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Feel-Good Home 63 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...
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...
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...
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...
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