Finding high-quality antiques at a good price can feel like a real challenge, especially if you have a stringent budget and don't know where to look. That said, there are many incredible pieces out there just itching to be found that will not only look great but will tell a story and serve as a point of conversation for many decades to come.
I. Hate. Cleaning. I was hoping that some magic switch would be flipped once I became a mother. I would suddenly have a burning desire to organize and fold fitted sheets.
In the 20 years I lived at home I can't recall ever seeing my parent's bed unmade. I'm convinced they slept on the floor. Dishes never touched the bottom of our sink. My mother carried them from the table directly to the faucet, washed, dried and put them away instantly.
Growing up, we cleaned, dusted and vacuumed the entire house three times a week. I never understood the need for this because nothing was ever very dirty. Having rebelled against this regimen in tidying my own house, I now get why it's a good thing to attend to these chores.
Once I was married with kids and we had settled into our own home, I wanted to be that person, comfortable in her own surroundings -- like Uncle Tom -- and 99 percent of the time I was. Who was I as a housekeeper? Maybe I would call her a slob. Too harsh? Okay.
A tale of house-cleaning futility...
I don't know where you'll end up, and being a firm believer in freewill, I don't think anyone does. If I don't try to plan your future, you have no material to worry with. That works out nicely and frees up a lot more time for improving things.
By late September, I probably could have found three spare minutes to sweep. But it was almost October. People go out and buy cobwebs to put on their porches in October, so why not keep my freebies in place?
With the days growing shorter (and chillier) and holidays coming just around the corner, November is bound to fill up fast with necessary preparations for winter and the holiday festivities. Stay on track during this busy time by checking these to-dos off your list.
One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!
If you're approaching a spring cleaning of your home this year, why not consider these effective all-natural cleaning alternatives?
Sometimes people do inappropriate things when no one is looking. Sometimes those people are hotel housekeepers, as was indicated in a hidden-camera video that went viral last November.
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 to-dos should help you get in the spring spirit.
Have you noticed that the state of your kitchen can make a huge difference in how your entire home feels? When things aren't running as they should, the smallest tasks (making breakfast, putting away groceries) can feel like a hassle.
Where's the gift cards, the American Express, the cold, hard cash?/ Just a few coins, wrinkled tissues and some cream for diaper rash.