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Feel-Good Home 67 Ideabooks

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 your home.
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...
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...
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,...
10 Ways to Fight Pollen at Home
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...
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...
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