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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No Such Thing as Just White

  August 13, 2018 “Let’s just paint it white,” says my daughter Marissa, who is looking at pictures of the one-bedroom condo she will move into next month. The place is over 60 years old, and looks it. The tired tan walls make you feel as if you are walking into a lunch sack. “Honey,” […]

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7 Mistakes Rookie DIY Decorators Make

  Before After August 6, 2018 The minute my daughter got the keys to her new house in Texas, she began asking how soon I could fly out to help her decorate. “I’ll get there,” I assured. “I can’t just drop everything.” A long pause followed, during which, I’m pretty sure, she was wondering what […]

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Next Gen of Homeowners Go for Greener Yard Tools

July 30, 2018 “Our lawnmower broke,” my daughter Paige was on the phone, calling from her new home in Texas that she and her long-time boyfriend, John, just moved into last month. Like many first-time homeowners, John and Paige have big dreams and a dinky budget. “The one you guys just bought?” I asked. They’d […]

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Designing a Dreamy Guest Room for Kids

July 23, 2018 Teepees and tents, lofts and ladders, playhouses and pirate ships. My inner child is in overdrive as I imagine what I would want in a bedroom if I were a kid again. And my kid-hood just took a giant step backward, sinking further into my past as abruptly and without any time […]

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