10 Ways To Be Happier In Your Home + Tartelette Lemon Cakelets Bonus Recipe

Found this list on apartmenttherapy.com and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you too!
1. Make your bed.
The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.
2. Bring every room back to “ready.”
I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s
Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)
3. Display sentimental items around your home.
One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material
things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories.

The 'Sound Of Many Books" Brian Kershisnik Art

I am so in love with artist Brian Kershisnik's artwork.  

A splendid example is "The Sound Of Many Books."  Kershisnik tells us about this piece:

"a contemplative woman
surrounded by books
listens to the stories
each tells."  

For book lovers everywhere, like me, this artwork floats on clouds.  It so represents what books do.  Books awaken you in the morning and tuck you in at night. That's the power of books.

That is also the power of a Kershisnik piece. When I am in a library or book store, I am surrounded by books - I move slowly, listening to the stories they tell. 

Just listen.

As I write in my article, Art And Artwork On A Budget, artist Brian
Kershisnik's artwork is hot and only getting hotter.  His 132" x 96" original oil, "She Will Find That Which Is Lost," is available from the Park City Meyer Gallery for $82,800.  Kershisnik is a contemporary American artist born in 1962 whose originals are selling for hefty amounts.

But check it out, you can purchase limited edition, signed and numbered Brian Kershisnik giclee prints at very reasonable amounts, from the Something Beautiful Shoppe.  Click to see available prints.

Crisp Lemon Cookies Bonus Recipe

Prep:  30 min.  Bake:  15 min./batch + cooling  Yield:  54 Servings


1-1/3 cups butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vanilla or white chips, melted


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, peel and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat the bottom of a glass with cooking spray; dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with glass, redipping in sugar as needed.
  • Bake at 325° for 11-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Drizzle with melted vanilla chips. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

Art Objects Make Room Come Alive

Objects of art are sometimes awfully energetic - for being inanimate objects, of course.

We know clay is not alive, as in, clay is considered a non-living material. However, when clay is sculpted into a form, it can take on its own unique personality. Knowing how objects interact with us and our surroundings can be enjoyable as well as helpful in the creation of beauty.
This object, this ceramic piece, caused the stir. Looking through a Guild Catalog,

I saw the object WAS that cannonball girl. I was seven years old. It was MY curled-up body. My knees drawn tight to my chest. I could feel the impact of hitting that water. I was under the warm summer sky. I felt the SPLASH! It was me, me, me. There is nothing like a cannonball! For a split second, I was the art.

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Italian Style Farmhouse Designed To Look Old

This house and its beautiful landscape was constructed from scratch.  Not one tree stood on the site.

With its old, plush-looking landscape however,  it has a naturally-established look, as if seeds have scattered with the winds across the grounds.

What now has the appearance of an Italian Style farmhouse or old Tuscany estate was carefully constructed by a team of professionals led by Saint Dizier Design with attention to detail: 

  • creation of elegant rusticity, “a balance between dress-up and relaxed, a hodgepodge very carefully orchestrated,” according to Jacques Saint Dizier, of Saint Dizier Design
  • use of fieldstone that might have been dug from local earth 
  • capture vineyard panoramas, he raised the residence three feet to allow for stone terracing. "I’ve always felt that terracing merges architecture with the landscape,” he remarks, “so that you’re not sure where the stone walls become house.”
  • anchor the house with an array of gnarled trees with languorous branches as thought they've survived a hundred summers, reports landscape architect Frederika Moller
  • surround the property with masses of Teucrium and other herbs, confirming the house’s wine-country setting 
  • construct a bocce court (a long-time Italian pastime activity)
  • reinforce viewing areas of the 200 acres of grapes
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A Something Beautiful Thought:

Art that modifies human behavior exemplified by Candy Chang's "Before I Die," project and equally by the much-embraced Banksy, in "The World Is My Canvas," is a particular favorite theme of mine. 

"Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009),
is a profound example of art that modifies human behavior.  

One of the best-known American paintings of the mid-20th century.American, the 1948 painting depicts a woman lying on the ground in a treeless, mostly tawny field, looking up at a gray house on the horizon; a barn and various other small outbuildings are adjacent to the house. 

Here we can enjoy the alteration of our perspective on physical and mental handicaps/illnesses. Beautiful, it's simply beautiful. 

This artwork is on display at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, part of its permanent collection

An intriguing  tidbit about "Christina's World" - The 'gray house' shown in this iconic artpiece was Christina Olson (and her brother Alvaro Olson's) home; it is also depicted by Wyeth in many paintings and sketches that date from the years1939 to 1968.

The Olson House was designated as a National Historic Landmark in June of 2011.

Click here to see more about the historic Olson House, located in Cushing, Maine.

Designer Carol Bolton's Shop "Antiquities"

I fell in love with and wrote about Carol Bolton years ago when she was proprietor of Homestead and was
known for her signature style, "Looks as if it's always been there chic."

You need to know what this accomplished business woman is doing these days though.

Carol and Tim Bolton are now operating a 14,000 sf establishment selling fabulous upholstery and romantic bed linens.  Now look to them also for industrial objects, illuminations, and tons and tons more.  I know!

Originally I presented the following bio of the Designer/Proprietor:

"If I were decorating for you, I'd have you get out all the things you love. Not the things someone
gave you or the things that are expensive. Just what you really and truly love. Then I'd come up with six or ten colors, and we'd do the whole house."  - Carol Bolton

Designer and Proprietor:  Homestead

Her style signature is: Looks-as-if-it's-always-been-there-chic. Fredericksburg, Texas

Bon Mot: "It takes work to make something look this undecorated."

Creative Process: A Good pot of coffee, nightgown, a pencil, a clean table, and a stolen hour.
(Originally posted with Homestead Shop, 2007)

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America: We Own Western Art, It's OURS (Cont'd.) With Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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"There are few things in this world that are unique to this country. 

"The Western genre as a whole and the cowboy in particular go hand in hand as symbols that represent everything that is American. The cowboy that rode across the American West helped to settle this country. He braved Indian attack, wild horses, stampedes, drowning and every other form of horrible death imaginable. The cowboy’s time came and went, but it was glorious while it lasted. While it was a period of danger and death, it was also one of loyalty and honor."  ~  Matthew Pizzolato

American Western Art is highly-valuable, collectible art, and moreover, it's entirely in rhythm with the heartbeat of America.

Two Cowboy Sculptures & & Christie's Auction House:  

Christie's is the largest art business and fine arts auction house in the world. In 2007, Christie's Auction House sold Frederic Remington's "Bronco Buster" sculpture, cast number R8 bronze, standing 23-1/2" tall for $482,500.00.

Again, in 2008, Christie's sold Remington's "The Outlaw" sculpture cast number 14, bronze, standing 23" tall, for $662,500.00. 

The Bucking Bronco Sculpture And the Presidential Oval Office:  

The Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, is the official office of the President of the United States.

Presidents generally decorate the office to suit their personal taste, choosing new furniture, new drapery, and designing their own oval-shaped carpet to take up most of the floor. Paintings are selected from the White House's own collection, or borrowed from museums for the president's term in office.

At left, Frederic Remington's "Bucking Bronco Sculpture," lives in the Oval Office, In The West Wing of the Official Office of the President of the United States.

At the Amon Carter Museum, the location of the Frederic Remington's original oil painting of 'The Smoke Signal,' the curator notes state that Indians were careful when making their smoke signals that they were displayed directly against a solid, earthen background and distinctly separate than the fire's own smoke. 

"A Dash For The Timber" is striking in person. The viewer sees riders being pursued by a group of Indians. They all gallop toward the viewer across a dusty plain. Some of the eight cowboys or prospectors have turned in their saddles to shoot at the pursuing Indians. On the left side of the painting is the edge of a group of trees where the men might hope to find safety. This painting had strong appeal for the American public who enjoyed the romantic notion of the disappearing world of action and adventure in the untamed West."

Collecting American Western Art

These pieces are excellent examples of American Western Art.  Of course the originals, many of them, live at Fort Worth, Texas' Amon Carter Museum whose superb collection of works by both Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell - the two greatest artists of the American West - is unique. Nowhere else can a visitor see and compare so many masterpieces by these two artists. Well, and then, there's the Oval Office of course.

Want To Learn How To Embrace Art And Artwork For Your Home - read "Artwork On A Budget."

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich Bonus Recipe 

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1/3 cup raspberry chipotle barbeque sauce (recipe below)
  • red onion, thinly sliced
  • mozzarella cheese, grated ( monterey jack)
  • chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
Raspberry Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Hickory BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 3 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped finely (add more if you want it more spicy)
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce, from the chipotle peppers
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ Sauce in a bowl.
  2. Add the chicken and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. (I cooked chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, chili pepper and paprika in a little bit of oil and then shredded the meat afterwards.)
  3. Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Pile the cheese on the other side. Top with the chicken, red onions and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Top with another slice of bread, buttered side out.
  4. Toast in the oven, fry or grill the sandwich on a non-stick pan over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with chips or fries and a beer.

A Something Beautiful Thought:

The Kimbell Art Museum in Dallas, Texas is considered
the best art Museum of the post-war era; furthermore, the Museum's monumental architecture is considered timeless.

Click Here  for a marvelous video about the Museum, entitled "'Daniella On Design' Visiting the Kimbell Art Museum;" there you can click the 'CC' for transcript captions in the language of your choice.

See more of my Collection of Something Beautiful Thoughts, Click Here.