Life 337 Ideabooks

Simple Pleasures: Spoil Yourself
Honestly, how often do you do things purely to spoil yourself? When you’re living a busy, full life, it can be easy to let your own favorite simple pleasures slip...
11 Ways to Refill Your Creative Well
When you work in a creative field, your livelihood depends on your ability to constantly come up with fresh ideas. So what do you do when you are feeling creatively stuck in a rut, drained or just uninspired? From taking a creative field trip...
6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs
Remember back in July and August when we were all, “Summer! Ugh! It’s so hot and sticky and dusty and cluttered up with towels and beach bags! Blech!” Summer, on behalf of all of us, I’d like to say how deeply, truly and unimaginably sorry...
You Said It: ‘Use the Imperfect as an Opportunity’ and More Wisdom
This week the range of Houzz topics that caught my eye was one of the most diverse yet, but a common thread was that they inspired me to try new things. Whether they helped me appreciate and enhance one of my home’s quirks, look at wasted space...
A Quick Downsizing Quiz for the Undecided
We all consider downsizing for different reasons. Maybe we’re sick and tired of the maintenance and upkeep of a large home. It could be that we’re weary of the financial burden, or of being tied to a house and yard. Perhaps we want a smaller footprint...
Great Game Setups for Snowbound Days
I’m going to sound like an old geezer, but as a good deal of the United States faces yet another day of 15- to 25-below temperatures, I find myself thinking of the blizzard of 1978. It hit almost exactly 36 years ago, on February 5, and its hurricane-force...
Is Cabin Fever Real? Share Your Story
Here it comes again. A nasty weather front is expected to dump snow from Chicago to Boston, and the accompanying cold air is sending the mercury down to the negative double digits as far south as Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. The National...
Simple Pleasures: Make Do and Mend
The British slogan during World War II, Make Do and Mend, came about in response to shortages of material with which to make clothing, furniture and other necessities. Citizens were encouraged to darn socks, mend holes in sweaters, repair broken furniture...
How Much Stuff Is Enough?
So you want to pare down your belongings. But how much, exactly, do you get rid of? And how can you prevent stuff from simply piling up all over again? Part of the solution to a lasting clutter-free existence may lie in numbers. As...
You Said It: ‘I Knew This Home Had to Be Mine’ and More Quotables
So this week Houzz taught me quite a few things I never knew before. I didn’t know that the monarch population was in trouble, that south equals north Down Under or that under today’s energy codes, you couldn’t build Philip Johnson’s Glass House....
Anatomy of a Family-Size Mess
When we were building our house after our fire, we wanted it to be a haven for family and friends, too. We planned a modern farmhouse with an open...
Age Is Just a Number: Houzzers’ Homes Old and New
Houses come in all shapes, sizes, colors and, of course, ages. The latter is one of those things that stirs up all sorts of emotions. Some people revere old houses for their charm. Others shy away from them for the upkeep. Some think new houses lack character;...
Everyday Shrines for a Happier Home
While a new year often inspires us to purge as much as we can from our homes, you don’t have to get rid of everything you don’t use regularly. Once you’ve decided what’s important enough to keep, though, consider honoring it. This is where author...
You Said It: ‘Pretend You’re in a Swiss Chalet’ and More Houzz Wisdom
During a week when many Houzzers experienced the chilly effects of the polar vortex (don’t you just love dramatic Weather Channel lingo?),...
Togetherness Take 2: Is a Cohousing Community for You?
Do you live in a compact apartment in a large city, and have no idea who is sitting on the other side of your living room wall? Maybe you’re in a single-family home in a suburban development without sidewalks, and feel like you’re missing...
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