Green “swaps” will make for a cleaner, healthier home this spring

By Kathryn Weber After what could arguably be called the "winter from hell," it will be nice to open the windows again and welcome the light and warmth of spring. To get into the swing of things, why not make some green swaps around your home? They're not hard and don't require drastic changes, but are good for both your home - and the world. HOUSE AND YARD Get your green thumb back in shape by … [Read the full article...]

Feng shui-infused decorating might help you become pregnant

Feng shui-infused decorating might help you become pregnant

By Kathryn Weber If you're trying to conceive and it's not working, this can be not only stressful and heartbreaking, but also expensive. In vitro fertility treatments, for example, can cost thousands of dollars, with no guarantee of success. But some inexpensive re-decorating might just do the trick. Using the principles of feng shui, the ancient Chinese body of knowledge revealing how to … [Read the full article...]

As spring dawns, avoid bringing allergens in the house

As spring dawns, avoid bringing allergens in the house

By Kathryn Weber As spring approaches, trees and plants will start to bloom, officially kicking off the allergy season! If you have asthma or allergies, this time of year can be both welcomed and feared. Sure, the weather's nicer, but if you're sneezing all the time or struggling to breathe, it's hard to enjoy it. Luckily, you can take steps to reduce the pollen and allergens in your … [Read the full article...]

9 ways to go green for St. Patrick's Day

9 ways to go green for St. Patrick’s Day

Americans love to celebrate holidays from other countries -- especially those of countries that are the ancestral homes of many U.S. citizens. St. Patrick's Day may the top of the list of such beloved celebrations. But you don't have to have a grandmother from the Emerald Isle to appreciate this festive holiday. Give your home an Irish touch with these decorating tips: 1. Go green in florals. … [Read the full article...]

Keep your house cleaner by parking shoes at the door

Keep your house cleaner by parking shoes at the door

By Kathryn Weber If you could do one simple thing to have a cleaner house, carpets that look like new, and less bacteria in your home, would you do it? All you have to do it remove your shoes before coming into the house. Growing custom More and more Americans are making a habit of kicking off their shoes at the door. The is common practice in Hawaii as a way to keep sand out of the … [Read the full article...]

Add a touch of Parisian elegance to your décor

Add a touch of Parisian elegance to your decor

By Kathryn Weber Few cities are more romantic than Paris, France. With a style and grace all its own, the Parisian "look" is classic and timeless. Even if you've never been to The City of Lights, it's easy to spot Parisian style in books, magazines and films. While you probably can't imitate French architecture, you can easily bring a chic touch of Paris to your interiors. Tres elegante In … [Read the full article...]

Bunk beds have grown up in style, function

By Kathryn Weber Contemporary Kids by Aspen Photographers Hufker Photo Bunk beds used to be the domain of the under-7 crowd, but not anymore. In recent year, bunk beds have grown up in style and function. More than just a way to create additional floor space, bunk beds for adults can also offer privacy and even a touch of luxury. Adaptive style Nowadays, many bunk beds are built-in versus … [Read the full article...]

Decorate your home perfectly pink

Decorate your home perfectly pink

By Kathryn Weber All shades of pink have been finding their way into homes, advertising, and even the Olympic Games. Radiant Orchid, a deep pink with blue tones, is Pantone's makeup Color of the Year for 2014. You could say that pink is red-hot right now. But even pink is not just for little girls anymore, there are limits Do's and don'ts The bubble gum pink of the '60's is passe. Today's … [Read the full article...]

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Warm up this winter in your own backyard spa

By Kathryn Weber Say what you want about the kitschyness of a hot tub, ski resorts know there's no better way to warm up and soothe aching muscles after a long day on the slopes. Since it's good bet winter will be sticking around for a while, why not fight the frosty monotony with a toasty dip in your own backyard spa? The benefits Hot tubs are wonderful if you exercise frequently and they can … [Read the full article...]

Decorate your home for Chinese New Year

Decorate your home for Chinese New Year

By Kathryn Weber Each year, after the Jan. 1 Western, or solar New Year, the Chinese celebrate the lunar New Year. This observance can take place any time from mid-January to mid-February, depending on the arrival of a new moon. Many American cities now host elaborate Chinese New Year celebrations, but you can observe Chinese New Year at home by adopting some of the customs and rituals … [Read the full article...]

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A shift to neutral adds decorating style power

By Kathryn Weber Think that only bold color has the corner on drama and high decorating style? Think again. Neutrals are not only calm and serene options to impact style, but they carry a punch of their own. They're both elegant and relaxed looking -- something that marries well with today's lifestyles. But following a few simple rules will help you keep your neutral design from stalling: TAN IS … [Read the full article...]