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A Fourth of July to remember

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

How to get rid of roaches naturally

You can keep cockroaches out of your home without toxic chemicals. It just takes some time and creativity. (Photo: paween/Shutterstock) When you see roaches in your house, your first thought might be to grab a bottle of insecticide or to…

How to kill bedbugs

Ants are painful, cockroaches are unsanitary, but bedbugs are just plain gross. That’s reason enough to want to rid your home of them. They were almost exterminated from North America years ago because of insecticides that we no longer use….

Why cohousing could be the answer for aging baby boomers

In a recent post, Why the future of housing should be multifamily and multigenerational, I mentioned cohousing, which was started in Denmark primarily by young families as a way of sharing resources like childcare. Katheryn McCamant and Charles Durrett summarize…

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…