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Feel-Good Home 77 Stories

Before switching to a digital camera, I remember getting photos printed regularly and enjoying time spent flipping through the albums stored on my shelves. But I also remember feeling positively joyful when I switched to a digital camera. Hooray — no more developing all of the photos (including the bad ones)!...
10 Ways to Snug Up Your Bedroom
What’s better on a crisp fall weekend morning than grabbing a cup of hot coffee and something to read and returning to a cozy bed? Make your bedroom the snuggest place around by layering rugs, blankets, twinkling lights, plump cushions...
Welcome the Winter With Mood-Enhancing Lights
It’s true the nights are getting darker earlier, but before you book your ticket to somewhere sunnier, explore other ways to brighten up your days. The right illumination can transform a room and also act as a stylish focal point. So invest in an attention-grabbing...
Carve Out a Neat Little Nook
Nooks can fit just about anywhere in the house — mudroom or sunroom, kitchen or den. But designing and furnishing a nook can be a challenge. “When carefully designed, I think nooks can add charm, character and warmth to interior architecture of all...
Curl Up With Some Dreamworthy Nap Spots
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...
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...
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