Life 382 Ideabooks

To-Dos: Your July Home Checklist
With backyard barbecues, clambakes and beach days, July is a time when many of us spend (or wish we were spending) more time outdoors than in. This month’s checklist offers ways to slash energy and water bills, keep your garden and patio in good...
Hang Your American Flag With Etiquette and Style
The day before my house burned down, I was thinking about flags. It was the end of June, and we were in the midst of painting our home's exterior....
You Said It: ‘The Birds Will Thank You’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week Houzz stories provided a nice escape for me from, well, writing Houzz stories myself. Does that make sense? I love to catch up on what my fellow contributors are writing about, even if half the time it makes me slap myself on the forehead and...
10 Great Ways to Unplug and Tune In to Nature
As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation efforts, the Great American Backyard Campout aims to get kids outside and to connect people with nature, both near and far....
Summer Living: How to Welcome Weekend Guests
Being a good host is something of a lost art. Balancing the roles of tour guide, innkeeper, cook and friend (while still managing to have fun yourself) can be challenging, to say the least. Make visiting friends and family feel at home, and...
You Said It: ‘We Call It Character’
This week the Houzz ideabooks ranged from covering the nitty-gritty details of spray-foam insulation to describing one man’s quest for the perfect mailbox. One writer helped us figure out if we’d love or hate having soapstone counters; another...
Soapstone Counters: A Love Story
Anyone who has built or remodeled a kitchen will tell you how easy it is to become overwhelmed. You may go into the experience thinking, “Finally, I get to have things the way I want,” only to discover how stressful it can be balancing...
You Said It: ‘Be Imaginative, Adaptable and Daring’ and More Quotables
This week on Houzz, I took a quiz (I’m a red Florence Knoll armchair), found out why there was a kid in a net hanging over an architect’s office and saw a parking lot turned into a paradise. I bookmarked ideabooks on how to remove wallpaper, choose...
A Fine Mess: How to Have a Clean-Enough Home Over Summer Break
I awoke at 1:00 the other morning to my niece Grace's soft voice informing me my daughter Eden was, as they say in the U.K., "being sick." And boy howdy, was she ever! My husband, Paul, and I have a team approach on these occasions, and we are...
Simple Pleasures: Beat the Heat With Water
From sprinklers, mist gardens and swimming holes, to early-morning beach walks with waves lapping at your feet, water provides some of the best, simplest pleasures on summer days. Being mindful of the joy water brings can help you get into the spirit...
You Said It: ‘What’s Your Time Worth?’ and More Houzz Quotables
Sometimes the ideabooks that I highlight tell me what’s been on my brain that week. For example, this week I can tell I’m missing living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, that I long for a real garden, and I dream of having...
Calming Tempests in Teapots and Toasters
“Are you at the fun stage yet?” I was asked by more than one person in the months after an arsonist set our house on fire. At first I had no idea what they could possibly mean, but soon I understood they were referring to the opportunity to buy all...
You Said It: ‘Stay Humble’ and More of the Week’s Tips and Ideas
This week Houzz made me excited about summer. For me, summer’s beginning has nothing to do with a solstice, but rather the day I can officially start wearing white jeans: Memorial Day. (I went to college in the South in the ’90s, so you’ll never...
Simple Pleasures: 10 Ideas for a Buy-Less Month
The goal: to not buy a single thing you don’t truly need for a month. The purpose: to invest in experiences that make life richer … and save money. The reality check: You set guidelines and a timeline that make sense for you. Sound intriguing?...
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....
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