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Home for the Holidays: How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: candles, clutter, comfort, company, decor, entertaining, family, friends, guests, holiday season, home, hospitality, house, hugs, music, party, winter

Holiday candles and holly on the mantle

The holidays are a festive — and often frantic — time of year, with family and friends gathering together. The setting for all these celebrations takes place in our homes, where creating comfort for our guests is the primary focus.

Bring Autumn Inside

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | October 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: autumn, change, earth tones, earthy tones, eco-friendly home decor, evolve, Fall Decorating, fall leaves, flannel bedding, flannel sheets, gourds, hiking, house, letting go, natural decoration, nature, pumpkins, seasonal, seasons, transformation

Autumn Home Decor

I’m sure you can feel it — the change that’s in the air all around us.

It’s been a spectacular autumn so far, and I’ve been spending as much time as possible going on long hikes. Perhaps I should feel guilty about the chores I’m neglecting, but I cannot resist the spectacular display beckoning outside my window. The smell of cool, crisp air and sound of rustling leaves instantly put me in a good mood.

I have always felt the healing energy of nature, and lately I have connected even more deeply with the cycles of each beautiful and fleeting season. I used to dread the end of summer, but with age (and lots of yoga), I am now grateful to live in a place that has four distinct seasons. I embrace change — after all, it is inevitable.

Being in balance with our outer world brings more harmony to our inner world, both psychically and physically. As the colder weather sets in, we transform our habits as well as wardrobes and, hopefully, our home environment.

Here are a few easy ways to welcome the fall season in your home:

Planting Hope

David Pennington by David Pennington | April 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: asparagus, bachelor, commitment, cultivate, cultivation, faith, finding love, garden, gardening, grow, HOPE, house, inspiration, love, marriage, millennials, not quite hippie, nurture, Personal Growth, planting, relationship, transformation, Yoga

AsparagusAs I watched my girlfriend plant the asparagus roots in the freshly tilled soil this past weekend, the thought finally hit me: I might yet stand a chance.

Seeds are amazingly simple in design for what they are meant to do. Soil, water, warmth and a bit of faith creates a plant that provides food, generates more seeds and nurtures the soil, all while cleaning the air and water. It was the cultivation of a few seeds that gave me a completely new perspective on absolutely everything in my life.

Celebrate Earth Day — At Home!

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 20th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: apartment, carbon emissions, chemicals, Earth Day, eco-home, energy, environment, green cleaners, green home, Green Living, house, house plants, houseplant, LED lighting, lightbulbs, non-toxic cleaning supplies, organic bedding, organic food, organic sheets, organic towels, planet, plastic, toxic, water conservation

Earth Day Home BlogWith only a couple days to go until Earth Day, prepare to get inundated with a billion things we can do — should do — to save our planet. Although there will likely be plenty of events to attend and planet-themed parties to enjoy, one of the best places you can celebrate Earth Day is in your own home!

If our homes are a reflection and expression of our lifestyles and values, then it makes sense that we start making conscious (i.e. green) choices at home. The issues affecting the Earth — from the oil crisis to water shortages to disappearing species — are complex, and can seem distant and insurmountable, but it is essential to understand the correlation between our everyday environments and our larger ecosystem. Everything and everyone is interconnected, and even the simplest act, such as turning the water off when we brush our teeth, creates positive change.

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | July 12th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: air, air fresheners, apartment, breeze, chemicals, clean, fresh, home, house, non-toxic, open windows, scented candles, scents, smells, summer, toxins, ventilation, wind

Summer Breeze

I’m a bit of a fanatic regarding pure air. I once (single-handedly) moved a dresser into the hallway of a charming B&B because of the mothball smell (my boyfriend at the time was not impressed). Admittedly, it has never been easy being me/green — I smell everything! Synthetic perfumes, soaps, laundry detergents, “air fresheners” and other conventional “fresh smells” gag me. (I must have been a bloodhound in a previous life.)

Spring Clean, Spring Green

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | May 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: apartment, baking soda, chemicals, cleaning supplies, clutter, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, environment, green, green cleaners, home, house, lemon juice, planet, spring cleaning, vinegar

Spring Cleaning

The “official” first day of spring may have been March 20, but with the cold weather, it certainly didn’t feel like it then. Now it seems like spring has finally sprung!

I may have “reached that age” when I appreciate each spring just a little more (or maybe it’s just my recent memory of the brutally cold winter), but the colorful spring buds are making me extremely happy this year. Another thing that makes me happy is the feel of a de-cluttered, freshly cleaned home, so spring cleaning is on my mind. Some of you may not have gotten around to this annual rite of passage yet, while others may feel ready for a second pass at it after all the recent rain (and the inevitable mud it invites in). Either way, before you start cleaning your home, consider doing a clean sweep of your chemical cleaning products first.

9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, carpet, chemical cleaning supplies, clutter, crafting, crafts, curb, DIY projects, eco-friendly, enviornmental, family, flooring, free, FSC-certified hardwood floors, green cleaners, healthy home, house, linoleum, mental-health, pets, possessions, remodeling, renovation, retreat, rugs, sanctuary, spiritual, street, stuff, sustainable lumber, things, toxins, vinegar, vinyl, wood

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

Year of the Rabbit: A Good Time to Zen Your Den

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Fitness, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: 2011, Aquarius, calendar, change, Chinese New Year, clutter, decor, decorating, equinox, family, home, house, Imbolic, interior design, mantra, moon, move, moving, rebirth, recuperate, renewal, renovations, rest, Spring, tiger, Year of the Rabbit, Yoga, zodiac

Woman holding a rabbitHappy Chinese New Year, new moon in Aquarius, Candlemas (which is the midway point between winter solstice and spring equinox), Imbolic (which honors Brigid, the goddess of creative inspiration and fertility) … and all New Beginnings!

I love mythology and ritual, especially when they honor and align us with the natural world. With spring approaching, it makes sense that many traditions consider this time the true beginning of the year, a time of rebirth and renewal.

No Place Like Home: 4 Lessons to Learn from Hospitality

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: comfort, company, entertaining, fall, family, friends, golden rule, guests, holiday season, home, hospitality, house, humility, party, perfectionist, winter

Autumn wreath on blue doorAs autumn days get colder, we move our gatherings inside, to the coziness and comfort of enclosed spaces. The warmth in our homes comes from more than crackling fireplaces and steaming cups of tea. It comes from the people we surround ourselves with and bring into our vacant spaces. The genial sounds of wet boots squeaking on tile and the shuffle of jackets being hung to dry. Hugs and handshakes exchanged, smiles rising between rosy red cheeks.