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Feel-Good Home 93 Stories

A holiday devoted to love is a sweet idea. But shouldn’t we be respectful, thoughtful and caring on the 364 days that are not Valentine’s Day? Here...
A holiday devoted to love is a sweet idea. But shouldn’t we be respectful, thoughtful and caring on the 364 days that are not Valentine’s Day? Here...
Dreamy Retreats and Hideaways for One
This time of the year, you can’t get away from talk of romance and suggestions for places to spend time together. But what if, in the words of Greta Garbo, you just want to be alone? Whether you’re happily single, part of a big and noisy family, or...
Nifty In-Between Nooks for Quiet Time or Adventure
In her reflective 1987 story-essay, “House and Home,” the late French author Marguerite Duras bemoaned what she saw as a decline in nonutilitarian areas in the modern home. She described the purpose and meaningfulness of in-between spaces in family...
Simple Pleasures: Put On Your Slippers
The moment you enter your home after a long day is an opportunity to slow down — and one simple way to ensure you do that is by getting in the habit of taking off your shoes and slipping on a pair of comfy slippers. This small daily ritual says that...
10 Elements of an Inspiring Workout Zone
It’s not so much the size of your workout area that matters — whether you have a corner devoted to yoga or an entire home gym. Finding the motivation to use your workout space is often the hardest part. Here are 10 elements to give your workout...
8 Life-Enhancing Home Resolutions for the New Year
With a fresh calendar on the wall and all of its empty boxes yet to be filled with to-dos, the start of a new year is naturally an optimistic time....
Simple Pleasures: Decorating Is Fun
Just like the title of famed decorator Dorothy Draper’s book, decorating is fun! Or at least, it can be, once you get beyond the...
10 Ways to Shower Your Home With Gratitude
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...
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