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Life lessons from the December issue of House Beautiful

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We can always count on our friends over at House Beautiful to deliver a lush monthly magazine full of hope, optimism and other such words of the season. Remember all the warm 'n' fuzzy life lessons hiding within the folds of the magazine's November edition? Turns out the December issue follows suit. We had to do a little more digging, scraping and scouring, but here's the heartwarming takeaway: In for a penny, in for a pound. The finishing touches: they do matter. A floral-patterned roll of tape, brightly colored shoelaces, animal-shaped keyrings and elephant-shaped luggage tags are all featured in "The Best!" column. You can't know where you're going until you know where you came from. In a feature on Roman Alonso, the Los Angeles-based designer cites a visit to his native Cuba, recalling how his aunt's house, while devoid of furniture, burst with pride and personality. That has informed his design sensibility today.Go local and go green. When a...