9 Ways to a Greener Home

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Trying to reduce your environmental footprint? Consider integrating these green design principles into your home.

Net Zero: The idea is to balance the energy your home uses with an equal amount of renewable energy created. Not to be confused with living off the grid, net-zero homes may use energy from the grid one day and then sell an equal amount back the next.

  • Solar Power – Find out if solar power makes sense for your home with this solar cost/savings calculator.
  • Solar Hot Water – Upgrade your hot water tank to a solar system for considerably less than solar power.
  • Real-Time Monitoring – Install a smart energy monitoring system that lets you optimize your energy savings.

Energy Efficiency: Net zero works by minimizing the energy requirements of the home. This is done by eliminating costly energy leaks and switching to high-efficiency systems.

  • High-Efficiency Heating – Upgrade your heating or cooling system to a high-efficiency system.
  • Energy-Efficient Windows – Install energy-efficient windows to minimize heat losses or gains.
  • Insulation Upgrade insulation to support your heating and cooling system.

Water Conservation: Strictly speaking, conserving water does not contribute to your net-zero profile, but it does follow the same principle of minimizing environmental impact by reducing consumption.

  • Low-Flow Water – Install low-flow showerheads and faucets, and switch to dual-flush toilets.
  • Rainwater Collection – Conserve water by harvesting rainwater for use in the garden.
  • Xeriscaping – Minimize your water requirements by planting drought-tolerant plants.
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New Bedroom Ideas For 2014

Hey guys! Hope you had a good weekend! Now it’s been a while since I last posted some decor ideas for bedrooms, so if you’re looking to renovate your bedroom for the new year, hopefully this article can give you some inspiration to work with!

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This is a classic take on rustic chic, with elements of traditional design. As you can see, the colors are subtle but refined, bringing a pleasant, welcome change if you’re the more conventional type. The upholstered headboard is definitely one of the key pieces in the set, bringing an elegant pattern into the mix that complements the adjacent nightstand. The cushy, cozy bed linens and seat cushions make this a comfortable haven for anyone who wishes to retreat to this lovely bedroom.

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Now if you’re a sucker for whites or monochrome colors, then this combination may be just for you. Even with a very minimalistic palette, this bedroom gives off a clean, regal feel, which is definitely soothing to the eyes. You’ll feel like sleeping in luxury in this modern, stylish neutral style of grey, cream and white, accented with dark wood tones.

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Now if you’re looking for more life and color in your bedroom, how about this cerulean blue and white combination? Doesn’t it give you that breezy, seaside feel? The white definitely adds to the refreshing quality of the room while complementing and balancing out the brightness of the blues at the same time. This is definitely a fun, radical (and literally) cool change from the traditional bedroom setup!

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Feeling inspired yet? Give it a try! New year, new look! It might just be the change you need to kickstart your 2014 with positive vibes!

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

(Images and concept from BHG.com)

Colorful Christmas Decor

Happy Friday, everyone! With Christmas only a little over a week away, I’m sure you’re all busy but excited as I am! Have you got your holiday decorations set up? If you haven’t started on anything yet or you feel like what you have now is lacking pizzazz, here are some fun and festive holiday color ideas that will definitely light up your home this year!

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Green, White, and Brown
Just looking at the combination above and you know that these mix of colors bring in the holiday cheer without looking overwhelming or tacky. It’s simple, modest, and brings in just the right balance to make anyone feel comfortable. Also try incorporating wood pieces to give that earthy, natural mood an extra kick.

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Blue and White
Utilize the season’s colors and be different and sophisticated with blues and whites. In the picture above, birch logs, frosted pinecones, and branches in white ceramic vases provide the indoor winter wonderland. Accents of blue help for cool pops of color. It’s minimalistic and stunning at the same time and will definitely wow anyone who comes near your Christmas table!

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Red, Cream, and White
Spice up the traditional red and green scheme by using cream or beige as the dominant color and use the reds and whites as the accents instead. This gives your holiday decor a classy boost that will surely impress your guests.

And remember–if you’re on a budget (aren’t we all?), use what you have! It’s all about the colors, not the items!

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Feeling excited yet? I for one sure am! For more ideas and color schemes, feel free to check out the rest of the article here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(Images and concept from BHG.com)

Decorating Small and Saving for the Holidays!

Hey everyone! How was your long weekend? I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving! Now that December is here, I’m sure everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. Gotta save up for those presents, right? Well, if you also happen to be considering making some decor changes before the year ends, or if you’re planning to set up some Christmas decorations, here are some tips on how to do it on a budget!

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The holidays mean friends and family coming over for dinner, so what are you going to do with all that clutter if you don’t have enough storage? Invest in reupholstering furniture or add space in nooks and crannies! Being creative and inventive with a small house can do many practical wonders for you and your family.

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Whoever said white was boring clearly had no idea what he was talking about! Time and time again I say that white is clean and minimalistic–the perfect color that goes with anything! Plus, it’s also a default color, so if you already have white walls to begin with, you really don’t have to worry about anything else. No need to pay up for a costly paint job! Besides, white also matches perfectly with wintertime!

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But if you do feel that your room needs a bit more color, remember that there’s no need to buy new furniture or decor. In the living room above for example, the owner simply added colorful patterns to her throw pillows to bring life and contrast into the room. You can also use blankets or rugs as an alternative, all of which are cheap and definitely won’t harm your budget.

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Ready to decorate for the holidays yet? Have fun and good luck!

Fresh & New Color Schemes For Your Home!

Time and time again whenever I share interior design tips with you guys, I often talk about colors. But like fashion, home decor has its own trends as well, and today I’d like to share with you these fresh, new color combinations that are gaining popularity in homes all across America! Maybe this will help inspire you for as well the next time you decide to redecorate your home!

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Rustic Ruby + Khaki
This is a perfect combination of using a bold color and not making it overwhelming, while at the same time bringing to life a palette that would otherwise be dull on its own. The red and the brown compliment each other harmoniously to give that comfortable and yet energetic vibe just like in the living room shown above.

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Honey + Cream
This is also a classic combination that radiates nothing but warmth and comfort upon entering. The cream makes it clean and gentle, while the honey is a relaxing hue that is pleasant to the eyes. It’s truly fail-safe and something everyone can appreciate.

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Aqua + Brown
If you’ve noticed, blacks and whites aren’t the only universal colors anymore. Literally anything can go with brown nowadays! Even aqua/mint, which has been a popular color in fashion lately, has been incorporated into the world of home decor as well. It’s a refreshing, new take in bringing life into a room–literally with that cool, mint touch!

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Feeling inspired yet? I won’t be surprised if you’re suddenly excited at the new prospect of giving your home a new look! Give it a try!

For more color combination ideas, feel free to check out the rest of the article from BHG.com here.

Have a good weekend, everyone!