Inspirations From SHG Living

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

  • 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…

  • Landscaping
    Backyard Garden Design

    Great Garden Design Can Build Value In Your Home, And Keep The Bugs Away

    Some people are afraid of great garden design.  They fear maintenance will be too much. They might say that they have a “black thumb” – their plants always die. The truth is you don’t have to be a garden design expert.  You just have to know one to give your…

  • Home Office
    The Ultimate Home Office

    Make It A Happy Monday With A Home Office Makeover

    Home office makeovers are happening everywhere. COVID19 shifted work into our homes. What started out as a temporary solution with a foldable desk in a dining room or in a bedroom is rapidly becoming a more permanent solution: Time for your Home Office Makeover to create a calm, beautiful and…

  • Kitchen Design
    The best is yet to come in great kitchen designs

    Kitchen Design, The Best Is Yet To Come

    Today’s Cool Designs in Kitchen Design Today, kitchen designs have changed dramatically.  What used to have a pretty singular use for preparing food for your family is now a social experience around food. It’s been a concept in the making for a long time. SHG…

  • Kitchen Design
    Wood floating shelves along the back of this kitchen wall.

    Wood Floating Shelves

    Remember when all toilets had to be avocado? Avocado toilets were the rage much like wood floating shelves in kitchen design today. Magazines are full of pictures with wood floating shelves.  Some are left in natural wood, others are white floating shelves. You can buy them in all sorts of…

  • Gardening
    Summer Harvest Tomatoes

    Your Summer Harvest

    Summer Harvest is when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor – literally. It’s also a great time to sit back and admire the cool designs we’ve created in the garden and reflect on all the learning experiences over the past few months. If, however, it has not…

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