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New Tech Innovations Inspire More Millennial Gardeners Than Ever

While many young people think of gardening as an activity for their grandparents, more Millennials than ever have started picking up their spades and shovels. With 18 to 34-year-olds making up 29% of all gardening households, a generational shift in gardening interest is spurring change in the industry. Today we’re seeing more millennial gardeners.

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Historically, we haven’t been swift to couple technology and gardening, but that’s gradually changing. This is especially true with younger interests, smaller living spaces, and the need for increasingly creative ways to grow our greens. While we already know that starting a garden indoors is the best way to get your greens to grow, companies like Apple and Miracle-Gro are taking it to the next level.

Miracle-Gro is known in the gardening community for its luxurious soils and quality plants. But this company hopes to appeal to the younger masses through its seedling partnership with Apple. It only makes sense that the tech guru would want to partner with the budding Miracle-Gro whose revenue has increased by 35%. The companies have officially revealed their new product, the free-standing, stackable Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System.

The assembly mimics that of an end-table, but the Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System does so much more than provide a flat surface for your television remote.

 

Named for its ability to grow plants every month out of the year, the Twelve is technically a form of an automatic indoor grower. It’s equipped with UV lights and contains spots for four seeds in a sleek water reservoir. One stackable unit is only 28 inches tall with a base measuring 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches, making it perfect for a busy family or an apartment dweller.

All you need to do is assemble the structure, plant the seeds, and add nutrients into two gallons of water. From there, hydroponic technology aids in the development of your seeds through timed sprays and a grow light.

The best part? Miracle-Gro has partnered with Apple so you can monitor your plant’s development right through your iPhone. According to Apple Insider, the entire unit can be controlled right through a mobile app. You can use it to set the growing schedule, change the lighting mode to one of three settings, and address the water level when it dips too low. The app is able to achieve high levels of precision thanks to Bluetooth technology, though the 12 is meant to work for people on-the-go. It’s estimated that 96% of organizations have begun using cloud technology to help their operations.

The app can even offer advice for plant owners and millennial gardeners who are just starting out. Since this product is meant to appeal to new gardeners, in particular, this cannot make it easier to start your garden at home.

But even if you cannot afford a new piece of tech like this, there are still plenty of ways to get your green thumb into gardening. Stackable units are nothing new and using this vertical strategy in your home can ascertain that your plants survive cold winters and arid summers. You will just have to invest in energy efficient windows, which can lower your bills by up to 15%, to ensure you maintain a consistent climate for your plants. As long as you have six to 12 inches of soil depth for proper root growth, you can start building a garden anywhere.

You can also try using a range of organic soils to test how certain nutrients affect different plants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your love for gardening outside. For those who have space, applying a slurry to your garden can promote seed germination and turf development. You should also try relying on advice-offering apps like the Miracle-Gro Twelve app for more information on gardening and horticulture.

Here are some of the most popular apps sprouting millennial gardeners that you can use this year:

  • Florish
  • Horticure
  • Plant Optimizer
  • Happy Plant
  • Planta
  • And more!

As gardening becomes even more accessible to a wider range of people, there’s no reason you shouldn’t start letting your dreams begin to bud.

The Best Interior Design And Decorating Trends To Revamp Your Space

Whether your design and decorating choices are big or small, they can immediately communicate your style to anyone who enters your home. They can also bring you a sense of joy whenever you look around you and see the beautiful pieces you picked out. Revamping your space can even have health benefits. One-third of homeowners say that they change to a healthier lifestyle after remodeling their kitchen, according to Houzz.

Now is the perfect time to give your space a makeover and start feeling those benefits. It doesn’t matter if you rent an apartment or own a house, you have options for how you want to express yourself in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the top design and decorating trends of this upcoming year to get inspiration and ideas for your home.

A new kind of subway tile

For a number of years now, white subway tile has ruled the kitchen backsplash market. This style gets its name from the subway tiles that were first used during the early 1900s in New York City subway stations. These tiles became the standard subway decoration because of their easy-to-clean and durable surface that reflected light well. They also became common for kitchens because of similar reasons, but now designers are putting a spin on them.

This year’s trendy backsplashes are still utilizing the fresh white color of subway tiles, but the individual tiles are larger than the standard three by six inches of past tiles. The larger tiles also minimize the amount of grout that shows. Designers are arranging them in herringbone, chevron, or stacked patterns, rather than in the offset brick pattern of years past. Some people are even ditching the rectangular tiles completely and opting for circles and curved lines instead.

Going green

For once we’re not talking about eco-friendly living (although incorporating environmental options remains a popular trend), but rich and vibrant green hues that bring nature inside. Interior designers have seen earthy green tones on the rise in homes as people want to create a paradise that allows them to escape technology and the stress of the outside world.

The best part of these decorating trends is that you don’t have to make permanent changes your landlord wouldn’t appreciate in order to incorporate green into your home. Pick out green throw pillows and blankets to accent your living room, or go bold with an armchair or sectional entirely upholstered in green. If you can make lasting changes to your home, consider incorporating sea glass into a kitchen or bathroom countertop. Subtle shades of green, blue, and aqua are typically found in every 50 to 100 pieces of sea glass and can make a plain space feel like a relaxing oasis.

Multifunctional furnishings

As more people move into smaller apartments and homes made for city-living, decor is also becoming more compact and multifunctional. Anyone who has lived in a more modest space knows the challenge of making a living room double as a guest room or finding storage space when it seems impossible.

Luckily, the furniture to solve these problems can be both stylish and functional. Designers have created storage options that fit neatly into existing furniture pieces, like under-bed drawers. Couches that transform into beds no longer look like the clunky messes that your parents had, but like a completely normal sofa that fits seamlessly into a living room. If you’re working with a small space, be sure to look for pieces like these that can do double duty while adding to the aesthetic of your space.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration from what’s trending right now, it’s time to go forth and give your home a facelift with these decorating trends. It’s probably in need of one, as about 85% of all homes in the country were built before 1980. While you’re remodeling, remember to have fun and pick out designs that speak to you. When all’s said and done, you should have a space that wipes away the stresses of the day and brings you absolute joy.

Tiny Apartment, Huge Style: How To Add Your Personal Flair To A Small Apartment

You’ve finally found the perfect apartment located right in the center of your favorite restaurants with plenty of natural sunlight streaming through your windows. The only drawback? It’s tiny. So tiny that you can walk from one end to the other in a matter of seconds and you constantly fear that you may join the 25,000 Americans who sprain an ankle every day from tripping over the jumble of things laying on the floor.

In the interest of both your personal safety and the aesthetics of your space, you need to get your prized possessions off of your floor and neatly stored or displayed in your apartment. These tips for decorating a small apartment will do just that while also giving you a stylish space that you can’t stop showing off.

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Incorporate Removable Pieces

One of the biggest challenges for apartment-dwellers everywhere is making decorating decisions that won’t send their landlord into a tizzy. However, with unfurnished apartment renters in the United States paying a median price of $1,492 per month, you deserve to add some spunk to your space, no matter how temporary it is.

A quick way to make a statement in your space is with removable wallpaper. This isn’t the wallpaper that plastered your grandparents’ raised ranch. Today’s interior designers are going for modern and chic wallpaper that you can easily remove without leaving a trace. You can also switch up the cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures, or window treatments for easily reversible yet stylishly impactful decorating decisions.

Make Your Storage Do Double-Duty

You’ll be shocked at how much better your apartment feels when you have a great storage system to organize your space. If you don’t have a ton of closet space in your tiny apartment, invest in small baskets and bins to station in strategic locations throughout your home. These tiny organizational tools can sit on floating shelves or on top of cabinets to help hide clutter from view. Just a few well-chosen baskets can make your apartment feel homier.

If you lack the space for long horizontal shelves, try to think vertically. Tall and narrow storage systems are a great option when you don’t have a large amount of space in your apartment. Put identical bookshelves on either side of a doorway for a built-in shelving illusion or stack floating shelves from the floor to the ceiling.

Keep It Light

According to designer Libby Langdon, something as simple as a light rug can do wonders to make a room feel larger than it is. Keep in mind that ark, rich colors tend to make a space appear smaller. Even if your apartment came with dark wall-to-wall carpeting, you can cover it with an area rug in a lighter color to open up your space.

When you’re choosing the color palette for your apartment, focus on using two light and bright shades for the bulk of the space and choose one darker accent color to keep the design visually interesting. This strategy will help you use the design rule of three to your advantage while enlarging your space as much as possible.

As an apartment renter, you have many different responsibilities to juggle. On one end, you have practical duties such as checking radon levels, which are at or above the EPA action level in about one in 15 homes in the United States. On the other, you have the job of transforming your space into a home. Take a deep breath, tackle one thing at a time, and don’t forget to have fun with your interior design choices.

Redesign Your Home Office Space For the New Year With These Creative Tips

Telecommuting isn’t just for the Millennial set. According to a recent survey by the AARP, 34% of older Americans would like to work from home, too. But whether you work remotely or simply want to create a space that’s conducive to health and productivity in the coming new year, redesigning your home office is a great place to start.

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The U.S. home improvement and repair industry is worth about $326.1 billion, but you don’t need to plan an expensive remodeling project to design the perfect home office. In fact, there are countless ways to transform your home office. And with the right physical space, you can accomplish each and every one of your goals in the new year.

With that in mind, here are just a few home office design tips to consider when revamping your home office.

Keep Your To-Do List Front and Center

When considering the layout of your desk and the wall space above and around your desk, the first element you want to add is a to-do list, which should ideally be updated on a regular basis. You can get a mini whiteboard with dry erase markers, go vintage with a chalkboard and chalk; or simply post a paper calendar or other organization tool on the wall to look at on a daily basis. Writing down your goals for the day is shown to boost the chance that you’ll reach them, so keep your list of tasks in a visible place that will provide a boost of encouragement every time you see it.

Engage in Puzzles During Breaks, But Don’t Get Distracted

Remember: your home office doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets and to-do lists!

You can and should keep some fun distractions on hand as well. That could mean a bookshelf with some of your favorite books or a thick stack of sudoku puzzles. The neurotransmitter dopamine is produced when doing puzzles, making them a great stress reliever to engage in during a short break period. With that in mind, it’s perfectly acceptable to keep a small collection of word searches, crossword puzzles, short reading materials, and other types of puzzles and activities. These will keep your mind occupied without causing a distraction.

These options are also much better than television or social media browsing, which tend to be productivity killers. Of course, it’s also important to make sure your breaks are structured. Taking a break whenever you ‘feel’ like it is far less productive.

Consider a New Shade

More than one-third of respondents in a 2017 Interior Design Trends survey said they would choose a neutral color palette when redecorating their home, but there are several shades scientifically proven to boost productive habits.

“There are certain colors that stimulate your brain in a certain way. Oranges and yellow hues are said to make one hungry; this could be the reason why more and more restaurants are using it in their schemes. Choose a color that is not too gaudy so that it does not distract you. Keeping in mind the climate and the heat, try selecting a neutral color that will soothe you in summer and provide warmth in winters. Lemons, pastel blues and creams are good color choices,” says Lifehack.

Rearrange When Creativity Strikes

Finally, don’t hesitate to rearrange your office whenever you feel that spark of spatial creativity. Giving the room a fresh look every once in a while helps you feel more at peace and essentially creates an entirely new feel, helping you stay productive without growing bored. Give it a try the next time you’re feeling stuck in a productivity rut.

Ultimately, creating a space conducive to productivity for the coming new year can help you stay on top of your goals and add a sense of purpose to your work-at-home routine.

Decorate This, Not That! Small Space Decorating with Janet Lee is Fun

The first warm and sunny day in Spring will often have you taking a survey of your living space. Warm and cozy winter lighting transitions into soft life-lifting yellow beams of sunshine –  forcing you to take a fresh look – or drag a weary eye – across your living space. And if you’re anything like us, you often sigh  to yourself “I need some newness in here.” But what’s to be done to spruce up a small space where every square inch is utilized to function, store, and showcase your style? Luckily at just the right moment of seasonal change, I was invited to a book signing hosted by G ARTS books at Rizzoli Bookstore on Broadway for the launch of Emmy Award-winning television producer Janet Lee’s second book, Decorate This, Not That! It’s not just a book it’s a MIY (Make-It-Yourself) movement!

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Janet Lee, a famed television producer who has worked with some heavy-hitting American tastemakers such as Martha Stewart,  Nate Berkus, and Oprah Winfrey, knows her way around a small space. Her first book, Living in a Nutshell, is a testament to making more out of less. Her new book, Decorate This, Not That!, is PERFECT for us small-space dwelling city girls and guys with an eye for design, function and finds.  Something I am able to do to make my small space a little bit more beautiful.

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During the book signing, her guests were treated with many gems of wisdom from her book, trivia questions, and prizes, and a really fun DIY decoupage crafting project which I have to say was relaxing after a long day of hustle and bustle in New York City.

Photo courtesy of ©Jill Lotenberg

Photo courtesy of ©Jill Lotenberg

Flipping through the book Decorate This, Not That!  You will find multi-functional storage ideas. Chapters are organized by both indoor by room and include TIMED  step-by-step design challenges that will flex your style quotient and mentorship for hard-core design junkies and first home buyers alike.

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From Decorate This, Not That! by Janet Lee, copyright © 2018, glitteratieditions.com

From Decorate This, Not That! by Janet Lee, copyright © 2018, glitteratieditions.com

Especially useful is the book provides the financing of each project,  as well a ‘Where to buy’ for many items at the back of the book.

Decorate This, Not That! by Janet Lee is published by G ARTS. It boasts 200 pages and is available for $35.00 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rizzoli Bookstore.

Enhance Your Outdoor Space with Patio Furniture from Kmart

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, so you know what that means, the weather is gorgeous and it’s time to decorate with some amazing outdoor furniture and get your grilling on. For these things to happen, you will be in need of the proper items, and this season, Kmart has everything you need to get your home summer-ready. Today we concentrate on your outdoor living space with some stunning patio furniture from Kmart.

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The patio furniture from Kmart will beautifully bring your inside life outside with gorgeous outdoor furniture sets from Jaclyn Smith, the must-have Kenmore grill for grilling season, and wonderfully decorative, outdoor accessories from Essential Garden, Safavieh, etc, at amazingly low prices, plus with their no money down layaway plan, there’s no need to wait until you have a deposit to can secure these items for your home.

JACLYN SMITH REECE 4PC BROWN WICKER SEATING

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The Jaclyn Smith Reece 4 Piece Brown Wicker Seating (two sets are shown above) is crafted from richly woven wicker in a contemporary style with durable steel frame construction for sturdiness. It boasts gently curved arms and soft, and supple cushioning that provide hours of comfortable relaxation. The all-weather PE wicker and seat cushions are designed to withstand the elements and resist fading, mildew, and stains. The four set includes two chairs, one loveseat, one tempered-glass table,  three seat cushions, and retails for $599.99. It can be yours with only 4 layaway payments of $152.00. The Bistro Table is available separately for $199.99 and can be yours with 4 layaway payments of $52.00.

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The set pairs beautifully with the Medallion Silver/Multi Indoor/Outdoor Rug, a stain and water-resistant, multicolored medallion print in shades of red, blue, and white. The easy-to-care-for rug is available in the following sizes: 19.7″ x 30″, 59.1″ x 84″, 94″ x 120″, and 19.7″ x 59″, and ranges in price from $12.99 – $129.99 (it’s currently on sale for less until June 4th).

JACLYN SMITH CLERMONT DINING SET

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The Jaclyn Smith Clermont Dining Set offers generous seating for up to 6 people, sturdy steel frame, and is perfectly designed for traditional outdoor dining. The table features an ornate filigree aluminum cast pattern in the center surrounded by pressure-resistant ceramic and a durable steel frame with a weather-resistant powder coating to prevent rust. The four plush chairs, which features four stationary chairs and two swivel chairs, also feature a classic brown steel frame and is contrasted with beautiful earth-tone cushions. The Clermont Dining Set is a must-have for those looking for patio or deck furniture that combines reliability with elegance. The Clermont Patio Dining Table with Ceramic Tile retails for $299.99 and can be yours with 4 layaway payments of $77. 00, the Jaclyn Smith Clermont Set of 6 Dining Chairs retail for $500.00 and can be yours with 4 layaway payments of $127.00

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Pair the entire set with the Navy Fretwork Indoor/Outdoor Patio Rug, a stain-resistant, flat weave rug that works for both indoor and outdoor and is available in 5 ft. x 8 ft., and 8 ft. x 10 ft. sizes and retails for $19.99 – $129.99. Now that you and your guests are comfortably seated with at the above stylish patio furniture from Kmart, it’s time to get grilling, and no one knows grills like Kenmore.

KENMORE 6 BURNER GAS GRILL

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The Kenmore 6 Burner Stainless Gas Grill, provides a remarkable 819 square inches of cooking space for multi-zone grilling. Each of the six burners puts out 10,000 BTUs, and delivers a side burner that puts out 13,000 BTUs, allowing you to grill your meat and cook all of your side dishes at the same time, plus it has large cabinets, so you have more than enough room for all your grilling tools and other essentials. Lighting this 6 burner gas grill is as easy as pushing a button, thanks to the electronic ignition. The grill retails for $399.99 and can be yours with 4 layaway payments of $102.00.

What are you thoughts on the incredible patio furniture from Kmart? See these and much more at www.kmart.com now.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams and Lowe’s Invite you to #PaintOn

Just as with our personal style when it comes to fashion, accessories, and now technology, we have come to expect every aspect of our lives to be customized to our personal tastes. So it’s no surprise that we’d want our homes, our sanctuary to reflect our style as well. Now when we say personalizing our homes, we don’t mean decor, we mean house paint, the paint colors you choose for the walls of our homes. Today we focus on how interior paint can bring harmony to your home. Sherwin-Williams and HGTV Home knows the importance of getting the right paint color palettes, which is why they initially launched the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Color Collections, specifically designed for room-to-room harmony, newly available at Lowe’s. The HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Color Collection proves that like in fashion, there are no rules in paint. We had the opportunity to see the beauty of these paints at an event hosted by HGTV’s Love It or List It, Too’s Jillian Harris.
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The HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Collection, which includes the Ovation and Showcase Paint and Primers – two improved interior and exterior paints, that bring together the expert home decor styling of HGTV, and the renowned quality and application of Sherwin-Williams paints, allowing designer-level results. A study shows that people spend up to 100 days just selecting a color and with 16 Room-to-room harmony, designer-inspired, color collections, that boasts 20 colors each, you can’t go wrong with color combinations from the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Collection, no matter what you choose. Just select the colors that most speak to you, and create your own customized space. Each paint color collection also includes design tips and inspirations for you to try.

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As part of the event, Jillian Harris walked through three vignettes with paint combinations inspired by Nature, Fashion, and the City. She showed us how each paint color palette was used, and how no matter which combination of colors were used, the results were always cohesive. The Nature-inspired vignette features a bedroom painted in the Natural Wonder color collection, described as organic, relaxed, and elemental, and features colors that “reflect rich minerals, mossy greens, and wooded pigments”.

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The Fashion-inspired vignette features a living room painted in the Fashion Forward color collection, described as cosmopolitan, glamorous, and daring, with bold colors that highlight where art meets fashion; these vivid colors are sure to turn heads.

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The City-inspired vignette features another living room (with more masculine-looking tones) painted in the Urban Outlook color collection, described as modern, functional, and sophisticated, with a “downtown palette that’s tailored, sleek, and refined, with an organic yet modern, innovative, and cool feeling.”

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After previewing the “rooms”, we had the opportunity to help paint sections of a wall to create a stunning multi-hued canvas using the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams color collections.

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Now that you’ve seen all the amazing things you can do with the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams interior and exterior paint and primers, are you up to doing some home improvements and adding a change of color to your life and home? Stop by Lowe’s, www.lowes.com, or www.painton.com for more information.

Mohawk Flooring’s “Make Room for Mo” SmartStrand Unleashed Campaign #ShareMoLove

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If you saw Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X during this past Superbowl, then you should be familiar with the official carpet sponsor, Mohawk Flooring, their adorable, four-legged, yellow lab mascot, Mo and their national #ShareMoLove campaign, SmartStrand Unleashed, which highlights their pet-friendly carpet. Well Mo is back with more adventures, in a series of webisodes called “Make Room for Mo!” staring alongside Gregory Abbey and Kelly Deadmon.

We had the pleasure of attending a episode taping of nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program, The Better Show where Mo was on hand with his “Make Room for Mo!” cast members to preview the multi-episode series and highlight the durability of Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk carpets.

The four webisodes went live on Friday and you can watch all four on the Mohawk Facebook Page, vote for your favorite and share it with your friends….our favorite is Night Fright. What’s even more amazing, watching all four videos enters you to win one of Mohawk’s popular and super cute dog bone-shaped SmartStrand Silk rugs (they’re giving away 10 of the rugs pictured in the photo below) and by simply “Liking” the Mohawk Facebook Page, you’re also helping Mo find homes for his furry friends as each “like” equals a $2.00 donation to and Petfinder Shelter Foundation. The contest runs May 9th – June 6th, so enter now to win this amazing rug.
What makes Mohawk’s SmartStrand such an amazing product to have for homes with pets? SmartStrand is made from triexta, a stain and soil-resistant fiber made exclusively by Mohawk, that is permanently built into SmartStrand; with other carpets, the chemical stain and soil protection treatments are only applied onto the carpet surface and comes off during typical carpet cleaning, which is why these carpets get ruined quickly.

We loved everything we saw, do you love what you’re seeing and want to know more? Find out more about Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk, updates on all their products, contests, as well as what Mo will be up to throughout the year.