11 Ways to Save Water at Home

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 9.34.40 AMWhether you live in a drought-stricken area or just want to help preserve a precious resource, here are things you can do to use less water

Americans have been blessed with a steady supply of clean water, for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s a privilege we often take for granted. But with much of the western United States in a severe, years-long drought, attention is turning to water use — and abuse. California regulators this week tightened emergency restrictions on water use, including for residential landscapes, and said tougher restrictions could be on the way. California governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers unveiled a $1 billion planThursday to address the state’s drought. Other areas of the country also are promoting water-saving programs.

Although agriculture and business account for a large portion of U.S. water consumption, residential usage is substantial — and it’s within each person’s control. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reportsthat the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day. The agency says that by switching to more efficient appliances and fixtures, we can cut our water use by 30 percent. Being water wise takes more than just machinery, however. A little care and common sense go a long way toward minimizing waste of this increasingly precious commodity. Here are 11 tips for reducing water consumption at home. Not only will your water bills go down, but every drop you save will help ensure that our taps will never run dry.

21 Tips for Organizing Your Stuff

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 11.00.38 AMRestore order at home with these ideas for tidying up cupboards, shelves, doors and more

While decluttering should always be the first priority when getting your home in order, there comes a time when you need solutions for what to do with the stuff that’s left. When your home is organized well, finding what you need is quick and easy, supplies and tools are stored where you use them, and each member of the household knows just where his or her stuff goes. In other words, life is easier. Here are 21 ideas for organizing all around the house.

12 Fresh Updates to Get Ready for Spring

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.47.12 AMAs spring approaches, embrace the brighter days with these uplifting changes and additions to your home

It’s that tricky time of year when spring is almost here but there are still some chilly days ahead. While you’re waiting for the sunshine and greenery to make a proper appearance, try boosting your mood by adding a few cheery touches to your home.

Bathroom Ideas: Shower Curtain or Shower Doors?

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.44.39 AMIs glass or a curtain the perfect partner for your shower-bath combo? Here are 5 good reasons for each bathroom solution

If you don’t have the space (or budget) for a separate shower enclosure and bath, you’ve probably decided on a combined shower-bath. But should you go with a shower curtain or glass shower doors to enclose it? Some of us might gravitate toward the softer look of a colorful piece of waterproof fabric that can be changed at will, while others might love the no-nonsense efficiency of a sheer pane of glass. To help point you in the right direction, here are five benefits each of shower curtains and glass doors.

15 Ideas for a Stunning Garden Path

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 4.10.44 PMLet your imagination roam as you consider the many types of walkways possible in your garden

Paths are invitations to explore, to step out of your home and venture into nature — even if it’s your own backyard. In fact, a thoughtfully designed path can turn a simple walk across the yard into an opportunity to slow down and notice your surroundings. From a stepping stone path leading through a shady woodland to a wide tree-lined path meant for walking hand in hand, here are 15 ideas for creating the garden path of your dreams.

How to make your home more allergy friendly

If you have allergies then you surely know that the allergens are everywhere around you, even in your home. You can improve your home health with this great infographic from Allergy Cosmos.

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Big Ideas for Compact Kitchens

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 1.24.51 PMCheck out these stylish storage ideas for kitchens both small and large

Even the smallest of kitchen spaces needs to deliver big when it comes to form and function. No matter how awkwardly shaped or compact your cooking space, design tricks can help make even tiny corners work hard and look good too. These kitchens offer ideas for getting more from less and giving a high-function space a clean, uncluttered appearance.

Why White Is the Ultimate Pop of Color

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 1.20.37 PMForget bursts of orange or splashes of turquoise. Pure white can break up patterns, soften bold decor and a whole lot more

Many people think of an accent color as being a bright, bold shade that they wouldn’t dare use in a larger amount. But in my opinion, one of the most effective colors to use for contrast isn’t even a true hue but a combination of all of them: pure, radiant white. Using dollops of white, you can add drama to grays, break up patterns and dark colors, soften bold decor and more. Here’s how this noncolor color manages to pop in a big way, and why you should consider introducing fresh yet timeless white into your interior color scheme.

Home Automation: Fell Safe, Feel Secure

Automating your home can help you save money on insurance! Homeowners save an average of $1,154 annually after getting a home automation system. Learn more about these systems on this Chicago smart home system infographic.home-automation-fell-safe-feel-secure