Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start enjoying some outdoor living! Once the weather warms up, there’s nothing finer than a Sunday brunch on the patio. Or maybe you’re more of the evening beers and grilled pizza variety. No matter what you preferences, it’s time to shake off winter’s chill and get some fresh air! But first things first, whether you’ve got a small balcony, a compact patio, or an expansive deck or yard, a little prep work is in order before you can start using it. Continue reading
Got wood floors? Everyone thinks a wood floor requires Herculean effort to maintain. The truth is—they’re actually one of the easiest-care surfaces around. Done right, they’re also an incredibly eco-friendly option—using reclaimed wood or sustainable plantation woods. If you’re ready to give up the delicate treatment, we’ve got some basic tips.
First, know your finish. If you have a new floor, and it’s coated in a polyurethane finish, it’s about as easy as it gets. Wax-finish floors take a bit more effort, so does a vintage floor with a shellac, lacquer or varnish finish. But for day-to-day care, they’re all the same. Continue reading
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. Spring is the perfect time to clear out and organize everything from home to office. No groaning allowed, we’re not talking about an all-out marathon of cleaning to a level you’ve never cleaned to before. Nope. We’re talking about keeping it fun, and most of all stylish and sustainable. We’re talking about streamlining things to make every day living easier, and better. Continue reading
Every spring it happens—stunning, jewel-toned tiny birds come flitting through our yards on their way back home from their winter habitats in the south. The earliest sightings are usually in the warm, southern states around late February.
If you’d like to attract more of the little birds, get up to date on hummer facts and fiction, and read our tips for creating a hummingbird friendly habitat in your yard. If you’re curious about what species of hummers you’ve got, the most common varieties in the US are Allen’s, Rufous, Anna’s, Costa’s, and Ruby-Throated. You can get more info about these, and other, species at the World of Hummingbirds Catalog. Did you know that there are over 300 species of hummingbird in the world, and that 51 of them are endangered in some way?
To attract more hummingbirds, you want to create an inviting habitat—that includes water, places to perch, shade, sun, feeders full of nectar, and lots of tiny bugs. Obviously, you don’t want to use pesticides in your garden—you want those bugs for the hummingbirds. Attract enough hummingbirds, and you won’t have a bug problem! Continue reading
Candles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from tiny tea lights to giant pillar candles. To keep your candles eco-friendly, stick to those made with soy, beeswax or other natural, plant-based waxes instead of paraffin. Scents can come from natural, essential oils, or even some fragrance oils. Candles add sparkle and dimension to your space and can create a festive, cozy or romantic atmosphere. Mixing and matching your candles will create a magical display for any occasion. Candles aren’t limited to the dining table, use them throughout your home to bring instant sparkle and charm. Continue reading