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 […]

Read More »

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 […]

Read More »

Case of garage envy prompts hang-ups

Put it in the garage. That’s the default answer at my house — and I’m betting yours — whenever something I’m not ready to relinquish doesn’t have a place in the house. And so the flotsam and jetsam of life accumulate. Old tables and televisions move in alongside garden tools and garbage cans, old suitcases […]

Read More »

Get Organized: 12 Tips to Tame Tough Stuff

Okay, so I’m neat. I’m organized. I’ve streamlined my stuff down to just the stuff I really want. I have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. I’ve got all that down. However, like the unruly children of good parents, certain pockets of my home are out of control. I blame the […]

Read More »

The Drape Dilemma: Custom or Readymade?

                I’m scurrying around the house tidying up, which gives me away. “Expecting someone?” asks DC, who is leaving for work. I was almost in the clear. “Yes,” I say, hoping that will suffice. (When speaking to a lawyer, only answer the question.) But the anemic answer hangs between […]

Read More »

Good Grief—Journaling Helps Those Who Feel Sad About Stuff

So, apparently, I have another book coming out. It wasn’t my idea. My best ideas usually aren’t. The credit (or blame?) goes to an editor at the publishing house that published my last book, “Downsizing the Family Home,” (January 2016, Sterling). That book chronicled my eye-widening journey of clearing out my childhood home where my […]

Read More »

Fall Decor

Come fall, just as you pull on layers of clothing, it’s also nice to add seasonal layers (not clutter) in your home. So here are 20 almost free ways to express fall. Try a few on at your place.

Read More »

LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!

Marni’s Holiday Checklist   If you’re like me, and don’t want another season of overspending, overachieving, overeating, and generally overdoing, and if you want a great holiday season, minus the stress, guilt, migraines and exhaustion, I have some advice. I looked back at past years for what I’ve done wrong and right. I made a […]

Read More »

Oh, and One More Thing…

When I was in kindergarten, I used to get in trouble for talking in class. I attended a private Christian school, and the teacher would put masking tape over my mouth. They could get away with that in those days. One day, my fed up teacher sent me to the principal’s office. My mom was […]

Read More »