Life 362 Ideabooks

Years and years ago, one Saturday morning in spring, my husband, Paul, and I had an impromptu discussion. In truth it was an argument, but since we were in the front yard, in the sight of God, our neighbors and anyone who happened to be driving by, we kept things civil … ish. I can’t...
14 Things You Need to Start Doing Now for Your Spouse’s Sake
OK, nobody’s perfect. But seriously, you really need to start putting a new roll of toilet paper on the spindle when it’s out. And you definitely need to start closing the toilet lid, like, 10 years ago. Oh, and I’m pretty sure someone has...
10 Ways to Boost Creativity by Doing Less
If you feel like you’ve been spinning your wheels without getting anywhere lately, it may be time to stop working so hard. By actually doing less, you may...
When Does a House Become a Home?
Why is it that certain places feel like home right away, but others may take months or even years before they feel like yours? Is it the location, something about the home itself or something else?...
How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not
You may be surprised to know that losing all of my earthly possessions was the easy part of having an arsonist set my house on fire. The hard part was wrangling with the insurance company while trying to build a new house. Have you seen...
You Said It: ‘They Looked at Me Like I Had 10 Heads’
Baby, it’s hot outside! Houzz has been helping us figure out how to keep cool (and how to keep our cool) in July’s heat. This week I learned how to cool off without running the air conditioner (or — let’s keep it real; I live in Atlanta — how...
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates,...
You Said It: ‘I Actually Prefer Small Houses’ and Other Quotables
This week we toured some inspiring homes in a range of styles and sizes. We got prepped for the reality of living with renovation construction and for becoming a first-time homeowner. Personally, I got extra excited about learning a new word and how to...
9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter
Many of us have a problem with clutter. It can be so hard to get rid of things. Often the difficulty comes down to deciding whether something really is clutter. The struggle can be internal (“I could use this some day”), or with various...
11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel
If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense...
Simple Pleasures: 25 Ways to Make the Most of Your Staycation
Taking time off from work to stay at home is a wonderful way to save cash while still getting the R&R of a vacation. At least it can be … as long as you commit to enjoying yourself and don’t just spend the time catching up on household...
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...
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