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Feel-Good Home 85 Stories

Don’t leave your house out of your Thanksgiving celebrations! Here are 10 creative and thoughtful ways to express your gratitude for your home — now and throughout the year.
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...
9 Ways to Appreciate Your House Just as It Is
Whether you've been letting your home improvement to-do list get the best of you, or are finding yourself comparing your real-world home to professionally styled and photographed ones, it's natural to get a little down on your home from time to time....
Simple Pleasures: Stocking Up for Winter
There is a certain squirrel-like pleasure in stocking up for cold weather — and potential power outages — from the regular essentials, like flashlights and warm socks, to the fun essentials, like bottles of wine and new board games. Knowing you have...
Simple Pleasures: The Joy of Fresh Sheets
When you’ve had an especially trying day, there’s nothing quite so restorative as slipping into a freshly made bed. Sinking into crisp sheets, cozy blankets and fluffed-up pillows soothes the spirit and encourages a restful night’s sleep. Here are...
Simple Pleasures: Savoring the Season of Fire and Light
I am the first to admit I’m not a winter person. But where I live, in New England, snowy winters are a fact of life. And if living with winter has taught me anything, it’s to savor the warm and cozy aspects of this season. Candles, fairy lights and...
10 Steps for Saying Goodbye to Sentimental Objects
Old photographs, hand-me-down tea sets, sweaters, school art projects — we all have some variations of these items, just sitting in boxes, waiting for … er, what is it they are waiting for, exactly? A day when you will suddenly wake up and feel a...
21 Ways to Waste Less at Home
I’ll never forget an episode of a Nigella Lawson cooking show where she pours the leftover wine from her guests’ glasses and freezes it for later use — to throw into a stock or sauce. I just loved how she did this with no thought for whether anyone...
Making a Home Away From Home
If you’ve ever made a big move, whether to a different state or a different country, you are probably familiar with that uprooted feeling that comes along with leaving everything known for something different and new. It can be exciting but also...
Simple Pleasures: Your Home Is Your Château
Savoring a good life should start at home, but it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking our homes are not grand enough, clean enough or beautiful enough to celebrate them as they are. In her recently published book, At...
Simple Pleasures: Preserving Analog Memories in a Digital World
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...
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...
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