All About Better Homes and Gardens

images (62)Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith,


Home and Garden Decor

images (61)Installing home and garden decor is a great way to make your home and garden attractive, appealing and a relaxing place to stay. Before you enter your home, you see the garden. By creating a welcoming and pleasantly inviting atmosphere in your garden, you are creating a welcoming introduction to your home. Not only that – there are times when you just want to spend time entertaining or relaxing in your garden, so it’s fun to keep it pleasing to everyone’s eyes

In choosing home and garden décor, first you have to know what you want and what style you are looking for. One way of determining which décor to buy is by setting a theme to your garden. Thin about what you would like your garden to look like – what accessories you would like to see, and what plants and trees you’d like to add. Here are some of the theme ideas that you can incorporate with your home and garden décor: butterfly, temple, sundial, Japanese, water, winter, and jungle.

After you choose your theme, you can now make a list


Some Poignant Ideas for Home and Garden Decor

images (60)Every home owner wants to ensure that their home and garden looks fabulous. For this they ensure that their home and garden are well maintained and also use accent pieces to decorate the space.


The accent pieces chosen to highlight and decorate the home and garden should have the same theme as the general design of the home and garden. For instance, homes and gardens designed in contemporary styles should have accent pieces and décor that are stylized and contemporary. The furniture and furnishings used should also match the same theme. On the other hand a home designed to look like a rustic farm house or seaside cottage should utilize home and garden décor items that reflect this theme.

Individual Rooms

Apart from using home and garden décor items that reflect the general style and theme of the house and garden, individual rooms should have accent pieces that reflect the function of the room or provide a unified decorating theme. For instance, kitchens in a contemporary styled home can use chrome or steel stylized utensils as décor items while a seaside cottage styled living


Tips From The Home And Garden Store

download (20)The home and the garden are, for many people, an extension of their persona. It is an expression of who they are and what they like. In the past, the opportunities for self-expression were limited as design and furnishing options were in short supply. These days, however, there is an explosion in the number of options for anyone who wants to populate their interiors and exteriors with funky, whimsical, striking or modern art decor.

Home furnishing:

As any professional interior decorator will tell you, each room within the house has a certain function and a certain character. It is necessary to recognize this innate character before one can go about furnishing the room appropriately. Indoor decor leans heavily on the right use of color, lighting and furnishing. For instance, the role of curtains, decorative rugs, objects of art and other decorative materials must be complimentary. Every object within the room must contribute seamlessly to the total effect.

Many homes these days, boast of stunning pieces of art that single handedly transform the look of the room. Funky, whimsical designs featuring themes and colorful artwork


Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

images (58)Today, “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine is one of the most popular home magazines sold. For years it has been showing people everything from how to get clutter out of a house to which plants can be grown in doors. It also has shown countless recipes and quick-fix meals. Various crafts have also been show cased.


This magazine actually started off under the title of “Fruit, Garden and Home” in 1922, and was published by the Meredith Corporation. This was a family and home service magazine. Then in 1924 the name was changed to “Better Homes and Gardens”. When it first hit the newsstands one could buy it for $.10 a copy. The price for a subscription for a year was only $.35

Several years later in 1930 to be exact, a cookbook under the same name of the magazine was published. Building Ideas was published as a special interest publication under “Better Homes and Gardens” in 1937.

Then in 1978 a real estate service was launched under the Better Homes and Gardens name. Also the Australian version of the magazine was published. A


Buying Furniture For Home and Garden Online

download (19)Home and garden furniture can be bought through the various websites selling them. Garden furniture includes seating arrangements for porch or garden like chairs, rocking chairs, tables, benches, picnic tables, etc. Home furniture can be anything from bedroom packages to living room tables, sofa sets, dining tables, chairs, cabinets, nursery furniture, beds, cots, cupboards, kitchen cabinets, etc.

It is interesting to purchase furniture for home and garden over the Internet, since there is a wide range of products available as well as display of these products in various settings giving rise to new innovative ways of using these pieces of furniture. Most websites which sell furniture pieces for home and garden have articles made of different materials ranging from, wood, metal, alloys, fiber, natural fibers, etc. Shoppers can take their pick after reading the reviews of the products as well as response from other customers. Reading about what other customers have to say about a particular product or their experience with it is very revealing and it is the best way to decide whether to buy a product or not. Availability of


Take a Look at That Yard! Home and Garden Accents That Will Revamp Your Lawn

images (59)Summer is around the corner and a quick look around prompts you to want to find some home and garden accents that will revamp the lawn. Since homes are not selling as they had, many home owners are looking to better what they have. Whether it is inside the home or outside, curb appeal is making a huge comeback. After all, that is what attracts a passerby to look at your home as they drive by.

Home and Garden Accents

Major landscaping is not needed to make a difference and a huge difference is not needed to create a pleasant lawn. Just some home and garden accents and a new look is formed. Flowers to brighten the area around your home and that pretty much will be all that is needed to add major curb appeal.

Start with a keen eye to creating a flower garden. If you also want to grow a vegetable garden but don’t have the room, why not plant some vegetables in your flower garden. Lots of showy colors will help offset a green lawn and you will even be


What’s So Amazing About The Better Homes And Gardens Magazine?

download (18)Better Homes and Gardens is a great magazine if you are looking for ideas to update your home, cooking recipes, or even gardening. The articles are well written and you have new, breathtaking ideas every month. Better Homes and Gardens magazine takes care of your inspirational thoughts from the inside of your home going out.

There is never a dull article and you will always get the 411 on new products that will help benefit you, your family, or the inside or outside of your home. Maybe not all articles in one magazine will benefit all readers, but at least one article in every magazine will benefit a reader. Plus, even if an article doesn’t benefit you; you may find it can benefit your mother, sister, friend, or even neighbor. Everyone is always looking for fresh ideas to update their home, garden, even cooking.

What to expect from this magazine?

You can expect from Better Homes and Gardens magazine to get the “know how” on how to perform certain projects. You will see ideas that will compliment your home very nicely and great recipes


DIY Dried Flowers: 3 Techniques for a Timeless Decor

download (17)The artistry of a flower does not end when it starts to wither. You can actually save your bouquet’s grandeur through drying them up for a lasting home decoration. Even past their heyday, dried blooms still make an ideal gift as they bring joy all year round.

Dried blossoms are a pleasant and inexpensive substitute to crisp bouquets. Some flowers like roses and lavender exude a natural odor and can last for a long time. Primarily, you should harvest blooms at their best. They will not be good for drying if they are already past their prime. You can gather posies from your garden early at dawn or during a cold evening when they aren’t exposed to the sun. If you don’t have one in your backyard, you may visit a local flower shop or simply order flowers online.

The simplest drying method which involves plainly arranging the stalks in a vase with water and leaving the liquid to evaporate does not produce a good result to all variety of flowers. You can apply these drying techniques to your favorite bunch of flowers.



DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

download (14)Interior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the


Air Conditioning Repair Tips – Do It Yourself

images (57)It might seem like a coincidence that your air conditioning unit fails to work only when you need it the most- during the scorching summer season. With a few fine motor skills, some technical knowledge, a bit of logical thinking and some common sense you might be able to correct some of these issues.

#Issue 1: My air conditioner does not cool well.


This is the most common issue that every AC owner faces. Here is the list of things you can do about it.

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

Check for the circuit breaker. The issue could be as small as a tripped fuse.

Check if the outlet’s voltage meets your AC’s requirement.

Switch off the AC, remove the filter and get in cleaned. A clean filter allows easy air flow.

Clean the compressor and condenser unit with a damp cloth. Do not use a water faucet.

Make sure that the compressor is working. If it is working you will be able to hear the outdoor compressor and the fan will be turning. If not then it is the time to call your


Should I Install Solar Panels Myself?

download (16)Solar installations in the United States have increased year after year and the extension of tax credits for solar panel owners has made it likely that solar installations will continue to grow over the next few years. Buying a solar system and having it installed can be very expensive. Is it ever a good idea to buy a solar system and have it installed independently? The answer is…

It Depends…

What are your goals with solar? Where do you live and what are the conditions of your home? The options available for a homeowner to go solar, varies by location and utility company. Other factors such as available roof space and shading conditions will also impact decisions to go solar.

PPA or Leasing Options

PPA & Solar Leasing Options are great for Homeowners that desire to save money on their power bill without having to spend any cash or invest anything on upfront costs. These options allow free solar installation taken care of by the solar provider. It makes no sense for the homeowner to install the panels themselves and the solar provider will not


Pressing Cut Flowers to Preserve the Blooms

download (13)Winter is coming,” as the widely-watched Television show popularized, summer’s end tail has just left. I was sitting in my favorite chair listening to the strong pour of the rain hitting our roof and windows. Nothing can be more serene than sipping a cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallow while reading my latest book conquest. This is until I saw the flowers me and my mom collected from the summer. It looks scared of the gloomy weather.

I thought of ways on how to preserve the beautiful blooms and I remembered my art project in high school– pressing flowers.

If you feel sad for the eminent death of these blossoms, we can all stop mourning and ‘immortalize’ them with this easy do-it-yourself pressed flower project.

What we need:

Fresh flowers of your choice

Flower scissors or ordinary scissors strong enough to cut the blooms

Presser (You may use a real presser or a book)

Parchment papers

What to do:

1 If you are using cut flowers, choose the freshest ones.

2 You can use any blooms you want. But, remember that flowers that are naturally flat are easier to press.


New House Building Project Turns Into Family Tree

download (12)Whether it’s used as a fort, clubhouse, or just a place to dream, is there anyone who wouldn’t love to have a tree house in their backyard? Your whole family will enjoy creating a spot for your children to play and relax as they use their imaginations to discover exciting backyard adventures.

Of course, any new house building project does require some planning. So, let’s get started.

Location, Location, Location Still Applies

You need to choose the location for your project. It is important to choose a healthy, living tree that has a large enough trunk and sturdy lower branches capable of supporting your tree house. Younger trees may not have the strength needed to hold the structure, and those nearing the end of their life may be too brittle or even rotten inside the trunk. Be sure to check with a professional arborist before you begin your build in order to ensure that your selection is alive and thriving, as well as robust enough to hold your tree house for many years to come.

Deep and well-established roots are essential to the lifespan of


5 Tips to Help You Use LED Lights for Christmas

download (11)For Christmas decorations, you can opt for LED lights. While they cost a bit more, they stand the test of time and utilize less power. if you know how to hang and fix LED lights, you can decorate your home a lot better than other people. Follow the 5 tips given below before using them as Christmas decorations.

Tip 1: Decide on Brightness Level

What brightness level do you like? For brighter displays, you can choose a light string with lights fixed not far away from each other. if you are unable to find this type of string, you can buy 2 light string sets and then put them together to get the same results.

Tip 2: Choose a Color

White LED lights emit light that is a little bit blue. In the same way, the light emitted by incandescent lights is a little bit orange. Hanging different colored lights side by side will be a bad decision if you are after a beautiful uniform color. You can choose any color based on your personal taste.

Tip 3: Know Power Levels

The beauty of LED lights is


A Do It Yourself Space Saving Solution

download (10)Closets can come in various sizes, but what they all have in common is that they’re never quite big enough. We always seem to fill them to the brim; move into a large new home, and in a few years you are at capacity in regards to space. In such cases a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) space saving solution is ideal.

When rearranging the existing items on your shelf is not enough, it may be time to build a new space saving solution. As with most DIY projects, materials should be low cost, easy to install, and effective in their end-purpose. Wire shelving is a great DIY space saving solution, ideal for compact areas. The material is popular because of its price point and multifunctionality.

No matter your shelving project scope and size, wire shelving can help you get it done. Extensive projects like 3-walled walk-in-closets to in home garage storage can easily be set up using this material. Smaller projects like petite pantries or wire racks for your kitchen items can be done in half the time.

No Tools Required

No tools are required when you


Set Out Building Work Accurately With a Rotary Laser Level

images (56)Rotary laser levels are professional equipment used for different purposes in building. Make sure you choose a reliable brand that sells quality equipment, and remember that although this instrument might be pricy but will turn out very useful for any construction work you are doing. The laser emits a laser beam that covers a round circumference that can be used as a reference for even surfaces or perpendicular angles.

If you wish to install a ceiling, a rail, or any other kind of indoor work, you will need an indoor laser level. Place the laser level on an even surface, turn it on and use the laser beam as a reference. If you are doing outdoor work, you will need a laser level made for outdoor use. The human eye cannot see a laser beam in broad day light, which is why these levels come with a beam detector that indicates where the beam is.

If your laser level does not come with a detector, you can purchase one. Make sure you choose a detector that fits the color of the beam of


Tips for Collecting and Transporting Scrap Metal

images (54)People collect scrap metal for many good reasons. Not only is it fun and exciting, it is highly profitable! But in order to get the most from your scrap metal experience, you must learn how to be both efficient and effective at the same time. This is because scrap metal can be dangerous to handle, and even more hazardous to transport. And aside from safety, it can be quite frustrating figuring out how to get your findings where you need them to go, quickly and conveniently. So if this pastime interests you, continue reading to learn some important tips for collecting and transporting scrap metal.

Avoid Injuries and Accidents

Although there is a long list of advantages to scrap metal collecting, there are several possible injuries and accidents that can occur if necessary precautions aren’t taken. Not only can improperly secured cargo cause a wide range of traffic accidents and property damage, incorrect handling of junk metal can cause injuries to the epidermis, back, neck, spine, and more. In fact, back pain is among the most common long-term injuries among adult men and


Tips for DIY Carpet Installation

images (53)Before you decide whether to install the carpet yourself or hire a professional to do it, you should know that it can be a labor-intensive and time-consuming project. Make sure that you do your research on all the different steps that are involved in carpet installation when doing it yourself. The first thing that you will need to do is remove the old carpet and padding beneath it. Sometimes you can reuse the older padding but it is advisable to install new padding when you get new carpet. Before you rip up the old carpet make sure that you vacuum the carpet to help prevent excess dirt and dust from entering the air. You should make sure that you have all the necessary tools needed for carpet installation before you start.

Once you have the old carpet and padding underneath you need to vacuum the floor that was underneath. You will also have to remove all of the old tackless strips and then replace them with new ones. These are what help to hold the new carpet in place. If the strips


How to Build Your Own Shed or Home Project

images (52)You’ll never need to worry about cutting the wrong size, trying to figure out what goes where. If you’re going to invest your hard earn time, money and energy in building a shed yourself. Then make sure the plan you’re using has everything you need to get it done in:

The easiest…
Most inexpensive, and…
The fastest way possible.

To create the kind of shed, your neighbors and other woodworkers will secretly envy.

The Perfect Shed Plan Needs to Include:

Views Of All Angles & Details

See exactly how everything should look before you build them. You start building a part of your shed that looks like the drawing, but it isn’t. But you missed it because the plan didn’t show you each angle and sides. And the only way you find out, is at the end when you’ve wasted all that time, money and sweat and nothing fits together.

Step By Step “LEGO” Instructions

Detailed instructions should be so simple that a kid could do it. Just like LEGO instructions. So detailed that you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. No complicated instructions