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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.

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  1. Beverly — A follow up! I heard from many more readers like you who scolded me for missing the point in my Christmas tree story. SOOOOO….I’m writing a follow up column this week. I am going to let my readers have the floor, and let you all straighten me out! I plan to include your comment, or a portion of it, in the column. I would like to know what city/state you live in? Please let me know, and thank you for making me rethink this.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Brenda — A follow up! I heard from many more readers like you who scolded me for missing the point in my Christmas tree story. SOOOOO….I’m writing a follow up column this week. I am going to let my readers have the floor, and let you all straighten me out! I plan to include your comment, or a portion of it, in the column. I would like to know what city/state you live in? Please let me know, and thank you for making me rethink this.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I read the “reply to Christmas trees” column on 12/8/18.

    How about a hybrid decorated tree. Decorate the side of the tree that’s visible from the outside to be visually pleasing; decorate the other side to please the family.

  4. So glad you are back in the Orlando Sentinel! wonder if you could suggest who to contact to send my mom’s 1950’s Country Fare pottery dishes (set of 8 with many side dishes, serving bowls, platters) from Longwood up to Boston area? I’ll need them packed and shipped. Probably cost a fortune, no?

  5. I am so glad your articles will continue in The Sentinel! Seeking advise on who best to contact to pack and send Mom’s 1950’s Country Fare pottery dishes from Longwood FL to Boston area. Set of 8 plus soups, other side dishes, serving bowls, platters. I’m sure costly!

  6. Hi Marni,
    Your column today on finding a contractor prompted me to write. My husband and I, in our 70’s/80’s, are planning to replace all of the flooring in our 1400 sq. ft. townhome and are in the beginning stages of looking for a good/reputable flooring contractor. Our main concern is being taken advantage of because of our age and also the fact that we are both vertically challenged (short!) and have been taken advantage of previously. Can you give us any advice on how to handle this? Thank you so much!

  7. Always enjoy your articles because they are informative, fun to read and sometimes humorous. (Tomato cage as a tree decoration?). Last Sundays article about contractors was spot on. After almost 40 years of dealing with contractors, I would only add one thing. Before I ask anyone to come to my home for a bid, I always go on line to the State Board of Licenses and check out the company. You can find out if the license is current, if they are insured, bonded and have workman’s compensation when applicable. There have been times when I discovered that the so-called license number was made up. It is surprising how many people just take it for granted that it is legitimate. Looking forward to your next column.

  8. Hi Jo, Gosh, I am sorry to hear you feel discriminated against for your age and size. I’m prompted to quote Eleanor Roosevelt here: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Perhaps do as much as you can by email and phone, and have someone with you when you meet, perhaps your son or daughter? Good luck, Marni

  9. Just read your “end of year” column.

    In it you write:
    IN DECEMBER I stepped in reindeer doo and wore the hair Santa suit when a column I wrote on Christmas tree “mistakes” and their fixes went over like a lead ornament. Readers gave me a lump of coal for suggesting they edit their ornaments, so their trees look more cohesive. Fifty lashes with a wet candy cane for me.

    Lesson: Some people want a tree that looks good. Some want a tree that feels good. Whatever, don’t mess with tradition, she said, signing off for 2018.

    My comment: You can have a tree that looks good AND feels good. I’ll take a tree with personalized ornaments over a tree with “decor” ornaments any day.

  10. Dear Marni- After reading your article re:It’s never too soon to introduce kids to good quality and and style We had our grandchildren with us for quite a few years. When the oldest was in the 6th grade she was asked to write an article about the person she admired most. That person was ME, her grandmother. The things she remembered were not the furniture and blankets but all the fun things we did together such as going to the water park, having bicycles to ride up and down the block and swimming in our pool. We had a huge vinyl alligator and her grandpa was always patching the holes. Also at bedtime I would read to her and her brother the book called “Little Red, the Pony”. Had many other books but they both always loved the way I read the story to them. Her mom, our daughter, gave me this letter some years back (granddaughter is 31 years old) and I kept it secure. This past Christmas I decided to give back to our children/grandchildren the precious items of the past. When our granddaughter read over the letter she had written in the 6th grade, she again told me how she admired me still. Now that shows what mattered to our grandchildren…not the way their bedroom was decorated. Just thought I would give you another perspective!

  11. Hi Marni, I had to respond to the vet you consulted about dog beds. He seemed to poo-poo the idea of memory foam bedding, calling it “overkill.” I’ve had several elderly, arthritic cats that have greatly benefited from the support and padding that memory foam provides. (I also slipped a heated rice bag into their bed, but you don’t need to mention that to Dr. Dunbar.) Their stiffness of movement was noticeably improved. I have a feeling that most pet owners would agree.

    Thanks for your columns every week. I always enjoy them.

  12. Hi Marni, I enjoyed your columns about your guest/ room for children and family. The one with the bird headboards. Please put a picture in the paper. We would love to see it. Thanks

  13. Hi Lorraine, I just posted a picture of the headboard on my blog on this website. Next week, I will post the column and picture featuring the whole room. Meanwhile, if you do a search online, you will see both columns about my new kids’ guest room with photos. You didn’t mention what paper you get. My column runs in a couple dozen papers each week. I always turn the column in with a photo, but whether the editors use the art depends on their space. However, you can find my column online at other papers. Try googling Marni Jameson + Kids room. I post all columns on my blog three weeks after my subscribing papers run them. Best, Marni

  14. Hi June, I think what he didn’t like was the fact that some companies charge $300 for these mattresses. That he thinks is overkill. The warm rice bag sounds good to me!

  15. I read your wonderful column on keeping love alive this morning. It warmed my heart. I lost my beautiful wife of 52 years 7 months ago. Your column reminded me that your five ending points were exactly how we made our marriage work. I had “Good Morning Sunshine” imprinted on our bedroom wall. We always kissed when I came home, the evening meal was sacred, good manners were how I was raised, each of us had our own space, and little tokens of our love arrived throughout the year. Birthdays and Valentine’s Day were always good quality red and yellow roses mixed in a bouquet. Multiple Myeloma stole her from me. Our Gravestone up on Martha’s Vineyard has a carved ribbon with the words “True Love Conquers All” with our sunrise and sunset dates. I am going to send your column to my kids. Thanks for such a wonderful piece of work!

  16. Hi Marni,

    Miss your column since The Denver Post dropped it a couple of years ago.

  17. Marni, I so enjoyed you article on the common tea towel. Tea towels have been a staple in my family as long as I can remember. My mother is 93 and has always been quite the seamstress. She has continued to sew in one fashion or the other. She has an extensive collection of tea towels that she embroiders on. She is extremely creative and I would love to introduce you to her. I thought an article recognizing her talent would be a nice follow up to the tea towel article. Thank you for you consideration. Risa Pierce

  18. I have never written to a columnist before but needed to tell you how much I enjoy reading your thoughtful and humorous articles in the Orlando Sentinal. Your column is the first thing I look at each Sat. The one with the archeologist and your parenthetical thoughts actually had me laughing out loud while agreeing! Thank you for your research and special way of presenting information.

  19. Marni Jameson
    Have a Henredon bedroom set immaculate and a Eero Saarinen immaculate kitchen set.
    What do you do when your are 91 years old.
    Mel Weiner 925 798 1167
    1432 Whitman Road
    Concord 94518

  20. Hi Mel, 1) Ask if anyone in your family wants it. 2) Ask friends. 3) Give it to the closest person to you who needs it. 4) See if you can find an estate-sale professional who might handle selling it for you. 5) Ask someone to help you post it and sell it on Craigslist. (Beware of scams and do this with someone familiar with the process.) Good luck. Marni

  21. Dear Marni,
    I enjoy reading your columns. I really enjoy your self-deprecating humor.
    But, I just read the one on custom chair cushions, and I have to point out that the correct spelling for tight cushions is: “taut”, not “taught”.
    Also, i can’t believe how much you were charged for them! Wow!

  22. HOw do I find responsible deLERS FOR antique oriental dish wear and Suzanne current collection of pottery from Meta ORtiz (Mexico)

  23. I enjoy reading all your articles, even when they may not apply to me or my home. But the March 16th article “What happens when your style is all of the above?” really hit home. NOT because I incorporate more than one style, but because my/our style was not really mentioned in your list of the 5 “styles”. We live in Oklahoma City, and my husband’s parents were very early collectors of both local Native American and Western History and Art, as well as the art of the New Mexican tribes. From Navajo rugs, Indian paintings from tribes both east, west and those “removed to Indian Territory”, as well as bronzes, pottery, etc, our house
    has become very much what I call “Trading Post” style. I know the important thing is that we have been able to display it in ways that we enjoy it, thanks to the help of gallery owners, artists and friends with much more style in their DNA. Just wondered if you have ever run across this. And your thoughts when such strong influences take over?

  24. Hi Pat, Of course, this book was not exhaustive. Hundreds of design styles went unmentioned, including “Trading Post.” Sounds as if you’ve given your home a sure hand, and have surrounded yourself with a look that reflects you. That’s the goal. Congratulations!

  25. Of course, I know the difference between taut and taught, but this one fell through my fingers, and the copy editors missed it, too. Dang! And, yes, I overpaid for the cushions, for sure.

  26. Marni, I read your column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. After 31 years in the home where we raised our family, we moved into a larger home June, 2017. Everyone thought we were nuts not to downsize but after the kids and grandkids all came for Christmas, we realized we needed space to accommodate them all comfortably. After the move, friends kept asking if we were unpacked, decorated, etc. I felt terrible for not being able to get it together more quickly. Then I read your columns “Take it slow, steady…” and “”Questions about my move…”. Saved. My. Sanity! My decor items were bought for a different house so I needed to rethink everything (and I am not a decorator or quick decision maker!) Those articles are still posted in my laundry room and I reread them often. Thank you a thousand times!

  27. So glad I’ve been helpful. Don’t beat yourself up. Your house will tell you what it needs.

  28. Thanks for your column on the importance of the tree canopy for beauty, health and community! I would also enjoy your take on native shrubs and landscaping for homes, wildlife and water. Homeowner’s associations are now beginning to have opinions on that.

  29. Great tree article in the East Bay Times today! Trees are being cut down at an accelerated rate as development takes over in Walnut Creek. Very sad. Trees are the jewels of a city. Thank you, really enjoy your writing.

  30. I loved your column today on being your own florist (May 24, 2019). The article gave me some more great ideas about bringing the outdoors inside. But, I wanted to add that when I bring in flowers or greenery, especially those with harder, woodier stems, I cut a line upwards (and sometimes two cuts) so that the stem can more easily “drink” the water. I also bring in leaves that I’ve trimmed and just put them in water and they last for months as roots grow — just keep adding water and, of course, sometimes changing the water. Thank you again for all your ideas — love your writing style!

  31. Loved your article about dogs, on Saturday. Could you tell me the name and location of the Dog Boarding School, my grandson has a nearly 2 year old yellow lab, Lily, she is soooo sweet but she jumps up on everyone, hard for me to stand up while she has her paws over my shoulders.

    Love your columns

  32. I am sitting here reading your column and trying to concentrate while having to listen to my neighbor’s three Pekinese half-breeds bark their heads off. These “brats” have changed my life and invaded my peace and quiet, to say nothing of my blood pressure. I have talked to their owner and even given her books on dog training, but she has absolutely no control over them and they ignore her every command. Perhaps you could say something in your follow-up column that addresses undisciplined dogs and their owners who seems to think dogs are entitled to bark. Help! Please and thank you.

  33. As a new owner of a 4 mo old Goldendoodle puppy… your column on sunday about basic training for dogs is hysterical!! Counter surfing – who would have thought that would happen in my home.

  34. Re: hand-written thank-you notes on nice stationery: Don’t hold your breath. Children in many public schools are no longer taught “penmanship” — i.e. cursive writing? As a result, kids can neither “hand write” or read what someone else (like Grandma sending them a thank-you note) has written. Even signatures are old school; faced with illegible scrawls, and not just from doctors, banks are largely doing away with “signatures” as proof of identity.

  35. I just finished your column on thank you notes. I am of an age where if you wanted to thank someone you had to write, there was no internet. Even then not many people did. I still send thank yous on my informals and I am almost always thanked for my thank you. People appreciate the effort and are impressed by it. That said, in this day and age, I think it is necessary to send an email the very next day so the recipient knows you are still thinking of the wonderful party or the thoughtful gift. I then follow it up with a handwritten note. Immediacy is more important than formality today. The written note alone takes too long to receive. Do both. I disagree with your sales pitch for the stationery industry. Write it on anything and get it mailed. That’s the point.

  36. From: Jan Austin
    Subject: Thank you note column
    Date: June 23, 2019 at 9:35:46 AM PDT
    To: “”

    Hi Marni,

    I don’t always make time to read my SJMN, but today, in Truckee, still in my pajamas, I am so happy I chose to read your Thank You Note column.

    I’m 71 years old, and was raised in Virginia, so you know I learned to write and send the thank you notes written on time. My husband was raised in the same kind of family. When our 41-year old son could put a pencil or pen to paper, we began our efforts with him to write those notes. You will laugh to hear that during his wedding festivities 4 years ago, everyone who made a toast to him, or a speech honoring him, found a way to praise him for his always being the first thank you note to arrive in the speaker’s hands after he was shown a kindness or given a gift.

    Thank you for the excellent column!

    Jan Austin (don’t know why I couldn’t send this normally!

  37. Nice job raising a son with such fine manners. Well done, Jan! And you’re welcome.

  38. I agree. I wanted to make that point in my column, but my word count did not permit. Thank you for mentioning. A quick email or text followed by a handwritten note is the way to go today.

  39. Re: June 29 article on downsizing. I find it a bit difficult to think that a 3200 sq ft, 4-bedroom house is “Downsizing”, but, yes, it’s all relative. Also, please use correct pronouns. “Most of the time it’s [husband] and I…” ACK!! This should be “husband and ME”! The newspaper editors should catch these errors. Is this misuse of pronouns becoming so commonplace that it is now considered correct? Despite my semi-criticisms, I love your column. Though i don’t live in Orlando now, I continue to subscribe online, in part to more easily read you.

  40. Wow! You usually get it so right (and so sprightly)tho I live an opposite lifestyle (same house 56 yrs.)Until today I love every column and better yet, glean good ideas. But oh that downsizing snobfest that screams $$$,. 6K sq. ft., down to 3…not downsizing to most real people, and in their 50s to custom build with all the good stuff? That fits Silicon Valley maybe, but not most of the middle class.
    I’m well-heeled and still put off by this niche approach to the real world. Not your usual “reach the middle masses” clever good sense. No useful less-is-more lesson today tho I usually appreciate your cheery, fun, real world ideas.

  41. Hi Evelyn,
    I know, I know. You are not the first reader to comment, and I winced a little, too. But bear in mind, downsizing is relative. Cutting your living space in half is work regardless of whether you start with a 6,000-square-foot house or a 3,000-square-foot house. (I’d much rather downsize from 3,000.) In some parts of the country you can find 6,000-square-foot homes valued at under $300,000, and 1,000-square-foot penthouses for a few million $. Big house does not always equal rich people.That said, in this column, I was trying to write about a lifestyle choice to right size that many people have to face at some point.

    Not too long ago — and still to some extent — McMansions were a major trend in housing. Many people found these huge (characterless) houses desirable. (Hence the surge of the book “The Not So Big House.”) They backfired. Part of my reason for writing this was to help anyone who has ever pined for a larger home to understand it’s not all that desirable. People in those homes want less house. Finally, though I do aim for broad appeal, and I am solidly in the middle class, my column runs in papers all across the country, reaching all demographics. I try keep readers of all ages, income levels and locations in mind. So,some of my columns won’t resonate with everyone. Thank you for reading and writing and even for gently disagreeing.
    Warm regards, Marni

  42. Hi Carolyn, Thank you for sticking with me and following along even though you’ve moved. As for the relativity of downsizing, please see my answer to Evelyn. As for the pronoun matter, while I have made mistakes in print, regrettably, writing “Most of the time it’s Paul and I …” is not one. Linking verbs, such as to be (is), take subjective case pronouns (I), not the objective case (me). Active verbs take objects. Linking verbs take complements. Thus, he called her. This is she. However, many people say it is me instead of it is I, and so that usage has almost been rendered acceptable. But not by me yet 🙂 I suppose I could have said, “Most of the time Paul and I are the only ones dining along with …” and avoided the whole issue. Thanks for keeping me on my toes. Marni

  43. I just read the column in the 6/22/19 Marin IJ. “Handwritten thank-yous…”

    I NEVER write to columnists. But OMG, OMG !!

    “The rule that brides have a year to send thank you notes still holds, though they should try to write them soon to let those who sent gifts know the gift arrived.”

    The one-year “rule” (if there is one) is the time the gift-giver is allowed, after the wedding. The bride must ABSOLUTELY WRITE A THANK-YOU AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.

    Can you imagine giving a gift, and waiting 12 months for acknowledgment? You’d never give that person another gift, ever.

    PLEASE, if you haven’t already corrected this horrific error, do so as soon as possible.

    Not your fault, perhaps, as you undoubtedly heard that rule somewhere. But it was wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Appreciation is best expressed immediately, if not sooner.

  44. Just read article on mattress! Do you have the link for mattress online? Thanks so much! Enjoy your articles in NOLA Advocate

  45. I enjoyed reading your article today about the hotel mattress you liked. My husband has a bad back and complains about our bed at home and also about some of the hotel ones. When he likes a hotel one, we should do what you did and see what kind it is! I hope when you get your new mattress you write about how you like it!

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