Life 364 Ideabooks

10 Tips for Subletting Your Place
Want or need to rent out your place for the summer? Whether you are a student looking to hold on to your apartment until the fall when you return to school, or you want to do some extensive traveling, subletting your place may be something you have considered....
You Said It: ‘The Wrong Sink Can Make You Hate Your Kitchen’
This week there was everything including the kitchen sink: cats having fun climbing up walls, fitting seating into small kitchens, antiquing for the fun of it, giving up on lawn mowing, figuring out how to adjust to an empty nest, a quiz thrown in just...
Have the Kids Left Home? 16 Things to Consider
Consider this: If you have one child and a spouse, chances are that you will be a family of three in a house for at least 18 years, assuming your kid moves away to college. Now assume you have another child a few years younger than your first,...
Simple Pleasures: The Art of Being Neighborly
Being part of a welcoming community makes daily life so much more pleasant. Whether you are already friends with your neighbors or want to get to know them better, these ideas for simple parties and heartfelt gestures will help strengthen...
You Said It: ‘My Furniture Is the Color of My Pugs’ and More
This week was full of bookmark-worthy ideabooks, whether you’re moving to a smaller home, fixing your home for sale, planning your edible garden, lamenting your lack of an entry hall, hanging a chandelier or getting ready to redecorate. There was even...
You Said It: ‘Yikes, Tough Crowd’ and Other Quotes of the Week
Houzzers, this week’s You Said It is all about you. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy (most of) the comments you leave on the featured ideabooks and getting involved in the conversations myself. Without you, what would be the point? So this week,...
You Said It: ‘Photovoltawhata?’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, an underlying theme stood out: how to make major lifestyle changes via your home. Sometimes the changes were born from how people reacted to disasters. Others were from conscious changes to lessen carbon footprints. A tornado forced...
How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay
The morning our house burned down, we — my husband, Paul, myself and our three children — were all home and in bed. We escaped with the family dog and the clothes on our backs. The county sheriff arrived almost immediately and asked if there...
Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre
Have you ever entertained the thought that your life would be sweeter and more pleasurable if only you lived somewhere else, like Paris or Florence? I certainly have. But while life may indeed...
You Said It: ‘We’re Here to Stay’ and Other Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, we’ve been spring cleaning, using April’s showers to bring May flowers and wedging those flowers and vegetables into wherever they’ll fit, even if it’s in a hell strip. Seriously, did you know that piece of land between the...
Do It for the Kids! A Few Routines Help a Home Run More Smoothly
When my dear friend Billy told me he had described himself to a date as “kinda messy,” I told him he needed to offer full disclosure immediately. This woman was orderly to an...
You Said It: ‘You Can Help Save the Bees’ and More Houzz Quotables
I love the hodgepodge of topics found in ideabooks on Houzz. This week I learned about this year’s Pritzker Prize winner, toured a unique home, met a new plant and more. Here are some of my favorite snippets of advice and comments.
You Said It: ‘What Will You Grow?’ and More Houzz Quotables
There’s no denying it: Even though a large part of the population was blanketed with more snow this week, we’re all making plans for spring. Whether you’re planning to grow edibles in a tight spot, prepping the landscape for safety or drawing the...
Lessons in the Rewards of Selfless Gardening
For the first few years, I gardened for myself. It was an explosion of energy as I bought plants, dug them in, dug them up and moved them a few inches. Plants, plants, plants. Oh, the colors and textures and potential. The garden was for me — my vision,...
How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away
I recently moved to a home in a very urban — some might say gritty — neighborhood of Los Angeles. Since nothing calms my baby more than a walk around the block, I spend a great deal of time wandering around my neighborhood on foot pushing a stroller....
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