General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Green Living

There is no escaping it; GOING GREEN is all the rage now-a-days – and for good reason too! Everyone wants to have a part in saving the planet, but you don’t think about the easy ways to incorporate that into your home decor as well. We have put together some great ideas from paints, to art work to window coverings that will help you create a “green home” through your decor.

Now, we have touched on window coverings a lot in past blogs but not so much the green aspect of them. There are TONS of options to have green window coverings throughout your home, even if you wanted something different for each room! First we have the natural choice (no pun intended) of Natural Woven Wood shades. These shades are made up of natural grasses, bamboo and fibers to create beautiful window coverings that both bring a bold statement to a room and are a perfect way to create a “green” living space. The best part about these is the options; you can have them plain so they are see through, have a light filtering liner put onto them for a little more privacy, or even a blackout liner for complete darkness incase you wanted to use them in a bedroom.

Another great option for window coverings are Cellular Shades. These shades are also known as “Honeycomb shades” due to the shade itself looking like a honeycomb when you view it from the side. These honeycombs, or “cells”, create air pockets which help to insulate; keeping cold air out and warm air in or vice versa depending on the season. You can typically find them in a variety of colors and a ton of neutral colors as well. Personally, i think they pair very nicely with paneled drapes on either side – in which you can also find “green” fabrics that are made from natural fibers and recycled materials as well!

Let’s move onto paint. “Paint isn’t “green”.” you say? On the contrary, perhaps you’re not looking for the right paint. They now make paints that are Eco-Friendly! These paints are typically made with low VOCs, low biocides and natural pigments. To get a truely “green” paint you need to get paint that has VOC levels between 0-100gm/l. The coolest thing is that they make milk paint and natural paints which use, you guessed it, milk protein, citrus, minerals and lime.

Finally we touch on the part of most rooms that really give the meaning of decor; the artwork. Every home has artwork, whether it’s an old vase your Grandmother passed down to you, your child’s macaroni artwork from school or a $10,000 painting over the mantel piece. Art is a loose term that is covered over many fields, therefore this makes it easy to incorporate “green” art into your home! Many retailers now sell recyclable products such as bins, frames and vases which make it easy for you to decorate your home. You can also check out Pinterest or other online DIY sites to see millions of ideas to create your own artwork from recycled items found in your very own home as well!

The sky is the limit with your green living, now go out there and save your plant one room at a time!

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General Tips and Advice

The Fall Purge

We all know spring cleaning gets all the hype because of its association to the promise of summer and warmer weather; but doesn’t getting rid of all your junk before the cold of winter make more sense? No one wants to be stuck inside their home with tons of clutter. Let us introduce the Fall Purge. Sure, it has its challenges: harsh realities, long hours hauling things to the dump, separation anxiety,  and decision fatigue; but let’s think positive! A cleared out house will make for a more inviting, warm and relaxing winter hibernation. Here’s some tips to help overcome the Fall Purge blues:

1. If you can’t put it away, it needs to go away. If there is no space left in your designated storage areas, you need to create room. Prioritize what you want to stay and accept that some things simply don’t fit and need to go.

2. Be honest about whether you will actually use something again. If you haven’t used it for months or years, it’s unlikely you’ll want it in the future.

3. Let go of guilt. Not everything is a lost cause meant for the garbage. Consider what can be donated, recycled, repurposed or even re-gifted.

4. Be fearless and ruthless. Remember you’re doing this for yourself and holding on to too much clutter bogs you down.

5. Change your mindset. Assume that everything is going and you need a good reason to keep something.

6. Don’t let gifts become a burden. No one who cares for you wants you to hold onto something that you don’t like/use.

7. Rember that the money has already been spent and your possessions don’t pay you rent. You will not recoup their cost by keeping useless items.

8. Purge broken items. They are not serving you any benefit. If you haven’t made the effort to fix it yet then it probably isn’t important enough to hold onto.

9. Create a challenge for yourself. Decide on a specific number of items to purge and stick to it. This could be a total, or monthly, or weekly or daily; you decide!

When all is said and done, reward yourself! It’s good motivation to get things done when you know at the end you can celebrate with a nice dinner, spa visit, or fun outing. Anything that won’t bring a new object into your home. If these tips aren’t enough, why not invite a friend to help? We find a bottle of wine, or two, laughter and company should do the trick. 🙂

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