The 2010 Hot Trends for Home and Garden: Buying Food Locally, Eating and Entertaining at Home
One Solution: The Big Green Egg Grill and Smoker
What’s that savory smell in Old Town? It’s food cooking on a Big Green Egg. The Big Green Egg is a grill and smoker all in one. With a durable, fade and chip resistant ceramic, it never ages and always looks new. The Big Green Egg comes in a variety of sizes from a mini up to an extra large so no Alexandria townhouse deck is too small for a barbecue. The Big Green Egg is made in the U.S.A. so you can buy American and then cook up a locally raised feast.
The 2010 Hot Trends for Home and Garden: The Garden, Patio and Deck are the “New Living Room”
One Solution: Great Garden Furniture
Americans are not only going green, they want to see more green. Flower, vegetable and herb gardens are being created in backyards, around patios and from high-rise apartment balconies. We’re relishing more time outside, creating green spaces and we want to enjoy them. For that, we need top of the line outdoor furniture that looks elegant today and for years to come. Restoration Hardware has quality metal patio furniture like tables and chairs but also unique offerings like outdoor coffee tables, sofas and chaise lounges. With chaise lounges covered in luxury outdoor fabrics that recline to four positions, no resort lounge chairs can beat them for style. These chaise lounges could be your second home for the summer.
The 2010 Hot Trends for Home and Garden: Uncluttered Spaces for Living
One Solution: The Microwave Drawer
Whether you’re infusing oils with fresh herbs or learning to make sushi, there’s a lot of living going on in your kitchen. Designers are responding with unique ways to hide small appliances and keep those counter tops and overhead spaces clutter free. Considering a kitchen renovation? There are new space-saving appliance options for your kitchen makeover. There are a variety of “microwaves in a drawer” models from Sharp and Dacor with all the function of a traditional microwave built into a 24-inch drawer space. The lower cabinet microwave is a big plus for families with little kitchen helpers.
The 2010 Hot Trends for Home and Garden: Going Green with Energy Savings
One Solution: Energy Monitoring Systems
Along with replacing appliances with new Energy Star rated appliances, a new wave of energy saving smart tools for the home were unveiled at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Energy monitoring systems, or electricity monitoring systems, help consumers determine and manipulate their energy usage to lower their monthly utility bills and lessen their carbon footprint. Examples include the PICOWatt, which allows consumers to control appliances by turning them off and on or setting them on a timer, from their phone or computer. The Electronic Housekeeper is a wall-mountable console that will interact wirelessly to monitor all utilities including water.
The 2010 Hot Trends for Home and Garden: Out with Bulky and Isolating Exercise Equipment
The big tread mill or exercise equipment that takes up too much room in the living room and benefits just one person at a time is out. Fitness games like the Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Wii Outdoor Challenge that take up minimal room and bring the whole family together to play are in.
From kitchen renovations to new electronic toys and gadgets, the 2010 hot trends for home and garden are all about making your home fit, and not box in, your lifestyle.