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Set priorities for energy-efficient living

The concept of green living goes hand in hand with the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Since buildings use a significant amount of the total energy generated, they play a huge role. This includes our homes. Deep green home efficiency upgrades coupled with increasingly affordable solar energy systems make a difference.

Versatile drop-leaf tables weathers the times

No matter how large a house is, there always seems to be a need for more space. During the 19th century, especially in the South, homes often had long, wide front halls that went from the front door to the back door. That allowed the air to circulate and helped cool the house.

Great light fixtures shine in your décor

I’ve learned through the years that the right lighting in the right spots transforms a room. So when it came time to select the fixtures for our lake home redo, I followed these three tips to ensure the lighting was a bright spot in my decor:

Balance will help you find beauty in subtlety

Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated.

Nonprofit organization focuses on water, waste, soil, food

The task of creating a more resilient community can often seem overwhelming, assuming one is even thinking about it at all. Fortunately more and more of us are not only thinking about it, but actively looking for ways to make a difference. There is so much to do. Effective change has as much to do with the way people think as the nuts and bolts of it.

Patriotic symbols popular with collectors

Flags, eagles, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam and other patriotic symbols are very popular with collectors. The image gives a simple message of patriotism to Americans. You can find them in advertisements, as textile designs, on dinnerware or made into figurines for the fireplace mantel.