Inspirations From SHG Living

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

  • 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…

  • Healthy Home

    Fire Retardant – California Wildfires, Furniture, your Kids Pajamas and more

    Seeing large quantities of bright and colorful flame retardant dropped from an aircraft into a fire zone around the West Coast fires on the evening news feels assuring. Firemen are working hard to stop large fires.  Homes and properties hopefully will be saved. But what exactly is this fire retardant?…

  • Design
    The gift that keeps on giving is a space that takes a house to home

    House To Home – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    Do you feel motivated to take on a home renovation? What is motivating you? And, most importantly, what is your benefit at the end of the day? To answer these important questions, the documentary team, Chibi Moku, interviews architects, designer, and their clients in their numerous series on Smart Healthy…

  • Furniture
    This sustainable gift and DIY toy is a wooden trike

    DIY Toys, Baby Cradle – Sustainable Gifts Your Kids Will Love

    Just thinking of toys brings out the kid in all of us.  So actually making one with your own hands and some left-over pieces of wood is all the more fun. Handmade sustainable gifts for someone you love. How cool is this?! It will instantly become a family heirloom. It’s…

  • Home Building

    Soul Searching Leads to Sustainable Living and Eco Friendly Building Design

    In Smart Healthy Green Living’s show RISE Matt Daigle shares his family’s journey to sustainable living.  The birth of their daughter leads this couple to a deep soul searching.  They question their environment and the future they are providing their daughter. While they spent a…

  • Architecture
    in the dry desert landscape, architecture takes advantage of everything but water.

    Desert Landscape – Everything but Water

    Have you ever thought about what attracts people to live and, in fact, build a custom home in a desert landscape? You can find almost everything but water. Desert Architecture, a Chibi Moku documentary series on Smart Healthy Green Living, explores this topic in a series of fascinating interviews with…

  • Home Building

    Modular Design – Custom Container Homes and Building off the Grid

    What is your motivation in modular design?  Is it a fast build? Is it to get out of the weather as rapidly as possible? Do you seek an alternative lifestyle? Perhaps the goal is building off the grid? Do you have space and/or access considerations? …

  • Smart Home
    Smart Home Automation driven by Apple Homekit

    So Many Home Automation Ideas And The Best Is Yet To Come

    Home Automation Ideas and devices are everywhere – it is really confusing. More and more innovations show you the best is yet to come.  How to start? What devices make sense for my home? What devices make my life better?  Is now the time to upgrade your home? What is…

  • Furniture
    Coffee Table With Storage

    Coffee Table with Storage – Is It A Great Idea?

    People often say “…the more storage the better”.  But is it a good idea to have a coffee table with storage? Perhaps in a really small space where every inch counts. Storage or no storage, let’s contemplate a few other important features to determine the right coffee table for your…

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