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The story of how landscape designer Connie Cunningham became a farmer and then opened a bed and breakfast has more twists and turns than a bumpy country road — but the telling reveals...
The story of how landscape designer Connie Cunningham became a farmer and then opened a bed and breakfast has more twists and turns than a bumpy country road — but the telling reveals...
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...
To-Dos: Your March Home Checklist
With the first day of spring coming up on March 20, the time has come in many areas to start shedding winter layers and encourage new growth. Whether the view out your window this month is of a snowy wonderland or something springy and green, these 10...
Getting a Roommate? Ideas for Making Shared Spaces More Comfortable
One effect of the recent recession is the rise in live-in landlords. Perhaps you’re one of them, or are considering taking in a housemate. It’s something I did for years, and the experience taught me there’s a knack to planning...
What to Know About Adding a Backyard Bocce Ball Court
It’s a pretty picture: friends and family gathered around your new rectangular court on a lovely summer’s evening, as warm conversation, clinking glasses and knocking bocce balls score the scene in early twilight. If you’re beguiled...
You Said It: ‘Each Piece Has a Story’ and More Words From the Week
This week ingenuity was everywhere on Houzz. I had a ball seeing charming backyard sheds that Houzz users had put together themselves with all sorts of creative and unique moves — you all made me eager to get my hands dirty in some soil and seedlings....
You Said It: ‘Every Room Should Have the Right Wrong Thing’ and More
Houzz celebrated staunch individuality this week. We toured some fabulously personalized homes and read about some outside-of-the-chocolate-box ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day. We learned how to make our homes unique via the thrill of the hunt...
How to Fall Head Over Heels for Your Partner Again
If the heady days of new romance seem like a distant memory for you and your partner, it’s time to rekindle the love and connection you once felt for each other. It all comes down to chemistry, reconnecting and shaking things up a little. The...
Organize Your Way to Love in 9 Steps
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 are nine ways to organize your home to bring more romance and love...
The Real Importance of Valentine’s Day
Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the...
Easy Valentine’s Day Touches for Even the Least Romantic
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and for those who struggle with romance, this can be a terrifying time. The high expectations and pressure to produce romantic gestures and gifts can be overwhelming, as well as expensive. Not to mention the feelings...
Late Again? Eliminate the Things Holding You Up in the Morning
Being the person who is consistently running late is not a great personal trait. I should know; I’m one of them! Developing naughty morning habits that keep people waiting, fail to impress the boss and make you miss important appointments — these...
You Said It: ‘This House Is Keeping It Real’ and More Houzz Quotables
This week on Houzz, I got really distracted. Stories that rounded up some of the most popular houses and kitchens we’ve toured occupied my thoughts for hours. I so enjoyed checking out what you enjoy, and was delighted by the wide variety shown...