Snow day in Austin, Texas!

January 12, 2021

The biggest snowfall in a decade turned Austin into a floofy white wonderland on Sunday, January 10. All day long, fat snowflakes floated down from the sky, as if the clouds were having a pillow fight. Sure, this may not look like much to you northerners, but it’s a pretty epic snow for central Texas. Two inches piled up in my garden, although with temperatures at or just above freezing and warm soil, most of it didn’t last the night.

My kids are grown and out of the house, so I didn’t witness any snowball fights or snowman-rolling, alas. The snow was a novel experience for the pup though! Enlarge the video to get a better look at small, white Cosmo against the snow.

I’d moved my tender potted plants into the house, and I’m not worried about other plants because it just didn’t get very cold — down to 30 degrees F for a couple of hours overnight.

Nothing a squid agave can’t handle with good-draining soil.

It really was a magical day!

This will be the snow Austin kids remember for a long time to come. When asked, I tell people we get a little

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22 Best Reading Nook Ideas

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There’s nothing quite like unwinding with a good book, whether you prefer to read in bed or curl up on your living room sofa. Plus, now that we’re all spending more time indoors, it’s the perfect time to join a virtual book club (GH just launched one, and each title is hand-picked by our editors!).

But finding a comfy spot to read to your heart’s content isn’t always an easy task. It really depends on the amount of space you have, the room’s layout, the style of furniture you gravitate toward, and just how much quiet you need to enjoy the page-turner of your choice.

That said, we’re sharing some decorating inspiration to help you craft the reading nook you’ve always wanted. These design-forward reading nook ideas are full of practical and affordable tips to complete your space.

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Chic Chartreuse

Sometimes, all it takes is an unexpected color palette to breathe life into a space. Here, chartreuse in varied tones pulls this reading nook together.

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Natural Touches

Natural accents, including a wood paneled wall and woven storage basket, bring warmth to this white reading nook.

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How to Get Rid of Mold

Finding those black spots of mold in your shower or basement can be alarming. Luckily, a small amount generally won’t make you sick but knowing how to get rid of mold and prevent it can keep it from becoming a bigger issue.

You’ll want to tackle the mold while it’s a small area because if left untouched it can spread to a larger area. “It can ruin household valuables and even trigger an allergic reaction,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Keeping the rooms in your house, like the bathroom, dry and cool can help prevent mold from growing, but despite your best efforts, mold can still grow in unwanted places. If you find yourself with a mold situation, here’s everything you need to know.

First, can I remove mold myself?

You can, but mold spores can travel in the air when cleaning, so you’ll want to limit your exposure by wearing protective gear. Wear long rubber gloves to protect your hands and forearms. It’s also best to wear eye protection, like goggles, to prevent bleach or other cleaners from splashing in your eyes, especially when removing mold from ceilings or overhead areas.

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Fearless Gardening book launch and GIVEAWAY

January 08, 2021

Midwinter is a great time to take stock of your garden and mull over what you want it to be, how you want it to evolve, and — let’s be honest — how you want it to freaking WOW you every time you step into it. Maybe right now you’re poring through seed catalogs and making lists of must-have plants. Maybe you’re sketching ideas for a new patio garden, a welcoming entry garden, or a pollinator or food garden. Ah, the possibilities! Whatever you’re planning, I encourage you to be FEARLESS about it. Don’t fret about what the neighbors will think or whether you know enough to do it. Just start gardening!

The dedication in Fearless Gardening

This is the empowering message of my friend Loree Bohl’s brand-new book, Fearless Gardening: Be Bold, Break the Rules, Grow What You Love (Timber Press, 2021). You likely already know Loree thanks to her terrifically inspiring blog Danger Garden. Maybe you’ve seen my write-ups about her lushly spiky, jewel box of a garden in Portland, Oregon. She also has a popular Instagram page. Well, now she has a book, and it’s just the thing to get

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Etsy Reveals Its Top Trend Predictions for 2021


When it comes to trends, you’d be hard pressed to find an online retailer that does it better than Etsy. Searching for an unexpected piece of decor to spruce up your space? Etsy was made for just that. Need statement earrings to complete your Zoom look? Yep, Etsy has tons of options. Struggling to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? You can easily find that and more on the site.

If you’ve long been a fan of Etsy and enjoy supporting creatives, you’re in luck because the site just released its trend predictions for 2021. According to Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson, the new year will be all about creating connections to home, small businesses, and nature. Take a look below at what Etsy believes shoppers will be craving most in 2021, and get a jumpstart on adding these styles to your life.

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Reimagined Spaces



No surprise here: Interior design will remain top of mind for people for months to come. As many rethink their spaces to suit their new work-from-home schedule, exercise routines, and their children’s virtual learning needs,

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