What is Smart Home Technology?

Mon 24 Jun 2013

What is smart home technology, exactly? These are the gadgets and gizmos that help you control and secure your home remotely, and cut your energy usage and bills. So you control when you lights and heating come on and off - via smartphone app. That Saturday lie in becomes a touch easier when you can switch the hot water on right from the comfort of your bed.  If you're like me, more

Upgrade your Recycling with Upcycling

Fri 14 Jun 2013

Upcycling is the new buzz word for recycling and repurposing. Instead of shelling out money for a new expensive piece make the most of what you have, or go bargain hunting in charity shops and make yourself a one off wonder. Flickr Creative Commons artists are especially fond of upcycling - here are some examples of just how simple and creative it can be . Storage and drawers Storage unit more

Creating Focal Points for Your Living Room

Mon 10 Jun 2013

Whatever the size of your room, a focal point is an important; there are many ways to create a focal point and create a better flow to the room. The focal point should be the first thing you see when entering a room . An effective way to create this is to  build your furniture arrangement around the focal point. This doesn't necessarily need to cost you anything; first look at what more

How to Get a Bigger Home without Moving

Mon 03 Jun 2013

If your living space is small, it's sometimes hard to de-clutter and see your home's potential. Smart colour choices, storage and clever furniture arrangements are easy ways to create the illusion of space, however small the area. Bringing the outside in If you have a large window or a beautiful view from your living area bring, the colours of the outside landscape into your room, matchi more

Your Own Patch of Paradise: solutions for small gardens

Mon 27 May 2013

If you live in the city you know how hard it is to find houses with substantial garden space. It's important to have a relaxing space to escape the city pressures. However small you can create your own patch of paradise with these ideas. Vertical planters make the most of wall space and create bright accents to a small space. Source: Home Many things can become a planter. An old chair more

Cheap and Simple Storage Solutions

Fri 17 May 2013

There's some weird effect with living space that defies the laws of physics. No matter how many time we move somewhere bigger, the space magically fills up with stuff. Storage can be expensive but if you get creative and think about repurposing existing items you can create some stylish and individual solutions. Old Storage to New How about using the things you would usually throw in the r more

How to Keep Pests Away from Plants - the natural way

Fri 10 May 2013

Spring brings new growth in the garden, but unfortunately, pests emerge with the good weather, too. I've already noticed aphids on my rose plants, along with slugs and snails, that I know will wreak havoc on the plants if I don't start tackling them now. There are lots of highly effective ways of dealing with garden pests that stay on the natural, organic side of things; methods that have simply more

Keeping Focused When Working from Home

Fri 03 May 2013

Even if you're REALLY easily distracted. I've done a combo of working from home and from an office for nearly 3 years. If you're usually in the office, working from home for a spell can bring *increased* focus. But for the full-time freelancer or home worker, doing the laundry, gardening or cleaning can become mysteriously and devilishly appealing, and always when you're supposed to be slaving more

Eco elegance: How eco-friendly designs can look simply stylish

Fri 26 Apr 2013

Eco friendly interiors don't have to just be functional; they can be stylish and cutting edge too. There are so many designers who now use reclaimed materials and intelligent design to create quirky products that not only look good but are good for the planet too.   Let's take a look at some planet-friendly designer furnishings that will make your home look simply stylish. 1. Wern more

Gardening Tips for April and May

Fri 19 Apr 2013

With spring well underway (we hope) and fine weather making a welcome appearance, now is the time to get busy in the garden. Here are my top 10 tips for gardening during April and May.   Spring is a great season in which to start growing herbs. Hardier types like chives and rosemary are easy to grow and require little tending. Plus, rosemary gives off a gorgeous scent as the sunshine more