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. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your column on thew search for a new mattress this morning in our Sarasota newspaper. Our Stearns &Foster mattress is 21-years-old and needs to be replaced. You do not mention any manufacturers in your report. Can you tell me 2 or 3 brands that you like most. I am 82 and my wife is 76. This will be our final mattress. Thank you.

  2. I heartily agree with you, but my Emily Post level etiquette expert holds to the one-year rule.

  3. Here is a link to the mattress Sealy Posturpedic Euro Pillowtop mattress I ordered.
    The customer service line for the store is 1-800-866-9566 and Michelle Gaffney at is the contact.
    A word of caution: In researching and writing this mattress series, I’ve learned that mattresses are highly personal. My five-star could be your one-star, so please do your own homework, and keep that in mind.

  4. Hi Leonard, It probably is time for a new mattress.
    Here is a link to the Sealy Posturpedic Euro Pillowtop mattress I ordered.
    The customer service line for the store is 1-800-866-9566 and Michelle Gaffney at is the contact.
    A word of caution: In researching and writing this mattress series, I’ve learned that mattresses are highly personal. My five-star could be your one-star, so please do your own homework, and keep that in mind.

  5. “Our yellow house has white trim and black shudders.
    When looking at it, Craig pointed out, you first see the burnt-orange front door and the oval window above it. Next your eyes go to the white trim and black shudders.”

    You MUST have dictated this. Someone should read it before you hit “send.” It is, of course, SHUTTERS that you mean here, Marni, I hope and trust. And yes, you need a comma after that “Next.”
    Thanks. You are a pleasure to read otherwise. I enjoyed “Downsizing” immensely. 

  6. I very much enjoy your weekly design column. Regarding today’s column on shingle color, I was glad you noted that a “lighter roof will reflect sun and keep interiors cooler”. In a world where climate is rapidly and dangerously changing that was important to highlight. Studies also indicate that white or light colored roofs reflect heat and can lower the overall temperature in a city. Roofs that would not benefit from being white would be solar and green roofs. We might need to adjust our fashion sense and adopt functionality that will keep our communities more comfortable, and indeed livable. Articles on “cool roofs” and other documented household approaches to slow climate change would be of interest to your audience. Thanks. Elizabeth Orlando FL

  7. Recently traveled to Canada and stayed at the Fairmont La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Each morning I woke up and said, “I Love this mattress! I’ve never slept on such a comfortable mattress.” Imagine my surprise upon returning to Orlando, opening the Sentinel and seeing your article, Mattress Search Uncovers Hard Truths. I read with amazement and totally agreed. Wondering: price at Fairmont Home Store is twice that of a locally sold Sealy Posturepedic Plush Euro Pillowtop. Hummm, what is the difference? If you have any further insights on this mattress feel free to email. We love your commentaries! I believe your timing must be a gift. Great Job!

  8. Hi Melodee,
    What you might have missed while away was my Part 1 of the mattress series:
    Here I explain the difference between a hotel-grade mattress and a residential mattress. That said, when I contacted the home store for the Swissotel, the hotel where I stayed in Chicago and slept on this (Fairmont) mattress, Swissotel was selling the same mattress for $1,000 more! Pays to shop for sure.

  9. my wifes cat..jinx..died over two years ago.. we havent replaced jinx yet.. but I would rather have two cats than one dog.. too much trouble thx david johnson

  10. Thank you for responding to my mattress inquiry and sending link on mattresses Part 1. You are right, I was gone when that came out. I think it narrows the question to hotel/commercial grade and $$$$ or home grade and $$.
    P.S. I was in tears of laughter reading today’s dog saga. I have my share of cats and love dogs too. Both are fun, comforting and loving creatures. Thanks for all your realistic looks at life!

  11. Thank you Marni, for your articles about mattresses. My husband and I are in the mist of finding one we like, which means we have to give up our 25 year old mattress that really can’t be called a mattress any longer.

    It’s a long and arduous process and I appreciate your insight and help!

    Please keep your readers posted on how you’re liking your new mattress.

    Best to you!

  12. Dear Marni:

    I so enjoy reading your column each week, and thought about how “right on target” you were with your recent column of CAN MAKING YOUR BED CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

    As the sole caregiver for the past 11 years for my husband who has Alzheimer’s, I recently sought out a local Support Group regarding Loss and Grief to help me “vent” and begin to put some positive direction back in my life as I climb my way back from the grief and loss his disease has burdened us/me with. That group has been a God-send for me (as well as a Caregiver’s Support Group I belonged to previously).

    Anyway, in our group we are always talking openly and candidly about how do we “get through” this pain, and try and rebuild our lives without our loved ones at our sides. Our conversations seem to keep coming back to just taking life one day at a time, and to taking baby like steps on regaining our entryway back into building some kind of a new life for ourselves. A few steps here, a few steps there so to speak. We all know its going to take a lot of continuous concentrated work and effort.

    So to my point. Your column hit me “right between the eyes” when I read it, as I have, just recently, begun to make my bed each and every day. And yes, speaking from personal experience, it does indeed help!! I’m looking for ANY small thing to help me climb out of this grief and loss canyon, and I can verify that it does supply me with a minor sense of accomplishment and provide some calm to me at the start of my day. Something that is always welcomed!

    As such, I’m planning on bringing your column to my support group next week and reading excerpts from it as I believe it to be one excellent example of a simple thing all of us can do to start our day on a brighter note.

    Thanks so much for just being you!

  13. Your article on bed making is right on target. I also am compulsive about bed making every day. The bed is made before I leave the bedroom. Best article I have seen on bedmaking. Thanks.
    Dirty dishes run second to bedmaking for me.

  14. Re: Dogs and Why You Have 3:
    You are my favorite word-smith! “A dog may be a small part of your life; but you are all of theirs!” A cat may ignore you a lot but they can be pretty lovable and love your dog too. Our Miss Mew loved her dog, Sammy The Dawg! I love your articles. One weekend your article wasn’t in the Sentinel so I emailed the editor and she responded on her phone that your column would be back in a week. You have some following, as you should! Thank you for being you and real.

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