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You Said It: ‘Some Ask Why, Others Why Not?’ and Other Houzz Quotables
Our title quote is an oldie but a goodie, and it was said in just the right place on Houzz this week, in the Comments section. It’s also a great summary for the stories we featured on Houzz this week. Whether it’s turning an old egg-selling shack...
Simple Pleasures: A Real Sit-Down Breakfast
Rather than beginning the day in a mad rush, grabbing something to eat on your way out the door, imagine sitting down in a lovely little breakfast nook and coddling yourself, if only for 10 minutes, as you enjoy a full meal along with your...
10 Steps to a Happier Weekend
Two days off never feels like quite enough, does it? Between home projects, cleaning, errands and...
The Real Importance of Valentine’s Day
Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the...
Relocating? Here’s How to Make the Big Move Better
Whether you’re relocating across the country or just across town, moving can be stressful even given the best circumstances. Without a clear plan, packing up a household, getting a family prepared and orchestrating myriad services at both ends...
Simple Pleasures: Get a Book Club Going
Being part of a book club can be a richly rewarding experience — each month you get to reconnect with friends, enjoy a low-key party and give your brain a little workout. Sharing the responsibilities for leading the discussions...
You Said It: “Call It the ‘Really Useful Stuff’ Drawer” and More
This week on Houzz I toured amazing houses, learned about why Austin stays weird and got excited about neatening up my spiderweb-covered potting shed for spring. But what was most important to me was getting help for my New Year’s resolution to get...
Get the Family to Pitch In: A Mom’s Advice on Chores
My husband, Paul, and I were high school sweethearts. The first time I was invited to dinner at his house, I was nervous. Paul was the only kid left at home, so it was only the two of us and his parents. Wanting to make a good impression,...
You Said It: ‘It's Not for Everyone, and That’s Fine’
This week on Houzz we found advice about Super Bowl Sunday, ways to get the kids to put down the Wii, how to help our brains and bodies with scents around the house, good ways to light up dark basements and more. In case you didn’t get to all the stories...
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...
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