A new report from Orkin names the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area the nation’s fifth worst for bed bug infestations.
This isn’t really news. We’ve been near the top of Orkin’s list for several years. But it gives me a good excuse to remind you yet again of what you can do to keep the little bloodsuckers from setting up camp in your home.
I know you want an easy answer, but there isn’t one. There’s no simple-to-use spray that’s safe to use in our homes and will cause all the bed bugs to go belly up.To read more or comment...
Roses are red – and lavender, and white, and striped.
At least the new roses from Jackson & Perkins are.
The rose hybridizer is tempting rose lovers with four new introductions for 2015. They are:
Daring Spirit, a hybrid tea rose with 5-inch blossoms that flaunt deep pink and cream stripes and a spicy scent.To read more or comment...
Javaholics, your future fix could come straight from your fridge.
GE Appliances recently unveiled a refrigerator with a built-in Keurig brewing system. It will prepare and dispense single servings of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or any other hot beverage available in a K-cup.
The option is available in GE’s Café Series refrigerator. The fridge already offered a hot water dispenser, so adding a brewing system was a logical next step.
The refrigerator (model CFE28USHSS/CYE22USHSS) will be available in stainless steel and will have a suggested retail price of $3,300. It will be available in the third quarter of 2015.To read more or comment...
No more beeping alarm clock? Yes!
A couple of new light bulbs promise to help wake you in the morning without that jarring alarm. Both were introduced at CES 2015, the consumer electronics trade show that ends today in Las Vegas.
The bulbs are the Holi Sleep Companion and the Misfit Bolt, both of which can be programmed to gradually increase light levels in the morning to wake you gently. The Bolt can even simulate a sunrise. The Sleep Companion can be paired with wearable devices to gather data on sleep patterns and the local environment, according to LEDs Magazine.
The Bolt is currently available for pre-order and costs $49.99. Delivery is expected in mid-February.To read more or comment...
Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, there festers a nagging worry that a pipe might leak or a hose might break when I’m not home. The thought of water spewing all over my house and laying waste to a place I hold dear makes me cringe.
That’s why I find leakSMART intriguing.
LeakSMART promises to detect water leaks or pipes that are close to freezing, shut off the main water supply and notify the homeowner via a smart device, all in less than five seconds. The system’s creator, Bedford’s Waxman Industries, introduced the system at CES 2015, the international consumer electronics trade show going on through Friday in Las Vegas.
The wireless leakSMART system consists of sensors that monitor temperature and water, a detection hub and a valve that attaches to your main water supply. You set the sensors on the floor near appliances and plumbing fixtures that could leak. If one of the sensors detects a problem, it sends a signal to the hub, which in turn activates the shutoff valve and notifies you.To read more or comment...
The brand known for its vibrant, happy prints is bringing a collection of resort wear, home goods and cosmetics to Target, starting April 19. My back deck is going to be one cheerful place this summer.
Check out this video from the intro party and a few photos from the collection.
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Stow native Freddy Hill will be one of 13 furniture builders putting their skills to the test in the new Spike TV show Framework, debuting Jan. 6.
When he's not on TV, Freddy runs Bomb Factory Furniture in a renovated bomb factory in Lakewood.
Watch for more information about him in Saturday's Beacon Journal. In the meantime, here's a preview of the show:
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Getting ready for holiday guests? Check out these tips for making your guest room welcoming, courtesy of furniture company Somerton Dwelling:
-- Leave a bottle or decanter of water on the night stand for slaking nighttime thirst.
-- Supply extra blankets to keep guests warm.
-- Empty top drawers in a dresser to give guests room for their clothing.To read more or comment...
Man, I love it when I’m ahead of the curve.
Pantone has just announced that its 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala, an earthy red with a tinge of brown – exactly the color I have on the walls of the library in my house.
(Don’t be too impressed. We put shelves in an unused living room. Voila. Library.)
Pantone is marketing Marsala as a great color for kitchens and dining rooms, which stands to reason: Red stimulates our appetites. But this red is also subdued and sophisticated, making it a great choice as an accent color in other rooms.To read more or comment...