Trouble Finding a Contractor? Join the Club

November 12, 2018 “We are only taking work for new home construction or complete renovations,” the woman from the contractor’s office tells me when I ask for a bid on a patio renovation project. “That’s it?” I ask. What my job isn’t good enough? I think. “I might be able to send my stucco guy […]

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Homes Are Getting Too Smart for Their Own Hood

October 29, 2018 “Put down the remote and no one gets hurt.” The voice comes from behind me. I set the TV remote down carefully alongside the other two remotes, which allegedly also govern the family room television. I have no earthly notion how they work, what they do, and why we need three. Maybe […]

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Fall Is in the Air and Should Be in Your Home, Too

October 22, 2018 Several years ago, I interviewed Martha Stewart, a career highlight that made me feel the way Neil Armstrong must have felt when he first stepped on the moon. I had a lot of questions for the celebrity TV chef, master gardener, media maven, prolific author, brander of household products, doyenne of decorating, […]

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Sometimes Housecleaning Is an Outside Job

October 15, 2018 When was the last time you cleaned your house? No, not inside. I mean, have you looked at the outside lately? I confess, I had not. In fact, I had been studiously overlooking the black creep that was inconveniently forming on our covered outdoor patio and in other dim, damp recesses around […]

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In With the New Means Out With the Old First

  October 8, 2018 “I better start looking for those twin beds,” I say to my husband, as I crack open my laptop to search. We want to turn the upstairs loft into a children’s guestroom now that we have – blink – four grandkids and counting. “Better sell the daybed that’s in there first,” […]

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Great Design Takes Center Court at US Open

  Watching the U.S. Open last week, my husband fixated on the action, while I turned my attention to the sidelines: the notable spectators, their attire, and, was that new courtside furniture? It all looked so much nicer than I remembered. “Are those new chairs?” I ask DC. “Maybe,” he shrugs, then adds with a […]

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7 Ways to Make Travel-Inspired Décor Look at Home

September 24, 2018 As summer vacation season winds down, all that’s left – once the mosquito bites, poison ivy rash, sunburn and jet lag have subsided – are the memories, and maybe a few gawd-awful souvenirs. I get that we all want to keep that still-on-vacation feeling going once we get home, but there are […]

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Last Kid, First Apartment Calls for Soft Landing

September 17, 2018 All across America, frantic, frenzied parents are driving their borderline adult children and their stuff to their next station in life. Whether heading to college or to first apartments, the wheels of the bus are going round and round. The highway is a mash up of U-Hauls and SUVs piled with lamps […]

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Dumpster Diving Diva Takes Trash to a New Level

September 10, 2018 When I first heard about a California woman who had turned her life-long habit of Dumpster diving into a business, I had a lot of questions. Don’t you? Although I shop for deals, and have scored some great finds at estate and yard sales, I am a profligate spender compared to Karen […]

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How to Love Coming Home

September 4, 2018 I get a lot of home design books to review. They flutter into my mailbox like homing pigeons to roost. Most are beautiful how-to books, which is what I expected when I got an advance copy of “Love Coming Home: Transform Your Environment Transform Your Life” coming out this week (Beyond Words, […]

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