2017 Furniture Trends

The Scandi trend dominated interior design in 2016 and its popularity has shown no signs of abating during the first six months of this year, either. Its elegant simplicity is complemented nicely by the more colourful tones of other interior trends that have emerged throughout 2017, with differing greens and blues especially prominent on furniture and upholstery.

EZ Living Interiors created this infographic guide to the most noteworthy furniture trends of 2017 thus far. A common theme from a few of these trends is that color schemes tend to be more subtle and accented, rather than overbearing and in-your-face. If anything, the ‘less is more’ approach makes colors even more striking and pleasing on the eye, all the more so with luxurious shades such as emerald green and velvety blue.

In the bedroom, upholstered bed frames are very much in fashion, with this statement-making feature often catching the eye as soon as you look around the room. A muted, accented design helps to keep it refined. Another stunning way to show off your color choices is through mirrored furniture, which wonderfully reflects the design of a room.

You can check out this fun infographic below to see which trends are at the forefront of people’s minds when buying furniture in 2017!

2017 furniture trends

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Ways to Save Energy and Money this Summer

Did You Know? The average home spends $2,000 per year on utility bills, nearly half going to heating and cooling. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $160.

1.) Room Air Conditioners: As the weather gets warm, lots of people will be looking for a new Room Air Conditioner. Look for the ENERGY STAR for savings:

o ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners use 10 percent less energy and, on average, cost about $70 per year to run.
o New room air conditioners that have earned the ENERGY STAR come with higher quality insulation materials, improving comfort and savings by allowing a better seal of the area between the unit and the window opening.
o Remember, bigger is not always better! Make sure your room air conditioner is the right size for your space. An oversized unit is less effective at removing humidity and wastes energy. Check out this video for everything you need to know to pick the perfect room air conditioner for your home.
o If all room air conditioners sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the cost savings would grow to more than $350 million each year, preventing more than 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually – equivalent to the emissions from over 570,000 vehicles.

2.) Pool Pumps: Ready to hit the pool this summer? ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps use 70 percent less energy than a conventional model. A conventional pool pump costs an average of $480 in electric bills annually, which can be the second largest energy draw in your home.

o An ENERGY STAR certified “variable speed” pool pump can save 2,800 kWh or $350 per year versus a conventional single speed pump, saving $2,900 over its lifetime.
o An ENERGY STAR “multi-speed” (sometimes referred to as “two-speed”) pump can save 2,300 kWh or $290 per year versus a conventional single speed pump. It will save $2,400 over its lifetime.
o If all pool pumps sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $1.3 billion each year, and 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emission from more than 2 million vehicles.
o Check out this video for more information on energy saving certified pool pumps.

3.) Central Air Conditioners: You don’t want to wait until a heat wave to find out that it is time for a new central air conditioner. Look for the trusted blue label for comfort and savings.
o Central air conditioners that have earned the ENERGY STAR are about 8 percent more efficient than conventional models.
o If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent. These savings would prevent 1,700 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

4.) Smart Thermostats: You can save energy and money all summer with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat.

o For the average American household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year.
o Being smart about how you control your temperature settings with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat will help you save money and stay comfortable.
o ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats provide enhance comfort in your home by allowing you to control temperatures based on your preferences and lifestyle – and still save energy. If everyone used an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat, savings would grow to 56 trillion BTU and $740 million per year, offsetting 13 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

From product purchases to DIY sealing and insulating projects, there are lots of ways to save energy and money this summer season. Check out the ENERGY STAR product finder and rebate finder for all the information you need.

The Simple House

Home. It means so many things to so many people, and yet at the heart of it all, it is a place to spend time with those you love. It’s a place to spend time doing the things you most enjoy. It’s the launching pad for all your adventures.

Live in your home.

Because it is a space where we spend so much time, I like to keep things as simple and easy as possible. I have never believed in spaces that don’t get used. Formal living room? Not in our house! As a believer in simple living, I have learned a lot through making our house our home. Here are a few tips I feel are helpful for creating a simple home:

  • Reduce your possessions to those things that you truly love and use. It’s so much easier to organize when you don’t have a ton of things. Let go of the things that are cluttering your space.
  • Organize well the things that you decide to keep. Give a designated spot to everything. For example, keeping garden tools in one area of the garage, or keeping crafting supplies all together in one closet.
  • Always evaluate before you bring in anything new. Make sure you really have space for it, can really make good use of it, and that it’s not just an impulse buy.
  • Choose easy to clean materials and keep cleaning supplies handy. Wipe up messes right away.
  • Take advantage of natural light, and other aspects of your home that are built in. Find ways to maximize what you have to work with.
  • Live in your home the way you really live in your home! Don’t be afraid to use spaces in ways they might not have been intended for. Each home should be as unique as the people who are living in it.

What do you do to keep things simple in your home?

An old dog run turned patio

When we first moved into our house the back corner of our yard had a dog run on it. The previous owners had left the dog run, but came back around to see if we might want to let them have it. We were happy to let them take it since we didn’t have a use for it and didn’t know what we would use it for or how to get rid of it.

Once it was gone my goal was to create an outdoor “living room” of sorts in area that used to have the dog run. The problem was, it was just dirt. We had a fire pit and some chairs though, so it worked well enough until we could make something better. Here is the before:

backyard corner

Luckily we were able to get a cement pad poured, and then the real fun started. One of the problems in the corner was the lack of privacy. I found this great bamboo fencing that fit just right around the chain link that was already there. It created such a nice private feeling! We also upgraded our patio furniture, but the center is still the fire pit!

patio area

It’s been a few years now since we turned the area into a new spot. We have enjoyed it too, but I am now dreaming of a shed in that spot instead. The corner looks great, but it’s far away from the back door, and still not as private as we had hoped for. And a shed would be amazing for garden storage.

We are still happy with how it turned out though! Much better than an old dog run.