The endeavor of gift giving can be a tricky task. Finding a thoughtful gift for every friend and family member on the list is daunting. Long ago I ditched last-minute shopping for making food gifts at home. A bit of advance planning and some recipe hounding is ample ammunition to get the task done…bonth on time and to the delight of your food-loving friends and family.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of making New Year’s resolutions to improve your health. But when it comes to your diet, radical goals like your annual pledge to drop twenty pounds by March can leave you feeling overwhelmed and defeated before you begin.
The easier, more empowering route to improve your health this year is to make small, more manageable resolutions that can help you stay motivated, sustain a healthy lifestyle, and possibly lose a few pounds along the way. “When you make small changes, there isn’t a feeling of failure. It is more about a feeling of accomplishment,” says Keri Gans, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You.
When designer Morgan Brown of Morgan Brown Designs found her five-bedroom, five-bath home in Los Angeles's Hancock Park, it was the neighborhood that convinced her to make an offer on the 4,200-square-foot space. “Hancock Park is a beautiful suburban neighborhood that has an old-money kind of atmosphere,” she says. “I moved here because it reminded me of the East Coast. I have a house in the Hamptons and grew up going there as a kid, and Hancock Park’s main street reminds me of the main street in the Hamptons.”
The problem at hand was simple: Catherine Horgan’s dining and living rooms needed a major overhaul. The bungalow, located in the charming Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, was outdated and “stuck in the nineties,” says Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs. “The space needed a facelift.” As a stylist and fashion blogger— her Closet of Style blog covers everything from fashion to beauty and travel— Horgan has an eye for design and had an idea of what she wanted the space to look and feel like.