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::good book:: The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough

The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough by Sarah Nettleton I definitely crave a more simple lifestyle and I love that someone has finally written an entire book on how our homes can either foster or work against the type of lifestyle that we are trying to achieve.  In a time where we can go […]

Organized Home – the website

Since 2002 and 2003 Organized Home has been one of my favorite resources online for organizing and general home keeping.  They’ve been around even longer than when I first found them.  Remember Prodigy in the early days of the internet?  It all started way back then.  We have our own version of a Household Notebook […]

carving out more closet space

It’s rare that anyone feels they have enough closet space.  Most of the time, no matter how much one has, our stuff expands to fill what we have.  But especially in older houses and apartment buildings, sometimes bedrooms have either a 12" deep by 36" wide closet enough to hang 4 dresses or no closet […]

Julia Child’s kitchen and other kitchen stuff

I’m in kitchen land right now if there is such a place.  Both at work, at happy living Design, LLC and in the blogosphere.  At a kitchen consultation last week, Julia Child’s kitchen came to mind and in case you’ve never seen it before, here are some pictures of it.  Pay particular attention to her […]

corrall and contain your stuff

With all the little bits of life (receipts, business cards, clippings, bills, etc.) that make their way into our house, I needed a way to contain them.  I have a wire ‘In’ basket in my office that I throw everything that needs to be processed into as a way to corral it all together.  By […]

fabric panel headboard

This month I put Blueprint magazine on the publication pedestal.  My favorite feature was the Small Space Makeover for Editor-in-Chief Sarah Humphreys.  I had a light-bulb moment relative to the headboard they made for Sarah which was just fabric hung on a wooden dowel since space was at an ultimate premium in her apartment. (photos […]

makeover lesson #3 TOSS IT!

from the 02.2007 issue of House Beautiful.  Contributor Frances Schultz interviews Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (I love his name BTW), the NY Editor and Co-Founder of my current addiction, Apartment Therapy, about his book Apartment Therapy – The Eight Step Home Cure. FS: The book leads you step-by-step through the process of healing your own home. MG-R: […]

Inspired House

I am a total magazine junkie, but am an avid recycler, so once a new issue comes in, I purge the old one only tearing out the articles or pictures that inspire me. Except for Inspired House from Taunton Press.  I have all of the 15 issues and have no intention of sending them to […]

Divided rooms: what to do with them

Recent clients were trying to sell their condo, but had a second bedroom that was divided up into two spaces.  The clients thought this divided room could be turning away potential buyers who could not visualize a way to utilize and furnish both spaces. A basic design principle (used by designers and organizers alike) is […]

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