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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...
15 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Real Estate Agent
Selling your home is a big deal — so while it may be tempting to go with the first word-of-mouth recommendation you get, when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, it pays to do a bit more research. Your real estate pro will be responsible for setting...
Curl Up With Some Dreamworthy Nap Spots
Did you know that September 29 marks the start of Sleep Awareness Week in Australia? (It comes along in March in the U.S.) If not, there’s no...
You Said It: ‘Take Pleasure in the Small, Simple Things’ and More
This week the air turned crisp and the leaves started to change color — we’ve got fall on the brain. In spite of the incessant cacophony of leaf blowers and a stinkbug infestation, fall is still my favorite season. We learned this week on Houzz how...
8 Ways to Embrace the Wonder of Fall
There is something about the change in the weather, the calm before the holiday chaos and the clear night skies that makes fall the perfect time to take stock of where you’ve been and what the coming months may bring. This season take pleasure...
Reflecting on a Gardening Year
I remember April like it was yesterday — in fact, I’m convinced it was yesterday. I don’t understand how life accelerates exponentially every year, but I do know that one of the things I can do to slow it down is to stop, reflect and experience...
You Said It: ‘It’s Different ... But Then, Aren’t You?’ and More Wisdom
In a week where independence was in the headlines, I found myself looking for streaks of independence around Houzz. During this time when entire TV networks force obsession with resale value upon us, I am always happy to find unique design moves, quirky...
Simple Pleasures: Movie Night for Film Buffs
What could be better on a crisp fall night than curling up on the couch with a soft throw, a bowl of popcorn (or perhaps a glass of wine) and a great movie? Avoid the crowds at the theater, save a little cash and embrace the simple pleasure of movie night...
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...