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Don’t let summer slip away without a proper celebration! Hosting a gathering to mark the end of the season is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and savor the present moment. Choose the fete that means the most to you: a harvest party to celebrate local food, a postbeach party to savor the seaside or a best-of-summer...
Your Back-to-School Game Plan
Are you the parent of school-age children? If you are I would like to talk to you about the end of the school year. “What? Why? It’s August!” You may protest. Don’t I know it, but that’s exactly why I want to have this chat....
4 Obstacles to Decluttering — and How to Beat Them
My husband and I began dating when we were still children. He was 16 and I was 15, back in the olden days when people still talked on the phone and wrote letters. By the time we got married and had three kids, we had almost 20 years of correspondence....
14 Things You Need to Start Doing Now for Your Spouse’s Sake
OK, nobody’s perfect. But seriously, you really need to start putting a new roll of toilet paper on the spindle when it’s out. And you definitely need to start closing the toilet lid, like, 10 years ago. Oh, and I’m pretty sure someone has...
Chore Time: How to Work Better as a Family
Years and years ago, one Saturday morning in spring, my husband, Paul, and I had an impromptu discussion. In truth it was an argument, but since we were in the front yard, in the sight of God, our neighbors and anyone who happened...
Sound Advice for Designing a Home Music Studio
Most musicians will admit to sharing a single core skill necessary for mastering their instrument: control. When it comes to designing spaces for practicing, performing, recording or just jamming, control is equally important to acousticians and architects....
First Things First: How to Prioritize Home Projects
I recently received a desperate email from a friend. For a variety of reasons, school and work related, she and her husband and two little boys had been bumping around the globe for years. They had just moved back to the States and bought their first...
You Said It: ‘Put It Back’ If It Won’t Help Your House, and More Wisdom
We refused to give up the gardening until spring, offering insight on how to gather seeds, getting to know new fall bulbs and how to add a little mystery to our gardens. We learned how to keep the stuff we don’t need from ever entering our houses, and...
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...
5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door
Can you nicely refuse unwanted things others might try to foist on you? What can you say when relatives do not see the gifts they have given you proudly displayed on the mantel? And how can you win the battle with your own mind as you try to shove yet...
9 Simple Ways to Savor Summer’s Final Days
Just because the summer holidays are over and school uniforms are back in the ironing pile, it doesn’t mean the end of those relaxing sunny moments or al fresco gatherings. Make the most of the golden light of late summer and the fresh, color-rich days...
You Said It: ‘Take Things All the Way’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz must have worn out your Bookmark buttons. If you’ve been dreaming of barn doors, considering shutters, planning out a bathroom renovation or wondered why something makes it upstairs but winds up on top of your bed, there was an article...
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...
Three More Magic Words to Help the Housekeeping Get Done
My bedroom is on the second floor at the end of a long hallway, and because of this, I have made a habit of setting things on the bottom stair to put away the next time I go up. If you know that I am Not Naturally Organized, I’m sure you also know this...
You Said It: Look for ‘Possibilities, Meaning and Identity’ and More
This week on Houzz, many of the stories reminded me to open up my mind. I opened it up to a longer blooming season, to mixing yoga balls with homework time, to an at-home climbing wall, to less expensive alternatives to popular materials and to why one...
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