Cheryl Olson

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Expert Advice: 9 Tips to Take Better Pictures from Garden Photographer Clive Nichols

Thanks to smart phones and ever more sophisticated compact cameras, we are all photographers now. But there’s a wide gulf between those everyday …

Landscape Photography

9 Must-Read Books For The Final Dog Days Of Summer

Those books on your nightstand are giving you a come-hither look, aren't they?<p>The days are starting to get shorter and the start of school can now be measured in days, not weeks. That stack of books on your nightstand stares at you as if to ask, “Where did the summer go? Why didn’t we spend more …

25 Tips and Tricks for Smart Home Nerdvana

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a great little buzz word for Internet-controlled home automation equipment. Sensors and chips to control electronics have gotten so small and cheap that they can now be put into most electronics around the house. And apps on phones and tablets have gotten so smart …

Olive Kitteridge

• <b>Author:</b> Elizabeth Strout<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • THE EMMY AWARD–WINNING HBO MINISERIES STARRING FRANCES MCDORMAND, RICHARD JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAY</b><p>In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, …

The 11 most beautiful apps of the year

We think the most beautiful apps of the year use color creatively, simplify otherwise annoying experiences, and spark our imaginations with stunning game environments. They feature a strong attention to detail, along with a smart overall design that matches the function and feel of the app.<p>These …


One Thing You Have to Master to Succeed in Business and in Life

This may well be the most important factor in determining your professional and personal success.<p>One thing I've realized about the most successful people I've met is that whatever their varied personalities and idiosyncrasies, there is one attribute they consistently share: high "conversational …

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

The Secret to the Best Tasting Strawberries Ever

We bet you never thought to do this.<p>Strawberry season is the best season. Period. After a long winter of too many oranges and clementines — sorry, citrus, but you'll never be the best fruit group — I gorge off fresh strawberries all spring and summer. I love snacking on them plain, but I also try …

Alice Waters' Ratatouille Recipe on Food52

65 Cozy Designer Family Rooms

Lazy days are welcome here.<p>Prop up your feet — these comfy dens are tailor-made for relaxing. Up your living room's game too with even more designer decorating ideas.

One Year to More Organized Photos

I’m excited to introduce this monthly series to the blog in the new year! You can follow along as I purge, re-organize and take control of my …

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

25 Things Every Country Home Needs

We asked and you answered! Here are the essentials you told us make your country home complete.<p>A porch swing? A loyal dog? We asked and you answered! Here are the essentials you told us make your country home complete. More than 2,000 of you chimed in—here are some of our favorite responses.

Amazing Blooms to Get You Psyched for Spring


39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Tour a Los Angeles Cottage with "Granny-Chic" Charm

Family-friendly, cozy design in Los Angeles.<p>On a small street off Sunset Boulevard, there's a little cottage that could be on the East Coast or even in the English countryside. It's as pretty as can be, and designer Schuyler Samperton unabashedly plays up its granny-chic charm.


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Why It's Okay to Keep Your Design Simple

Striking details used with restraint.<p>Comfort and practicality characterize a 1920s Shingle Style cottage in East Hampton, New York, designed by Robert Stilin. Striking details used with restraint give this house its warmth and character. Read the interview with the designer here.

Interior Design

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on

57 Life-Changing Upgrades for Every Room in Your Home

These new gadgets and products—plus hard-earned wisdom and tips—will make your home smarter, more functional, and more fun to live in.<p>These new gadgets and products—plus hard-earned wisdom and tips—will make your home smarter, more functional, and more fun to live in.

How to Make Cheap Flowers Look Expensive

Even grocery store bouquets can look elegant.<p>Sometimes it seems like men run towards the flower stall, close their eyes, and indiscriminately seize whatever bouquet they touch first. But all is not lost on your cornucopia of artificially blue carnations and baby's breath. Eric Buterbaugh, chief …

5 more apps that make you say 'Wow!'

There are approximately 1.3 million apps available for our smartphones and tablets. Many are simply a bad idea. Most are average in use or scope. Fortunately, some very innovative developers have changed the way we used to do things for the better. Here are five mind-boggling apps that I know …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.<p>There's no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found …

Adobe releases new iPad apps for avid readers and would-be painters

Adobe has just released a couple of new apps for iPad.<p>One is the official iOS app of Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe’s e-book reader software. …

5 Must-Read Personal Development Books From 2014

Whether you read a book a week or only a few a year, these five beauties, have to be at the top of your reading list.<p>Checkout <b>The 5 Must Read Personal</b> …

10 Books You Might Not Have Read in 2014 (But You Should Really Read in 2015)

Lists, lists, lists. We love making them, we love reading them and so what could be more perfect than a list about reading? I didn't invent this concept, of course (far from it), but I love to throw my hat in the ring with my own list just the same. And this list is particularly dear to my heart …


Top 10 Novels to Read This Winter

<b>1. US by David Nicholls</b><p>"Funny, sad, tender...I loved this book." Jojo Moyes<p>Long listed for the Man Booker Award and an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November, Nicholls explores one family's unraveling during a trip through Europe. David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his …


See When Your Favorite Shows Are Returning

The holidays are not over yet, because the gift of more great TV is just around the corner!<p>Here’s a list of premiere dates for many of your favorite …

11 Spectacular Rooms from Around the World

Spaces in France, Morocco, and more.<p>From a natural, open-air porch in Kenya to a glamorous Moroccan bathroom, these inspiring spaces have global style.

20 iPad Apps That Will Make Your Android Friends Jealous

We've collected the best iPad-only apps that aren't available on Android tablets, and there's a little bit of everything.<p>From apps like "Workflow that increase your productivity to some exciting games with cutting-edge graphics, you're bound to find something you'll like.