You may be spending more time around the house these days, devoting more attention to refining the style and personality of your home, and trying to make each room more functional, engaging and stylish.
To inspire you to create the awesomeness you desire for your home, here are some some amazing images of unique, well-designed spaces – stunning baths, to-die-for kitchens, altogether incredible interiors – all to help you get more enjoyment from your home.
To kick off this column, we thought we’d start you off with our Top 5 Home Décor Trends for 2012. The great thing about trends is that they are just like any other set of opinions – you’re always free to take note of what you like and disregard the rest.
Let us know what you think, and how you plan to re-imagine your living space in 2012.
Most kids hear the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” at least once in their childhood. And as they grow into adults they realize just how true that statement is: people work hard for their money! If there are quick and easy changes that help you save, it doesn’t make sense not to do so, right?
You’d be surprised how a few simple tweaks around your home can help you use less energy and save tons of money over time. Watch this video for straightforward advice on how to save energy in the winter, like adding insulation to floors, attics and crawlspaces, using caulk and weather stripping to seal gaps and cracks, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs, and installing a programmable thermostat. The video also highlights not-so-commonly-known ideas such as when to open and close your drapes and shades and installing a tank-less water heater. You’ll also learn about the benefits of updating your home with Energy-Star qualified windows and appliances.
Since the town of Joplin, Missouri was hit by a terrible tornado in May 2011, The Home Depot has promised to stand with this community and rebuild together. After months of hard work, manager Steve Cope and the associates at The Home Depot #3042 are making final preparations to reopen the store today.
In celebration of this grand reopening, the store will hold a dedication ceremony and Neighborhood Night. The reopening ceremony will also include the dedication of a memorial to the casualties at The Home Depot.
The Home Depot remains committed to the Joplin community. We have worked to rebuild the new store as quickly as possible, while also operating a temporary store to help serve the community’s overall rebuilding efforts.
The public is invited to the reopening ceremony and Neighborhood Night, which happen today, Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The store is located at 3110 E. 20th Street in Joplin.
We hope people in the area will stop by the store and pause a moment at the memorial. Joplin should be proud of community spirit that arose following the disaster, which holds the town together as it recovers.
Editor’s Note: Visit our archives for more information about the Joplin disaster and recovery effort.
Day 10 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If your bathroom is short on storage, add a shelf above the door to keep cleaning supplies, extra soap and beauty products, and extra towels out of the way.
It’s true that the winter season is here already, but wintry weather is just starting to catch up to many around the country. Avoiding the winter chill by escaping into a warm, cozy home is always a favorite option this time of year. So chances are you’ll be firing up the fireplace very soon if you haven’t done so already. Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind before getting started.
No matter what type of fireplace you have this video will walk you through important steps to get you through getting your fireplace ready for winter safely. For those of you with wood burning fireplaces, proper cleaning and regular flue inspections are a must to keep out animals and debris. Gas log fireplace owners must be careful to always turn off the gas valve before starting any maintenance and carefully remove and replace the gas logs to prevent dangerous carbon buildup.