include candles and can plan a fabulous outdoor meal. Black wrought iron can offer that elegant appearance.
While planning Tuscan home decor, you need to pay attention to every single detail. You can get inspirations from ornate tapestries or designs in the Tuscan lighting. You can even pick up designs from natural details like clusters of grapes or branches of olive tree. The iron scroll work chandeliers can be accented with fascinating details like tear drop crystals. The most interesting feature of Tuscan-inspired lighting is its versatility. You can decorate it any way that you wish. You can select formal or informal appearance. Everything suits your Tuscan home decor.
You can add more colors to enhance the Tuscan decoration. You can go for wall sconces. Wall sconces having floral details painted on them offer a royal look to your living room. A rustic style table lamp or hurricane lamp can increase the charm of the room. If you want to give more details, you can select large pendant lamps. You can hang them off a wrought iron chandelier base. Beige or off-white color can augment the entire appearance of the room.
It is advisable to select Tuscan table lamps with plain paper shades. Choosing some inspiring earthy colors like olive green, apricot or gold can add an artistic look to the room. Planning Tuscan home decor is not appealing but also very simple. A little effort can help you to bring life to your home.
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