Home Design Ideas to Create a Home of Energy Saving “Green” Beauty

We live in a new world. The time for paying attention to our natural resources is now. We have woken to the realization that our world is not the inexhaustible support system we believed it to be.

Thankfully “going green” does not require extreme and costly changes. Making a significant difference in the worlds natural resources, only takes small decisions made one step at a time. We can decide to:

Recycle Reuse Restore Reduce

With these 4 words in mind we have a few of the most wonderful ideas, tips and secrets to present. Simple and affordable going green ideas. And, if you choose to implement any or all of these suggestions you can be assured you are contributing to the over all health of the earth now and toward a more sustainable living environment for our future generations.

1. Going Green by Changing Your Lights. If every household in the U.S. replaced just one light bulb from the standard incandescent to the highly energy efficient luminescent bulbs being promoted today we would

Save A national average of $600,000,000. a year in energy costs.

Save Enough energy to light more than 3,000,000 homes for one year.

Save Green house gases equivalent to the emissions given off from over 800,000 cars.

Save Significant amounts on your energy bill. My husband spent one day replacing all the bulbs in our home. Not totally convinced it would make that much of a difference on our bill I supported his efforts more for the conservation aspects (and because he had turned off the TV) rather than the money saving pitch.

Boy was I surprised when the next electric bill came,

it dropped approximately 20%! or about 10 cents per

hour!

This change in bulb has one characteristic that may take some time getting used to. When you first turn on the lights – they appear dingy due to the fact they need to warm up a bit before they are at peak – light up the room – performance. They also initially cost a bit more but the standard life span far outlasts the basic bulb – from months to years.

Another energy saving tip is to install dimmer switches. Years ago these dimmers did not provide any benefit other than creating ambient light in a room. Today they are designed to minimize your electric consumption as well.

2. Going Green by Choosing an Eco Friendly Floor. If you are planning to replace your floor with hard wood there are two options that are delightfully green, look beautiful, perform well, and cost less than most hard woods. Cork – Cork has come a long way from its original purpose of wine stopping.

It comes from the bark of a tree that can be harvested once every 10 years and does no damage to the tree at all. Like sheering a sheep! It’s typically sold in tile or sheet form and is easy to install. Because cork contains millions of air bubbles – it is comfortable to walk on and easier on the feet when standing for long periods of time in the kitchen. It is also hypoallergenic, absorbs sounds, and acts as a thermal insulator which means warmth on the feet.

There are fabulous color and grain options available today so be sure to shop around!

There are a few drawbacks to consider. Cork does need to be sealed to moisture protect and is not very resistant to fading or punctures however, it does bounce back well when a heavy blunt object is dropped on it.

The other floor covering option is Bamboo – bamboo is definitely more competitive if you need a harder wood floor. Harder than oak yet it is made from a fast growing Asian grass that matures in about 6 years. It can be refinished numerous times with dye-based stains. Very eco-friendly.

Bamboo also offers a wonderful variety of color, grain and style. Have fun looking for the color and grain of this beautiful hard wood option. Did I mention it’s priced lower than most oak options?

3. Going Green by Recycling or Restoring Your Furniture. Must you buy new furniture or can you refinish, restore, repaint or recycle?

Wonderful design projects can result from painting, restaining or reupholstering that piece that is dated or worn. The most exciting aspect of recycling furniture is the money saved.

Sandpaper, paint and associated supplies are relatively inexpensive. Door knobs, drawer pulls can really change up the look of that tired piece of furniture also with minimum expense. A picture says a thousand words especially in this case. Visit the web site listed below to see some fantastic examples of these furniture restoring options.

Design applications usually last about 10 years. The neutral – earthy colors we have been seeing so often has been around since the late 90’s so it’s on its way out. This year you will start seeing bold, bright colors being applied to accent walls, furniture and textures. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with color, fabric textures and brush techniques. This is the year for bold, bright and beautiful! Go for it.

Another idea you may want to entertain is a fantastic option to buy “slightly used” from your local Good Will or Salvation Army. With a bit of frugal redesign “know how” you can create remarkable results.

4. Going Green by Buying Energy Star Appliances. Energy Star is the U.S. Governments Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy Seal of approval system to confirm a products ability to avoid/limit greenhouse gases without sacrificing quality.

When you purchase an Energy Star item you can be assured you have a product that will reduce energy consumption and save you money when used in your home, guaranteed through the entire life span of the appliance.

2007 stats from energystar.gov reports that consumers “saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars – all while saving $16,000,000,000. (16 Billion) on their utility bills.

Wow – Good Job! Let’s keep up the good work!

Home Design Ideas – Home Decoration Before and After Holidays

The festive mood remains well active even when the holidays are over. People visit the stores and shops to make full use of post-holiday discounts. Friends and relatives continue to visit your place till the end of January. It takes some time for the world to get back to the conventional track of life after January 1. 

Though the calendar is saying that the holidays are over, the fact is: they are not. First few weekend parties in the New Year are going to be rocking! And you still have enough reasons to decorate your home and garden. 

Decorating by Style: 

Try something new, unique and different. If you are one of those who love to try their hands with crafting, then go ahead and prepare some holiday crafts yourself. Jingle bell door hanger, gingerbread stable, beaded snowflakes, Christmas tree etc. can be prepared at home. 

For New Year home decoration, write the New Year in figure OR New Year’s Resolutions in the crafts and make them suitable for New Year celebration. 

Decorate keeping the occasion in mind: 

For Christmas parties, merry red with snowy white looks good. On the other hand, the New Year celebration parties demand a more vibrant and dazzling color scheme – velvety blue, maroon with black, or dark green with golden ornamentation can make your New Year celebration more engaging. 

Ask your family members if they have anything to say about the colors of the party. Make the entire session more interactive by engaging all family members in the home decorating process. 

Make sure the whole interior is made up to the color scheme you have selected for the season. For Christmas party, choose white upholsteries with red borders, red coasters, and white dinner sets with red ornamentation. Similarly, the upholsteries for sofa and chairs should be chosen appropriately. 

When it comes to New Year celebration, an appealing and engaging ambiance is desired. There should be plentitude of colors and lights all around the corner. This style is applicable for the New Year celebration parties held after January 1 too. 

Create an artistic symbol: 

To make the entire setting more soothing, select a pattern for this season; there must be abundance of this art all around. For example, draw a bunch of flowers; order bespoke curtains and upholsteries that contain the embroidery you designed. 

And the Red Carpet 

Your carpet should also fit with the look and feel of the interior. A red carpet is always good for Christmas or New Year party! Make sure the carpet has the right texture for your interior. 

The pattern that you selected for the curtains and upholsteries might not be available in the carpet store. In that case, select the same theme for your carpet. For example, if you have chosen floral embroidery for the curtain and sofa upholstery, make sure the carpet has floral texture too. 

And you are ready to welcome guests! Play some holiday numbers to create the perfect ambiance of celebration. Serve the drinks, snacks and foods that you love most and allow the festive mood to stay within your home for few days more!

Celebrity Homes – Design Ideas From Celebrity Bedrooms

The glitz, the glamour, the fame; your favorite actors and actresses wear them as effortlessly and as elegantly as any jewelry as they stride straight down the red carpet. No doubt celebrities live the good life, bathing under the glowing light of media and paparazzi. You can bet that their lives are well-documented in books of show business, and much to the desire of the fans, they can have the luxury of taking a glimpse into their favorite celebrities’ lives and these include their homes.

Now for celebrities, buying and owning an estate is no regular affair. If you are finding designs for your home, you may want to check out your favorite celebrity homes. They are usually inclined to build their homes particularly their own bedrooms with fascinating interior designs. This article will give you ideas in transforming particularly your own room into something worthwhile. Fortunately, you can always steal ideas for your own bedroom makeover. Here are some tips on copying some of the most fascinating celebrity bedroom designs.

For those who are into classical style, a diva-inspired bedroom is just right for your taste. Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s idea was to set a classical flair with a luxurious look by putting a statement headboard from the 18th century to Cher’s room. All other ornaments are made to match the tone set by the headboard. As for you, you can always make a new look out of scraps. You can find vintage headboard in antique shops and other flea markets. Though not as elegant, there are things that would surely suit your style. With that in mind, all the other accessories will be easier to conceptualize.

If comfort is your priority, you can steal ideas from a famous actor’s room. The bedding and curtains are the keys in achieving the cozy feel in his room. However, you cannot always use the drapery as a solution to your own room since it consumes space. An alternative is to make use of PILLOWS! Yes, you can stuff your bed with lots of pillows. You can match different colors, shapes and fabrics. If you want to keep up a cozy and sexy ambiance without compromising elegance, do not use the same color all over! Do not match the bed and pillows with the same shade.

If being fanciful is in your blood then take a peek into a great fashion designer’s bedroom. The room is painted with vibrant colors and covered with floral drapery. The wooden furniture also adds fun to the ambiance of the room. To make this fun feel in your own room, play with colors. Do not be afraid to experiment with strong and vibrant hues. However, you should always make sure that you like the color before deciding on putting it all over your room. Choosing a unique color that is different from any part of your home will show the fun side of you.

Considering that their lives are open to almost everyone, celebrity homes are the most accessible reference that could help you explore different creative ideas in designing you own homes. However, you cannot always copy what you see in most celebrity homes. Remember to keep your design concepts as affordable as possible. Stick to your budget and still achieve the look that you want for your own place.