You Said It: 'Don't Use Your Phone' and Other Tips of the Week
Hallelujah, sister! There’s nothing less interesting than someone who is texting, Facebooking, tweeting and checking the number of followers they have on Instagram during social situations. It makes me miss the days when beepers were cutting-edge technology. Here are the only reasons I should ever see your phone during dinner:
1. You’re a nervous parent who has left the baby alone for the first time.
2. There’s a lost guest who may need to reach you for directions.
3. You want to show us a picture of that hot new dude you’re dating.
Other than that, sneak off to the bathroom to check on those texts, and leave that annoying gong alert off.
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This is a really cool and inexpensive idea, and I’d never seen it before. Plus, it’s a great time of year for trying new types of arrangements. Let me know how it goes for you.
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White rugs, sofas and bedding may be out the window when you have mucky paws traipsing through the house, but the sacrifice is well worth it for the unconditional love from a pet.
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This is especially great advice as the crazy holiday season amps up. If you can’t enjoy the gatherings you put together, they aren’t really worth having.
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I can tell from some of the questions and comments we receive that many people are still learning about the information that’s packed into a Houzz photo. That’s why we’ve started the “Inside Houzz” series, where you can find information about how to make the most of the Houzz experience. This week’s installment is particularly useful.
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Hopman gleaned this smart tip from interior designer Kristy Kropat about how to add bold color without having regrets once the paint is dry.
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I love a great reclaimed object story, especially about objects that have worked hard, been coated in grease and later turned into something startlingly elegant.
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The joy of gardening comes from the surprises. If you usually need control of your designs or instant gratification, take a deep breath, let go and let whatever is going to happen happen. Vogt does a beautiful job of sharing how letting go in the garden has enhanced his life. He has also documented his garden over the years and shared its progress.
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This is one of the most spot-on (and entertaining) descriptions I’ve read in a while. Plus, in a sea of careful neutral palettes, it’s a joy to see someone create a home that celebrates bold color and shows off personal collections.
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OK, at first this seems high maintenance and over the top. However, no one appreciates an ice-cold beer more than this gal, to the point that I’ll put one in the freezer and let it chill 20 minutes before twisting that cap off. Also, here in Atlanta’s heat, a lot of my friends keep a Koozie in their purses for Sunday Funday or ask for frozen glasses because things heat up so quickly. These behaviors are higher maintenance than getting into the Corkcicle habit. I’d much prefer to answer questions about my Corkcicle than be seen holding a leopard print Koozie with feather boa detailing and “Heather’s Bachelorette Party 2002 WOO HOO!” written on it.