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Building a Dream House by Nate Berkus

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Building a Dream House
By Nate Berkus
The Oprah Winfrey Show
June 24, 2009


NB is known for his amazing ability to transform any size space into a stunning home—but he has never done anything quite like this. In fact, his latest transformation is making Oprah Show history!
Kari and Dave Hale were desperate for a Nate intervention. They sent in a video of their Seattle-area home, where they live with their 2-year-old son, Ty, and their three nieces—8-year-old Lily, 10-year-old Izzy and 11-year-old Jade.
Kari and Dave bought their 1960s tract house in 2004, a year before giving birth to Ty. The couple had big plans for their home, but their goals changed when Kari and Dave became the guardians of Kari's three nieces. "We really just all six of us have had to start from scratch to say, 'This is our new life. How do we get the laundry done for six people? How do we get dinner done every night?'" Kari says. "'How do we make sure everybody gets a hug?'&qu…

Home Makeover

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A Home Makeover by Diane von Furstenberg
See how Von Furstenberg's design team to transformed O sweepstakes winner Marissa Santangelo's Connecticut home.
By Amber Kallor


1.Her Bedroom Before
Dark and busy, this space needed an injection of bright color to make it a relaxing sanctuary

~Her Bedroom After
Designers Edward Cardimona, Brenda Greving and Dale Eramo wanted to experiment with color, design and texture. They started by replacing Santangelo's nightstands with sleeker pieces they found hidden in the living room. Then the team swapped out her traditional comforter for a crisp, white coverlet and shams. To top off the bed and make it the focal point of the room, they added a bright, floral-patterned duvet, beaded throw pillows and sky blue sheets. Streamlined accent pieces—like clear bedside lamps, cream window treatments and a black leather bench—give the room a more modern feel. For an artistic finish, they camouflaged her antique chandelier by wrapping it with nonfl…

Tour Double RL Ranch

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Ralph Lauren doesn't just design clothes—he designs a lifestyle that many people dream of living. For more than 40 years, Ralph's vision has defined American style, but away from the runway, this designer prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
Over the past four decades, Ralph has granted only a few interviews, but in the final days of The Oprah Show, he invited Oprah and her cameras to his family's majestic Double RL Ranch for a rare sit-down.
For years, Oprah says she's dreamed of visiting Ralph and his wife, Ricky, at their 17,000-acre property, located just outside Telluride, Colorado, a resort town she's visited often.

"I can't tell you how many times I've driven on that road and counted the miles of your fence, tried to look over, like so many people do, in their neighborhoods," Oprah tells Ralph. "When you're growing up, you look at the big house on the hill. For me, it was looking through the fence at your ranch."

When life …

How to heal the wound of your past...

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"You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them." —Iyanla Vanzant
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Iyanla-Vanzant-How-to-Heal-the-Wounds-of-Your-Past#ixzz1bafCw1Ru

Melancholy autumn

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Autumn has arrived. Once again, autumn is here to soothe the mind and body, that was extremely tired, sweaty, struggling through those long sultry months of summer. I know autumn is here as there is fragrance in the air now ... yes, autumn has arrived as I can inhale the redolence of the dew dampened grass ...
Loved the transition from summer to autumn as a pony tailed, chubby cheeked, bright eyed little girl. "But why is autumn associated with melancholy ? Isn't it freshening after a long summer"

Fall in Love with Fall

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By Sandra Magsamen


There's something magical that happens when leaves begin to change colors and the air turns crisp and cool. Cozy sweaters and mugs of apple cider feel like home, and pumpkin patches seem like the perfect place to spend a day. Don't hold back, author Sandra Magsamen says. Let yourself fall in love with everything fall has to offer!
It happens every year without fail: One morning in mid-September, I wake up to realize that the kids have all gone back to school, people are back to work from summer vacations and the light outside my bedroom window is somehow a little more golden than it was the day before.
Late September signals the beginning of a magic season, a season in which Mother Nature transforms the landscape with the most beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow and green, where pumpkins smile and apple pies seem to multiply. Farmers' markets are stuffed with people, and mason jars are jammed with jellies and pickles. The air turns crisp and clear, a…

Enjoying the View from Wherever You Are_Oprah

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I just came in from a hike up the mountain in back of my house in Hawaii. Funny thing about a mountain: It always looks easier to climb when you're at the foot of it. My goal was to reach the top of the tree line—about 3,000 feet up from my house—in less than an hour. I started out strong, with good intentions, two bottles of water, sunscreen, my hat, and my golden retrievers, Luke and Layla.

A mountain, I realized more than ever today, is one of the great metaphors for life, reminding you that:

1.Challenges are often more difficult than they seem at the outset.
2.An ascent that at first looks smooth turns out to have unseen dips and ridges and valleys.
3.The higher you climb, the thicker the weeds.
4.You need a clear vision of where you're going if you want to avoid getting disoriented by the clouds that roll in and block your view.
5.You have to be determined to make it to the top. Otherwise every slip, stumble, and fall (all of which happened to me today, within that first…

Autumn tale story..an autumn glory

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Disebabkan kegatalan aku ni,aku nak hapdet gak blog pasal autumn a.k.a musim luruh biarpun aku tak berada di England hatta tak penah pi negara bermusim-musim.
Musim luruh adalah musim yang sangat menyentuh hati aku..bila tengok dedaunan keemasan yang gugur tu..rasa keheningan dan kesepian dalam hati melimpah ruah dan jadi sayu dan rasa keseorangan,terasing dalam diri sedalam-dalamnya...

Autumn is the most loveliest season of all..the most beauty of diaphanous..and subconciously in one heart solitude.
For some, it's a beloved fall ritual: a drive through the countryside to ooh and aah over the changing foliage. For others, staring at leaves is about as exciting as watching dew dry.

Autumn brings the melancholy feeling..deep inside us.

It’s not a sadness or lost but the feeling of isolates,a remaining of hurts left and broken heart that can never mend.
When a golden and crisp foliage fall..the sign of the end season we’ve been through.. subconciously we realize how loneliest we are.


Autumn…

tired old man

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“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”
~Neil Gaiman,The Sandman

Even nothing cannot lasts forever..every hour wo…