Five Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips to Use This Summer

Soak up the summer sun and spruce up your house at the same time. These five outdoor home maintenance tips will make your house the talk of the town. After those long winter months, your house may need a little TLC. Spend some time sprucing up your house this summer with these five outdoor home maintenance tips. Your house is sure to be the talk of the town in no time. Examine your chimney During the hot summer months, sitting down in front of a warm fireplace may be the last thing on your mind. While you may not use your …

Which Design Trends Can Wreck Your Sleep Quality

A bedroom where you feel comfortable and relaxed can help you sleep well. Good design can help you achieve that, but if you’re not careful, some design trends could be a problem for sleep quality. Too much exposure to light, overwhelming colors, even noisy surfaces might look good but be an issue for getting the quality sleep you need each night. Basic window coverings. Your circadian rhythm relies on light to tell you when it’s bedtime (dark time) and daytime (light time). So when you’re exposed to light at night, it sends the wrong message and could make you too …

Celebrate National Pet Month with Flooring America Products

May is National Pet Month, and 85 million of us count beloved furry, feline or feathered pets as part of the family. Let’s face it, we’re obsessed with our four-legged family members and worship the ground (floor) they walk on. And with that mind, Flooring America is sharing the best in show flooring options that stand up to the occasional accident and damage that comes with pet ownership. Take a look at how the different options stack up: Luxury Vinyl Pet Plus: Durable, waterproof, easy clean ups; Pet Peeve: Lower traction Some of our pets are as clumsy and messy …

5 Easy Ways to Control Pests Naturally

I have a confession to make: I hate bugs. They give me the goosebumps and shudders like everyone else, but they also make me crazy. I don’t necessarily scream when I see a spider dropping from the ceiling or cry at the sight of ants marching across my floor, but I do start performing karate moves that I have never actually learned. The other day, a spider found its way onto my lap, and I lost consciousness for several minutes, but I am told that I beat the spider repeatedly, even after it was obviously dead; my bruised leg is …

Whole Home Concept House Announced for Nashville

House Beautiful recently announced its second annual Whole Home Concept House is being built in Nashville in partnership with Castle Homes.  This show house—scheduled for tours from October 18-November 3— will be devoted to designs and ideas to create a home that promotes wellness and better living. Wellness Within Your Walls, which promotes health and sustainability in home design, will also participate in the project. The home is being built in Belle Meade and proceeds will benefit the Nashville Symphony. “At House Beautiful we believe your home should be a refuge that helps you recharge and unplug from your busy external …

I Can Go For That-a peek inside Aimee and John Oates Nashville Home

While John Oates has been busy touring with his longtime collaborating partner, Daryl Hall, and with his own tour with The Good Road Band in support of his 2018 album, Arkansas, Aimee Oates has been bringing color to the Nashville community. It’s in Nashville where John Oates’ solo career really began. After decades of touring and with new projects underway, it was time for John and Aimee Oates to plant roots. Central to their family and to music, their home in West Nashville has become the perfect city getaway. Aimee Oates, a certified floral designer, has taken her keen eye …

7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home

  (Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family. From boosting indoor air quality to cutting back on dust, dirt and germs, these ideas are the perfect way to add functional upgrades that improve your quality of life. 1. Minimize floor debris. The floors in most homes are grounds for an unsettling array of dust, dirt and other unsavory elements, many of which are tracked in from …

Healthy at Home How to improve indoor airflow and quality

(Family Features) More efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous generations are generally well-regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns. All that efficiency cuts down on airflow, effectively trapping allergens and toxins inside. According to estimates from the EPA, the air inside the average home may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outdoors, even in a bustling city. “We know instinctively that spending so many …

5 Sustainable Home Exterior Trends Every Homeowner Should Know

Many homeowners are making more efforts to go green. What is a better way to join in sustainable living than to begin where your life starts, at home? Many homes are now designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable. They’re constructed from green materials are responsibly sourced to reduce the effects to the environment, and can be kept up with minimal damage to the environment. Sustainable architecture and green technologies have transformed the outside of a home from merely the dressing on the house to an energy-efficient and green option for homeowners with a passion for the earth. Mixing Home Siding …

Energy Savers That Make ‘Cents’

  (Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year. These tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services can serve as areas of focus for lowering your energy bills and lessening your appliances’ negative impact on the environment. Water Heaters The cost of heating water for bathing, laundry and kitchen use is a common home energy drain, so it’s an area that deserves attention when you’re looking to upgrade for efficiency. To …