Life 399 Stories

Overnight Guests Coming? How to Be a Great Host
If you have ever had a bad experience as a weekend guest, you know just how awful it can be. Dog hair in the sheets, bare windows, nothing for dinner, missed rides at the airport — I have experienced all of these and more ... thankfully not at the same...
Checklists for a Well-Stocked Home
A well-stocked home can help you handle the little surprises — drop-in guests, dastardly spills — life throws at you with a bit more grace. If you are setting up home for the first time or just want to refresh your space, these 10 checklists will...
Simple Pleasures: Plan a Rejuvenating Retreat Right at Home
When you hear the word “retreat,” what comes to mind — writing in a cabin by a lonesome lake, engaging in spiritual study or practicing yoga on the beach? How about doing a retreat in your own home? It may at first seem like an improbable idea (although...
You Said It: ‘They Did Not Have a Throwaway Mentality’ and More
This week on Houzz, contributors helped parents prep for back-to-school time, showing how to set up homework stations and home offices as summer winds down. Style-wise there was a little something for everyone, whether it was farmhouse modern, Shabby...
You Said It: ‘What Do You Want Your Deck to Do?’ and More Quotables
This week Houzz writers were still helping readers make the most of the warm weather. Perhaps this summer made you realize you’re ready for a deck, or it’s time to tackle your tricky sloped yard — it’s a great time to plan and take advantage of...
Simple Pleasures: Savor Summer’s Last Hurrah
Don’t let summer slip away without a proper celebration! Hosting a gathering to mark the end of the season is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and savor the present moment. Choose the fete that means the most to you: a harvest party to celebrate...
You Said It: ‘I’m Never Leaving’ and More Houzz Quotables
This collection of some of my favorite Houzz moments from the week is all over the place, but that’s a good thing — variety is what keeps me coming back for more. One writer broke down back-to-school routines while another broke down the painting...
Your Back-to-School Game Plan
Are you the parent of school-age children? If you are I would like to talk to you about the end of the school year. “What? Why? It’s August!” You may protest. Don’t I know it, but that’s exactly why I want to have this chat....
To-Dos: Your August Home Checklist
From the dog days of summer to the first days of school, August is a month of transition for many. Even if cool fall nights still seem ages away, the transition from outdoors to in is already beginning. So as your vacation wraps up and dinners begin to...
The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More
It’s a deceptively simple question that nearly all designers ask at the start of a project: “How do you want your home to feel?” Focusing on this question yourself can work wonders. Defining the feelings you want to cultivate in your home will give...
You Said It: ‘It Was a Symbolic Gesture to Myself’ and More Quotables
This week on Houzz, there was a strong theme of inventiveness, of people whose personal passions guided them in designing their homes and their lifestyles. This has resulted in some delightfully unusual homes. We peeked into a...
How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not
You may be surprised to know that losing all of my earthly possessions was the easy part of having an arsonist set my house on fire. The hard part was wrangling with the insurance company while trying to build a new house. Have you seen...
You Said It: ‘They Looked at Me Like I Had 10 Heads’
Baby, it’s hot outside! Houzz has been helping us figure out how to keep cool (and how to keep our cool) in July’s heat. This week I learned how to cool off without running the air conditioner (or — let’s keep it real; I live in Atlanta — how...
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates,...
You Said It: ‘I Actually Prefer Small Houses’ and Other Quotables
This week we toured some inspiring homes in a range of styles and sizes. We got prepped for the reality of living with renovation construction and for becoming a first-time homeowner. Personally, I got extra excited about learning a new word and how to...
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