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. LOVE LOVE LOVE your weekly columns in the paper. It is always informative and fun reading your take on living in a home. I’d like to request an story on making a house work with dogs. I am always looking for ways to cope with the hair (upholstery ideas please) – bought a Roomba and love it- nose prints (oh please) and general tips. I am not a neophyte at this. I’ve been showing dogs, training dogs, working in commercials with dogs, grooming dogs….basically steeped in them for over 40 years. There must be new products, ideas, and help that I have overlooked. THANKS

  2. Hey Marnie: Just read your end-of-year column. What stays w/me is Dec: “Kondoing:”
    I need a lot of help, so I intend to get the book. As an ex: three yrs ago,I put about 10 suits (skirts and jackets), in my basement closet. I will NEVER wear them again, but I don’t want to give to Goodwill, more like Dress for Success. My point is about ‘giving joy.’ “Things” don’t give me joy. People and music do. So, getting rid of ‘things’ has nothing to do with: Does it “give me joy?” Happy New Year and Congrats on your marriage…

  3. Hi Marnie: Just read you column in the paper today for the first time. What an appropriate article for me to read. I have recently relocated to Florida after living in Indiana all my life and in doing so had to sell the home I loved and that I raised our family in. I do wish I had taken something small with me but I did say a prayer before I left and said a prayer when we moved into our new home. I still miss the old home but a new adventure awaits.

  4. I enjoyed the article about “parting” with a home. When we left our first home it was our 5 year old son that needed time to adjust. We made many trips by the house to check if it was “Happy!”. On the first trip I was very curious what he would find to assure him the house was happy. He saw an open window and that was enough for him to know the house was happy. On other trips by the house he saw toys, open garage, man mowing the lawn,flowers etc. No matter how many times we went by (the home was near his babysitter) he found something to assure him the house was happy.

  5. I was so touched by your article “How to Say Goodbye to a House.” Several times when I’m outside I feel the urge to put my arms around the brick and give it a big hug. Almost 50 years ago I brought my new-born son home to the same room I’m sleeping in now. It’s not a mansion, but is perfect. Will be a sad day when I have to leave it but I cut out your article to keep for that time..
    Thank you!

  6. I really enjoyed your columns about buying handmade rugs. When I was very young I spent up to 10 years going to every rug store in Seattle with my mother, “training our eyes,” as she also described it. 20 years later I bought my first Bokhara carpet, and 25 years later I still love it as much as ever. You’re right that if you love what you buy, you will not regret it.

  7. Your column June 17 in the Oklahoman much enjoyed.At age 97 the idea of a “journal” seemed odd. So I have been writing love notes to my dear departed wife of 74 years every day since March 12.Currently 22000 words later I concur completely with your final sentence. “writing it all down helps.”

  8. Your book, Downsizing The Family Home, has given me great insight. I am 52. I am totally looking at my own house and belongings in a totally different light. I am now downsizing for myself. This being said, my 27 year old daughter wants to buy her first house. I will tell her to write the buyers a letter. On the otherhand, my parents need to downsize and sell their 2 story house of 53 years, for health reasons. I now have a better way to approach how to help them let go of the extra stuff my siblings and I don’t want. So thank you from the bottom of my heart to help me through this transition. Barbara

  9. Looked for your column in The Denver Post this morning and it wasn’t there. I start my Saturday mornings with your column every week. What happened?

  10. Hi Carla, The Post unceremoniously cancelled my column after 14 years. Below is an email I sent readers (whose addresses I had). The editors are hearing from them. I invite you to write the paper, as well, and suggest they reconsider. In addition to these names perhaps a letter to the editor, too. I’m getting flooded by letters. So I hope they are, too, and that they will reconsider.

    Dear Reader,
    You may notice something missing from your paper Saturday. Last Friday evening, I received an email from the features editor of the Denver Post saying that due to budgetary issues, the last column of mine they would carry would appear June 17. (Her email is below.) I’m sorry I did not get a chance to write a proper good-bye as this was an abrupt ending to a 14-year relationship.

    If you are getting this email, you are among the many Denver Post readers who have reached out to me in recent years to express appreciation for my weekly home column. While I wish I had the email addresses of all those who might miss my Saturday morning missives, at least I can thank you for following along in my journey of life and living, and for your loyalty and letters. However much you might have learned from my columns, I have learned many, many times more from you.

    Obviously, newspapers are facing difficult time and are struggling to survive. I have been able to weather much of the industry’s downsizing as I provide syndicated content to a couple dozen papers, who each pay a small subscription fee to carry my content. Most papers find that the arrangement is affordable, and that the content helps build loyal readers like you. But ultimately, the Denver Post editors changed their minds.

    If – after this Saturday — you would like to write the editors and share your thoughts on their decision, I encourage you to do so. I have listed a few email addresses below that you might want to use if you are so inclined.

    If you have friends who follow my column and who might want to continue seeing my column in the paper, please forward this invitation to them as well. Editors do listen to readers.

    Due to budgetary issues, the Marni Jameson column that we publish on Saturday, June 17, will be the final piece purchased by The Denver Post.

    We’ve greatly valued your contributions, as have our readers.

    Thank you for allowing us to publish your work over the years, and best of luck to you in the future.

    Barbara Ellis
    Features Editor
    The Denver Post

    Editor: Lee Ann Colacioppi 303-954-1754 Managing Editor: Linda Shapley 303-954-1800 Features Editor Barbara Ellis

    If we fail to be persuasive, and you would like to continue to read my weekly column, you can find my stories online through other outlets. Here are a few to try: Salt Lake Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and the Orlando Sentinel.

    Whatever the outcome, please know how grateful I am to have been a small part of your lives.
    Live well,
    Marni Jameson

  11. Hi Marni
    I am in Denver and after a couple of weeks out of town was looking forward to reading your column on Saturday. Your column is part of my Saturday morning routine, I read your column before I read the funnies. I’ve just learned the Post had decided to discontinue carrying your column. I have written to tell them this is a terrible idea. There is much to worry about and be sad about in the world. You Saturday column has been my preferred way to begin focusing on Saturday morning since we moved to Denver. I have been moved my your columns more than once, moved enough to consider writing you. Finally I am to let you know how much I enjoy your column and that I have written to the Denver Post to complain. I hope it works. Otherwise I will have to spend time on Saturday in front on my computer finding your column in some other forum. LOVE your column and the thought of being on the computer on a Saturday morning is still just awful.

  12. Hi Erin, Welcome to the chorus of readers who feel like you. I am just as sad. Thank you for writing the paper on our behalf. I have made one more plea to the editor to reconsider.Please keep checking the website, as I have a plan b, though I’m sorry, it will mean having to face your computer on Saturday. Ugg. Hang with me. Marni

  13. HI Ms. J. Just read your column (Jul 9- Gently Used Furniture…) and wanted to know if the mirrored chest was intentionally meant to show the wooden bottom drawer? I couldn’t tell from the picture in the paper nor by looking on line at the photo. It appears to have the two bottom drawers missing the glass or at least most of the glass? Just curious- I’ve never seen anything like it before. Thanks for your time and attention to this minor question.

  14. Hi Judi,
    What you’re seeing is a reflection in the mirrored drawers reflecting the tan sisal area rug below, and also the dark brown wood floor. It’s so tricky to photograph mirrored items, but the entire chest is mirrored, only the little feet on the bottom are wood. marni

  15. I’m in Denver and sick about the fact that the Denver Post stopped publishing your column. I can’t believe that what I looked forward to every Saturday is now gone. Last Sat (the first day your column was missing), I sent a question by e-mail to a general mailbox asking what happened. No response. I’m glad to now have a name (Barbara Ellis) to complain directly to. I intend to do so as soon as I finish this comment to you!

  16. Hello Marni – I have been following your column in the SJ Mercury News and became intrigued with the Turkish rug dealers who come into your home to show and sell their rugs. I would like to get the names and contact information for the dealers represented in your columns. Can you please supply me this information or provide alternative suggestions?

  17. Hi Patty, You bet. The fellow we met in Turkey who comes to the states now and then is Hakan Zor. His email is
    He speaks excellent English. Let me know if you connect. Marni

  18. Does the Denver Post still carry your column? I miss it.

  19. Sorry to say, they have dropped it. The new editor installed one year ago, has been like Chainsaw Al on features. Meanwhile, my insiders tell me subscription is tanking. Sigh. I am sending you an email to let you know where else you can find my weekly column.

  20. Just wanted to let you know I dropped my Denver Post subscription in protest for cutting your column. It was the only reason I still got the post. Like many others have said, you made my Saturday mornings better.

  21. I did the same thing with The Denver Post. I have taken a daily newspaper since I first got married, 55 years ago. I took the Rocky Mt News until they stopped publishing it and went to The Denver Post. Your weekly column was one of my favorites. Now that The Denver Post dropped your column I dropped them. So I’ll read everything on your web site from now on. Would you send me an email so I know where I can find your weekly column? Thanks, Best Wishes to you!!!

  22. Hi Kathy, Thanks so much for your support. I will be emailing you links to where you can find my column within in a couple of days. Thanks again, Marni

  23. I also miss your column, please let me know where I can find it

  24. Like others, I was so sad not to find your column, the only reason I kept my subscription, in the Denver Post. I have cried with you over having to sell your parents’ home, the relocation of your mom, her death and laughed when you and D.C. bought and furnished your new home. The joy I experienced on Sat. morning with your writing is gone. How can I find your writing now?
    Thanks for all the joy you brought me.

  25. Marni,

    I love your column, I really do, and I feel like I know you, DC, and the Happy Yellow House. I excused you the first time you did this but now, again….

    Marni, being a Gypsy or Roma is not a lifestyle, it is being a member of an ethnic group, one that has been persecuted and misaligned for centuries. At the very least, if you want to co-opt Gypsy, at least you could honor this ethnic group by capitalizing this term.

    Being Gypsy is not what one choses to do, it is a proud heritage one is born into. A little respect, please.

  26. Re recovery from — this time — Irma. Having gone thru Katrina, 3′ of water in an apt., and “lost everything,” I want to urge you to tell people that you lose everything, but then you can recover a surprising amount. It’s wet, molded, and ruined, so you can’t ruin it more: when you can, try washing in Lysol, then soap, then plain water. Some things revive, even shoes. Likewise all the “hard stuff” in the house: it cleans up. And when it seems hopeless, look for your dearest items on ebay; sometimes someone else has listed the same thing, or something so similar — I recovered a Farberware stainless domed skillet when someone sold just the controller unit on ebay. There’s hope. Really.

  27. What happened to the happy yellow house that I watched you decorate in our Deseret News Paper (Salt Lake, Utah). I thought you would live there almost forever after all you put into it. Why did you move? I’m disappointed.

  28. Hi Una Lea, I love our happy yellow house. But, and I will write about this in the future, what I didn’t factor in was that DC and I together have five grown children. Though technically we’re empty nesters, these kids are getting married, finding partners, and having children. The nerve! If I want to have a home for family gatherings, which I do, I simply need more room. I am a huge proponent of only buying as much house as you need, but I undershot it. Next month, we will move to the Happier Yellow House. (Yes, it’s also yellow.) Don’t be disappointed. Stay tuned.

  29. So, enjoyed the article on your Closing, but…. you failed to give credit to the person who actually made your life better- your Real Estate Agent who worked out the deal on your carpet issue. Yeh, the Title Company and Lawyer were nice, but the thing that really mattered was accomplished by your Agent!!

  30. I assumed you were on a well-deserved vacation. Now I realize what happened. The Post doesn’t seem to cancel any sports columns! Deaf ears. I think we all tried.

  31. Hi Tom, Not sure what paper you get, but in my version of the column, I gave the two agents the credit for saving the deal. Maybe the editor cut this key section, which was in the column I wrote: “The next hour was a flurry of frantic phone calls, side-bar conversations, pitched emotions, dug in heels, narrowed eyes and crossed arms. As I grew more resolute, I was grateful for two players: My agent and my husband.

    “If you ever think about trying to buy or sell a house yourself, here’s reason No. 107 not to. Good agents save deals that you might blow up in an overwrought fit of frustration.

    “In this case, both our agent and the selling agent were pros, who stayed cool and focused on finding a fair resolution.”

  32. Your painting column (read in the Orlando Sentinel – as I do every week) was terrific. You always seems to condense broad topics into nuggets of wisdom. We’re on the cusp of “downsizing’ and look forward to your book. Happy Thanksgiving.

  33. Una, You are not the only one asking! Stay tuned. I plan to answer this question in a future column.

  34. Marni: reading your latest column about blue & white. Well, at last i am coming back into fashion! My kitchen has been blue and white for many yrs: White tile w/blue border, painted white cabs (the originals from 1927), w/royal blue knobs. The latest incarnation was to paint the bottom cabs the same as the ceiling. Sort of a Delft Blue. Kept the top cabs white, saved the knobs and handles. I still love it. My everyday dishes are all blue, white, or a combo, in sets of two, as there are two of us.
    When I have three people, I set the head in one color, then the other two match. If there are four, it’s two and two across from each other, the plates matching in a city-corner configuration. Took some photos to send you, but w/a damned camera phone. Technology! That’s why I still have a blue and white kitchen. I’m OLD!

  35. Just read your article today about bar stools – I am going through the same discussions and same search for the perfect chair. Thought the article was hysterical but most important wanted to know where you finally found the “compromise” stools??

  36. The word “drapes” is a verb. Draperies is a noun. These words are so often used incorrectly. Love your column, perhaps you could start a movement to use these words correctly.

  37. So, Marni, will we get to see your finished drapes?

    (My paper had a revamp and skipped your column one week. I complained. Thank goodness you’re back!)

  38. Hi Gail — You are not the first reader to educate me on this fine point. And here I was congratulating myself because I stopped calling them curtains! Marni

  39. Next week’s column will feature the kitchen eating area drapes. And the following week, you’ll see the ones in my office. BIG improvements.

  40. Just read your article in the H-T and I think the before and after pictures were switched! Take a look. The writing under the before pic describes the after and vice versa!

  41. YES! They got the photos backwards! AARGH!! I’ve gotten tons of mail. It’s right online, at least. Glad you figured it out. Maybe the H-T is trying to keep readers on their toes 😉

  42. Just saw your revamped office. Where did you hide the computer and printer? Every designer/showhouse I’ve ever seen shows this version of “the office.”…a pretty picture. Show us a real one!
    Pamela Hahlbeck
    Sarasota, FL

  43. Hi Pamela, Ha! Sure I tidied up a little for the picture, but honestly, I’m not hiding anything. My printer is wireless and is in a closet upstairs, away and out of site. My computer is a micro-thin silver laptop that I carry with me. I do put it on my desk when I’m sitting there working, and then usually with no cord. I occasionally have reference material out, but only while I’m working. I can’t work in a mess. It’s the real deal!

  44. I loved your article from the hoarding older woman. It actually made me tear up thinking how difficult it really is to downsize. The worst is all the weird gifts one receives and the history they represent. Maybe best to take a picture of it and hand off to the Salvation Army! Thanks for your funny and entertaining and enlightening comments!

  45. Your April 1, 2018, column describes my home exactly! Both my stepfather and a friend (who wants the estate sale) have used the museum designation for years. I realize my children will want very little and have made them aware of the values and family history for some items. Recently, I’ve made an effort to give and donate many knick knacks, but continue to enjoy the trinkets, small watercolors and treasures. There’s a lovely garden surrounding my home that I am not ready to give up either. So much for downsizing!

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