Inspirations From SHG Living

Get inspired to make your home and garden the best it can be. The smart, healthy, green way.

  • Sustainability

    Dream Remodeling Likely Includes Cement

    Thinking of expanding your home? Or, perhaps your dream remodeling project includes a fabulous flagstone terrace with an outdoor kitchen, the likes of which SHG Living host, Brett presents in BYOT, for example. All of these projects involve the use of cement. It is one example of how we, as…

  • Green

    White Paint – Dramatic Climate Impact

    Indigo white used to be the white of choice for generations. Get ready to see the newly developed super white. It’s not just paint.  It’s white paint with a potentially dramatic climate impact. Paint to Cool The Earth It may sound like science fiction….paint with impact beyond a color?! As reported…

  • Healthy Home
    Mosquito control is important. How do you feel about spraying your body with chemicals? Know effective natural oil and plant alternatives.

    Summertime, Mosquito Control Time

    Consumer Reports recently reported their test results on mosquito control repellants: DEET or the chemical N-diethyl-meta-toluamide is the most effective mosquito control chemical available according to Consumer Reports. However, how do you feel about spraying your body with chemicals? Know effective natural oil and plant alternatives. Mosquito-born diseases like Zika,…

  • Gardening

    Smart Irrigation Controllers – Real Life Review

    A smart irrigation system combines convenience, good water management, and money savings. These controllers simply make sense. However, know important differences among smart irrigation controllers.  Nothing beats a real-life experience-based review like this one.  There are the good, the bad, and the ugly controllers on the market today. How often…

  • Living

    Widespread Air Quality ALERTS

    Recent events have shown us that clean, healthy air is something we can’t take for granted. With air quality alerts hitting two-thirds of the US due to wildfires in Canada, what lessons can be learned? Are the recent serious widespread air quality alerts across 2/3 of the US your wake-up…

  • Sustainability

    2022 – Good Things Are Coming

    Good things are coming from the accomplishments and changes in 2022. Let’s start with the breakthrough in fusion technology. Among the many events that happened in 2022, history will likely record this as the milestone development for humanity and the planet. After decades of research and experiments, the Lawrence Livermore…

  • Green

    Mylar Balloons – Bad For Environment & Your Conscience

    Mylar balloons have marked celebrations from birthdays, weddings, graduations, and more for decades.  But they are not degradable and therefore bad for the environment and present a fire hazard. Mylar balloons are one item to do without. Why? Did you know that                …

  • Sustainability

    Fall Gardening in Climate Change Conditions

    For gardeners fall gardening has become one moment when climate change becomes local and personal. The chilly fall air is a call to plant bulb-planting for gardeners. Why? You need cold air so that the bulbs stay dormant until warmer spring temperatures the following year. Every gardener knows this.  However,…

  • Gardening

    3 Organic Gardening Projects – Happy Fall

    When the morning air is cool, it’s time to get into the happy fall garden experience.  Here are the three most important organic gardening tasks to create a happy fall gardening experience on your property. 1. Leaf Removal – The Organic Way Throughout New England and Midwestern states, you have…

  • Gardening

    5 Top Dark Folliage Plants For Gorgeous Gardens

    It might just be the next cool thing in landscaping much like black is the rage in windows. Check out the way Austin Flipsters,   one of the hosts on SHG Living, incorporate black in their home transformations. It’s likely the one color you never thought of for your garden is…

  • Sustainability

    Navigate Home Sustainability – Does it Matter?

    Does it matter if weather patterns show never before seen floods, hotter wildfires, and higher temperatures? The answer is, of course, it matters to all human beings. What would happen when you make changes right around you, or, when you navigate home changes? We all know climate changes are happening…

  • Gardening

    Nurturing The Body With Store Bought Veggies?

    A recent study presented in the National Geographic magazine finds that fruits and vegetables are no longer as nurturing as they once were. ‘Mounting evidence from multiple scientific studies shows that many fruits, vegetables, and grains grown today carry less protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin C than those…

  • Living

    Harmony Reigns In Your Home When…

    …You are in sync with your being, your home, and your environment.  This is the moment when things are both perfectly still, flowing but without friction.  This is the moment harmony reigns. You feel the movement and the balance at the same time.  You feel connected to the people and…

  • Inspirations

    It’s Personal – Do You Value Your World?

    Value World – this term describes a fundamental concept – the foundation for valuing our planet. Everyone who desires personal wellbeing, good food, and economic sustenance for our families, pets, and ourselves needs a friendly and nourishing environment called Mother Earth. Not doing so creates a future without a future.…

  • Inspirations

    Gift Guide 2021 – Nurturing Body And Planet

    The Holiday Season is upon us.  What should we give our friends and loved ones? Here are (10) of my favorite non-toxic, natural, and health-focused gifts – all nurturing the body AND  the planet… perfect two-for-one gifts! (1) Nurturing the Body With Healthy Food  Price Range: $30-50 Have you ever…

  • DIY

    What Inspires You For Your Next DIY Project?

    Watching the creatives on SHGLiving. For sure, these makers know their subjects. They convey their installations with lots of spirit and wit to make the whole experience entertaining. UnliWatching the variety of styles and projects will reveal to you just what inspires you. So let’s dive in. Popcorn Ceilings Over…

  • Design

    Life is Beautiful 2021

    Can you say life is beautiful in 2021? If not, try an act of service.  Give something to someone.  Give a gift to a stranger. Better yet, combine it with your expertise. Offer your expertise to make someone’s life better in 2021. It is guaranteed to make you feel happy…

  • Living

    Rethinking House Cleaning

    Many people feel house cleaning is a “chore”.  Let’s shift this into a satisfying experience. After all, keeping your “nest”, a.k.a. home clean and beautiful is natural. Every animal cleans his nest, burrow, or home. Here are three fun and inspirational suggestions from SHG Living hosts to  get you launched…

  • Design

    Backyard Chilling and Grilling in 2021

    The 2021 extreme weather patterns throughout the United States and all of Europe bring home the well-established saying of “keep your friends and family close”. What’s better than chilling and grilling with everybody in your backyard.  Barbecuing always attracts people. You could start with a plain grill.  But let’s check…

  • Healthy Home

    Votive Candles – Toxic And Healthy Choices

    The bouquet of scented votive candles creates a beautiful Holiday aroma and atmosphere in a home. But watch out – there are important health considerations to be mindful of. Scientists and medical professionals understand the serious air pollution dimension in most votive candles.  But sadly consumers still do not know…

  • Gardening

    5 Organic Gardening Projects For A Happy Fall

    Gardeners will tell you that warm, happy fall days draw them out into the garden every time.  There is much to do in the garden during the fall. It’s a time to plant new shrubs and gardens for next year, prepare gardens for colder temperatures, and set up shrubs to…

  • Architecture

    Immediate Effect To Enlarge Rooms

    Is there such a thing as an immediate effect of making your home feel larger without adding to the footprint? The answer is YES!: Here is one powerful design strategy to visually and effectively raise the feeling of your home: lift the ceilings. Psychology of Lifting Ceilings For Immediate Effect The…

  • Inspirations

    Quickly Changing Holiday Gift Giving

    The 2021 Holiday season is pretty much upon us. Temperatures are quickly changing to cooler making our homes feel cozier. Holiday decor brings in even snugglier feelings at home. Businesses do better during the Holidays since our hearts and pocketbooks are a bit more open. In light of the devastating…

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    Lessons From Hurricane Ida

    What are the lessons from hurricane Ida and its devastating damage to buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi? Can we build buildings strong enough to withstand these powerful weather systems? What are the implications of rising water levels and fires due to exceptionally dry conditions across the planet? Lesson from Ida:…

  • Gardening

    Supertunia – A Great Planter Refresh

    The weather in 2021 has been anything but “normal”.  In the United States Northeast, we have seen extreme heat mixed with long periods of intense rain and thunderstorm.  Both are stressful for container plantings. My container plantings are not making it to fall planting this year.  They are in need…

  • Green

    Earth Clinic Check Up On Mother Earth

    Our planet needs a thorough check-up at an earth clinic.  Or, should I say the people living on planet earth need a check-up at the earth clinic.  Given the status of Mother Earth, this summer 2021, such a check cannot come soon enough. Why? Question: What have Germany, Belgian, The…

  • Healthy Home
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    Endless Pool, Saltwater Pool = Fun And Healthy Pools

    It’s hot – it’s summer. Do you know what kind of pool you are diving into? What exactly is in the water? Do you dream of a refreshing dip into your backyard pool? Let’s take a fresh look at a pool fit for a smart, healthy, and green lifestyle. What’s…

  • DIY

    Living Close As Neighbors

    In many urban and suburban communities, lot sizes are small.  People are living close as neighbors. At the same time, outdoor spaces, backyards are used more than ever.  What used to be a grill is now often a full outdoor kitchen.  Naturally, you want to have privacy to enjoy your…

  • Gardening

    Organic Pest Control Made Easy

    People with gardens love to stroll around in them. But they rarely just walk around.  They check to see what needs organic pest control. They pick up weeds. They turn over leaves to inspect their plants. Some may poke a finger into the soil to check for moisture. It may…

  • Gardening

    Good Garden Design for Better Health And More

    The land is already there – use it. Good garden design equals better health and increased home value.  Good garden design connects your house to the surrounding landscape. The right garden design refreshes you and your health. It nurtures the soul. What’s good for you is good for your home, and…

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