Trend Watch: What’s Not Hot in 2020

Last week, my husband and I went to a fundraiser with a 1980s theme. We saw lots of big hair, padded shoulders, legwarmers (what a stupid idea) and huge dangly earrings, and that was just my costume. We laugh now, but we lived through that go-big, Bonfire-of-the-Vanities era. Back then the looks weren’t so funny, […]

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Want to Love Your Yard? Make a Plan – Part 1

The mud started it. Our three dogs kept tracking it in from the yard. The yard was muddy because the lawn wouldn’t grow. The lawn wouldn’t grow because we had too much shade. We had too much shade because the large oak needed pruning. We shouldn’t prune the oak, because it was nearing the end […]

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The Color of the Year is …Confusing

In announcing Classic Blue the Color of the Year for 2020, Pantone Color Institute, a leading authority on color trends, stated: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation … as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Wow. It just looks like blue […]

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A Cure for the Holiday Hangover: Own Less Live More

January 20, 2020                      I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. Enough buying and spending, getting and giving, eating and, well, consuming in general. I am at a tipping point, and I am not talking about my scale, which is another problem altogether. As I work my way through the annual holiday hangover, […]

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Lessons Learned from 2019 — Part 2

January 13, 2020 Last week, as we looked back at our first six months of 2019, we talked about inspiration, love, archaeology, blended families, household stationery, and homegrown flowers. Let’s see where our journey through the year’s second half has led. In JULY, while on a business trip, I slept on a mattress that changed […]

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Lessons Learned from 2019 — Part 1

January 6, 2010 In keeping with tradition, at the end of every year, I look back on columns I’ve written, the roads we’ve traveled on the way to better living, and pull out my favorite lessons, one from every month. Here’s the cream, the findings that, by my lights, rose to the top from the […]

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When Holidays Collide: Decorating the Blended Tree

December 30, 2019 He wants a real tree. She wants fake. She likes white lights. He wants colored. She wants her carved wood folk ornaments. He wants his laser cut metalwork. Why? “Because that’s what I’ve always done!” each cries. When two established adults decide to get married or move in together, blending belongings is […]

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Faux Firs: New Trends in Trees

December 16, 2019 She hung in for eight years, the old fake fir, and brightened many houses. From my first Florida home in 2011, through several more reindeer stops, to a final chimney landing at the Happier Yellow House, the artificial Christmas tree lit up my homes for the holidays, year after year. Then, last […]

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Seasonal Scents That Pass the Sniff Test

December 9, 2019 We go through the house opening doors to closed off rooms sniffing like police dogs. We are a short parade: my husband, myself and our pet sitter. We are conducting a highly scientific study. I have released eight holiday fragrances in isolated spaces, so they can’t blend. We are to go in, […]

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