4 Terrific Habits of Homebodies (That Anyone Can Do)

Everyone knows a homebody. (And if you don’t know one, you definitely are one.) Homebodies aren’t boring and they’re not necessarily shy. They just know hanging around the house can be pretty awesome. Here’s why… READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

10 Things To Do the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

Wanna have a great day today and every day? Get a great start. It’s easy to set a positive and productive tone if you do (or avoid doing) some key things first thing in the morning. C’mon, it only takes 10 minutes. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

All the Hardest Things About Adult Friendships (And How to Deal with Them)

Among the list of myriad things that get more difficult as you get older–like sitting up from a low chair or touching your toes–is making and maintaining friendships. I know my own relationship dynamics have gotten a bit more difficult than just sharing a juice box at recess. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The #1 Most Repeated Piece of Advice From Our House Tours

Time and time again we hear our House Tour subjects tell us the same piece of “best advice” when they fill out our style survey. So what do these decor savvy folks do that they think you should do, too? We might as well let them tell you. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Forget About Work-Life Balance and Try This Instead

Tonia & Gregory’s Warm Coastal Home (Image credit: Hayley Kessner) The pressure to do it all, have it all, be it all, and still have a perfect home to throw Pinterest parties in is pervasive and leads inexorably to talk of multitasking and time management. Balance, to me, is finding a way to spin all the plates on all our appendages. But if minimalism is a counterpoise to physical excess, then taking things out of our schedules must be the antidote to busyness and the key to being present. Here are some ways to practice presence in your daily life. Read More

Home Myths You Probably Thought Were True

You’ve probably heard a lot of home misconceptions over the years—anywhere from the weird (do toilets really flush in different directions based on the hemisphere you’re in?) to the concerning (is standing near your microwave actually bad for you?)—but what are the facts? Not everything you’ve heard or even long-believed is necessarily true. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

This Study Finally Figured Out if Men or Women are Better at Assembling IKEA Furniture

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale) Almost everyone gets frustrated when they build IKEA furniture, but a group of psychologists wanted to know who actually wins in the battle of the sexes when an Allen wrench is involved. The stereotype goes that men are more adept in the tool belt department, but is that just a generalization or is it actually true? This curiosity started when Petra Hesser, the previous head of IKEA Germany, claimed that women were more efficient at building IKEA’s flat-pack furniture because they took the time to read directions, unlike most men. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico