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Feel-Good Home 59 Ideabooks

Today as I noticed the soft pink blossoms of a cherry tree give way to soft new leaves, I wondered when my car would transform from yellowish-green back to its natural dark blue. I wondered when I’d be able to put my contact lenses back in, and when that stuffy feeling would leave my sinuses. I checked the pollen count...
The Quotable Garden: Writings That Will Grab Your Heart
I read a lot. I don’t enjoy it. What I mean is, I don’t enjoy the process of reading — that sitting still, that slow plodding along, that uncertainty of wondering if I’m wasting my time. However, when I hit a phrase that makes me jump up, that...
Inherited Pieces: Embrace the Approach That Works for You
As an interior designer, I get the privilege of observing humans in their natural habitat. I get to immerse myself in people’s homes and witness their struggles firsthand. When I wrote Escape...
10 Ways to Have a Haven in the City
After being out in the city all day, wouldn’t it be nice to walk into your place, shut the door behind you and breathe a deep sigh of relief? Living in a vibrant urban area can be enriching and exciting, but it can also drain you. And if you come...
9 Smells You Actually Want in Your Home
Because of the way our brains are structured, odors have a significant and immediate effect on our thoughts and behaviors. Smelling pleasant scents, in general, gives us a positive boost. For example, in a study published in the 1997 issue of the journal...
Simple Pleasures: Make Do and Mend
The British slogan during World War II, Make Do and Mend, came about in response to shortages of material with which to make clothing, furniture and other necessities. Citizens were encouraged to darn socks, mend holes in sweaters, repair broken furniture...
Rejuvenate Your Home With Deep-Rooted Traditions
Each new year offers untold possibilities for creating a space you truly love. Right about now most design magazines are talking about the benefits of organizing, decluttering and refreshing your home. While those things are important, there are...
Simple Pleasures: Get Cozy on a Cold Day
After five years of living in New England, I think the time has come for this California girl to embrace winter. And while I doubt I will ever be happy to spring out of bed on a dark, frozen winter morning, I am learning to love the cozy winter rituals...
Escape the Inheritance Trap: What to Do With Sentimental Pieces
One of the things that makes a home special is the presence of sentimental treasures. Those items — from a framed snapshot to a favorite aunt’s china — make us feel connected to people and experiences long gone. But they can also keep us trapped...
Easy Hospitality: 3 Basics for Successful Hosting
Hospitality doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but a little thoughtfulness can make it easier to share your home and to create a place where friends feel welcome and laughter is encouraged.
Does Your Home Make You Happy?
Want your kids to hang out at home? Wish you hosted more dinner parties? Need to rekindle the romance with your spouse? Designing your home to fulfill your emotional needs is no different than designing it to fulfill your practical...
6 Design Ideas for Happy Pets
Being around nonthreatening animals, domesticated or otherwise, calms humans. The reason for this seems buried in our prehistory: Back then if we were around other creatures and all was peaceful, that meant predators weren't lurking nearby, about...
Simple Pleasures: The Art of Lounging
Resting, loafing, lounging, daydreaming ... whatever you want to call it, do you do enough of it? If not, I heartily recommend that you begin. It's impossible to keep up a constant stream of work and activity — we all need time to slow down. Downtime...
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