The New York Times: Right at Home: How to Buy, Decorate, Organize and Maintain Your Space (Hardcover)

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New York Times Real Estate columnists and home experts Ronda Kaysen and Michelle Higgins share their insider knowledge in this essential, all-in-one resource for how to buy, decorate, organize and maintain your space.

Whether you are shopping for a first home, renting a new apartment or are searching for smart and affordable ways to redecorate or reorganize, Right at Home is the book for you.
Kaysen and Higgins have spent more than two decades interviewing experts and demystifying all aspects of home buying and care. This guide, drawn from their work, will be with you at every turn, whether you're unpacking the kitchen for the first time, moving in with your significant other, or figuring out what to do with all those baby bottles and sippy cups now that the last child is out of diapers and the cabinets are bursting. Including pro tips from experts such as Marie Kondo, Bunny Williams and Justina Blakeney, and a removable annual home maintenance checklist, Right at Home is the indispensable guide that you will return to again and again.

About the Author


Ronda Kaysen and Michelle Higgins are columnists for The New York Times Real Estate section. Higgins is the creator of the "The Fix" column, which offers advice on home renovations and décor. She has served as a columnist and staff reporter at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, covering travel, technology, real estate, personal finance, consumer trends and cars. In more than a decade at The Times, her writing has appeared on page one as well as in the Travel, Real Estate, Business, Style and Metro sections. Kaysen, an award-winning journalist, created the "Right at Home" column and writes the "Ask Real Estate" column for The Times. In her decade at The Times, she has written features for the Style, Real Estate, Business and Metropolitan sections. She has also written for top publications including Architectural Digest and Architectural Record.

Praise For…


"In addition to practical advice written in a non-judgy tone (no konmari cleanses in sight!), this guide is chock-full of IRL anecdotes from the authors, homeowners, and design experts. It's the perfect gift for a college grad, a first-time owner-or those friends that keep hounding you for free decorating advice."—Architectural Digest, "18 Captivating New Books to Spark Inspiration"

"Look no further -- Right at Home has it all. Whether you are renting or buying your first home or have owned for years, Ronda and Michelle provide the secret sauce you need to successfully navigate the real estate landscape."—Barbara Corcoran, the real-estate mogul, business expert, and Shark on ABC's hit reality show Shark Tank

"Home-ownership and home-decor are intimately connected, but this is the first time I've seen the two subjects converge in a single, holistic guide that will leave readers equal parts informed and inspired. This is quite possibly the most pragmatic home guide you'll ever come across, and it's pretty enough for your coffee table!"—Justina Blakeney, designer and New York Times best-selling author of The New Bohemians

"You can't get it wrong with Right at Home. Buy it, read it, and sink into the zen of an orderly space."—Jonathan Adler

"What a treasure trove of information! This delightful yet practical resource will be invaluable to anyone who wants to feel happier at home -- from opening the door for the very first time to adding the final, finishing touches. All the answers are here."—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project

"A soup-to-nuts beginner's guide to the shelter game. The authors take a practical and very thorough approach to solving the many challenges of home ownership. But wait, there's more! Even the family pet gets his due."—Bob Vila, TV host, author and builder

"This book is a treasure-trove checklist of all the necessary elements that equate to an inspiring and well-considered home."—Kelly Wearstler, founder and principal of Kelly Wearstler design studio
Product Details
ISBN: 9780762468539
ISBN-10: 076246853X
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Pages: 240
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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