Design For Your Lifestyle is Medicine

Have you ever thought about your home, office, or even garden as being a place that can bring you health and well-being- by simply its design?
The design of things around us- impacts us daily. From a frustrating interaction with the coffee pot – to an overstuffed armchair- how things are designed and function from day to day impact how our hopes, dreams, attitudes and bodies respond. A new look at design is suggesting we create “intentional settings” and “productive environments” allowing for growth.
A question to ask – Is your home or office set up to encourage growth physically, mentally, and socially? Or, does it promote a sit on the sofa kinda evening? A change in space plan and furnishing arrangement can give you a place to roll out a yoga mat. A change in space plan and arrangement can also promote- starting that book, painting, sewing project, dream vacation board, class you’ve wanted to take…. It is suggested, all of these life projects need a place to breathe with us during the day and night.
Design has traditionally been a sofa, 2 chairs, a coffee table…….etc, etc, etc.  It does not have to be “that” anymore says Bean at Lifestyles by Bean. Your home can inspire your life and positively impact your journey. From losing weight to finding a new path, she has firsthand experience about the importance of design that is tailored to your personal needs and aspirations. Interior design should be more than “pretty”. Most people don’t realize interior design affects muscles and emotions. So, what do we need to aesthetically change to be more productive, creative, and out of a routine?
Thirty percent of people are physically affected by how their interiors are designed. Lighting, inspiration, ease of flow, scaled furnishings, task and wellbeing areas, and a place to stretch your back are things we often dismiss because we continue to live with a preconceived notion of what “good” design is. It wasn’t until the 1960 when scientists started to question the link between human behavior and our natural and built environments.
Are you raising children? Trying to lose weight? Looking for your passion? Wanting to reach that next level in your career? Bean suggests we look at how our interiors are set to start us on our personal journeys. Consider having a fresh fruit and vegetable station in the kitchen to change eating habits. Or, lose that back ache by losing your coffee table.
Bean will be at the Orlando Home Show addressing this topic. Are the interiors you’re creating today facilitating the life you want to live 10 years from now? Design has a lasting impact on its audience. The design decisions being made today will impact you in the pursuit of individual well-being and within a larger society- tomorrow.
Visit Lifestyles by Bean and SODO Home for a talk about the future of Design on the Celebrity Stage at 2pm Saturday the 12th at the 11TH ANNUAL ORLANDO HOME & GARDEN SHOW.
Bean will also be available for 15 minute design consultations at the show. Stop by the SODO Home Design Center to sign up for the limited availability.  January 11th, 12th, and 13th at The Orlando Convention Center.
Photo Credits – Matuzak Photography

Gnome How To Make Your Neighbors Laugh?

These are absolutely hilarious! Our exhibitor Studio Oz, LLC carries these hilarious, unique yard gnomes!
Don’t take yourself or your yard too seriously, everyone can always use a good laugh!
Especially great for The Walking Dead fans or those with darker senses of humor!
Who knew there were garden gnomes who are NSFW!
Ha, come see them at the Orlando Home & Garden Show to see those I was not allowed to post!
A personal favorite is ‘Flippy’ 😉

Do Tiny Houses Intrigue You?

Have you seen the shows on TV or run across them on social media and thought, wow, I like the idea… but how can someone live in that… permanently? We get it! We had the same thoughts, so we asked home remodeler, tiny home builder and tiny home dweller, Matthew Collins for some insight! Collins owns and operates Tiny3GB, a division of Third Generation Builders, LLC.
Matthew’s family of six underwent a drastic downsize from a three story, 3400 sq. ft., home in a Charleston suburb HOA neighborhood, to arrive on one fenced acre and a home of less than 900 sq. ft. in the small town of Ravenel, minutes south of Charleston towards Edisto Beach. During their renovation they lived in a two bed one bath single wide without a washer, dryer or dishwasher.
They learned that there were a lot of “things” they could live without and continue to purge their lives of things they no longer need.  The Collins family made three moves before they finally arrived in their finished home.  Each move made them question: do I need this thing enough to haul it from here to there once more and store it for weeks or months?  Many things did not pass this test, leaving their load much lighter today.
When we asked Matthew how he managed to get his four children on board with giving up their “things” and moving to a tiny house, he shared the following ideas:

  • Get the kids invested and involved; we had four yard sales, as I recall, and the kids were allowed to keep the proceeds of any items they contributed to the sale.
  • Give yourself time to see what you miss; we put everything but the bare necessities for about 6 months as we renovated. That put “things” into perspective and we truly enjoyed each other’s company and enabled us to see what we really missed and what we didn’t.
  • Turn purging into sharing; we were able to give quite a few items away on free cycle and Craigslist that we no longer needed finding it really is more blessed to give than to receive. The children went with my wife as she gave a lady our second set of Christmas decorations (we had 2 different color themes and rotated every year—crazy—why did we do that??). The lady was hosting Christmas for her daughter and family for the first time and it was indeed a joyous occasion. Also, we were able to gift our piano to a small country church and that too was such a joy when the two members came to pick it up.
  • Get excited about the ‘pros’ of the change; our family was very excited to be moving from a small yard in a big neighborhood to a big yard in a sparse residential area. Plus, they loved the idea of a “small chicken farm” which has evolved into raising Kinder Goats as well. And now, in our final phase of transformation we are staying on the farm building tiny houses and not fighting Charleston traffic across town to renovate and repair homes.
  • Our downsizing experience really helped us to focus on prioritizing our relationships with those we love over any worldly possessions. It has been a sweet time in the life of our family and we are grateful for the journey.  We have seen God work in our lives and our circumstances.

If you’d like to explore the idea, and some tiny houses for that matter, we’ve got just the thing! The 9th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show has a Tiny House Village in which you can tour about a dozen Tiny Houses! Homes will be coming from as far away as Texas. There will be homes of all shapes and designs; and all less than 400 square feet. The Tiny House Village will also have fun family activities, including a Farmer’s Market! AND!! These builders do not want to drag these houses back home, so bring your best offer and buy a home on the spot.
NOAH (National Organization of Alternative Housing), the sponsor of this feature, is the premier third-party inspection and certification company for tiny houses on wheels. Addressing the challenges of life, fire safety, structural efficiency and energy efficiency in the construction of the homes, Noah is like the building department for Tiny Houses on Wheels. NOAH will have representatives at the Village to answer your questions regarding national codes and construction of your tiny house on wheels. Also, some challenges faced with Tiny Houses are placement, insurance, and funding, so NOAH will have representatives on site with solutions to all of these!

3 Warning Signs That Your Roof Is Leaking


Sleeping peacefully at night? To continue staying dry at night, make sure to check out these easy to identify, but often overlooked warning signs that your roof is or will be leaking soon!
1. Missing Shingles
We are all in the habit of looking straight ahead. As we pull out of the garage and back in, it’s easy to neglect seeing what’s not covering your home. Whether it’s just one or several missing shingles, it’s wise to invest in performing a monthly check up just to make certain that everything is in place.
2. Small Discoloration In Your Ceiling
This is almost a guarantee that your roof is or has been leaking in the past. Often more than not, that tiny little spec or dark spot doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if recognized earlier enough, it can be the difference between a few hundred dollars vs. several thousands in repairs.
3. Search That Scary Attic
It may not be on your to do list, but inspecting the rafters in your attic with every seasonal change is a good idea. This could be considered a valuable preventive measure and by catching the leaks early can save you on repair costs.
To learn more about roof repairs and prevention from your local experts, stop by the Lexington Blue booth at the CKY Home & Garden Show THIS WEEKEND! Plus, enter to win a FREE roof or $5000 at their booth!!

10 Tips for Designing your Outdoor Living Space!


By: Julie Lewis of Housewarmings – Lexington, KY
1. Most of us can’t wait to get home from a day at work and get outside! The most used outdoor spaces typically have easy access from inside your home. Outdoor Rooms off a Living Space or Kitchen typically get the most use.
2. Once we get outside most of us want a little serenity and privacy! Use landscaping to screen your Outdoor Room. If Landscaping is not an option Potted Plants and Outdoor Drapery can help with privacy, as well.
3. Just as it does inside, FIRE draws people together. Add an Outdoor Firepit or Outdoor Fireplace. There are sizes and designs for everyone – from Wood Burning to Propane or Natural Gas. Be sure to check your Local Building codes to Verify Fire-Safety and Placement.
4. Everyone loves a good view! Orient your furniture to maximize your best view or create a focal point. If you don’t have the greatest view be creative – highlight a Fire Feature or a Fountain; if you have a ceiling add a dramatic Light Fixture or Fan.
5. Remember you’re not “roughing-it! Your Outdoor Furniture should have all the comforts of being Indoors. Today’s outdoor cushions almost rival their indoor counterparts – look for deep cushions and durable outdoor rated fabrics, add lots of decorative pillows, even an outdoor throw.
6. If your space is small remember some Furniture Pieces can do double duty – Dining Chairs can also serve as Lounge Chairs; Benches and Ottomans can also serve as additional seating and storage.
7. Personalize your space! Don’t forget about Outdoor Accessories – there are so many to choose from! Consider a beautiful Outdoor Rug to add comfort and help define your space. Don’t forget Outdoor Lamps and Candles with Hurricanes and Lantern, too. Add what makes you happy!
8. If you’re an avid or weekend Griller be sure to consider the location of your Grill or Outdoor Kitchen. Locate your cooking surface where the smoke will be less intrusive to your Living Space – but close enough to your Indoor Kitchen for quick access.
9. Don’t forget entertainment! Add an Outdoor TV or Sound System. A wireless outdoor Wi-Fi antenna can provide an extra boost so you can stay connected.
10. If the heats got your down – consider adding some sort of sun screen. There are many things to choose from depending on your space; from Pergolas to Retractable Awnings, even Large Room Size Cantilevered Umbrellas.
To learn more come to the Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show, April 1-3, and see the seminars by Housewarmings or visit their booth!

5 Professional Outdoor Lighting Design Tips

By: Paul Gosselin of NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals – Austin, TX
Almost anybody can stick some lights in the landscape of your home and it would be an improvement over not having any lights at all. In order to make it better though, a little time needs to be dedicated to the actual lighting design. Here are a few tips to take an ordinary outdoor lighting system to another level:
1. Don’t use the same fixture for everything. The most commonly used fixture for residential outdoor lighting is the “bullet” or spot light. This fixture can accept an MR16 lamp, either halogen or outdoor-rated LED, which can produce several different lumen levels and beam spreads, depending on the lamp. Unfortunately, we commonly see the same lamp in every fixture, which can be a bit boring. When using this type of fixture, don’t be afraid to use different lumen outputs and different beam spreads. You can even use different light colors these days with LED lighting.
2. Move some fixtures to different locations. We see this all the time where the installer will place a single fixture in front of each tree. Yes, this does look better than no light at all, but there is no imagination and no depth in the design this way. Try back lighting some of these specimen plants to generate some interest and dimension.
3. Avoid the runway look. An all-too-common lighting design mistake is lining a walkway with light fixtures, commonly known as the runway look. Try staggering path lights back and forth on both sides of the walkway, or you may try lighting on only one side.
4. Use more fixtures with lower lumen outputs. All too often we see people trying to save fixtures by using fewer lights, but using higher light intensity. This produces really over-bright spots with very dark holes between them, creating an unsafe situation on the property that just looks bad. A great lighting design uses different light levels throughout the landscape without black holes unless there is a dramatic reason for it. Keep in mind that these dark holes become very good hiding places for bad guys.
5. Experiment with the lights. Try different locations with different fixtures to see how you can get the best effects. I know that wide wash fixtures work better for grazing walls to enhance surface texture because I did some experiments. Using bullet lights against a wall creates what I like to call the “mark of Vorro” (instead of Zorro). If you’ve seen homes with a row of V looking light beams shining up on them, you can bet that they used bullet lights with 30 degree beam spreads and no lenses. Wide wash fixtures will create a nice wide, more diffused beam of light, eliminating the telltale V that is often seen in poorly designed lighting plans.
These are just a few very basic tips, but they will help you create a more visually pleasing overall lighting system. And to learn more, bring your pictures, plans and ideas to the Austin Spring Home & Garden Show April 1-3 and stop by booth number 643 to talk with NightScenes!

The Real Difference Between Hard & Soft Water

So What is the Difference between Hard Water and Soft Water?
The main difference between hard and soft water is the mineral content. Minerals commonly found in hard water are chalk, lime, calcium, and magnesium. Rain water is naturally soft but picks up these minerals as it runs through the ground. Hard water can cause problems in the house.
Hard Water Problems
Calcium, lime, and magnesium cause the problems commonly associated with hard water. Here are some of the most common issues:

  • There are spots on dishes after cleaning.
  • There is soap scum in the tub and shower.
  • Scale buildup and drain clogging is frequently occurring in the tub and shower.
  • The clothes are dingy after going through the washer.
  • Large amounts of sediment are present at the bottom of the water heather or other appliances including faucets.

These signs are a good indication of hard water but there are more conclusive methods you can use to test your home’s water.
Bottle Test
Gather a clean empty plastic bottle with a cap and dish washing liquid. Remove the cap and fill the bottle about halfway. Add about 5 drops of the dish washing liquid and shake vigorously. You should see foam forming. If the foam stays, the water is not hard. If the foam quickly dissipates, the water is hard.
Water Test Kit
A hard water test kit will indicate the hardness of the water with a good accuracy. To perform the test you start out by filling a vial with the water in question. Then add a drop of solution and shake well for 5 to 10 seconds. Keep adding one drop and shaking until a half inch of suds is sustained. Each drop used represents 1 grain of hardness. Anything less than 3 grains of hardness is at most slightly hard and does not need to be remedied. Anything higher than 3 you might want to treat.
You can buy these kits online or Call 512-388-0022 to Schedule your FREE! Water Test from a professional.
Hard Water Solutions
If you do have hard water and the resulting problems, the best solution is a water softener. These devices run the water through a resin bed to exchange the hard ions with soft ones. The resin bed will slowly buildup up hardness ions and need to be cleaned, as you might already know the Kinetico systems clean themselves. The salt in the bin is the key chemical for this cleaning process (a.k.a. regeneration process). Depending on the hardness of the water, this regeneration process is run on a timed basis triggered by a control panel. More efficient systems work based on the usage of water and not on a clock.
If a water softener is too expensive or isn’t possible for your home, try these tips:

  • -Use an homemade all purpose cleaner  to remove scale buildup.
  • -Use a squeegee to remove sitting water after a shower or bath.
  • -Use vinegar to prevent clogs.
  • -Use a detergent that works with hard water.

While these are temporary remedies, will help you out on the short term. We highly recommend a Water Softener or Treatment for the prolongation of your appliances and plumbing.
Give us a Call if you want to find out more about your quality of water and the available solutions.We also offer Water Purification Systems and Reverse Osmosis Systems
Stop by the American Water booth @ The Austin Spring Home & Garden Show THIS WEEKEND!
Serving From Belton TX to Buda TX and anything in between.

Indoor Air Quality & Your Health

Indoor air pollution has been described by the EPA and Congress as America’s number one environmental health problem and indoor air pollution can be four to five times worse than outdoor air. The Department of Consumer Affairs states that children and the elderly are the ones most affected by polluted indoor air. One of the greatest contributors to poor indoor air quality is mold spores.
We spend about 90% of our time indoors and these mold spores are inhaled by us and our children. Mold spores and other indoor pollutants can and do cause allergies. The American College of Allergists state that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air. They state that 10 to 12 million people in the US suffer from asthma and that asthma is the single largest cause of hospital visits by children.
If you have allergy symptoms year-round — or if they get worse in damp weather — you may be allergic to mold. While people with pollen allergies tend to have seasonal symptoms, mold allergies can flare all year long. Indoor mold can be a problem in winter months when we tend to tighten up our homes which increases humidity levels. Mold will grow in your house where there is enough moisture, whether it’s on a basement wall, in your crawl space, a damp carpet, or behind the bathroom tile.
You may not even realize the mold is there — but if you’re sensitive you’ll react with coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, or irritated eyes.
“Very often, people don’t really know what the problem is,” says John Martyny, PhD, an industrial hygienist with National Jewish Health Center in Denver. “They have an allergic reaction, lots of sinus drainage, lots of upper respiratory problems, and it doesn’t last for just a month or two. This goes on 12 months a year. It is not a minimal problem — it can really change your life.”
It may be hard to get a mold allergy correctly diagnosed. “Very often, the root of the problem isn’t identified correctly,” Martyny says. “People have these symptoms, but they don’t realize they have a moisture and mold problem at home. If you get rid of the allergens — the mold — people get better, and they get better pretty fast.”
Mold infiltration can be a difficult and destructive problem. Once it takes hold, its elimination can be uncertain and costly using conventional techniques.
Green Home Solutions gives home and property owners an effective, long-lasting, and environmentally sound solution.
Our process employs a proprietary formulation of enzymes scientifically engineered to shut down mold. Our EPA registered formula, applied in mist form, has been verified to be safe for humans, pets and plants, and is no more “destructive” than a simple mist of water. Most other mold treatments on the market today use harsh chemicals that actually rely on their toxicity to have any effect at all.
The non-volatile, preventative nature of a Green Home Solutions Treatment will interact with mold spores allowing the enzymes to penetrate deeper and remain effective longer.
Our treatment eliminates the need for costly and time consuming demolition. Moreover, this is truly a non-distributive process since we don’t require the removal of furniture, carpeting or personal items.
Stop by the Green Home Solutions booth at the Central KY Home & Garden Show THIS WEEKEND to learn more!

Benefits of Metal Roofing

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Aside from being sleek, beautifully crafted, metal roofing holds an abundance of advantages over traditional roofing. As a premium choice with premium advantages, the initial cost may be higher but metal roofing will actually save you money over time. The following are primary advantages of metal.
•Fire Resistant
Unlike the traditional jingle, the metal roof, roof, roof is NOT on fire! Metal building materials have a Class A fire rating (most resistant) due to their noncombustible nature, so you can rest assured that your roof will not burn or go up in random flames.
•Energy Efficient
Metal roofs are one of the most energy efficient roofing options because they reflect heat, cutting back on cooling costs. In the cold months metal roofs act as great insulators, saving you heating costs.
•Longevity and Durability
On average metal roofs will last 2-3 times longer than a traditional roof. They have been known to last between 40-70 years, depending on the material of the metal.
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofing is lightweight! Most varieties of metal roofing weigh 50-150 pounds per square, while traditional roofing material (shingles or tile) can weigh anywhere between 750-900 pounds per square. This makes the roof quicker to install and places less stress on your home’s structure.
•Weather Resistant
Due to its durable nature, metal roofs can survive heavy rain, high winds, mildew, insects, rot, and snow accumulation. Additionally, Manse Metal provides a 25-year Galvalume warranty and a 40-year Valspar WeatherXL warranty in case of disaster.
•Low Maintenance and Versatile
As stated, metal roofs are highly resistant to typical wear and tear making your upkeep minimal to none. With many types of metal roofs available it is one of the most versatile building materials that can be placed on an abundance of projects.
With numerous advantages over traditional roofing, it is clear that metal roofing is the top roofing choice! When you are in the market for a new roof remember, “Don’t Settle for Less than Mansea Metal!”
For more information please contact head to booths #520 & #522 at the Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show to speak to a knowledgeable representative! April 1-3 at the Lexington Center.

Spring Cleaning?! Read Up!

The closet is a great place to start your Spring Cleaning & Organizing!
Closet Factory, one of our Central KY exhibitors has put together the following tips to help you get started!

Code Your Closet

Color coding your closet makes it simple to find the clothes you’re looking for, and creates an order that is deeply pleasing to the eye. There’s also another great reason to color code your closet: to find out if you need another black skirt. Without your clothing sorted by type and color, you can’t effectively see the black skirts you own, so you probably think “yes” and go buy a new one. However, if all eight of your black skirts were placed together, you might think again.
Ready to try it? Begin with these simple steps.
Step 1
Start by separating clothes by type: shirts, pants, etc.
Step 2
Starting with shirts, sort by color. Move to pants, and so on.
Step 3
Choose your color coding method. There are many ways to go but we’ve narrowed it down to the two most effective:
• Light to Dark – Start with white and gradually make your way to darker colors by sight. If colors become too similar use a dividing color in an accommodating color family. For example, separate navy blues from blacks by inserting a section of light blue clothing.
• ROYGBIV – Roy-gee-biv! Sort by the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Many people believe it’s the best way to go about color coding a closet—it’s easy to remember and provides greater contrast between groups. You’ll have to decide for yourself the best place for your blacks, whites, browns and grays.
Step 4
For multi-colored items, simply determine the dominant color of the item. You may even want to create a section just for patterned clothing so that you not only color code your closet by color, but also by solids and prints.
Step 5
Experiment. Figure out what works best for you. There are no set rules when it comes to color coding a closet. Learn which method of color coding looks better to you and which method will be easiest for you to maintain.
Visit Closet Factory’s booth at the Central KY Home & Garden Show, April 1-3 at the Lexington Center, to get more ideas from them in person, or visit their website at!