Category: Home + Lifestyle

7 self-watering planters to kickstart your spring

From the basic to the designer

Nothing says spring like more plants. They make for atmospheric decor. They help purify the air. And they can bring life into the house! That is, if you manage to keep them alive.

To that end, we can all use a little help sometimes. So, without further ado, here are 7 self-watering planters that will make it easier for those of us lacking a green thumb or two. Typically, these planters come equipped with a bottom reservoir for storing water and then slowly feeding it back to the soil through wicking. This means less frequent watering for you, and a better shot at avoiding overwatering or underwatering. Take a look.

Read the source article at Curbed

The Pinterest-Proven Formula for the Ultimate Cozy Bedroom

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Let’s do an experiment. Navigate over to Pinterest, type the phrase “cozy bedroom” into the search bar, and see what comes up. Pretty specific, right? It seems the internet has decided there’s a clear-cut formula to having a beautiful-but-cozy bedroom, and it involves lots of texture, a lack of housekeeping and copious amounts of tea. If you’re after this look for yourself (I don’t blame you, it is lovely), hang around while I break down this blueprint.

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Make It a Valentine’s Day to Remember

Decorating for Valentine’s Day is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and remind you about the love in your life.

But decorations don’t have to be cheesy hot pink, plastic, or printed with a cartoon character! It is time to glam up the romantic side of this holiday in your home this year.

For a look this Valentine’s Day that screams chic, not cheap, check out these ideas from Elle Décor. 

A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Entertaining for the Super Bowl

Either you like football, or you don’t. Either you like hosting parties, or you don’t. Either you already have Sunday, February 5th penciled in as the date to throw your neighborhood-famous Super Bowl bash, or… you don’t.

It’s not too late to get your act together and put something, anything together for the big game day. You just have to start from a place of introspection (we’re getting deep here—football parties are serious business where I’m from).

Read the source article at Apartment Therapy

Newly inaugurated Trump administration puts mortgage premium cuts on hold

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday suspended a controversial plan that would have slashed the premium rates for certain federally backed mortgages.

The reversal by the Federal Housing Administration came less than two hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

The announcement came in a letter signed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing Genger Charles, which said the reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums that was slated to take effect on Jan. 27 would be “suspended indefinitely.”

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America’s new most expensive house lists for $250M

Move over Florida megamansion with 33 bedrooms, there’s a new top dog in the national real estate market. Just listed for a bonkers $250 million in L.A.’s Bel Air, this lavish pile of glass, white walls, and turf is the work of luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, who famously sold a Beverly Hills spec home to Minecraft creator Markus Persson for $70M, a house that Jay-Z and Beyoncé had also been eyeing.

Read the source article at Curbed

FHA cuts mortgage insurance premiums again

When the FHA announced late last year that its flagship fund, the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, grew for the fourth straight year, it led to many question whether we would see a cut to its mortgage insurance premiums again. Now we have an answer. Click the headline for the full details on the FHA reducing mortgage insurance premiums.

Read the source article at U.S. Housing Finance News