Cool Pavers

Choose the right pavers for terraces, patios, pool decks, walkways or driveways and you can minimize your impact on the environment.  Certain pavers can keep the area cool and also prevent stormwater runoff.  Here’s how:

Eco-Chic Cabinetry

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or bath, or looking to add built-ins to a reading nook or media room, you can make environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to cabinetry.  Not only are these choices better for the planet, but they’re also better for your health. Eco-friendly options for cabinetry include: FSC certified wood:  The Forest […]

Easy Ways to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution

Even though much of the nation is experiencing drought conditions these days, there’s a greater chance of runoff when we have quick and heavy thunderstorms since the ground is so dry.  Plus, all of the impervious surfaces (paved surfaces & developed areas) contribute to runoff of rainwater and prevent it from sinking into the ground […]

Recycled Sculpture Adds Whimsy to any Garden

Some innovative artists know the value in discarded metal, tools, trampoline frames & springs, bike & automobile parts and everyday items.  They re-purpose such materials and create amazing works of art, some FUNctional, some purely decorative.  These ingenious artists turn their ideas, or your commissions, into unique metal garden art in many styles and sizes.

Reclaim Your Space with Unique Furnishings

If you’re looking to add a special piece of furniture to your home that will add instant character, consider those made with reclaimed wood salvaged from old buildings and barns. Rich with an aged patina that is lacking in new wood furniture, these renewed solid wood furnishings are stable and strong and will likely last […]

Floating Cities of the Future?

Some coastal cities are running out of room inland, while others are losing their land due to rising sea levels.  Innovative architects are conjuring up some fantastical solutions, like Lilypad by Vincent Callebaut (pictured above).  These self-sustaining cities will produce their own energy, utilizing wind turbines, solar panels and water turbines. Lilypad will house 50,000 […]

Surprising Things to Compost

You may have heard the term “black gold,” which refers to a nutrient-rich soil mixture resulting from composting.  If you’re looking for the perfect organic medium to grow flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs and grass in, composting provides the ideal solution.  Plus, you’ll reduce the amount of trash you’re sending to the landfill, and it’s free […]

Green Squared: The New Certification for Tile

To make your selection of earth-friendly tile and installation materials easier, the Tile Council of North America has developed a new certification system.  Ceramic and glass tile, setting materials, grouts, backer boards and membranes must meet high environmental standards in the five categories displayed above and include recycled content, waste minimization and indoor air quality. […]

Efficiency Tips for Central Air Conditioning

To reduce your utility bills, save money, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and make your A/C long-lasting, energy efficiency is key. To keep your central air working optimally, follow these easy tips: FOR EXISTING A/C UNITS: Change the filters when dirty! Check it every 1-3 months and replace with a good quality filter.  The filter’s “MERV” […]

Tour Historic America

One way to reconnect with the past is to take a tour of historic sites, buildings, towns, seasides, trails and natural wonders.  Whether by streetcar, rail, bus, boat or foot, historic tours will enlighten and entertain all ages.  From art and architecture to significant events and figures, history comes alive during self-guided and guided tours. […]

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