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18 Houseplants that Bloom Year-Around

While flowering plants are some of the most beautiful plants in the world, many plants only produce flowers for a few months of the year. Thankfully, if you choose the right plants and keep them indoors, you can enjoy flowers all year!  Which houseplants bloom year-round? If you’re searching for indoor plants that bloom from …

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Are Wood Cutting Boards Sanitary?

Many people have several wooden cutting boards in their kitchen—one for fruits and vegetables, one for raw meat, and maybe one or two more. But why do people use them? It’s not just because they’re pretty to look at; it’s also because wooden cutting boards are sanitary and safer than plastic ones if cleaned correctly.  …

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What Wood is Best for Cutting Boards?

I knew I had officially transformed into a real adult when I became enthralled with a beautiful cutting board. The smooth expanse of end-grain walnut and maple, both excellent wood for cutting boards, drew my eye. Artfully arrayed in a blade-friendly edge-grain checkerboard pattern, the hardwoods promised years of use. Immediately, I envisioned that board …

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Can You Use a Humidifier in the Living Room?

Humidity plays a major role in how we live and breathe each day. Without properly balanced humidity, you may find your throat dry or you might find yourself uncomfortable with dry skin and irritation. If you are thinking of investing in a humidifier, you may be wondering if the living room is the right location …

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15 Unusual Uses for Basil (it’s not just for pesto)

Basil is one of the easiest and fastest-growing herbs in many herb gardens, making it a top choice for many home gardeners.  The plant is known for rapid growth, and it comes in many varieties, including cinnamon and spicy Thai basil.   While basil is used in a lot of Italian and Southeast Asian dishes, …

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21 Common Types of Tropical Houseplants You Should Know (with Photos)

If you live in year-round humidity like I do then you’re already one step closer to feeling like you’re in the tropics. But tropical houseplants add something extra to your home. Tropical plants are easy to maintain indoors if you know what they need whether that’s sunlight, water, or insects. And according to research, maybe …

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28 Different Types of Gooseberries

Having recently come to live on 23 acres of land in the Midwest, I’ve been looking for new things to grow, freeze, and can.  We’ve planted apples, cherries, blackberries, and raspberries. Now I’m starting to look at slightly more exotic or less well-known berries.  Thus, I wondered if gooseberries were more than just a literary …

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25 Houseplants that Are Near Impossible to Kill

Maybe you’re thinking about setting up an indoor garden to liven up your home or to create a relaxing retreat. Whatever your reason is, you want to get some houseplants that won’t succumb to neglect or over-watering. We’ll help you by sharing some of the most robust plants you can add to your space. 1. …

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Should Your Living Room Have Ceiling Lights?

The living room, also known as the family room, is often the center of activity within the home. A room should have lighting fixtures to accommodate any activity that may be taking place, whether it be watching television, playing games or reading books with young children, or hosting parties and social gatherings with friends and …

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Hoffman Apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine by SHOVK

Architects: SHOVK | Ruslan Lytvynenko, Anton Verhun Area: 50 sq. m Location: Kyiv, Ukraine Project year: 2021 Photographer: Mikhail Pavenin About SHOVK SHOVK is a team of specialists in creating modern, exciting and functional projects in the field of interior design and architecture. Having gained European experience in designing residential, commercial, and public facilities, since …

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