Portrait Parties: Sparking Creative Expression Through Community

An international community of artists shows us how to create, inspire and connect.

Even with advances in digital photography, capturing a person’s essence with mediums other than a camera is still as treasured an expression as ever, and portrait parties, where artists can come together to draw and paint one another, are becoming increasingly popular.

Family Photos: Tips for Capturing the Magic of the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, you’ll likely be snapping pictures faster than anyone can say “cheese.” But to really capture the moments that you’ll want to frame and keep forever—or to make that killer family card you send out every year—check out some of these “photo recipes” from Me Ra Koh, author of Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life.

3 Adorable Halloween Craft Projects

Fall is the craftiest time of the year. The vibrant color of the falling leaves, the spicy smell of pumpkin spice, the crisp temperatures – it all combines to make us want to snuggle inside and get crafty. So we've gathered three of our favorite easy craft projects to enjoy on a beautiful fall day.

Living with Pattern: Spark Conversations in Your Home

Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, textile and product designer Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. Oftentimes the living room is the center of your home and where […]

Adult Coloring Books = Stress Relief

Yesterday, I had one of those days. You know the kind: hectic and long, a day that leaves you frazzled and exhausted. When I got home, I pulled out one of my adult coloring books and started coloring. Slowly, slowly, I could feel my whole body slow down and relax. My mind got quiet, that free-floating anxiety settled down a little. I colored my way to calm.

Q&A with Carolyne Roehm: At Home in the Garden

We sat down with lifestyle legend Carolyne Roehm whose latest book, At Home in the Garden, came out this fall, to talk about how gardening and flowers have such an important and positive impact on her life. Nature and the beauty that comes with it (in all seasons!) can bring so much joy to our lives and that really comes […]

Gratitude Journals Are a Chore. Try a Gratitude Jar!

"It's changed my life!" my friend told me, explaining how the simple act of writing down what she's grateful for had opened her eyes to all her blessings. She wrote in her gratitude journal before bed, recording everything that happened that filled her with gratitude that day.

Our 5 Favorite Looks from ‘Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time’

“Making a dress is not hard!” promises Tanya Whelan, author of Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time. Considering our best sewing achievement thus far has been a rectangle makeup bag from a wine and sew weekend, we were a little intimidated by her promise. Then looking through her step-by-step tutorials for each project, peppered with […]

Go Ahead & Like It

"We're living in a surge of likeability. With the click of a button we like one another's lives. But what's really happening on the other end of the click? Do we know why we like the things that we like?" asks Jacqueline Suskin, author of Go Ahead & Like It.

30 Drawing and Painting Secrets

A few years ago, I uploaded a video to YouTube called “Realism Challenge: Crumpled Paper.” It opened on a small sheet of white paper on the left side of the screen, which I picked up and lightly crumpled. It was a simple enough idea. But something about it captured people’s attention.
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