Seasonal Scents That Pass the Sniff Test

December 9, 2019 We go through the house opening doors to closed off rooms sniffing like police dogs. We are a short parade: my husband, myself and our pet sitter. We are conducting a highly scientific study. I have released eight holiday fragrances in isolated spaces, so they can’t blend. We are to go in, […]

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‘Gatherings’ Elevates the Everyday Place at the Table

December 2, 2019 Home blogger Bre Doucette had just propped the last mini pumpkin on her dining room table for her Thanksgiving-themed staging project, when a life-changing moment struck. “My husband called just as I was getting ready to shoot photos,” said the creator of the Rooms for Rent blog. “He asked what I was […]

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An Homage to the Humble Basket

November 18, 2019 Shame on me. I have been writing this home column now for sixteen-plus years. Every. Single. Week. Over those years, I have written about some arguably pretty minor topics. Take, for instance, the color white, how to choose a yard boulder, and how to throw away a computer. Somehow, while dwelling on […]

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Where’s the Joy in a New Roof?

November 11, 2019 For four days straight, men swarmed the house letting off a constant barrage of what sounded like machinegun fire. My husband, DC, and I hunkered down inside yelling at each other to be heard, like two 100-year-olds. The dogs longed to run away, but couldn’t brave the hailstorm of nails flying from […]

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Have a Hard Day? Spa-tify Your Bath

November 4, 2019 The dog broke my toe. My car got hit parked. The roof is leaking. The kids need money. And I am travel worn. In two weeks, I have been in eight airports, three time zones, and seen 4 a.m. on more clocks than I care to count. After a run like that, […]

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Framing the Odd and the Ordinary

October 28, 2019 Brian Smith, of Winter Park, Fla., never knows what’s going to come in the door. Customers have brought in dead scorpions, locks of hair, broken plates, bricks from famous places, pawprints, President Bush’s socks, and a metal bell from a Yemeni yak’s neck, all for him to display. “I’ve seen some weird […]

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When Picking a Pillow, Use Your Head

October 14, 2019  You snuggle with them. You sleep with them. You hold them close. Some of you won’t leave home without them. I’m not talking about your pet. I’m talking about your pillow — that under-sung household hero that most of us spend more face time with than any other object, save for, perhaps, […]

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How to Make Rainy-Day Placemats

October 7, 2019 I had nothing left to do but wring my hands. Hurricane Dorian was looming off the horizon. We were being bombarded by media telling us to hole up, hunker down and hang in. Stores, restaurants, schools and businesses across Eastern and Central Florida were closed. Mail didn’t come for days. I had […]

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