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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 been telling you to stop throwing your clothes on the floor — next...
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...
Be a Citizen Scientist to Help Wildlife, Learn and Have Fun Too
Pretty flowers, trickling water and the soothing sound of grasses in the wind are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to things to love in your garden. Once the plants are in, the true experience begins — watching to see what wildlife...
10 Ways to Boost Creativity by Doing Less
If you feel like you’ve been spinning your wheels without getting anywhere lately, it may be time to stop working so hard. By actually doing less, you may...
When Does a House Become a Home?
Why is it that certain places feel like home right away, but others may take months or even years before they feel like yours? Is it the location, something about the home itself or something else?...
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...
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....
You Said It: ‘It Was a Symbolic Gesture to Myself’ and More Quotables
This week on Houzz, there was a strong theme of inventiveness, of people whose personal passions guided them in designing their homes and their lifestyles. This has resulted in some delightfully unusual homes. We peeked into a...
How to Create an Inventory, Whether You're Naturally Organized or Not
You may be surprised to know that losing all of my earthly possessions was the easy part of having an arsonist set my house on fire. The hard part was wrangling with the insurance company while trying to build a new house. Have you seen...
You Said It: ‘They Looked at Me Like I Had 10 Heads’
Baby, it’s hot outside! Houzz has been helping us figure out how to keep cool (and how to keep our cool) in July’s heat. This week I learned how to cool off without running the air conditioner (or — let’s keep it real; I live in Atlanta — how...
6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates,...
You Said It: ‘I Actually Prefer Small Houses’ and Other Quotables
This week we toured some inspiring homes in a range of styles and sizes. We got prepped for the reality of living with renovation construction and for becoming a first-time homeowner. Personally, I got extra excited about learning a new word and how to...
9 Exit Strategies for Your Clutter
Many of us have a problem with clutter. It can be so hard to get rid of things. Often the difficulty comes down to deciding whether something really is clutter. The struggle can be internal (“I could use this some day”), or with various...
11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel
If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense...
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