Book Marni as a Keynote 

If you want a good laugh and a cleverly disguised portion of home improvement reality, this is the speaker for you. What makes Marni special is her way of informing and entertaining at the same time. Her family dynamic and self-deprecating humor are a riot to experience. At the same time, she knows her stuff and provides outstanding advice. She delivers what she promises and you’ll thoroughly enjoy working with her.

Downsizers, rightsizers, DIY decorators and anyone who wants advice on improving his or her home will want Marni to speak at their next event.

For more information about booking Marni as a speaker, please contact Linda Konner at (212)-691-3419 or

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  1. Just read your piece on “”editing your home”. We are looking for a smaller retirement home near family.As we looked at a 1500 sq. ft. home
    our son took me aside and in a serious voice said, “Mom, remember that downsizing means getting rid of something”.

  2. Hi, Marni….love your column…getting your book on downsizing even though I am in a small house…I need to clean out the clutter…I am writing for advice….how does one find a decorator who will be willing to come in for a few hours just to ‘advise…’ I need to paint the interior plus put down flooring in LR and DR and am overwhelmed. Will they work for an hourly fee? Where can I find them? Barbara in Longwood, FL

  3. Hi Barbara, I have often and frankly only work with designers on an hourly basis, because I can to a lot of the legwork myself. Most are willing to work that way, just ask up front. What you’re asking for is reasonable. Look online for local interior designers, and check out their portfolios until you find one whose style you like, then call. Good luck.

  4. Re your comment Sunday May 6 (Bay Area News Group). I have been trying to “let go” of my antiques for some time. However dealers tell me there is no market for items that are 50-plus years old. Young people are not interested in these types of things.
    I think you made a similar comment some years ago.

  5. Your article about what items are Museum worthy reminded me of how I disposed of some items on moving to Florida (from a home we’d lived in for close to 50 years.) As Cornell grads, we offered their Costume collection 3 items. They took my very 1960’s Wedding gown and a coat of my mother’s which I guessed to be 1940s, but they thought 1930s and were very appreciative. Many other items, especially hats and shoes were gratefully received by the Purdue Univ. Theater Department.

  6. I’d like to preface my email to say that I try to never miss your column in the Orlando Sentinel; I find it most interesting and helpful. I have followed your latest renovation in which you mentioned a cabinet installer by the name of Tony Daniels. We are trying to find a good wood floor installer and wondered if Tony Daniels installs wood floors. We plan to purchase the flooring from Floor & Decor in Orlando. If Tony does not install flooring, would you have a suggestion as to whom I could contact? Thank you for your time.

  7. Dear Marni,
    Thank you for your downsizing book. My siblings and I read it before tackling our parents’ house and lifetime accumulation late May. While each of us had different take aways, having your experience as a mutual starting point helped us stay focused and get the bulk of work done in less than a week, and remain friends! We each claimed what we knew we wanted and then donated the rest as nothing was truly valuable. Beyond the few things I truly wanted, I deliberately chose only things that would replace a similar, inferior item in my house. Thank you for providing a guiding light.

  8. Connie,
    I am so heartened to hear my downsizing book helped you and your siblings during a difficult time.
    Thanks for writing,

  9. Hi Linda,
    Unfortunately, Tony Daniels is based in Ohio. He happened to be in Orlando briefly when he got roped in to do my job. I would try SCS Hardwood Floors, in Orlando and ask for a referral.Ask for Leonard, and use my name. Good luck!

  10. I look forward to Friday’s Home section with your column. I am not in the same league as you (and I twitter, blog, or facebook), but I love your sense of humor. I am a fiber & quilt artist, and my home is filled with my quilts…on the walls, on chairs, & even on the sofa. Your series on the outside patio was great. Irene Piggott

  11. Hi, I’ve been a faithful reader of your column in the Orlando Sentinel for years. I just wanted to thank you for last weeks column on the Ego electric mower. My husband and I bought one about a month ago after having multiple repairs on our gas powered mower. We also, did not want to deal with the gasoline issue. We love the mower and are thinking of buying other electric tools. We have a joke between us about how we are trendsetters. You proved to us that once again, we are!

  12. HaHa! Hi Anna, Glad you love your Ego mower. I bought the kids an edger (called a string trimmer for some reason) and a blower, all from Ego, and they work great, clean and so quiet 🙂

  13. Just read your 2015 article on taking care of expensive bedding. I’m hoping you can settle an argument I’m having with my wife.
    My history includes being a hotel General Manager, however that was over 30 years ago.
    I was taught that you never wash/dry bedsheets and then reuse immediately. You should have three sets of sheets. One in use, one being washed and the other resting to replace in use.
    I was taught never to wash/dry and then immediately reuse sheets.
    Or am I imagining things?

  14. I was interested in your piece about sectionals. I have one I love…but…How do you keep it from sliding apart? This is a bit of an issue with any furniture on tile or wood floors, but my sectional is the worst.

  15. Hello. I saw your article in our local newspaper about the E-Go mower. I got real excited. My husband and I purchased Venice Outdoor Equipment a year ago. We sell and service outdoor equipment. I found this product line and fell in love with it. I am not good at fixing things I just do the books for my husband …he knows all the mechanic stuff. I have made the jump to carry this line of equipment. I look at it as my baby. Just wanted you to know that I loved the article and it made me feel great about the product I am going to carry. I will be meeting my rep to order the line on August 2nd. If you want to see the other great stuff they have give us a shout and you can see how this whole line works. Thanks again for the article. It was a great read.

  16. Good luck with the new product line. You are up with the times!

  17. Hi Jim, I’d never heard that. I have two sets of sheets. One on the bed, one in the linen closet. When I change the sheets, I wash the used sheets right away, and then let them “cool” in the linen closet, where they are ready to go when the bed gets changed some days later.

  18. Dear Marni, Of course you have thousands of readers and we all consider you a member of the family! I was very interested in the (July 20) column about the” biggest design choice you’ll ever make”. However, we left on vacation right after and stopped the newspaper for a couple of weeks. So – I did not get to see the followup columns. Why is this important to me? Well, I am 85 years old. We lived in a house in CA for 63 years – pretty much like your parent’s house except we had added an addition over the garage with a sitting room where our four daughters could take friends without taking them to their bedrooms” and a storage closet and two bedrooms. We did not have enough money to add a bathroom which was a big mistake when it came time to sell the house – but we loved our house there. A year and a half ago we moved to Utah – and ended up not downsizing at all. We now have a very large gathering room and the couch and chairs from CA do not work at all even tho they are not worn out. The family says at my age I should not even think of buying expensive new fruniture – like a sectional. But I am not happy. What to do? I would like to see the additional column about sectionals but I cannot find it on your blog. Just something that will make you laugh — our daughters had been trying to get us to move for some time but we procrastinated. Finally, in a teasing way, they said “Well, Mom and Dad, you have burial plots already in Utah and if you stay in CA and you pass away there,it will cost a lot of money to ship your bodies to Utah – so why don’t you move now?” Enjoy your column always – you are sort of like another daughter. Carol Pett

  19. Oh, Carol! The good news is you haven’t missed a thing. I got so hung up on making my sectional decision that I hadn’t written the column until just this week. Part two of the sectional series will appear in next week’s paper, so stay tuned. While I certainly understand your daughters’ point of view, I say buy what you want and live well now. Just promise me you will downsize your other things and get rid of what you don’t need use and love. Big hugs, Marni

  20. I have enjoyed reading your column in the local newspaper for over a decade and can relate to the hills and valleys of your life.That said, in the 8/5/18 issue, you wrote on the finer things in life, buy less and better. Agree, one learns this over a lifetime. Reason for writing, and perhaps you resent that you mentioned it, is that your husband thinks you are a snob, why can’t husbands enjoy
    these finer things in life and and appreciate us for recognizing it?

  21. Oh, he does. And, though he teases me in jest, he appreciates that he is a more refined human being thanks to me. You want to talk about snob, you should see him pick a wine!

  22. Dear Carol, The good news is, part two of the sectional column was delayed, because I couldn’t make up my mind! Part two will run this coming weekend, so tune in. As for whether a new sectional is right for you at your age, here’s what I think. While I sure see where your kids are coming from, I also think you should live well at every stage of life. If you need, use and will love a new sectional, get one. But promise me you will get rid of everything else in your home that you don’t need, use or love. What kids want to avoid is an avalanche of stuff their parents stopped needing and using and should have dealt with. Send me a picture when you get it. Blessings, Marni

  23. Hi Marni,
    Thanks for your weekly story in the Orlando Sentinel. I read it every Saturday.
    Today you talk about Royal Delft. We recently traveled to Copenhagen and purchased two handle less mugs at Royal Copenhagen. We enjoy ice cream in them and they are a cool way to remember our trip there. We are running out of wall space to hang pictures or artwork purchased on trips. The mugs are just right and very useful and don’t take up much space.
    So, you hit the mark on your story about Delft – bring home something you can enjoy.

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