The Upside of Moving: Lessons from the Gypsy Camp

September 18, 2017 “I cannot believe you are moving again!” Came the email from one of my editors when I broke the news a couple weeks ago. “I have lived in the same house for 30 years. What’s wrong with me?” “No, what’s wrong with me!?” I shot back. It’s a legitimate question. Over the […]

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The Art of the House Deal

September 11, 2017 Finding the right house is one thing. Getting it is quite another. I discovered this recently after I made an offer on a house, then faced a year-long week of wringing the skin off my hands, eating antacid tablets by the fistful, and jumping like a kangaroo every time my cell phone […]

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When the House Bug Bites

September 5, 2017 I’m not sure when the wanderlust began. Maybe when we got the puppy last March and became a two-dog family, or when I sold my Colorado house that same month, relieving a burden and freeing some capital. Maybe the urge struck when we recently learned a fourth grandchild was on the way, […]

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Merging Hearts Easier Than Merging Homes

  Mix and Match — Can this Louis XVI settee live in the same house as a large leather sectional with cup holders that reclines? Maybe. Photo courtesy of Elaine Griffin. “Finding the right house might be more of a challenge than finding the right man!” I am on the phone with my friend, interior […]

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Couples Must Choose: Your Stuff or Mine?

August 21, 2017 When couples start getting cozy, the question soon becomes, “Your place or mine?” As they get cozier, the question then becomes, “Your stuff or mine?” As any established adult who has merged with another has found hearts merge easier than households. Just ask Sara Nation, of Castle Rock, Colo. Two weeks ago, […]

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When Blending Homes, Put the Relationship First

August 14, 2018 You’re going to laugh at me, but that’s not new. When DC and I decided we were going to get married and get a house together two years ago, I actually said to him: “Lucky for you, I can decorate. Consider that a gift to the relationship.” I was serious. What DC […]

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When Remodeling Your Life, Remodel Your Space, Too

August 7, 2017 Decorating is the best therapy. Don’t believe me? Just ask Rebecca West, of Seattle. The former ballroom dance instructor parlayed her life transitions – marriage, divorce, single life, and remarriage – into a niche design business and a book: “Happy Starts at Home” (Bright House Books, 2016). “Recreating my space actually helped […]

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She Shed: Her Answer to the Man Cave

  July 31, 2017 Marie Antoinette had the right idea. When life in the Palace of Versailles with Louis and their four kids got to be too much, she slipped away to the Petit Trianon, a quaint (by royal standards) cottage in the garden where she could be by herself. Two-hundred-plus years later, women across […]

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Gently Used and Right at Home

July 24, 2017 Fate in the form of a traffic jam rerouted me straight to my newest old piece of furniture. The detour sent me to an unfamiliar side street. There I encountered a warehouse bearing a large sign: “Antiques.” I screeched to a halt. It was Sunday. The store was closed. My first instinct […]

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Aging Gracefully is Easy- If You’re Wine

My husband, DC, likes to learn about wine. Me, I like to drink wine. Before I met him, I didn’t know a French Chablis from a French chateau, and thought a good cab was a nice taxi. Now I go with him to wine-tasting classes, where we explore and contrast wines of a region. He […]

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