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Great tips on how to manage growing succulents at home.


As cute as they are, they don’t always make the best indoor house plants. That said, if you love them as much as I do, you’ll grow them anyway! And you should!

With a little bit of information you’ll be able to keep your succulents growing happily indoors. Choosing succulents that prefer low lighting will make a big difference in the success of your indoor succulent garden.

I’ll outline some tips below that will help your succulents stay as healthy as possible while they are living indoors.

6 Hours of Sunlight

When succulents are indoors it’s often hard for them to get enough sunlight. They generally about 6 hours a day.

You’ll want to keep your plants as close to the window as you can, but be careful not to let them get sunburned if the light from the window gets too hot. This tends to happen most with south facing windows (which tend to get the most light if you’re in the northern hemisphere).

I’ve kept my succulents in an east facing window, right up against the window, and they have done really well. If your succulents aren’t getting enough light they will start to stretch.

If there isn’t anywhere that gets brighter light (or more hours of light), don’t worry! After it get’s too stretchy for your taste, just cut off the top and propagate it! The bonus is that you’ll also get more plants 🙂

Water more, but less frequently

Many people will tell you succulents don’t need very much water. That simply isn’t true!

However, over watering is the number one way people kill succulents. So… here’s the deal. Succulents like to have their roots soaked with water but then dry out quickly. Granted, if you keep the soil wet every day, they will die from too much water. On the other hand, simply spraying them lightly with water will kill them too.

Basically though, you need to be giving your succulents enough water that the soil gets completely wet. Then, let it dry out completely before you water again. Don’t water it daily and don’t use a spray bottle!

Also know that succulents have a dormant period (most of them in the winter) and they don’t need as much water then. Since they are dormant, they aren’t growing and they don’t use up as much water.

You should only be concerned about dying leaves if the newest or uppermost leaves on your succulent are shriveling. If it’s just the ones near the bottom of the stem (closest to the soil), you don’t have anything to worry about!

Avoid Glass Containers (or anything that doesn’t drain)

Glass containers generally aren’t a great long term potting solution for succulents, especially during the winter. Succulents do not like to be sitting in soggy soil so a glass jar (or terrarium) is not going to make your succulent happy. This seems to especially cause problems in the winter when succulents need even less water than normal. Often succulents will get bugs or diseases from having soil that is too wet.

f you just love the glass container you have your succulents in, be so so careful with how much water you give it! I would measure out how much water you are pouring on and make sure you only put in enough water to just get the soil damp.

The same thing goes for a container without a hole for water to drain out. Air flow is especially important for succulents in the winter to help keep the soil mostly dry and the plant breathing. Again, make sure you are using a well draining soil as well.


If you grow your succulents indoors year round, they won’t notice much change in temperature unless they are right by the window. As a general rule, succulents like to be warm during the summer and cool during the winter.

If you can, keep the temperature in the summer between 70 and 80 degrees. During the winter, you’ll want your succulents to be a little colder, between 50 and 60 degrees. Most succulents can tolerate higher and lower temperatures as well, but those are the ideals.

Generally it is not a good idea to let the succulents get below freezing as this tends to cause damage to most succulents. I’ve found that having my plants by the window and keeping my house at a normal temperature for me seems to work just fine. They get a little warmer by the window in the summer and a little cooler in the winter.


If you are following healthy practices for your succulents as indoor house plants (good watering, well draining soil, sunlight, airflow and temperature), bugs should not be a problem. But… they often are still. I haven’t had too many problems with bugs but I’ve had quite a few ask about how to take care of them.

My experience has mostly been with gnats. You’ll generally get gnats if your soil stays too wet. Gnats are generally avoidable by using a well draining soil mix and allowing your soil to try out between watering.

There are a other bugs that can attack your plants too, including mealy bugs. If you do get mealy bugs, you’ll want to spray them with rubbing alcohol and pour alcohol over the soil to kill any eggs they may have laid.

Planning to put a rug in your living room? Here are things you should consider. I will surely take this in mind.

General Rug Shape Considerations

Because your rug’s shape affects the overall aesthetics of the room!


  • whimsical, playful, cozy, and soft
  • use in a small space to make it feel larger
  • pair with similar shapes (furniture, chandelier)
  • offset rectangles
  • use in a circular room
  • generally don’t use in larger spaces


  • use in a square room
  • pair with square-shaped tables
  • pair two or more square rugs


  • traditional
  • good for large spaces (living rooms, seating areas, office…)
  • great for when you need something long and thin, like a hallway runner or a kitchen rug


If you are wanting to see what styles are new and what decorating trends are persisting, a great place to look is at a Parade of Homes or in model homes of builders. They hire professional decorators who use the newest styles and the builder puts in the most up-and-coming materials to showcase his work.

If you don’t have a Home Tour to visit near you, here are a couple of ideas on what you would probably see at one.


  • In the exterior, think country farmhouse made new. Decorative wooden lightning rods at the peak of the roof lines is popular, along with working weather vanes.
  • Stamped concrete on driveways and sidewalks. A note, however: stamped concrete can be very slippery when wet. For safety’s sake it is best to use this along the edges and not over the main walkways.
  • Screened-in porches in addition to decks or patios. Multi-level outdoor living is hot. Fireplaces on the deck or chimineas are still popular. Screened-in porches with wooden beam ceilings and woven grass ceiling fans enhance the look.
  • Outdoor art is fashionable whether it be a piece of sculpture, a metal trellis, a wooden pergola, or a marble obelisk. Paintings that are weatherized and can be hung on exterior walls or on the rough trunk of an old tree are also a beautiful touch.


  • Anything iron continues to dominate interiors. The balusters on a staircase in metal and with designs or curves remain popular. This idea is also taken outside and used on the deck where the wood is the upper handrail and the bottom slats are metal. Ironwork scrolls are seen on the walls as art or candle holders.
  • Small tile accents are found in places throughout the house. Entryways have square tiles set askew to look like diamonds, and in the grout between the large squares are tiny colored tiles set in a line. In bathrooms as a wall decoration or in showers are small tile mosaics.
  • Wine racks to hold towels are showing up in bathrooms – Either a metal one set on the counter, or, more popular now, are wooden cubbies with square openings built right into the cupboard area like you would see in a kitchen to hold a vertical row of wine bottles.
  • Oval or circular great rooms impress visitors from the minute they open the front door. The front door generally opens on an entry area and straight ahead one can see the great room, which has a different flooring than the rest of the downstairs to show off the oval shape. Partial walls are rounded and columns delineate the space here from rooms that open on to the great room, such as the breakfast room.

Cleaning could be this fun.

Just like food choices involve more than taste, decorating a home requires more than style. The materials purchased may be lived with for a long time, so choosing non-toxic products, in addition to pleasing colors and styles, is a worthy consideration. Natural Style, by Janet Sobesky, is a book that can guide readers to a connection with nature inside their homes.

Natural Style: Environmentally Friendly Homes

As a style of decorating, going natural means an uncluttered look, choosing natural materials and displaying objects of personal significance. Other ways to create a natural home include:

  • Recycle
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality (open windows and doors when possible)
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Opt for organic rugs in place of carpet
  • Reduce pesticide exposure indoors by removing shoes
  • Use organic fertilizer on lawns and gardens

Decorating: Textiles, Flooring, Furniture and Art

Textiles fill a home with color and texture. Some good natural choices for curtains, upholstery, rugs, pillows and other include cotton, muslin, canvas, hemp, linen, ramie, silk and wool. Put special consideration into mattress choice as whatever a bed is made of is likely to be inhaled during sleep.

How to Choose Color for a Home

Color makes a huge impact in a home, and is an effective way to add a sense of style. Choose a color that appeals to the senses rather than being swayed by ever-changing home décor fashions. Natural Style includes a complementary color wheels to help choose a theme, and don’t be afraid to stick with the neutral colors found in nature.

Surfaces: Flooring, Counters and Wall Treatments

Green flooring choices include bamboo, wood, laminate, engineered wood, cork, ceramic tile, concrete, slate and linoleum. Many of these same materials can be used on countertops, as well as stone or metals. Avoid vinyl flooring which emits toxins into the household environment. Choose and eco-friendly paint or paper for walls.

Kitchens & Baths

Select energy-saving appliances when the time comes to replace them, and consider whether it’s necessary to install a second dishwasher or larger refrigerator even though that may be the trend. Make good use of natural light. Reduce water usage and expense by selecting efficient lavatories and showers.

Outdoor Living: Outdoor Rooms, Landscaping, Windows

Connecting the outdoors to indoor living space is a great way to enjoy the natural world from any room. Windows have a direct impact on energy costs and natural views. Provide entertaining space with conservatories, sunrooms and garden rooms. Make water-savvy choices when it’s time to landscape.


Natural Style is full of practical, doable advice for making good choices that are beautiful to live with. It is well organized and filled with color photographs that help a homeowner determine their own sense of style. A great gift for new homeowners or remodelers.

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enhance home storage

You could use more space in your home, whether it’s make room for new member of your family or accommodate your ever-expanding shoe collection. The initial step to add space to your home is to put things in right place and maximize on your existing set-ups. You may also need to consider a few options such as reorganizing the items in your home, throw away the useless stuff that fills your home, and getting equipment can used for various storage uses.

home storage

Note that to create the impression of space in your home you will need to design the correct storage for your needs. For instance, turning bay windows into window seats can create an instant focal point and offers additional storage underneath and creates extra seating as well. Besides, if you are feeling space-derived, you can opt for dual-functioning products such as coffee table that has inbuilt shelving. This helps in saving room and offers storage solutions.

Find out if every room in your house is being used effectively. Find out if opening up space of two rooms can result in more space. You may also need to find areas in your house where space is used poorly. Consider rearranging the items in such rooms to create more space. Besides, you can use space left unused such as space found under the staircase. If you have many doorways, you can convert one and get some space for your cupboard.

Perhaps you have short term solutions in your to-do-list. But you should also think about long term solutions. If you intend to create space to accommodate your growing family or start a business in your house, you create space depending on your long term goals.  For example, if you intend to start a business in your house, you will need to have a free room. If you are not ready to construct a new one, then you will need to rearrange your stuff to create enough space.

more space at home

Therefore, when creating space in your home, you should not just think about now. Having a plan about your current and future storage needs is important when it comes to enhancing the storage space in your home.

From drawer organizers to modular units or whatever the ways you feel you can organize your storage space at home o enhance it, don’t ignore the tips given in this article.


cheap interior design ideas

Improving home interiors can be costly and troublesome for a lot of people today. There are certain things on interior design which makes it really an enjoyable activity to do. If you are on a tight budget you need not to worry about not having enough funds for ornamental pieces and other furniture that you may want to use for your home improvement project. There are ideas which can really be budget friendly yet elegant. You can avail of such things by simply finding the most affordable pieces to include in your interior ensemble.  There are cheap interior design ideas that are chic and fab.

cheap interior design

One of the most widely used design pieces are candles. These candles are very decorative and functional at the same time. The use of candles has been popular since the medieval times and even until today whenever power interruptions or electricity source will not be possible. However, interior designers today have used candles along with elegant candle holders. Candles can truly turn a room into a cozy and relaxed place. A dinner table can be romantic for two when candles are used to set the mood. One of the best things to include if you plan to use candles for your home interiors is the use of candle holders. These holders can give your interior design plan elegant and ambient appeal.

candle holders

Candle holders can be used on various parts of the home and for specific occasions. There are various designs by which you can choose and would match the entire interior design plan you have for your entire house.  Thus it is totally important that you choose only what will compliment your design to pull the entire plan together.




garden ponds

Many homeowners, when considering the installation of a Garden Pond are fraught with unnecessary concerns, mostly attributable to maintenance issues. Indeed, some informed knowledge is required to ensure a living ecosystem remains vibrant, however an advanced degree is hardly a prerequisite. Given the free flowing exchange of information via the Internet, a few hours invested in self enlightenment can provide nearly any answer imaginable in a timely fashion.

From personal experience the best source of information is your local Garden Pond Dealer/Supplier. It would make perfect sense to seek advice from a professional who not only is knowledgeable of the subject, but also educated in processes, materials and available products. Many times the same person who sold/installed your Garden Pond is the savior of any pond dilemmas. A glowing customer testimonial is worth a million dollars in advertising to a business, and most will more than accommodate any inquiries.

garden ponds

For the purpose of Winter maintenance in Garden Ponds, the initial work begins in Fall. Frequently during Fall months, clean and remove any debris – falling leaves, dying plants, dead bugs, etc. Fall is the perfect time to apply pond netting given the volume of falling vegetation. A matter of particular care should be organic matter on the pond bottom. It is required to do so more than once, and is easily forgotten in value of importance. Check the outside of a raised pond for leaks, and make any necessary repairs before it gets too cold. Fall is a good time to perform a partial water change,ensure fresh new water is the same temperature as the existing pond water, add it slowly over time so as not to disturb the delicate water balance. Also examine any wildlife in the pond for disease or illness and if deemed appropriate, remove them.

winterizing garden pond

As Winter approaches and the water temperature reaches 40 degrees, quit feeding any fish. Remove the Pond Pump and store it as per manufacturers recommendations. Clean pump filters, remove filter media and perform any other suggested pump maintenance. Install Pond aerators or de-icing systems to prevent water freezing causing the loss of pond life or damage to the pond itself. Also, unusual warm spells in weather can enable bacterial activity which can deplete oxygen. These devices usually have adjustable thermostats, cycle on and off, and are quite energy efficient. Placement of these are critical, and they should be very close to the surface. Don’t allow snow to accumulate on a frozen pond surface, gently brush it away if possible, this allows sunlight to access the pond and will help with algae. Keep a watchful eye on fish if there are left in the pond over Winter. Fish tend to gather at the bottom of a body of water in the cold weather, and if you notice them close to the surface and the pond is iced over, move quickly. Make certain there is a fair sized whole in the ice (12 inches should do) and check to ensure the aerator is working properly. Most likely, an iced over pond allows methane gas to accumulate and can easily kill aquatic life if left unchecked.

In warm climates Winter Garden Pond maintenance is much the same as Spring maintenance. Regardless of location Garden Ponds can be a source of tremendous enjoyment and peaceful reflection. The best advice for maintenance is to view them as living entities, rather than a landscape attraction.


Reliable and Trustworthy Contractors in Your Area

One sure thing about owning your own home is that there are going to be needed repairs along the way. Whether you’re having a small job done, like painting, or a large job, like remodeling a kitchen, you still want the most reputable home improvement contractor available. Contractors are a dime a dozen but finding just the right one can take a lot of time and effort.

There’s a site that lists contractors, some in your area, who have been pre-screened and found to be legitimate, honest and price-competitive. Contractors who think they belong in this group can apply to the site who will then check their reputation.

There’s one downfall to the whole pre-screened contractor business: they mostly list contractors that are located in major cities. If you live close to one of these towns, you’re good to go, but if not, this may not be the service for you.

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The network includes service professionals in over 500 categories, like cleaning services (janitorial, window cleaning,pressure washing, gutter cleaning), remodeling (house, bathroom, etc), roofing, decking, plumbing work, yard work and cement work. To begin the search for the appropriate company the customer first submits a short description of the service needed by answering a few brief questions. And, after they’ve located the perfect company to serve you, you are under no obligation. Get an estimate or do nothing else – it’s up to you.

This site guarantees the match, too. Notify them if you end up hiring the recommended company, then if there’s any problems they will work with you to straighten them out. And, they’re even willing to provide up to $500 of additional labor to make you happy. Make sure you read and understand the full Service Guarantee at their site. Go to the site and read many customer reviews to see how others liked the services.

The criteria required to become a recommended contractor includes proper licensing, any prior legal problems concerning the business, judgements against the business and any bonding information. Although they invest quite a lot in checking the credentials of the contractors, there’s no fee to use the services.

The site also features a Homeowner’s Library containing articles, pictures and diagrams of topics related to homes and repairs. Learn more about various home repair projects, get remodeling tips, even maintenance tips and hints.

Take the headache and disappointment out of having home remodeling jobs done by a contractor. Save yourself the hassle of making phone calls, trying to check backgrounds, and attempting to find out more about the contractors. Let someone else do all the legwork for you.

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