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10 Tips for a More Peaceful Home

Turn your everyday living space into a serene retreat by clearing visual distractions, softening your lighting and more Full Story
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Annette Reynolds
Just reading this lovely article made me feel calmer. And even though I tend to feel overwhelmed by all the clutter and piles in my office and around my house, the article gave me hope that by tackling one small pile at a time I can rid myself of some of the stress in my life. I know that the rooms I NEVER allow clutter are my favorite rooms in my house: the bedroom, living room, and even the TV room.
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iluvdiy
I love lovely piano music, a cup of tea and Houzz to relax - that's exactly what I'm doing right now!
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Great article & so true - I believe we live better with less, less 'stuff', less clutter, more open space & natural elements. The photo is one of our vignettes from a staging - a natural teak table made from a tree stump, simple & natural decor...
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sylvestercat
I just bought a manufactured home that I am going to rent for additional income. It has no lights on the ceiling, except for the dining room. . . . I find it hard in my own home to see what the heck is going on. The lamp behind the love seat is a challenge to turn on because it is behind the love seat, the light at the end of the couch is on a light switch, as well as on the base. So every time I turn it on with the switch it has been turned off at the base. The room is dark on the brightest days. . . The house is a two story or I would put in sky lights. There is a French door, on one wall, and a window on the other, yet it is dark. . . . Candles though they are romantic, do not make enough light to accomplish much. ? ?

I have the five components, a koi pond can be seen from most rooms, I have a fireplace, I have wood floors covered with soft carpet, I have a green thumb so plants are everywhere, I do miss music. My husband loved it and it played all the time, now that he has passed away the house is silent. SILENT. . . be thankful for every sound made by your loved ones, be it crying, or laughing. . nothing is beautiful without sounds.
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Jean Stryker
syvlestercat, I'm so sorry about your husband. Nothing is stopping you from playing music. Your house does not have to be silent. Play music and rejoice in the beauty of it. Nothing can take that away.

I find a perpetually dark house to be depressing. I vote for overhead lighting with dimmers. At least then you have options. Lamps are good for ambience, both for style and light quality, but to rely completely on lamps--I think this is a mistake.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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Absolutely stunning! We have a black front door and we love that, but I would have never considered black interior doors -- until now. I just love this look in every photo. Thanks for an idea I have not seen before!
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Fred's pretty articulate in explaining why black is a good door color. We weren't quite so analytical. Normally, I don't like to paint wood, but in one case, as Donald noted, it's a way to address a hollow core door. Pine also has an unappealing hue and my very patient and meticulous DW painted our French doors last month.
July 21, 2014 at 2:43pm     
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Simple Pleasures: Savor a Starry Evening

See how magical moonlight can be by relaxing outdoors after the sun goes down Full Story
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samanthaja
I love all of these ideas, but don't forget the citronella candles and bug spray…or full beekeeper suit if the bugs like you like they like me.
July 16, 2014 at 2:59pm     
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atticorphan
Several years ago I started a tradition of fixing breakfast outdoors when it was full moon in the months of June, July and August. I get up early so that everything was prepared when family, friends and neighbors stopped by on the way to work or shopping. It is an awsome experience to try! The first time I invited people over for a full moon breakfast it was amazing to watch their reactions. There is nothing like fried country cured ham, homemade buscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and a good cup of coffee while sitting at the picnic table just as the sun starts to rise in the morning.
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Elaine Baldy
Every year in august we have the 'night of the shooting stars' My husband and I and our four kids bought out the old matresses and sleeping bags, stocked up with chocolate bars and turned out all the house lights.As we live in the countryside it was pitch black with only nature as our background noise. We began counting the shooting stars we saw,told stories,laughed alot and eventually one by one we fell asleep.
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8 Beautiful Ideas for Floating Shelves

Get clean-lined storage and display on walls, over windows and in nooks using versatile floating shelving Full Story
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zemptron
Floating shelves can be so useful! I love the applications shown in this idea book. We used a single, large floating shelf in our master bedroom with a bookcase on either side to create the visual effect of a built-in. Now we just need to figure out what to display on it!

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Smith and Clarke Interiors
In a bathroom for extra storage and to hang towels from. In a basement kitchen with low ceiling to keep the space open.
July 20, 2014 at 4:13am     
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Hank Fisher
Floating shelves above the tub. 12 inch screws through the studs into the pre-drilled shelves. Appear to float in space.
July 20, 2014 at 7:06am     
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Melissa Barglof-Johnson
Strongfix brackets found on www.bluestoneshelves.com work wonderfully when making floating shelves.
July 20, 2014 at 7:13am     
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Stick to Branches for Naturally Beautiful Lighting

When you combine trees and technology, your lighting is as organic as it is versatile Full Story
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TWIGS AND BRANCHES, FROM OFF A TREE

Twigs and branches,

From off a tree,

Contrast,

Unusually,

With lights,
Delights
And other things

It’s like these things
Have sprouted wings.

Or tendrils
Or some such things.


Still it is the merging,
Of in and out to see.

Until at last,
We have in fact,

What’s
Called
Harm

On-y.
July 8, 2014 at 7:12am     
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Guest Picks: Industrial Chairs With Raw Appeal

Keep your edge by bringing in seating with a factory, vintage or warehouse look Full Story
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martinmittelmark
CHAIRS

Chairs,
From a bygone age.

Chairs,
Which set the stage.

Chairs
On which sat labor,

Which working folk
Did use.

Which
Here
You
Might
Peruse.


All different shapes and sizes.

Some intricate they be.

Some
From
Antiquity.

Whilst all the folk who used them,

Now
Have gone their way.

Some
Worked
In shifts
All day.
.


Once it was
We did make things,

Of utility.

But
Now these chairs
From a bygone age.

Make
For
Curiosity.
July 8, 2014 at 3:53am     
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Paint Your Bookcases to Transform Your Room

Give your shelves some color for a whole new look. Here are 10 examples, from subtle to bold, and some styling tips to try Full Story
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In the era of electronic tablets, a bookcase begins to transform into a display case of treasured memories, family photos, and not merely a place for books. I kindly disagree that bookshelves should only be for books.
July 9, 2014 at 10:18am     
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Three Magic Words for a Clean Home and a Better Life

Not a natural tidying and organizing whiz? Take hope in one short phrase that can change your life forever Full Story
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bonnieinflorida
"How about now?" is how I've kept my home neat during a bout with C that has sapped my energy even as it has brought family and friends to visit more frequently.

"Now" is while I wait for the coffee to brew, for the onions and peppers to brown, for tv commercials to air. And it helps that I don't want anyone to think I'm not coping. I joke that I do my dishes during the commercials.

So I appreciate the neighbor who takes the garbage out when she leaves after a brief visit, and the granddaughter who spends a few minutes cleaning the bathroom each time she's here. But "how about now" keeps my apartment neat enough to always be ready for company, and to keep me content.
May 27, 2013 at 4:40pm     
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9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter

How to efficiently — and regularly — rid your home of the things you don’t want Full Story
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martinmittelmark
SAY GOOD BY TO CLUTTER

Say good by to clutter.

Just send
It
On its way.

And you will feel,

Totally free.

Like
A spirit

In
Utter

Harmony.

Catching the breeze,

Feeling at ease.

Doing so,

Just
As
You please.


Say good by to clutter.

Yes,
Send it

On its way.

And the day
It
Will
Be

Glorious.

Where
E’er,
It is,

You stay.
July 7, 2014 at 7:07am     
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Aubry T
I have the hardest time with items that I purchased not that long ago, and remembered what I paid (usually too much, and end up not using). I tend to give those another chance, which is bad. Older stuff I don't have that much of an issue with, or stuff that was cheap and easily replaceable.
July 7, 2014 at 8:57am     
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judthb
Funny story about curbside 'donations' - our neighbours put out a fridge with sign saying "Free, works well". It was on the curbside for 4-5 days so my neighbour put a sign "$50. Works well" and it was 'stolen' an hour later. :-)
July 8, 2014 at 12:38am     
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suz4120
Regarding morains comments: "Goodwill is a highly profitable business that sells donated goods and pays their employees very low wages. . . . Even a larger organization such Big Brothers & Sisters does much better things with donated goods." Goodwill is a NON-PROFIT; that's why you can get a receipt for tax purposes when you make a donation there!!! If one is interested in making donations to another program besides Goodwill, that's great as there are many worthy of support. However, to imply that donations made to Goodwill are not being used in an acceptable way is just not right. I urge you to do some research about this organization which provides job training and jobs for people who would have a very difficult time finding work of any kind; they work extensively with veterans and their families to help them return to the civilian work world (which they have often never been a part of in the first place); and they provide a great service in helping us all to recycle usable "stuff." And regarding that later point, it makes me sad to see gillianne say that she "uses Goodwill only for electronics I can't dispose of elsewhere free, such as large old TVs and old printers and monitors. If no one wants those through freecycle, I'd have to pay to unload them at the transfer station (aka, dump), so I haul them to Goodwill, which accepts them all. Otherwise, my unwanted items in good shape go to local, non-chain thrift stores, which recycle profits back into the community through many types of grants." What she's saying is she's dumping them on Goodwill, so they will have to pay the fees rather than her to get rid of useless stuff.

I worked for Habitat for Humanity for six years and we had a ReStore; that is a GREAT resource for any community so do consider them when ridding you home of items they might use. However, we made it clear that we would not take stuff we couldn't sell because then we'd be the ones paying the dump fees - and that cuts into the monies available to build homes. The same model works at Goodwill.

As for the low pay of Goodwill workers, that is true of most all employees of social enterprises. It is unfortunately the case for most employees of non-profits. In the case of the president/CEO of Goodwill - yes, he is well paid but compare his salary to that of other non-profits executives who have similar budgets and you'll find that he is waaaaay lower than most.

No, I have no affiliation with Goodwill and in fact have my own issues with the organization; but none of them are the ones noted here. I was recently involved in a heated discussion in my neighborhood about this very issue of Goodwill, and found that several people with these ideas had gotten the "info" from internet sources. I'm here to tell you folks: the internet is NOT always right!
July 8, 2014 at 10:53pm     
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