Life 373 Ideabooks

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....
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...
Be a Citizen Scientist to Help Wildlife, Learn and Have Fun Too
Pretty flowers, trickling water and the soothing sound of grasses in the wind are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to things to love in your garden. Once the plants are in, the true experience begins — watching to see what wildlife...
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...
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