7 Ways to Stay Warmer This Winter

7 Ways to Stay Warmer This Winter

Although we’re experiencing a rise in temperatures recently in D-FW, we all know that, sadly, they are not here to stay. Winter will be with us for a few more months, and we want to make sure you and your home get the most out of it.


This time of year can be hard on efficiency and bills because cooler temperatures force the thermostat up and foggy days have us closing the blinds. Instead of giving in to higher bills, try out some of these techniques for a warmer winter at home.


1. Your Thermostat: If you have the funds and the ability, call an expert if the latter is not true, install a programmable thermostat. Programming your thermostat to let the temperature drop a bit while no one’s home and heat up when you return is an easy way to save a lot on heating bills. Also, remember that studies show that cooler temperatures make for a better night’s sleep.


2. Let the Light Shine: Draw back curtains and blinds during the day to allow the sun to come in. A sunny day, even a cold one, will heat up rooms a few degrees. At night, and in rooms that don’t get sunlight, keep curtains closed to keep more heat inside. If you’re home is particularly susceptible to heat loss, consider investing in insulated window dressings.


3. Fireplace Rules: While a fireplace may feel like a great way to keep warm, they are actually notoriously inefficient. Gas fireplaces can add significantly to your bills and both they and woodburning fires allow cold air to come in in other areas of your house. It is especially important that you keep the flue closed when the fireplace is not in use, otherwise it’s like opening a window.


4. Fan Flip: Ceiling fans don’t necessarily have or need to go off during colder months. If you flip the directional switch on your fan and turn it on a low speed it will push the hot air in your home, which naturally rises, back down. This trick is most beneficial in room with high or vaulted ceilings.


5. Mind the Gaps: Check your windows and doors for cracks, gaps and openings. Simply holding your hand up to the base of a window can reveal a strong current of air exchange. Replace any broken glass, framing, and caulk where necessary.


6. Close It Up: If you find yourself spending more time in some rooms than others, simply close doors to trap the heat. Additionally, if there are some rooms you never use, shut the door and vent to direct the heat where it needs to go and save on heating bills.


7. Add Layers: This means to your floors and to yourself. Rugs keep heat from escaping through the floors and will keep your feet warmer. If you’re really looking to save, stop worrying about heating the house and throw on a pair of fuzzy socks and a warm sweatshirt. Add blankets to your bed and bundle up instead of heating your entire home.



The Best of Halloween 2014

The countdown is officially on for Halloween! Whether you’re getting dressed up, decked out, or just waiting for adorable trick-or-treaters, there’s something for everyone to get excited about this year.


We’re rounding up all of the hottest trends in costumes, home decor, recipes, DIY’s, and more on our Pinterest board so that you can have the best Halloween yet! Click here to see it all.

The Best of Halloween 2014

3 Creative Chalkboard DIY’s

It seems like everywhere we turn looking for design trends there’s a fun DIY that has to do with chalkboard paint. Since it seems to be the latest trend in DIY’s, we thought we’d share three of our favorite finds. Take an hour, an afternoon, or all weekend of work and get rewarded with one of these great transformations!

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For full details in instructions, click: QUICK + EASY, IN AN AFTERNOON, WEEKEND WARRIOR

7 Ideas for Creative Master Closet Storage

This morning, while getting updated on the weekend activity on our Pinterest page, we stumbled across a great story that we wanted to share with you. Now, it’s no secret that we’ve got some amazing homes on the market, and, with them, come features like fabulous closets. We’ve got so many great closets, we had to create an entirely separate board for them! If you don’t live in a home with excess space that allows for a huge closet, though, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of your current space! We’re amazed and inspired by this post on The Inspired Room and it’s suggestions for master closet storage! Take a look…


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^ Add charm and personality

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^ Tuck creative storage into small spaces

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^ Find ways to organize and contain items by activity

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^ Find additional storage alternatives in other rooms

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^ Hooks, hooks, and more hooks

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^ Think outside the expected wire shelves

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^ Freestanding closets

For the full story, click here.

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