How to Handle a Home Inspection Hiccup

October 26, 2017 “We accepted an offer on our house,” I tell my colleague. “Already?” she says. I shrug. “It took 18 days. I was trying to beat my record of one day.” “We did have a hurricane,” she reminds me, then adds, “You don’t seem very excited.” “Not till it’s over,” I say wearily. […]

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What Every Home Needs

October 16, 2017 You know it when you see it, but you don’t know why. You cannot quite put your finger on why that gorgeous room is so gorgeous. Why it just works. When you deconstruct it, you may find that each piece on its own is not that fabulous. Some – that chartreuse sofa, […]

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After the Storm

  October 9, 2017 Safe and dry in our Denver hotel room, DC and I watched, along with the rest of the country, Hurricane Irma, like a woman scorned, carve her destruction up the Sunshine State. Our heads shook like weather vanes as we tried to make sense of the wreckage. Meanwhile, we surfed the […]

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Prints Charming Comes Calling

October 2, 2017 Paisleys and plaids, florals and stripes, zebra print and French toile, all are lovely on their own. But all together? Yes! Leave it to Madcap Cottage owners Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke to pull it off. The proof lies in page after colorful page of their new book “Prints Charming,” (Abrams […]

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Ready, Set, Show!

September 25, 2017 As DC reaches for the clean monogrammed hand towel hanging next to his sink, I dive in for an interception. I whip the towel away an instant before his soggy mitts, which are aiming right for the center front of the pristine towel, make contact. “Don’t use the towel that way!” I […]

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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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