Succulents are awesome. I don't have the best luck with keeping indoor plants healthy (or alive), but succulents seem to always have my back. They're hardy, they don't mind if you forget to water them for a few days, and they don't require a ton of maintenance. Plus they are just adorable. Additionally, they are also easy to fill your home with for almost no extra cost. All it takes is a little propagation; as in, you can regrow succulents from existing leaves (magic, right?).
I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!
Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. And don't feel...
Cleaning hacks. They're everywhere on Pinterest, and they all claim to be the answer to your toughest, messiest dilemmas. But are they really? I tested 10 hacks in my own house and here's what I found out.
More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you're a hippie!), but I just don't want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I've successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I'm now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you've made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Doesn't it just remind you of decorating Easter eggs? This recipe for all-natural wood cleaner doesn't have that overpowering vinegar aroma. Instead, is has a light lemon scent. And I have to say, it's a crazy-pleasant smell. Like I kind of want to wear it as a perfume.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (can be found at the natural foods store)
- 20-30 drops of lemon oil
This cleaner is easy to make. Simply combine all ingredients in a large bottle, and shake it up! I opted not to use a spray bottle, and instead I'm keeping mine in a simple amber one. The reason is that I've found when I make all-natural cleaners, the sprayer tends to clog up and break. If anyone has any tips to prevent this from happening, let me know in the comments please!
To use this all-natural wood cleaner, distribute a little bit of the solution on a soft cloth, and wipe wood surfaces clean.
This wood cleaning solution is more about getting rid of dirt, and less about polishing. This makes it great for cleaning floors, dishes, or wood surfaces you eat off of or prepare food on. If you're looking to make a cleaner with a little more polishing power, add a tablespoon of olive oil to this mixture.
In case you're curious what each ingredient is for, here's the breakdown: The water is essentially the carrier. The vinegar is the cleansing agent. The vegetable glycerin helps the solution dry faster, and the lemon oil is there to smell amazing.
Looking for more all-natural ways to clean your home? Try this all-purpose spray!
I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.
As a baker, crafter and all-around mess-maker, having a multitude of cleaners on hand at all times is a must. After a while, my cabinets became packed with various cleaners that I just didn't need, so I sought out a way to narrow them down, and better yet, I did it by making my own all-purpose cleaner using items around the house that will clean just about anything.
I don't know about you, but this is the time of year when I start having fleeting thoughts of spring and wishing that the cold gray days would be replaced by warm sunny ones. And while that's not going to happen for another couple of months here in the Boston area, I am working on adding some freshness to my home. Adding green is a great way to do this, so today I'm sharing ten fun ways to add some green accents to your space.
1. Add a piece of green furniture to your bedroom, like this pretty nightstand. [Photo: Maggie Overby Studios]
2. Paint a small pop of green in an unexpected place, like this bar in the kitchen. [Photo: Design*Sponge]
3. Add some green artwork to your walls, like these beautiful botanical prints. [Photo: Heimatbaum]
4. Add color to an accent wall, like this tiled area in the kitchen. If tiling isn't an option, just use paint! [Photo: Historias De Casa]
5. If you're in the mood for a project, try re-tiling your backsplash in a pretty mint green color like the one above. [Photo: The Effortless Chic]
6. Refinishing an existing piece of furniture is another great way to add a pop of green to a room. [Photo: Rain On A Tin Roof]
7. Or just add plants! This is an incredibly easy way to add freshness to any room, and it will improve your air quality too. [Photo: Historias De Casa]
8. You might also consider painting something with green chalkboard paint! [Photo: Keep Smiling Home]
9. Green throw pillows are another great option for almost any room. [Photo: The Fuller View]
10. This might be my favorite... paint the back of your bookshelves green for an easy yet noticeable change. [Photo: PMQ For Two]
Green. There are so many shades to choose from, but most have one thing in common - they garner attention. So why not give green a go? Here are ten gorgeous green rooms that might just inspire you to give it a try in your own home.
If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here's how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree...
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your laundry habits. In today's installment, we're wondering what you think about the green cleaning craze.
Read on to cast your vote!
This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables
Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box store...
It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap. Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs). If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.
K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and brings us a monthly column on the latest in conscious and green design.
I’ve been mulling over the perfect opening for my first in a series of guest posts on green design and thus decided that the very best way for to dig in would be…to say, hello.
I’m the Shelter editor at EcoSalon, where we write about a great many things pretty and green. Our aim is to make green design and...
Remember the plastic spoon rose? Turns out that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as spoon-crafting is concerned. Take for example these (dare I say?) gorgeous spoon pendent lights.
Holes in spoons negate their intent, but they also take artist's Daisuke Hirawa creation (pictured above) into
Remember my log side table? I still love it unconditionally, but this square stump stool is giving it a run for my love's money. By Kalon Studios, the stumps are cut from green "100% Raw FSC Certified domestic Ash or Maple." As the wood dries, the stools
As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.
Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost
Curbliers, it's time to get down with 'the green team'! Whether you're remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we've rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials. Ready to dream green? Let's go!
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?