10 Ways to Design a Forever House

Bob Thacker had a crazy idea for a house. He just wasn’t sure his fiancé would go along. Like most couples who marry or remarry later in life, Thacker and Karen Cherewatuk, who today are 72 and 62 respectively, had pasts and opinions. The year was 2014. Thacker, a life-long marketing executive, and Cherewatuk, a […]

Diploma Dilemma: Reader Wonders What to Do With Old Accolades

Hi Marni, I’m usually pretty good at decluttering and getting rid of things, but something is holding me back, said the email I received last week. My husband recently passed away. He was well-known in his field, and now I’m faced with LOTS of diplomas and certificates that we’d had professionally framed and put in […]

Got Room to Spare? Why Not Share?

Every morning, when I foggily head from my bedroom to the kitchen for my first cup of coffee, I see, lying in a tidy heap at the foot of the stairs, her black backpack and navy-striped gym bag. My heart warms every time. Seeing her things gathered there as she’s ready to launch into her […]

How to Know When a Tree Must Go

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I have no idea. I leave that question to the philosophers and physicists. But I do know that if a tree in your yard falls on your house while you’re in it, you darn well […]

Love Your Yard Part 3 — Fake Flora Is Gaining Ground

I never knew so many of you cared. After sharing the landscape plan for my backyard a few weeks ago, many armchair landscapers among you wrote to warn me about the woes of palm trees, bamboo and fig ivy. And you didn’t even know yet about the fake grass. Poor Tony Evans. My landscape designer […]

Trend Watch: What’s Not Hot in 2020

Last week, my husband and I went to a fundraiser with a 1980s theme. We saw lots of big hair, padded shoulders, legwarmers (what a stupid idea) and huge dangly earrings, and that was just my costume. We laugh now, but we lived through that go-big, Bonfire-of-the-Vanities era. Back then the looks weren’t so funny, […]

Want to Love Your Yard? Make a Plan – Part 1

The mud started it. Our three dogs kept tracking it in from the yard. The yard was muddy because the lawn wouldn’t grow. The lawn wouldn’t grow because we had too much shade. We had too much shade because the large oak needed pruning. We shouldn’t prune the oak, because it was nearing the end […]

The Color of the Year is …Confusing

In announcing Classic Blue the Color of the Year for 2020, Pantone Color Institute, a leading authority on color trends, stated: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation … as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Wow. It just looks like blue […]

A Cure for the Holiday Hangover: Own Less Live More

January 20, 2020                      I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. Enough buying and spending, getting and giving, eating and, well, consuming in general. I am at a tipping point, and I am not talking about my scale, which is another problem altogether. As I work my way through the annual holiday hangover, […]