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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...
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?...
Do It for the Kids! A Few Routines Help a Home Run More Smoothly
When my dear friend Billy told me he had described himself to a date as “kinda messy,” I told him he needed to offer full disclosure immediately. This woman was orderly to an...
Lessons in the Rewards of Selfless Gardening
For the first few years, I gardened for myself. It was an explosion of energy as I bought plants, dug them in, dug them up and moved them a few inches. Plants, plants, plants. Oh, the colors and textures and potential. The garden was for me — my vision,...
Relocating? Here’s How to Make Moving In a Breeze
You’ve spent days or weeks packing your worldly possessions into boxes, bags, cars, trucks or even shipping containers. Your old house is long gone from your rearview mirror. You’re excited about your new life and home. Then the reality of unpacking,...
You Said It: ‘Photovoltawhata?’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, an underlying theme stood out: how to make major lifestyle changes via your home. Sometimes the changes were born from how people reacted to disasters. Others were from conscious changes to lessen carbon footprints. A tornado forced...
How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay
The morning our house burned down, we — my husband, Paul, myself and our three children — were all home and in bed. We escaped with the family dog and the clothes on our backs. The county sheriff arrived almost immediately and asked if there...
Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre
Have you ever entertained the thought that your life would be sweeter and more pleasurable if only you lived somewhere else, like Paris or Florence? I certainly have. But while life may indeed...
You Said It: ‘We’re Here to Stay’ and Other Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, we’ve been spring cleaning, using April’s showers to bring May flowers and wedging those flowers and vegetables into wherever they’ll fit, even if it’s in a hell strip. Seriously, did you know that piece of land between the...
You Said It: ‘You Can Help Save the Bees’ and More Houzz Quotables
I love the hodgepodge of topics found in ideabooks on Houzz. This week I learned about this year’s Pritzker Prize winner, toured a unique home, met a new plant and more. Here are some of my favorite snippets of advice and comments.
You Said It: ‘What Will You Grow?’ and More Houzz Quotables
There’s no denying it: Even though a large part of the population was blanketed with more snow this week, we’re all making plans for spring. Whether you’re planning to grow edibles in a tight spot, prepping the landscape for safety or drawing the...
How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away
I recently moved to a home in a very urban — some might say gritty — neighborhood of Los Angeles. Since nothing calms my baby more than a walk around the block, I spend a great deal of time wandering around my neighborhood on foot pushing a stroller....
Simple Pleasures: The Joy of Baking
Baking day might sound terribly old-fashioned, but perhaps it’s exactly what we need to get centered and grounded after a week in the modern world. Kneading bread dough, measuring, mixing and then letting the heavenly scent...
You Said It: ‘Know Thyself’ and Other Houzz Quotables
There was an overriding theme that caught my attention on Houzz this week, and it came up in several interviews I had with designers as well as in many of the featured ideabooks. It was about making a home your own — to suit your own needs and your...
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