No Such Thing as Just White

  August 13, 2018 “Let’s just paint it white,” says my daughter Marissa, who is looking at pictures of the one-bedroom condo she will move into next month. The place is over 60 years old, and looks it. The tired tan walls make you feel as if you are walking into a lunch sack. “Honey,” […]

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7 Mistakes Rookie DIY Decorators Make

  Before After August 6, 2018 The minute my daughter got the keys to her new house in Texas, she began asking how soon I could fly out to help her decorate. “I’ll get there,” I assured. “I can’t just drop everything.” A long pause followed, during which, I’m pretty sure, she was wondering what […]

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Next Gen of Homeowners Go for Greener Yard Tools

July 30, 2018 “Our lawnmower broke,” my daughter Paige was on the phone, calling from her new home in Texas that she and her long-time boyfriend, John, just moved into last month. Like many first-time homeowners, John and Paige have big dreams and a dinky budget. “The one you guys just bought?” I asked. They’d […]

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Designing a Dreamy Guest Room for Kids

July 23, 2018 Teepees and tents, lofts and ladders, playhouses and pirate ships. My inner child is in overdrive as I imagine what I would want in a bedroom if I were a kid again. And my kid-hood just took a giant step backward, sinking further into my past as abruptly and without any time […]

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Building a Case for the Everyday Splurge

 July 9, 2018 Reader Note: This week, I’m interrupting the series of columns on outfitting my outdoor space for the tactical reason that the furniture I was counting on arriving before my guests arrived did not arrive — though the guests did. I’ll let you know next week how that all worked out. Those who’ve […]

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