let the sunshine…
decorating with natural light

Natural light. Real estate listings tout the abundance of natural light in a home. Décor magazines are filled with advice to infuse your space with natural light. There are many reasons why natural light is considered such a good thing. If you have an abundance of sun-filled windows, you’ll see lower utility bills – most of the year.

Lots of sunlight means less need for artificial light, and helps heat your home in winter. The downside is, you might have a harder time cooling it in summer. Sunlight also helps stimulate the production of vitamin D, which is a natural mood elevator, increases skeletal health, and improves your skin and hormonal functions. Plus, you can’t beat the look of a room with sunlight streaming through it. Continue reading

an oasis of calm…
relaxing at home

Relaxing home

Yikes! Life is busy sometimes! Between job, commute, shuttling kids to and fro, getting the dog to the vet, tackling the grocery shopping and everything else, sometimes it feels like we’re constantly on the go. Add in electronic intrusions from email, texts and instant messaging and it starts to feel like we don’t have time to stop, let alone actually relax and smell the roses. Continue reading

a little green-spiration…
what’s your reason for going green?

Why Green

The green movement has become so common place, so mainstream that sometimes we fail to stop and think about why we go green. It’s just the thing we do. In truth, the reasons are endless – from protecting yourself and your family from harmful additives, chemicals and preservatives to preserving the planet and environment for future generations, or even just a love of animals or nature. Whatever the reasons, everything we do has an impact on our world; we don’t like to get preachy, but sometimes it’s important to remember why we think real sustainability is so important. It’s also why we believe in small steps – even little things can have big impact. Continue reading

10 easy green changes…
taking the plunge the easy way

10 easy green

Going green is getting easier and easier. But if you’re just starting out, it can seem a little overwhelming. Rather than trying to make a whole lifestyle switch, start small, making one little change at a time and repeating it until it becomes habit. A great place to begin is in the kitchen, there are lots of little changes to be made there. Where to start? How about any one (or two) of these ideas. Continue reading

dreaming of a sustainable summer… light up the night

Summer Night Light

We’re prepping for the season with a series of posts – Dreaming of a Sustainable Summer. C’mon in, the water’s fine and the living is green!

Summer days, drifting away… ah, summer nights. The warm, balmy air, gentle breezes and friends gathered on the deck, cold drinks in hand. Eventually, the sun goes down and darkness rolls in, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. Sure, you could flip a switch and turn on the porch light – if you’re on the porch. But what if you’re out in the yard, or you want something with a little more… oh… romance? Pizzaz? Style? OK, you want something with a little more something. And hey, wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to plug it in? Because outdoor outlets are few and far between! Continue reading