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Not long ago, tiny houses—though adorable—didn’t seem realistic. What’s driving people to purchase these small homes now? Some people love living the minimalistic and nomadic lifestyle that tiny homes have made obtainable. To learn more about why people are choosing to live the tiny-home life, continue reading.

Why People Are Choosing To Live the Tiny Home Life

When you’re investing in a new, possibly custom-made cottage-style home, there's a ton of potential for decorating with upcycled, vintage, salvaged, and thrifted items. There are so many possibilities to consider, given the more laid-back, elegant nature of the cottage lifestyle, and the interior design aesthetic that it inspires. To get your mind buzzing, here are six must-have items for any cottage-style home.

Photo by Annie Spratt

Perhaps it's the fresh air, the warmth of the sun, or the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that spending time in nature can improve our moods and our health. So why not bring some of that natural goodness into your home? In this blog post, we will explore 8 ways to make your home is one with nature!


Sometimes all we want to do is throw all of our unwanted stuff in the trash. Not a great decision though - it contributes to tons of unnecessary waste in our environment and in landfills. The truth is, there are easy ways you can declutter your home without hurting the environment. Here are 6 easy ways to declutter your home while staying eco friendly.

Photo by Chris Lawton 

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to move. You have to take inventory of everything you own, try to figure out how you can get everything together, and do it as cheaply and sustainably as possible. It’s a complicated process, but thankfully, there are ways to stay environmentally conscious during your move.

How To Stay Environmentally Conscious When Moving

If you want to live more sustainably, I recommend creating a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items or accessories that never go out of fashion and play a part in multiple outfits and social situations. When discovering what you need to know to create your own capsule wardrobe, it’s important to remember that the name of the game is quality, not quantity. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you get started.

What You Need To Know To Create Your Own Capsule Wardrobe

Whether your wool rug was sustainably handmade by artisans or thrifted from secondhand stores, time can make the vibrant patterns fade. Their beauty is what makes wool rugs so desirable, so keeping them looking brand new is worth the effort! If you’re caring for a family heirloom or trying to restore a vintage purchase, you can use these top tips on how to care for and clean your wool rugs.

Top Tips on How To Care for and Clean Your Wool Rugs

As the tiny-house movement gains momentum (and housing prices skyrocket), more people are looking for alternative housing options, especially if they're off-the-grid. A prefab cabin, for example, is one interesting option. If you're considering it, there are several things you need to keep in mind to ensure that you're getting exactly what you want and need. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Did you know that retractable awning can make your home more sustainable? Believe it or not, by using a retractable awning you can reduce your energy usage and help the environment. In this blog post, we will discuss how retractable awnings can make your home more sustainable and some of the benefits associated with them. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right retractable awning for your needs.


Thrift shopping in the summertime is so much fun because there are many good finds for the warmer months. You can even stock up on all your vacation and beach-going essentials. Here are three things to thrift for this summer season to get you started.

3 Things to Thrift for This Summer Season

Plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and while it has many benefits, it also has a dark side. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our planet, and if we don't take steps to address it, the consequences could be disastrous. This article will explore the ways plastic contaminates the earth and what we can do about it.



Recycling plays a vital role in reducing energy consumption, decreasing waste, and lowering environmental pollution. The process of recycling benefits the environment by lowering the need for procuring raw materials and facilitating the use of renewable materials. 

Might not be trendy to talk about anymore, but let's face it: our homes remain cluttered materials that can be recycled, including papers, plastic, glass, and tin. Read on as we share tips on how to recycle the clutter in your home and practice a zero-waste policy. 

There is something so satisfying about creating an individual item from something that has been thrown away.  All it takes is a bit of imagination. Take your standard lampshade: remove the material and you are left with a structural joy that can be transformed into a myriad of items that you would pay good money for if you bought new. We have been looking at some of the ideas out there and curated the best 10. Come and take a look and see if you agree.


If you enjoy venturing into the outdoors and being surrounded by nature, then decorating your home to look like a cozy cabin is just what you need. With this aesthetic, simply repurposing items that you find outdoors pulls in the natural cozy cabin feel. Even if you live in the city, bring a little nature indoors can hemp relieve stress and build a homey atmosphere.

How To Decorate Your Home To Look Like a Cozy Cabin

Whether you have a small outdoor space or no outdoor space at all, its still possible to be a gardener of some sort and include a little nature in your surroundings. It just requires some creativity, flexibility, and planning.  

Does your kitchen look like a blast from the past? These are the best ways to rejuvenate your tired kitchen and give the most-used room in your house the makeover it deserves. 

I genuinely like to find new ways to make my home renovations less messy and more eco-friendly. And with spring finally appearing in the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d brighten everyone’s day with a fun list of easy home renovation projects that reduce waste. 

Easy Home Renovation Projects That Reduce Waste

As our world becomes increasingly digitized, the amount of electronic waste (E-waste) produced continues to grow at an alarming rate. In 2016, global E-waste production reached 44.7 million metric tons, and it is estimated that this number will exceed 52 million metric tons by 2023. This rapid growth in E-waste presents a serious environmental challenge, as most electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and arsenic that can contaminate soil and water supplies if not disposed of properly.

Do you ever spend hours marathoning HGTV and then want to change everything about your home? I can tell you, you’re not alone! But instead of spending money on home renovations, opt for these home remodeling projects you can DIY to save money (and reduce waste) instead.

4 Home Remodeling Projects You Can DIY To Save Money

I’ve never seen a porch that didn’t have serious cozy potential. So if you’re a people watcher or connoisseur of all things relaxing, a homey porch may just be your new refuge. This guide to cozying up your porch will help you design a porch sanctuary.

The Ultimate Guide To Cozying Up Your Porch