10 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

May 7, 2018 If all goes well, and so far it hasn’t, congratulations may soon be in order. I’m about to be a house grandma. My daughter Paige, 25, and her long-term boyfriend, John, also 25 and a family fixture we have known since they rode the school bus together in ninth grade, are looking […]

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Orchids Can Be an Extravagant Bargain

May 1, 2018 “They cost how much?” DC, my husband, asks, as he twists a finger in his ear hoping he hadn’t heard correctly. “With or without the container?” I ask, to stall before I repeat what I’d paid for the tall grouping of white potted orchids that now graced our dining room table. I […]

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FIve Steps to a Healthier Home

April 24, 2018 As a journalist who’s spent the bulk of her career as a health reporter and home design columnist, I’m intrigued when the topics of health and home intersect. New ways to improve my home’s health seemed especially important after the last flu season came through like Typhoid Mary causing me to view […]

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7 Gifts for Those Whose Homes Have Too Much Stuff

April 16, 2018 I never meant to hurt anybody, especially not a sweet old woman. But it happened. Her first email arrived last week telling me, gently but clearly, that I had made her feel bad, or, more specifically, guilty for her desire to keep the things she loved around her. “Maybe it was the […]

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The Power of the Porch

  April 9, 2018 When the kids are screaming, the dogs are scuffling, the television is blaring, your spouse is cranky, and your workaday world has frazzled your last nerve, the best medicine is — the porch. A magical space that lets you both get away and be at home, a porch is life’s decompression […]

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Putting the “You” in Your Home

Before After April 2, 2018 I’ve heard designers say a bazillion times: The best home interiors reflect those who live there. Uhhh, I want to add, that all depends who lives there. Though I agree in spirit with this comment, I have seen many interiors that are dreadful precisely because they reflect their inhabitants a […]

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Follow These Eight Steps to Less Daunting Drapes

March 21, 2018 Landscape refreshed. Check. Entertainment center updated to this century. Check. Kitchen table replaced, old chairs painted. Check. DC and I were reviewing the home improvement projects we wanted to accomplish before our big party, which was coming at us fast. “That just leaves drapes,” he says, in a we’re-nearly-there tone. “Just?” I […]

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