You’ve traded urban sprawl for a rustic lifestyle, slower pace, and tranquil nature views — congrats! But making that transition from cramped square-footage to rambling acreage is both invigorating and overwhelming—what do you do with all this extra land?!
Maintaining a property with extensive land is a major responsibility, whether your goal is to create a self-sufficient homestead or to give your children more freedom to explore and romp around. It can be rewarding to learn tricks-of-the-trade and maintenance practices, but investing in the right tools couldn’t be more important. Make property maintenance easier for you and your family with these tips and [...]
Call it a “vibe” or the energy, but there’s just something about using reclaimed wood in a home or office that makes the final project richer, and more luxurious. Reclaimed wood is far superior than anything you can buy from any big box home center, say designers and home owners who swear by reclaimed lumber.
“A lot of what makes old wood so much better is its age,” said designer and architect Mackey Smith of Reclaimed Space in Austin, Texas. Smith is one of a small team of design professionals, ranchers, environmentalists, and architects at the eight-year-old company. “Wood in homes before 1920 was cut from old growth lumber. There are [...]
As someone who recently moved into a new home, I can’t overstate the positive impact of being welcomed by friendly neighbors. From a purely logistical standpoint, moving is an intimidating, daunting prospect, and those stresses are compounded by the emotional worries of whether or not you will love your new neighborhood as much as your last, and if your family will feel at home in your new surroundings. The good news is that neighbors who share a friendly gesture of kindness can do so much to ease that burden! Today, I’m sharing four very easy ideas to welcome new neighbors into the neighborhood fold.Say hello.
This is the simplest possible gesture, but it [...]
For some, a wine tour is a great way to spend a Saturday – for others, it’s a religious experience. After a brief dip in the early 90s, the U.S. wine consumption has grown steadily for the past 20 years, and the multi-billion dollar industry supports over 9,000 vineyards across the country. The U.S. is swimming in wine, and if you’re a wine lover, you could be too!
The booming U.S. wine industry has transformed towns and regions, creating havens all over the country for winos. So, if you worship at a barrel-shaped shrine, check out these five towns where any true oenophile will feel right at home.1. Walla Walla, Washington
Most people associate Walla [...]
It’s easy to fall in love with television. There’s a show for everyone and new shows are released every day – even if you can’t find anything on, there’s always a show you can binge on Netflix. But even as TV providers offer more channels every day, some TV fanatics want more. Whether you work in television or you are just a passionate couch potato, check out these five cities where the TV-obsessed will feel right at home.1. Los Angeles, California
Let’s get the easy ones over with right away – if TV is your life, LA is your calling. Home to Hollywood and its myriad studios, Los Angeles is a global hub for TV making. What’s [...]
Keeping your home cool in the summer heat is a major concern every time the thermometer starts creeping up. What’s worse is the soaring cost of power bills. The average central air conditioning unit can cost you anywhere from $52 to $350 per month to run for nine hours a day, depending on its efficiency and the price of electricity where you live. So the question becomes, how do you avoid the sweltering heat and keep your family comfortable without breaking your bank? Here are 15 tips to beat the heat other than cranking the thermostat as low as it’ll go.Prepare your house for the summer by swapping out your sheets for cooler options, like cotton or linen. Save the [...]
Homeownership is a huge step for young families. One of the best parts of owning your own home is being able to improve it to suit your needs, and young families certainly have a host of needs. Kids are busy, messy, and full of energy, and the right home can help channel all of those.
If you have the time and resources, there are a slew of home improvements that will make your house more family and kid-friendly, as well as give your home a bit of whimsy. Read on for more!Indoor Playhouse
When blanket forts just aren’t cutting it anymore, a serious upgrade may be in order. Indoor playhouses offer a wonderful place for kids to explore their imaginations. [...]