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Did you know that September 29 marks the start of Sleep Awareness Week in Australia? (It comes along in March in the U.S.) If not, there’s no need to lose any sleep over it. In fact, doing so would be at odds with...
15 Cozy Book Nooks and What They Want You to Read
Don’t be sad that this year’s beach-reading days are over. As we head into fall, we can look forward to snuggling up next to the fire with a hot toddy, finding a cozy nook, wrapping up in a fuzzy throw and getting our read on. Some of the most...
Simple Pleasures: Treasuring the Gift of Grandparents
National Grandparents Day is September 7 in the U.S., but anytime is a good time to honor (and just plain keep in touch with) grandparents. Whether it’s your own grandparents you want to connect with, or you would love to see your kids become closer...
Simple Pleasures: Plan a Rejuvenating Retreat Right at Home
When you hear the word “retreat,” what comes to mind — writing in a cabin by a lonesome lake, engaging in spiritual study or practicing yoga on the beach? How about doing a retreat in your own home? It may at first seem like an improbable idea (although...
Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection
If you are in the market for a house, you’ll likely want to make sure you have a roof that won’t leak, a solid foundation, proper wiring and so on. But what about the things not covered by the inspection? Sometimes it’s these less obvious...
7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort
I love the look of polished concrete floors in kitchens, but concrete — along with other nonresilient floor surfaces, such as stone, ceramic and porcelain tile — can take a toll on your joints. I've heard complaints from many homeowners who regret...
The Question That Can Make You Love Your Home More
It’s a deceptively simple question that nearly all designers ask at the start of a project: “How do you want your home to feel?” Focusing on this question yourself can work wonders. Defining the feelings you want to cultivate in your home will give...
10 Friendly Furniture Pieces for a Comforting Home
Our passion for design can lead us to choose the fabulous over the friendly, and, while nothing can compete with a midcentury Danish chair or a classic Eames lounger, there is room in our homes for more anonymous but no less appealing pieces. Think friendly...
Simple Pleasures: Scent and Memory
Thinking back to my childhood home, I remember the smells most vividly: the jasmine growing by the mailbox; the honeysuckle vines climbing the back fence; the clean, simple scent of baby bubble bath; even the subtle background scent of polished wood floors....
The Secret to the Perfect Throw Blanket: Watch Your Tone
I like to think of the throw as an adult security blanket. Whether we’re a teeny bit cold or just trying to get cozy, there’s something about curling up with a snuggly-soft throw blanket that makes us feel safe and secure. The neat trick of...
Back Problems? Try Putting Your Feet Up
Much has been publicized in recent years about how poorly designed office chairs can encourage bad posture that leads to neck and back problems. While ergonomically designed desk chairs may help support us at work, how can we keep ourselves healthy when...
10 Tips for a More Peaceful Home
Maintaining a Zen-like space is about much more than style. It’s about cultivating a peaceful place where each object has a reason for being present, whether for its beauty, utility or both. Here are 10 ways to bring a peaceful, balanced feeling to...
Summer Living: How to Welcome Weekend Guests
Being a good host is something of a lost art. Balancing the roles of tour guide, innkeeper, cook and friend (while still managing to have fun yourself) can be challenging, to say the least. Make visiting friends and family feel at home, and...
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?...
Sweet Serendipity: Opening to Happy Garden Discoveries
Great gardeners are great planners. However, there is an unknown variable that occasionally interjects itself in our most logical equations, that unpredictable thing called serendipity. It’s defined as luck in the form of a happy accidental discovery,...
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