Portable Heating Solutions
Those of us who love adventuring in the great outdoors still need all the comforts of home. If you have a cottage, RV, or tiny house to heat, there’s a wide range of portable heaters to choose from. Consider the exact requirements of your space, including; how powerful you will need the heater to be, what size of heater you can accommodate, and how it looks with the style of your décor. An unsightly heater will end up being hidden, making it less effective at heating the room. Why not go for one that does the job and looks great at the same time? Choosing the right portable heater can be a daunting task, so let’s make things simpler and narrow it down by providing a sample of a few great choices which are stylish, affordable, and best of all, portable.
Calculate your BTU
Before you get excited about the range of colors and styles of portable heaters on this list, you’ll need to determine how much power you need to heat your space. Search for a basic BTU (which stands for British Thermal Unit) calculator online to make sure you buy a heater powerful enough for your needs. The results of these calculators can vary, so try a few and calculate an average. For example, a standard 10’ x 10’ x 10’ room will need a heater that’s powerful enough to generate approximately 10,000 BTUs per hour in order to raise the temperature by 50°F.
Portable Electric Fireplace
Perfect for fans of the “tiny house movement”. Because of the space restrictions, tiny house owners often have to pay attention to the minutia of every design decision in order to create a stylish room in which not a single inch is wasted. Not only is it an efficient heat source, it’s charming and traditional. An electric mobile fireplace can be stored when not in use in order to save space, and is a sure-fire way to save on your heating bill.
For a portable heating solution that doesn’t skimp on style, look for a contemporary electric stove. It’s an unexpected but very efficient way to bring the warmth of a traditional- looking flame to your space-aged décor without looking out of place.
There’s no need to give up traditional charm in order to find a modern solution. If you have a drafty cottage to heat and you’d like to keep things classic, an electric stove with an old-world design is right for you. Many models incorporate design embellishments you would expect to see on a pre-existing cottage stove. Modern electric stoves with retro designs can effectively and safely heat your cabin without detracting from its rustic charm.
Definitely the most affordable route to go, a space heater is easy to pack with you on a short trip. A portable space heater is handy to have on days when the wind chill is extraordinarily low and you want to supplement your heater with some extra power.
- Brady Draper
Eco-Friendly Decorating Choices
Eco-Friendly Decorating Choices
Creating a fresh new look for your home doesn’t have to harm the environment or your wallet. Choosing natural and recycled elements will make you feel you’re doing your part to help the environment, while also adding a unique, eclectic look to your décor. The following eco-friendly choices are stylish and worry-free ways to spruce up your home.
Why choose an Ethanol fireplace? Bio Ethanol Fuel is a clean-burning, odor and smoke free, natural fuel. It’s a sustainable energy source derived from corn. Your Ethanol fireplace will keep all of its heat inside the room, as it requires no ventilation. It’s smoke and odor-free. There are so many choices when it comes to the style of Ethanol fireplace, from traditional-looking wall mounted models to incredibly modern, portable-sized ones like this Cube Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace. It’s small enough to use as an accent anywhere in your home, and even to carry into your outdoor space when the weather cools down.
Looking to spruce up your furniture? Don’t overlook the stack of unloved old tables collecting dust in your basement; bring them back to life! Rather than buying a costly new shelving unit to use as a media console, why not give an old shelf a facelift by applying a fresh coat of low-VOC paint and replacing its hardware with inexpensive new metal hardware? The look of distressed furniture is an incredibly popular design trend that’s easy to achieve.
Since you come into such close contact with the fabrics in your home, from bedding to throw-pillows, it makes sense to choose environmentally friendly, natural and toxin-free fabrics. Look for natural, eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo when choosing a fabric. Organic cotton is grown without fertilizers or pesticides, so it is free of toxins when it comes into contact with your skin. That fact alone can help you sleep at night; not to mention, organic cotton is luxuriously soft and comfortable. Hemps is a durable and eco-friendly fabric choice; eight times stronger than cotton. Bamboo plants are incredibly hearty and grow much faster than hard wood. Bamboo has antibacterial properties, and is biodegradable and breathable,
and makes for incredibly soft clothing that will last for many years without needing to be repurchased.
If you enjoy any type of retro décor aesthetic, chances are you can find an authentic piece from that time period that is also more affordable than a new, mass-produced item. You’ll save money, help the environment, and have fun hunting for treasures in a second-hand flea market or online on a site like EBay. When you choose vintage rather than buying new, you can feel good about the fact that you’re recycling and thereby reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.
- Catherine Sibi