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Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 28

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 31
    How do you make dinnertime easier in your house?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 37
    What book makes you laugh out loud?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 69
    Judith Newman on her aversion to being a houseguest
  • Modern Manners, p. 75
    Michelle Slatalla on how to get through Halloween if you’re not wild about it
  • Expertise, p. 81
    Five quick rituals that will improve your day

The Guide




  • Down-to-Earth Bulbs, p. 151
    Just in time for planting season, a primer on the most foolproof and beautiful varieties
  • Decorating With Orange, p. 163
    Bright ideas to make any space pop
  • Road Test, p. 173
    Step stools
  • Personal Shopper, p. 179
    Dozens of room-improving throw pillows, from the graphic to the whimsical
  • Aroma Therapy, p. 195
    Sweeten the air with one of these standout home scents





Credits, p. 325
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 332
Exclusive savings on lively wall decorations

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 334