Inspirations From SHG Living

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

  • Home Building

    The Best is yet to Come in Eco Friendly Building Design

    Today, design and building materials can easily be eco-friendly. There are many exciting building products available that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and healthy. And, at the same time, the best is yet to come in eco-friendly building products. For a closer look into what’s available right now and where the building…

  • Gardening

    Plumeria Flower – Love, Hope, And Welcome

    Plumeria Flower…even the name sounds exotic – and it is.  Think of tropical flowers, think of Hawaii. Think of the Hawaiian “leis”, the welcome garland. They are native to Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean. But no matter your climate zone, there are ways you can have stunning plumeria flowers in…

  • Gardening

    4 Tips For Organically Grown Healthy Gardens

    Gardening organically can be a challenge. Diseases are common in today’s gardens. Are there effective organic treatments? Chemicals are “bio-accumulative” in our bodies, i.e. they build up over time until one day, our bodies can no longer handle them and strange physical conditions arise.  So, here are four expert gardener…

  • Living

    Smart Styles – 4 Top 2021 Home and Garden Trends

    Lifestyles are continually changing. Circumstances are changing. After a time people want something different. This is all expected.  However, last year’s unprecedented, all-encompassing, worldwide COVID had an unprecedented impact on the way we live in our homes.  So here are the top four smart styles in home and garden trends…

  • Architecture

    Stairwells-Modern Design, Healthy Materials

    Today’s young buyers are driving toward smaller house footprints, open-concept living with health-conscious materials.  This translates into new interior design details featuring stairwells with modern design and healthy materials. Designers and homeowners talk a lot about kitchen and bath design. And yes, we spend a lot of time in both…

  • Landscaping

    Smart Reliable Sprinkler – Insider Details

    You install a sprinkler system to have peace of mind that your lawn and gardens receive just the right amount of water, especially during hot summer months whether you are at home or not.  In the words, your, #1 criteria is a reliable sprinkler system. What does “reliable sprinkler” actually…

  • Green

    Natural Wood Planks – Are We Robbing Mother Earth?

    Everyone loves hardwood floors or wood planks.  They provide a feeling of natural, clean, healthy living versus dust hiding out in the manmade carpet fibers. Wood is a natural material that makes us feel grounded. It’s easy to clean. But is harvesting wood planks good for the planet? Is it…

  • Healthy Home

    A New Dawn In Paint

    It’s a new dawn in paint and in home improvement. What should be on your roller for your next painting project? It’s a new dawn in smart healthy green awareness that extends to paint. COVID19 has given us a sense of greater vulnerability. We need to treat our bodies and…

  • Inspirations

    A Happy Saturday From Relaxation With Water

    Here is one way to get into a happy Saturday experience: Take a soaking tub, with perhaps relaxing jazz or other soaking tub music in the background. It might just be the quintessential way to relax.  Depending on your climate, if you are an outdoor personality, your first choice might…

  • Kitchen Design

    Timeless Kitchen Design in 800 Words

    Timeless, yet trend-aware kitchens create real value in a home.  Here is how to create a timeless kitchen design in 800 words to illustrate just how simple it can be, provided you know the right installation details. Conversely, you can spend just as much money on materials, styles-and functional details for…

  • Architecture

    New Uses For Tiny Houses

    “Tiny house” –  everyone knows the term. It’s no longer an alternative lifestyle but there are many new uses for tiny houses. Manufacturers are reporting huge order increases in 2020.  But what exactly is a tiny house? Is the familiar RV a tiny house? Tiny houses have become a go-to…

  • Healthy Home

    Floating Bed, Nontoxic Mattress – Healthy Relaxation

    You have heard it before: Even the most active among us are spending many hours in bed to rest and rejuvenate our bodies. Is your current bed a healthy home experience? It’s 2021 – time to make healthy home purchase decisions. How about a floating bed with a nontoxic mattress…

  • Design

    Good Design – Twist On Materials

    Good design is seeing things in simple, fundamental relationships or in their essence. This leads to seeing materials with fresh eyes. Sometimes it’s understanding the potential in what others might treat as discarded items, discovering the uniqueness in materials, and using materials differently. Often, people have the misconception that good…

  • Healthy Home

    Priority Health & Natural Gas Cooking

    What is the statement appliance in today’s kitchen? For many homeowners, it is the professional-looking, gas-fired cooktop, or range.  Designers and magazines have been putting forward the notion that the robust-looking gas burners elevate the kitchen to a professional, or “Chef’s Kitchen”. Who wouldn’t want that?  Caution. Priority health, healthy…

  • Inspirations

    2021 A New Year – A New Beginning

    You don’t have to be an astrology enthusiast who is looking at big planetary shifts this year to know of the change into the Aquarian Age. The big change is noticeably in the air with new thinking, new actions, and new beginnings in 2021.  It’s a year to shift your…

  • Living

    Closets by Design

    Look into someone’s closet and you discover the personality of the resident in the house, condo, or apartment. This truth applies to large dressing room type closets, and to the smallest of closets in traditional, older homes. Knowingly or not, we are all designers of our closets. Let’s explore this…

  • Living
    Quality of Living Gift Ideas

    2020 Top Quality Of Living Holiday Gifts

    Instead of gifts that sit on a shelf, this article presents 2020 Holiday gifts that create a better quality of living in your home.  Gifts that create smart healthy green living are meaningful. Some might call them life-changing. Let’s call them “Better Living Holiday Gifts”. These gifts add to the…

  • Home Building

    Good Morning Beautiful

    “Good morning beautiful” should be the response to ourselves every morning after a refreshing, luxuriating, and uplifting shower experience.  The overall feeling of well-being is a combination of a feeling of immediate personal well-being and being in harmony with the world around us. Let’s take a closer look at how…

  • DIY

    Be Adventurous With Concrete

    What’s your next DIY project? How about venturing into the world of concrete. Here are some creative and adventurous projects with concrete. We think of concrete as a material for hard-core construction. Foundations, walkways, and driveways come to mind.  But actually, concrete is a fantastic material to get into cool…

  • Smart Home
    Smart Robot taking over.

    Smart Robot Vacuum For A Happy Weekend

    A Happy Weekend starts with a clean house.  The idea that your smart robot vacuum can clean the floors in your house after dinner or quietly every night while you sleep is appealing. Kids, pets, traffic in and around the house create constant and seemingly never-ending grit and grime on…

  • Architecture
    Gentle Yoga

    Gentle Yoga in a Tiny House

    Might you be interested in a tiny house?  What’s behind this big trend? What does a tiny house offer? Hear from one enthusiastic homeowner of a tiny house that she had custom-designed for her lifestyle that is centered around gentle yoga in her tiny house. Watch…

  • Home Building

    Deep Dive Into Passive House

    Passive House stands for a highly efficient house that is built to be energy consumption neutral. Sometimes, it is also referred to as a “net-zero house”. This article will give you a deep dive look into this exciting green building trend of Passive House. The PassiveHouse movement started in Darmstadt,…

  • Green
    Find out how certain ice melts impact your plumbing.

    Find Out How Ice/Snowmelt Can Effect The Plumbing In Your House

    Magnesium Chloride is one snow and ice melt chemical with a known negative environmental impact. The general “environmental impact” is actually way more personal – over time, it will have a direct bearing on our homes and our lives. Surprised? Here is how real it is: Spreading of / Uses…

  • Green

    Call For Pumpkins To Compost Now

    When summer is over and harvest colors appear, pumpkins soon follow. We love them to get our homes ready for Halloween and to make pumpkin pies. It’s all part of a tradition. And so is the habit of tossing spoiled food into our garbage bins, including those, once spoiled pumpkins.…

  • Design
    1000 thread count sheets

    1000 Thread Count Sheets Or Less Is More?

    Interior designers love to talk about the furniture layout of living rooms, kitchens, newly created basement spaces, and bedrooms. That’s fine but let’s dig a little deeper into design goods, and specifically, bedding or sheets that you should purchase for your newly designed bedroom.  Should you buy 1000 thread count…

  • Furniture

    Build Your Own Sustainable Furniture This Weekend

    Making sustainable furniture with your own hands is a really satisfying experience.  It’s a great counterpoint to the abstract digital world that surrounds us. Make it one of your fun weekend projects. Get inspired by 4 different designers/woodworkers from around the globe on Smart Healthy Green Living. These experts share…

  • Gardening
    What you want to eat? Fresh-cut herbs and veggies.

    Want to Truly Eat Fresh Cut Herbs And Vegetables?

    Fresh cut herbs and vegetables are just the best.  We head out to the supermarket to buy so-called fresh-cut herbs and veggies.  The reality is that the so-called fresh-cut herbs and vegetables have been already traveling from a farm somewhere along a supply chain of various distribution centers – for…

  • Green

    Wind Technology’s Huge Job Losses in Germany – a Deep Dive

    Green technology and specifically wind turbine technology was touted as a big part of sustainable, low carbon living in Northern European countries, such as the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and all of the Scandinavian nations. Therefore, green wind technology was also touted as a big, stable job creator.  “Green jobs” was…

  • Landscaping
    It's time for Leaf Clean Up

    Leaf Clean Up – the Green Living Way

    Fall landscapes look so beautiful due to colorful leaves.  The colors can be stunning. If you are a lover of trees like I am you know leaf clean up awaits you every fall shortly after the leaves drop to the ground. Think about this aspect of trees in your garden…

  • Design
    Indigo White, Warm White's And Everything In Between

    Is Indigo White the Right White?

    Finding The Right Shade Of White For Your Home White. Indigo White. Persia White. Dove White. Linen White. There are so many whites. HELP! How does one figure out the right white? The name, Indigo White sounds really nice but is it the right white? SHG Living’s Kelly Wilkness, the…

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