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So You Want to Build: 7 Steps to Create a New Home
Whether building new or renovating an existing structure, creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to...
You Said It: ‘Do What Feels Natural to You’ and Other Houzz Quotables
Phew, the year is almost over, and it’s been an exciting and exhausting one for sure. I love this time of year, because while I do tend to get a little blue after the holidays, I know that each day is just a little longer than the last, and that the...
8 Home Projects Perfect for Holiday Downtime
Staying at home for the holidays? Use some of your downtime to tackle a house project or two, and you can start 2014 with a fresher, cleaner space. Take the time to work on a project you would never usually have time for (like editing photos...
10 Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holidays
I’m smack dab in the throes of grief once again this holiday season. On a recent Sunday evening, I lost my big sister quite unexpectedly. Within the past six years, I’ve lost two other siblings plus my mom, and two of those losses happened during...
You Said It: ‘Lower Your Standards’ and Other Quotables
This week Houzz stories had us getting inspired by great holiday projects and decor, but at the same time, they gave us permission to cut ourselves a break. Whether you want to accomplish the perfect wrapping job or have your 6-year-old do it for you...
Surviving the Christmas Countdown: A Parent's Guide
Well, it’s almost Christmas. How’s it going? If you tried to answer that and found you could produce only a strange clicking sound and not actual words, I understand and hear you loud and clear. Back...
Modern Manners for Conflict-Free Family Visits
Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don’t have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to...
Modern Party Etiquette for Hosts and Guests
Invitations, seating cards and cell phones, oh my! Navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky for both hosts and guests. These 10 do's and don'ts should help clear up everything from what to bring (try a book instead of flowers) to those pesky details...
Simple Pleasures: Decorating Is Fun
Just like the title of famed decorator Dorothy Draper’s book, decorating is fun! Or at least, it can be, once you get beyond the...
You Said It: ‘Happy Is Such a Good Thing’ and More Quotes of the Week
This week on Houzz, we continued our holiday preparations and looked toward some of the changes we’d like to make in the new year. Whether you’re planning an extensive renovation or a move, looking for a new wall color or planning to swap a few things...
11 Ways to Have More Fun at Home
Building or renovating a house is serious business — as it should be. But once the important stuff is done, the bills are paid and the dust has settled, you can let the fun begin. It’s clear from Houzzers’ comments that you enjoy putting your personalities...
How to Prepare for and Live With a Power Outage
You probably know the ominous feeling: As a storm or hurricane sweeps through your community, you’re huddled safe at home or in a nearby shelter … and without warning, the lights all flicker and die. You’ve lost power, and experience says it could...
‘A Little Bold Color Goes a Long Way’ and Other Houzz Quotables
Does anyone else feel a bit scattered this week? Between traveling, holiday prep and dramatic changes in the weather, I’ve had trouble figuring out which task to tackle first. But this week’s Houzz stories gave us good projects to choose from, whether...
The Not Naturally Organized Parent's Guide to the Holidays
In family life so many things are mythologized and sentimentalized and too often we parents feel depressed — even ashamed — because the experiences we try to create for our kids don't measure up to our expectations. And...
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