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Atlanta to Appalachia: Meet the quirky characters who keep life interesting

When we first moved here seven years ago, living in West Virginia wasn’t all that different from living in Atlanta. We lived in a rented home in a typical suburban neighborhood. It was the kind of lifestyle we were used…

​Where are the baby boomers going to live when they get old?

North Americans love their single-family houses. And why wouldn’t they? They provide privacy, lots of parking for cars so it’s easy to drive to the mall or the doctor. It works wonderfully, especially if you bought your house 30 years…

Why the kitchen is going the way of the sewing machine

A couple of years ago we described a house for baby boomers that had a “messy kitchen,” a small room with all the small appliances where people are doing what people really do to eat these days: nuking their dinners,…

IKEA is Offering Free 3D-Printable Furniture Attachments for People With Special Needs

IKEA furniture may be as tricky to assemble, but normal use of their kitchen cabinets and lamps may also be a challenge to homeowners with disabilities—that’s why the company is now offering open-access updates to their furniture. IKEA Israel recently published a series of free blueprints for furniture extensions that can be downloaded from the […]

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The Evolution of Eco-Friendly Products

Not too long ago, making eco-friendly purchases also meant making sacrifices. Many eco-friendly products lacked the quality or effectiveness of their traditional counterparts. Designs tended to be clunky and boring at best and more often just plain unattractive. Well, that…

Would you lease an Ikea bookcase?

The past several months for Ikea have been marked by transition and upheaval. In September, Marcus Engman, head of design at the world’s largest home furnishings retailer, announced his departure after a game-changing, six-year run. Then, at the end of…

The Evolution of “Eco-Friendly”

Parents love to talk about how much harder life was back when they were a kid (how many miles did they have to walk to school, uphill, in the snow?). But for people who want to do right by the…

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Instant stress reducer: A minute of forest bathing

Researchers have discovered that spending time in a forest — aka “forest bathing” — can do wonders for both mind and body. Studies show it can help lower blood pressure, boost immune cell activity and reduce levels of the stress…

How to get rid of stink bugs

“What’s that smell?” If that phrase has ruined a dinner on the patio, or a nice ride in the car with the windows down, then you might live in one of the states being overtaken by stink bugs, known more…

Replenish: The Unsung 'R'

When it comes to sustainable living, you know about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. But how much do you know about the fourth R, replenish? It’s an important part of the equation, and one you can put into practice…