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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What Every Entertainment Center Should Have

March 12, 2018 Two weeks ago, when DC and I agreed to host an upcoming friend raiser for our city’s philharmonic, an intimate gathering of 60 people whom we mostly hadn’t met, we huddled — while I hyperventilated — to create a punch list of home improvements we could accomplish in four weeks. Suddenly, all […]

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What Makes a Great Entertainment House

February 26, 2018 “This is rather forward of me,” came the text from my cultured friend Lisa, who sits on the board of our city’s Philharmonic Orchestra. “I’m wondering if you guys would be interested in hosting a ‘Connect with the Phil’ event in your new home …?” My first thought was she meant to […]

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A Seat at the Bar

February 13, 2018 “How about this one?” I show DC a picture of a bar stool on my laptop. “I like arms,” he says. “Arms get in the way,” I say. “I like to just sidle up from the side.” “I like to lean back and get comfortable.” My husband pantomimes sitting in a tall […]

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Is Your Home Hiding Treasures or Hoarding Trash?

February 5, 2018 Excuses, excuses. Every time the subject of downsizing comes up in a conversation, and with me that’s often, the other person has a rash of reasons for dodging the task. This person invariably starts by saying, “I really need to clear out my… (fill in the blank, house, attic, storage unit, basement, […]

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The New Blue: Delft Crosses the Pond

January 29, 2018 If you’re a journalist, you’re trained to recognize that if some new behavior shows up on your radar once, it’s interesting. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a story. When I first noticed the barrage of hand-painted blue-and-white pottery – ginger jars, vases, ceramic stools — in home stores and catalogs, […]

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Style Alert: Eight Top Décor Trends for ‘18

January 22, 2018 I have a love-hate relationship with trends. While I love to incorporate new looks both in my home and in my closet, this business – and it is a business – of keeping up with the times gets exhausting – and expensive. Hems above the knee or below? Fixtures brass or nickel? […]

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A Look Back at 2017 Lessons Learned — Part 2

January 15, 2018 In my final two columns of the year, I traditionally share highlights from the past 12 months. Last week’s column featured lessons from the first half of 2017, when I bade good-bye to my Colorado house, got a puppy, and overcame my fear of foreign rug merchants. Here’s what I learned in […]

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