A Seat at the Bar

February 13, 2018 “How about this one?” I show DC a picture of a bar stool on my laptop. “I like arms,” he says. “Arms get in the way,” I say. “I like to just sidle up from the side.” “I like to lean back and get comfortable.” My husband pantomimes sitting in a tall […]

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Is Your Home Hiding Treasures or Hoarding Trash?

February 5, 2018 Excuses, excuses. Every time the subject of downsizing comes up in a conversation, and with me that’s often, the other person has a rash of reasons for dodging the task. This person invariably starts by saying, “I really need to clear out my… (fill in the blank, house, attic, storage unit, basement, […]

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The New Blue: Delft Crosses the Pond

January 29, 2018 If you’re a journalist, you’re trained to recognize that if some new behavior shows up on your radar once, it’s interesting. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a story. When I first noticed the barrage of hand-painted blue-and-white pottery – ginger jars, vases, ceramic stools — in home stores and catalogs, […]

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Style Alert: Eight Top Décor Trends for ‘18

January 22, 2018 I have a love-hate relationship with trends. While I love to incorporate new looks both in my home and in my closet, this business – and it is a business – of keeping up with the times gets exhausting – and expensive. Hems above the knee or below? Fixtures brass or nickel? […]

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A Look Back at 2017 Lessons Learned — Part 2

January 15, 2018 In my final two columns of the year, I traditionally share highlights from the past 12 months. Last week’s column featured lessons from the first half of 2017, when I bade good-bye to my Colorado house, got a puppy, and overcame my fear of foreign rug merchants. Here’s what I learned in […]

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A-List Party Guru Shares Holiday Hosting Secrets

January 2, 2018 The holiday party is tomorrow. I’m hosting. My friends think I’m nuts. “Are you sure?” they asked, giving me both a sanity check and a way out. I’d offered to host the dinner party for the book club ladies and their husbands knowing that I would only be in my new house […]

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10 Ways to Paint Like a Pro

December 11, 2017 In a recent interview, novelist Anne Tyler answered a question about whether she ever reread her own books by replying that doing so “always feels like lying awake in a bedroom I’ve painted myself. The mistakes are so noticeable and so upsetting.” I can relate. When I look back on my past […]

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