Reader Comment Archive

Anne Blair

I am so glad your articles will continue in The Sentinel! Seeking advise on who best to contact to pack and send Mom’s 1950’s Country Fare pottery dishes from Longwood FL to Boston area. Set of 8 plus soups, other side dishes, serving bowls, platters. I’m sure costly!

Contact - 2018/12/22 at 6:47 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Anne Blair.

Hi Anne, I’m glad to be back! Your letter prompted me to dig out this column from four years ago, when I shipped my mom’s china from California to Florida. https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/01/10/marni-jameson-packing-heirloom-items-for-shipping/

I think you’ll find the tips helpful. And, yes, if pros do it, it’s pricey! That said, I’ve got mom’s china out today for Christmas Eve dinner. Can’t put a price on that.

All best, Marni

2018/12/24 at 2:12 pm

 

Anne Blair

So glad you are back in the Orlando Sentinel! wonder if you could suggest who to contact to send my mom’s 1950’s Country Fare pottery dishes (set of 8 with many side dishes, serving bowls, platters) from Longwood up to Boston area? I’ll need them packed and shipped. Probably cost a fortune, no?

Contact - 2018/12/22 at 6:25 am

Suzanne Clark

Marni, you are new to me but I loved reading all the comments about book jackets and Christmas trees. Where can I find your column? I live in Sonoma California. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas

Book Jackets: To Remover or Not Remove, That Is the Question - 2018/12/15 at 7:53 pm

William E Jones

I read the “Readers bristle to Christmas trees mistakes” column on 12/8/18.

How about a hybrid decorated tree. Decorate the side of the tree that’s visible from the outside to be visually pleasing; decorate the other side to please the family.

Top 7 Tree Decorating Mistakes and Their Fixes - 2018/12/08 at 1:16 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to William E Jones.

Now there’s an idea 🙂

2018/12/09 at 5:15 pm

 

Toni McCormick

Marni, I’ve found the BEST people on Next Door Neighbor. I don’t necessarily agree with the “licensed contractor” is the best one. After Katrina, we waited almost a year for the “licensed Contractor” recommended to us from a neighbor who had a historic landmark house. He provided us w several references from satisfied and very wealthy/individuals. We contacted them and inspected the work. Maybe it was Flood fatigue but their work was horrible! I’ll take the craftsman that 15 of my neighbors swear by and use for repeated work. We haven’t had a problem for SMALL projects. I only use licensed plumbers, HVAC & electricians though.

Trouble Finding a Contractor? Join the Club - 2018/11/26 at 10:54 am

 

Lloyd Cummings

how do i get ahold of Goldstone to get pictures redone i can’t get it to come up on google hope you can help

Contact - 2018/11/23 at 7:43 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Lloyd Cummings.

Hi Lloyd, Try Mitch at goldstone@scanmyphotos.com. Tell him I sent you 🙂

2018/11/24 at 8:33 am

 

Beverly

Dear Marni,

I usually enjoy your column, but couldn’t disagree more with today’s. I hope none of your readers took it seriously. The Christmas tree with the deer head on top looks like a whole lot of effort resulting in something that will soon be on its way to the junk yard. I suppose we do want to know what is the latest thing, but please don’t disparage all our traditional tree decor! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Contact - 2018/11/18 at 2:07 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Beverly.

Hi Beverly,

I’m going to repeat what I wrote to Brenda (below), since you both had a similar reaction to my Christmas tree story, I Many readers wrote to share views similar to yours. We both can be right about this! In fact my husband and I had a big discussion about this last night. (He, too, was arguing along your lines.) As I mentioned in the column, you can have all your sentimental ornaments. However, if you want your tree to look pulled together (and not everyone does and that’s okay), provide an underpinning of cohesion. Use glass balls of all one color as a base, add coordinating ribbon, then layer in your special sentimental ornaments. And you do have a theme: Christmas Past. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Marni

2018/11/18 at 9:11 pm

 

      Marni - In reply to Marni.

Beverly — A follow up! I heard from many more readers like you who scolded me for missing the point in my Christmas tree story. SOOOOO….I’m writing a follow up column this week. I am going to let my readers have the floor, and let you all straighten me out! I plan to include your comment, or a portion of it, in the column. I would like to know what city/state you live in? Please let me know, and thank you for making me rethink this.

Merry Christmas!

2018/11/29 at 3:47 pm

Brenda Strom

I look forward to reading your articles in our local Sunday paper every week but the article on ‘common Christmas tree-decorating mistakes, missed the mark for me. My ‘lifelong, unedited collection’ of memory ornaments is what I look forward too! Hanging each ornament, re-living the family memory, and loving the Christmas tree skirt, started in 1972, with a new, hand-cut felt memory of the year, is a tradition passed down to my daughter and son’s families as they create their own ‘inspiration’ concept of a Memory tree. Concept, themed Christmas trees, seem a bit commercial.

Contact - 2018/11/18 at 11:42 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Brenda Strom.

Hi Brenda, Many readers wrote to share views similar to yours. We both can be right about this! In fact my husband and I had a big discussion about this last night. (He, too, was arguing along your lines.) As I mentioned in the column, you can have all your sentimental ornaments. However, if you want your tree to look pulled together (and not everyone does and that’s okay), provide an underpinning of cohesion. Use glass balls of all one color as a base, add coordinating ribbon, then layer in your special sentimental ornaments. And you do have a theme: Christmas Past.

2018/11/18 at 9:09 pm

 

     Marni - In reply to Brenda Strom.

Hi Brenda — A follow up! I heard from many more readers like you who scolded me for missing the point in my Christmas tree story. SOOOOO….I’m writing a follow up column this week. I am going to let my readers have the floor, and let you all straighten me out! I plan to include your comment, or a portion of it, in the column. I would like to know what city/state you live in? Please let me know, and thank you for making me rethink this.

Merry Christmas!

2018/11/29 at 3:47 pm

 

Marni

This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

Home Column - 2018/11/13 at 1:32 pm

Wilhelmina Ayler

Our partial-year hometown Colorado USA Newspaper, The Denver Post, stopped featuring Marni Jameson and her column in the Saturday Life & Culture Section a while back, and we miss her perspective. Know it was a $ cutting move, but wish we could still read the column online.

Home Column - 2018/11/10 at 9:30 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Wilhelmina Ayler.

Hi Wilhelmina, YOU CAN — Every week you can find it on all the papers who still carry the column. Try going to http://www.orlandosentinel.com/marni. You’ll find the most recent columns and past ones. You can also find them here on my blog. Thanks for reading!

2018/11/13 at 1:24 pm

               

Carolyn

I lived in Orlando and read you in the hard copy of Sentinel every week. When i moved three years ago, I continued to subscribe to Sentinel online, just so I could read your column. I was distraught last week when i could not find the column in the online version and there was no explanation I could find. I see the Sentinel is not publishing it in the paper. I will now cancel the Sentinel and find you online elsewhere. I really enjoy the column.

Home Column - 2018/11/10 at 7:18 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Carolyn.

Hi Carolyn, I am disappointed, too, and, as you can see, we are not alone. The Orlando Sentinel has decided to move my column to online only — at least for now. Going forward, you can find me at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/Marni. I was hoping they would have put a note in the home section to direct you, and I apologize for the confusion. The editor said they will be gauging reader reaction, so feel free to let the paper know how you feel. You may email the content editor, Todd Stewart, at tvstewart@orlandosentinel.com. You can also email publisher@orlandosentinel.com. Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and please let me know if you have problems finding my column. I will see that you continue to get it. All best, Marni

2018/11/10 at 8:37 am

 

     Marni

CAROLYN — This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018/11/13 at 1:30 pm

 

Dana Irwin

Where are you? Missing you in the Orlando paper the last 2 weeks. I’m about ready to give up on that paper. The cooking section is a joke and, if you’re gone, what’s the use.?

Contact - 2018/11/10 at 6:25 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Dana Irwin.

Hi Dana, Sorry to report, the Orlando Sentinel has decided to move my column to online only — at least for now. Going forward, you can find me at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/Marni. I was hoping they would have put a note in the home section to direct you, and I apologize for the confusion. The editor said they will be gauging reader reaction, so feel free to let the paper know how you feel. You may reach the content editor, Todd Stewart, at tvstewart@orlandosentinel.com. You can also email the publisher@orlandosentinel.com. Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and please let me know if you have problems finding my column. I will see that you continue to get it. All best, Marni

2018/11/10 at 8:22 am

 

     Marni

DANA –This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018/11/13 at 1:28 pm

 

Claire Stephens

Missed your column in the Orlando Sentinel the last 2 weeks. Do we need to write a letter to the editor or are you just taking a break?

Contact - 2018/11/10 at 5:42 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Claire Stephens.

Hi Claire, Sorry to report, the Orlando Sentinel has decided to move my column to online only — at least for now. Going forward, you can find me at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/Marni. I was hoping they would have put a note in the home section to direct you, and I apologize for the confusion. The editor said they will be gauging reader reaction, so feel free to let the paper know how you feel. You may reach the content editor, Todd Stewart, at tvstewart@orlandosentinel.com. You can also email the publisher@orlandosentinel.com. Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and please let me know if you have problems finding my column. I will see that you continue to get it. All best, Marni

2018/11/10 at 8:21 am

 

     Marni - In reply to Claire Stephens.

CLAIRE — This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018/11/13 at 1:28 pm

 

Octive Healey

Why is your column no longer appearing in the Orlando Sentinel? If the readership was given an explanation, I must have missed it! Hope you return soon Marni!

Home Column - 2018/11/04 at 12:59 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Octive Healey.

Hi Octive,

Sorry to disappoint, but the Orlando Sentinel has decided to move my column to online only. Going forward, you can find me at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/Marni Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and please let me know if you have problems finding my column. I will see that you continue to get it. All best, Marni

2018/11/05 at 9:18 am

 

     Marni - In reply to Octive Healey.

OCTIVE –This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018/11/13 at 1:29 pm

 

Julie Fair

Hi, Marni! I look forward to Saturday morning and your column! Sometimes I cut them out and send them to my daughter in Texas. Well, she has finally consented to let me help her with new curtains when I visit in two weeks. Help! I should have saved that column! Can you pleae give me a quick refresher? I know thickness, accent or blending in, type of fabric… what else should we be thinking about? Thanks!!!

Contact - 2018/10/12 at 4:47 am 

 

     Marni - In reply to Julie Fair.

Hi Julie, I have written a good bit on this topic. Best way to find it — the way I would — is to Google marni jameson window treatments, or marni jameson drapes and see what surfaces.Let me know if you still have trouble. Best, Marni

2018/11/10 at 8:24 am

 

     Marni - In reply to Julie Fair.

HI JULIE — This just in! Thanks to all of you who wrote — and whose letters I shared — the editors listened. The Orlando Sentinel will again start running my column in their printed paper, Home & Style section, starting Nov. 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

2018/11/13 at 1:29 pm

Deitra Alston

Dear Marni,

I’m a big fan of your Orlando Sentinel column, which I look forward to reading each Saturday morning. For the second time in recent weeks the editorial department has cut your column before it has ended. I prefer reading a real newspaper in the morning, though even the online version of the paper cuts your column. I plan on voicing my concern to the newspaper again, but wanted you to know how annoying this situation is for readers like myself. Perhaps if enough of us express our concerns, your stories will not continue to be butchered.

Contact - 2018/09/29 at 5:18 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Deitra Alston.

Ugg. I noticed that in the print version, too. Didn’t realize the mistake was online as well. I will let the editor know. Thank you.

2018/09/29 at 6:34 am

 

Linda Manzonelli

Just read your column in the Orlando Sentinel about selling furniture and avoiding scams. It is rare that you can get a good price for used furniture. One of my favorite nonprofits is Mustard Seed. They are social entrepreneurs that recycle mattresses, wood, metal etc. but mostly mattresses. They keep tons of throwaways out of the landfill, but that is not all they do. They give away tons (literally and figuratively) if anything in your home you care to donate…furniture, household goods, even clothing in the Central Florida facility. If your income is low enough, you can furnish an entire home for little or nothing…sliding scale, but I think for less than $100. When my dad died I told them to come to his home and help themselves. Goodwill and Salvation Army will not take some things and sell what they get. I like both of their missions, but Mustard Seed does so much more. They do not have to depend as much on donations. I am in no way affiliated with Mustard Seed except an occasional donation. How about a column on Mustard Seed or how to furnish your home on a budget. When people lose furnishings due to gures, floods personal tragedies homelessness etc. the Mustard Seed is available. Their motto is “Every Child Deserves a Bed”. Keep writing great columns!

Contact - 2018/09/22 at 7:12 am

 

Hy Rosenstein

Hi Marni,

Thanks for your weekly story in the Orlando Sentinel. I read it every Saturday.

Today you talk about Royal Delft. We recently traveled to Copenhagen and purchased two handle less mugs at Royal Copenhagen. We enjoy ice cream in them and they are a cool way to remember our trip there. We are running out of wall space to hang pictures or artwork purchased on trips. The mugs are just right and very useful and don’t take up much space.

So, you hit the mark on your story about Delft – bring home something you can enjoy.

Contact - 2018/09/08 at 6:28 am

Jackie Korsmeier

Am I the only person who has figured out the cleanup needed to keep up with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances?

I want real wood cabinets, not too dark, and white appliances.

The appliance companies are coming out with white and slate finish which are both easy to clean.

These are the big decisions for our kitchen redo.

Am I on the first wave of “let’s get practical” or am I risking resale in 5 years?

I have figured out what works for a busy smudgy fingered family.

Home Column - 2018/08/25 at 4:33 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Jackie Korsmeier.

Jackie, I think real wood will always be in style.

2018/11/10 at 8:38 am

Toni McCormick

Can’t wait to see the down select! I hope its more on the contemporary/transitional side!

PS The TIMES-PICAYUNE IN New Orleans STILL isn’t running your weekly column.

The Biggest Design Decision You’ll Ever Make — the Sectional (Part 1) - 2018/08/23 at 10:52 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Toni McCormick.

Hi Toni,

My editor says to go to the home and garden page on the website, and https://www.nola.com/homegarden/on the website. He says, the column is put up every week. Wish it were easier!! You can also subcirbe to the RSS on my blog.

2018/08/23 at 11:20 am

 

John

Great info about outdoor kitchens! Thanks for sharing this!

They’re Coming Part 2: Outfitting the Outdoor Kitchen - 2018/08/08 at 5:53 pm

Serena Fisher

What is the best/most economical way to ship selected pieces of furniture to family in Washington, Colorado, Ohio? Need to get requested pieces sent ASAP as retirement community moving deadline looms. Help!!!

Contact - 2018/08/08 at 1:19 pm

 

Marilyn

I have enjoyed reading your column in the local newspaper for over a decade and can relate to the hills and valleys of your life.That said, in the 8/5/18 issue, you wrote on the finer things in life, buy less and better. Agree, one learns this over a lifetime. Reason for writing, and perhaps you resent that you mentioned it, is that your husband thinks you are a snob, why can’t husbands enjoy

these finer things in life and and appreciate us for recognizing it?

Contact - 2018/08/06 at 6:39 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Marilyn.

Oh, he does. And, though he teases me in jest, he appreciates that he is a more refined human being thanks to me. You want to talk about snob, you should see him pick a wine!

2018/08/06 at 2:32 pm

 

Carol R. Pett

Dear Marni, Of course you have thousands of readers and we all consider you a member of the family! I was very interested in the (July 20) column about the” biggest design choice you’ll ever make”. However, we left on vacation right after and stopped the newspaper for a couple of weeks. So – I did not get to see the followup columns. Why is this important to me? Well, I am 85 years old. We lived in a house in CA for 63 years – pretty much like your parent’s house except we had added an addition over the garage with a sitting room where our four daughters could take friends without taking them to their bedrooms” and a storage closet and two bedrooms. We did not have enough money to add a bathroom which was a big mistake when it came time to sell the house – but we loved our house there. A year and a half ago we moved to Utah – and ended up not downsizing at all. We now have a very large gathering room and the couch and chairs from CA do not work at all even tho they are not worn out. The family says at my age I should not even think of buying expensive new fruniture – like a sectional. But I am not happy. What to do? I would like to see the additional column about sectionals but I cannot find it on your blog. Just something that will make you laugh — our daughters had been trying to get us to move for some time but we procrastinated. Finally, in a teasing way, they said “Well, Mom and Dad, you have burial plots already in Utah and if you stay in CA and you pass away there,it will cost a lot of money to ship your bodies to Utah – so why don’t you move now?” Enjoy your column always – you are sort of like another daughter. Carol Pett

Contact - 2018/08/03 at 1:17 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Carol R. Pett.

Oh, Carol! The good news is you haven’t missed a thing. I got so hung up on making my sectional decision that I hadn’t written the column until just this week. Part two of the sectional series will appear in next week’s paper, so stay tuned. While I certainly understand your daughters’ point of view, I say buy what you want and live well now. Just promise me you will downsize your other things and get rid of what you don’t need use and love. Big hugs, Marni

2018/08/04 at 4:42 am

 

     Marni - In reply to Carol R. Pett.

Dear Carol, The good news is, part two of the sectional column was delayed, because I couldn’t make up my mind! Part two will run this coming weekend, so tune in. As for whether a new sectional is right for you at your age, here’s what I think. While I sure see where your kids are coming from, I also think you should live well at every stage of life. If you need, use and will love a new sectional, get one. But promise me you will get rid of everything else in your home that you don’t need, use or love. What kids want to avoid is an avalanche of stuff their parents stopped needing and using and should have dealt with. Send me a picture when you get it. Blessings, Marni

2018/08/06 at 2:40 pm

 

Mistie Stevens

Hello. I saw your article in our local newspaper about the E-Go mower. I got real excited. My husband and I purchased Venice Outdoor Equipment a year ago. We sell and service outdoor equipment. I found this product line and fell in love with it. I am not good at fixing things I just do the books for my husband …he knows all the mechanic stuff. I have made the jump to carry this line of equipment. I look at it as my baby. Just wanted you to know that I loved the article and it made me feel great about the product I am going to carry. I will be meeting my rep to order the line on August 2nd. If you want to see the other great stuff they have give us a shout and you can see how this whole line works. Thanks again for the article. It was a great read.

Contact - 2018/07/21 at 12:08 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Mistie Stevens.

Good luck with the new product line. You are up with the times!

2018/07/23 at 8:05 am

 

Susan Burke

I was interested in your piece about sectionals. I have one I love…but…How do you keep it from sliding apart? This is a bit of an issue with any furniture on tile or wood floors, but my sectional is the worst.

Contact - 2018/07/20 at 7:00 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Susan Burke.

Putting it on an area rug would solve the problem.

2018/07/23 at 8:06 am

Jim Oremland

Just read your 2015 article on taking care of expensive bedding. I’m hoping you can settle an argument I’m having with my wife.

My history includes being a hotel General Manager, however that was over 30 years ago.

I was taught that you never wash/dry bedsheets and then reuse immediately. You should have three sets of sheets. One in use, one being washed and the other resting to replace in use.

I was taught never to wash/dry and then immediately reuse sheets.

Or am I imagining things?

Contact - 2018/07/16 at 9:08 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Jim Oremland.

Hi Jim, I’d never heard that. I have two sets of sheets. One on the bed, one in the linen closet. When I change the sheets, I wash the used sheets right away, and then let them “cool” in the linen closet, where they are ready to go when the bed gets changed some days later.

2018/07/23 at 8:23 am

 

Anna Bruno

Hi, I’ve been a faithful reader of your column in the Orlando Sentinel for years. I just wanted to thank you for last weeks column on the Ego electric mower. My husband and I bought one about a month ago after having multiple repairs on our gas powered mower. We also, did not want to deal with the gasoline issue. We love the mower and are thinking of buying other electric tools. We have a joke between us about how we are trendsetters. You proved to us that once again, we are!

Contact - 2018/07/09 at 12:07 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Anna Bruno.

HaHa! Hi Anna, Glad you love your Ego mower. I bought the kids an edger (called a string trimmer for some reason) and a blower, all from Ego, and they work great, clean and so quiet 🙂

2018/07/09 at 12:10 pm

Susan Fischer

Hi Marni! First, I love your columns-my first read on Saturday mornings! Reading column of June 23 in Marin IJ. A great picture of your finished upstairs terrace -and in color,they don’t always print in color! I’m wondering what’s in all those cabinets. You had originally called it an outdoor kitchen and I expected to see a small sink and a coffee maker. Not just a fridge and cabinets.

They’re Coming Part 2: Outfitting the Outdoor Kitchen - 2018/06/23 at 8:37 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Susan Fischer.

Hi Susan,

Coffee maker, electric tea kettle, filters, cups, etc. are inside the cabinets. Frig has a freezer for ice. No sink, because I didn’t want to run plumbing, but inside sink is close by. No bbq, that’s in yard. Not really a place for cooking as much as a space to relax with a drink and light refreshment. Also in cabinets, bug spray, Simple Green and paper towels, because surfaces get dirty; and pitchers, plastic cups, plates, silverware, napkins and small trash. If the true test of a space is whether you use it, this turned out even better than I hoped. mj

2018/06/23 at 11:43 am

 

Irene Piggott

I look forward to Friday’s Home section with your column. I am not in the same league as you (and I twitter, blog, or facebook), but I love your sense of humor. I am a fiber & quilt artist, and my home is filled with my quilts…on the walls, on chairs, & even on the sofa. Your series on the outside patio was great. Irene Piggott

Contact - 2018/06/22 at 7:21 am

 

Judith Bedford

Aaaahhhh, Wade forgot the most important advice to a new first time home buyer…..

PLANT THE TREES FIRST

Then consider renovation on the interior…..

HGTV Star Has Advice for New Homeowners: Slow Down - 2018/06/22 at 6:31 am

 

Renee’ Suwanski

Marni,

This is a late response, but I read the May 5th,, 2018 responses to your column suggesting the reduction of items in people’s homes. I was impressed with some of the suggestions to start the process early in life, but some of the responses were very self-absorbed. My grandmother is almost 96. She is uncovering items that were left in boxes and stuffed in closets for decades and she doesn’t remember these things. She is overwhelmed by all of this stuff. But, she won’t allow it to be taken to a local charity, “just because”. It isn’t fair, or cute, or historic, to leave stuffed animals, bank statements/tax returns, hallmark cards, broken toys, potential craft projects, unused decorations, mismatched dishes, deteriorating purses, old shoes, and other items that are decades old, for your family to sort through. It is selfish. I don’t want to burden my daughter with the task of determining what is important, or not; what is valuable, or not. So, I am choosing to give her the gift of consolidating my possessions while I still remember them.

Readers Identify with Elderly Woman’s Reluctance to Downsize - 2018/06/19 at 10:06 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Renee Suwanski.

AMEN! May I use this comment along with your name in a column someday?

2018/06/20 at 2:57 pm

 

Connie Martin

Dear Marni,

Thank you for your downsizing book. My siblings and I read it before tackling our parents’ house and lifetime accumulation late May. While each of us had different take aways, having your experience as a mutual starting point helped us stay focused and get the bulk of work done in less than a week, and remain friends! We each claimed what we knew we wanted and then donated the rest as nothing was truly valuable. Beyond the few things I truly wanted, I deliberately chose only things that would replace a similar, inferior item in my house. Thank you for providing a guiding light.

Connie

Contact - 2018/06/17 at 4:03 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Connie Martin.

Connie,

I am so heartened to hear my downsizing book helped you and your siblings during a difficult time.

Thanks for writing,

Marni

2018/06/17 at 8:01 pm

Linda Dowling

I’d like to preface my email to say that I try to never miss your column in the Orlando Sentinel; I find it most interesting and helpful. I have followed your latest renovation in which you mentioned a cabinet installer by the name of Tony Daniels. We are trying to find a good wood floor installer and wondered if Tony Daniels installs wood floors. We plan to purchase the flooring from Floor & Decor in Orlando. If Tony does not install flooring, would you have a suggestion as to whom I could contact? Thank you for your time.

Contact - 2018/06/12 at 4:40 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Linda Dowling.

Hi Linda,

Unfortunately, Tony Daniels is based in Ohio. He happened to be in Orlando briefly when he got roped in to do my job. I would try SCS Hardwood Floors, in Orlando and ask for a referral.Ask for Leonard, and use my name. Good luck!

2018/06/17 at 8:07 pm

 

Susan Prohofsky

Your article about what items are Museum worthy reminded me of how I disposed of some items on moving to Florida (from a home we’d lived in for close to 50 years.) As Cornell grads, we offered their Costume collection 3 items. They took my very 1960’s Wedding gown and a coat of my mother’s which I guessed to be 1940s, but they thought 1930s and were very appreciative. Many other items, especially hats and shoes were gratefully received by the Purdue Univ. Theater Department.

Contact - 2018/05/14 at 11:15 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Susan Prohofsky.

Yep! Great idea!

2018/05/14 at 11:57 pm

 

Carol Kester

Re your comment Sunday May 6 (Bay Area News Group). I have been trying to “let go” of my antiques for some time. However dealers tell me there is no market for items that are 50-plus years old. Young people are not interested in these types of things.

I think you made a similar comment some years ago.

Contact - 2018/05/08 at 9:00 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Carol Kester.

Sad and true.

2018/05/14 at 11:58 pm

 

Barbara Grossman

Hi, Marni….love your column…getting your book on downsizing even though I am in a small house…I need to clean out the clutter…I am writing for advice….how does one find a decorator who will be willing to come in for a few hours just to ‘advise…’ I need to paint the interior plus put down flooring in LR and DR and am overwhelmed. Will they work for an hourly fee? Where can I find them? Barbara in Longwood, FL

Contact - 2018/05/05 at 7:28 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Barbara Grossman.

Hi Barbara, I have often and frankly only work with designers on an hourly basis, because I can to a lot of the legwork myself. Most are willing to work that way, just ask up front. What you’re asking for is reasonable. Look online for local interior designers, and check out their portfolios until you find one whose style you like, then call. Good luck.

2018/05/05 at 8:58 am

 

Frances Stewart

Just read your piece on “”editing your home”. We are looking for a smaller retirement home near family.As we looked at a 1500 sq. ft. home our son took me aside and in a serious voice said, “Mom, remember that downsizing means getting rid of something”.

Contact - 2018/05/05 at 4:39 am

 

Marilyn Kilmer

As a senior, I really enjoyed your column about the stuff we accumulate. When we downsized to a smaller place, a sister came with a pick up truck and took a lot of the items we had inherited from family members. Our children didn’t want it but hers did. I told our kids that by disposing of 2/3 of our “stuff” we had given them a great gift. Having cleared out homes of loved ones, we appreciated the responsibility that entailed. In our own home, I took photos of all the things that we love. I put them in one album with an index card that explained where we got the item as well as why it was our “treasure.” That little card told a story. Few items have any real monetary value. The ones that do, in tucked in the receipts. This way the kids who would be cleaning out our house someday can decide if they want to keep the item or garage sale it.

7 Gifts for Those Whose Homes Have Too Much Stuff - 2018/05/05 at 4:28 am

 

Laurie Linda Cody

Dear Ms. Jameson, A November column of yours came to me via an Orlando friend in November … but the swirled paperwork covering most flat surfaces in my new abode hid its yellowed wrinkled wordage until today. April 21, 2018. At almost 80 years old, I saw a home on a Thursday and bought it Friday. Any thoughts I might have had about ‘how to decorate’ was put in the burner so far back that I am still roller skating to the front. Loved how you gave voice to my dilemma in trying to decorate what is really a bowling alley with crap and kitsch from a cottage on the beach. It’s like trying to dress an elephant with Ken and Barbie outfits. Your advice, coming into my thinking today, was most definitely meant for today, kind of like Esther in the Bible. She is there in the midst of all that royal mess to save her folks. I’ve tried trusting my instincts and now have a very garish wool rug in my kitchen. I must have taken too much Ambien that day. It is wild. Now I must find appropriate stuff for the rest of the Bowling Alley. So thanks for the laughs and the perfect instructions for getting this job done. I just hope I live through it.

Contact - 2018/04/21 at 11:06 am

 

Robbie Smith

Hello Marni,

How can I get a copy of the letter you published 3/27 or 28 in the Mercury News.

I saved it and a tidy family member discarded it!! Written by an 81 year old who didn’t want to part with her “stuff” because it held a lifetime of memories. Help! I need to have my daughter read that because she wants to toss everything except a change of clothing… Robbie Smith

Home Column - 2018/04/12 at 10:40 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Robbie Smith.

Hi Robbie, All my columns appear on my blog on this website three weeks after they run in the paper. Scroll through and you will find this column. Good luck, Marni

2018/05/05 at 8:54 am

laura mattos

Your April 1, 2018, column describes my home exactly! Both my stepfather and a friend (who wants the estate sale) have used the museum designation for years. I realize my children will want very little and have made them aware of the values and family history for some items. Recently, I’ve made an effort to give and donate many knick knacks, but continue to enjoy the trinkets, small watercolors and treasures. There’s a lovely garden surrounding my home that I am not ready to give up either. So much for downsizing!

Contact - 2018/04/03 at 3:00 pm

 

Judy DAngelo

I loved your article from the hoarding older woman. It actually made me tear up thinking how difficult it really is to downsize. The worst is all the weird gifts one receives and the history they represent. Maybe best to take a picture of it and hand off to the Salvation Army! Thanks for your funny and entertaining and enlightening comments!

Contact - 2018/03/31 at 5:02 am

 

Pamela Hahlbeck

Just saw your revamped office. Where did you hide the computer and printer? Every designer/showhouse I’ve ever seen shows this version of “the office.”…a pretty picture. Show us a real one!

Pamela Hahlbeck

Sarasota, FL

Contact - 2018/03/16 at 7:35 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Pamela Hahlbeck.

Hi Pamela, Ha! Sure I tidied up a little for the picture, but honestly, I’m not hiding anything. My printer is wireless and is in a closet upstairs, away and out of site. My computer is a micro-thin silver laptop that I carry with me. I do put it on my desk when I’m sitting there working, and then usually with no cord. I occasionally have reference material out, but only while I’m working. I can’t work in a mess. It’s the real deal!

2018/03/16 at 9:46 am

 

Janet Swartz

Just read your article in the H-T and I think the before and after pictures were switched! Take a look. The writing under the before pic describes the after and vice versa!

Contact - 2018/03/09 at 1:27 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Janet Swartz.

YES! They got the photos backwards! AARGH!! I’ve gotten tons of mail. It’s right online, at least. Glad you figured it out. Maybe the H-T is trying to keep readers on their toes 😉

2018/03/09 at 1:30 pm

Susan Stinson

Just closed on my downsize house. Having beautiful hardwood floors refinished in a medium brown. Thanks for your help in choosing the color!

Wood Floors: Find Your Forever Look - 2018/03/08 at 6:22 pm

 

Marni - Hi Susan, Congratulations on your new home! It certainly was an expense, but I love love love my new medium brown wood floors. I hope you are just as happy.

2018/03/08 at 6:47 pm

 

kelly

I remember reading an article about gas/electric grills you wrote and can’t put my finger on it! What was the final decision? Which was best and/or which did you end up getting?

Home Column - 2018/03/08 at 10:55 am

 

                Marni - In reply to kelly.

Hi Kelly, We got the Traeger, a wood-pellet grill, and we really like it.

2018/03/08 at 1:13 pm

 

Marilyn R Kroner

I think we all want to know where you ended up placing your turkish run in your new happy yellow house.

Home Column - 2018/03/07 at 2:25 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Marilyn R Kroner.

Ha! Sorry to keep you on pins and needles there. We put one turkish rug in the living room and one in the family room. They look even better in this house. Love them!

2018/03/08 at 1:14 pm

 

Marni

Hey All, DOWNSIZING DEAL!

Tomorrow (March 7) my book, “Downsizing the Family Home,” will be featured as an

Amazon Lightning Deal — 20% off – for six hours only, 11am to 5pm EST or while supplies last.

Home Column - 2018/03/06 at 3:50 pm

 

Carolyn Worthington

So, Marni, will we get to see your finished drapes?

(My paper had a revamp and skipped your column one week. I complained. Thank goodness you’re back!)

Contact - 2018/03/04 at 6:10 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Carolyn Worthington.

Next week’s column will feature the kitchen eating area drapes. And the following week, you’ll see the ones in my office. BIG improvements.

2018/03/05 at 10:38 am

 

Gail young

The word “drapes” is a verb. Draperies is a noun. These words are so often used incorrectly. Love your column, perhaps you could start a movement to use these words correctly.

Contact - 2018/03/04 at 2:12 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Gail young.

Hi Gail — You are not the first reader to educate me on this fine point. And here I was congratulating myself because I stopped calling them curtains! Marni

2018/03/05 at 10:36 am

 

David Thom

Hi Marni,

I enjoyed reading your column about “The Perfect Fence” in the Feb 18 issue of The Times. I am the owner of an 80 year old Mom & Pop lumber Yard in Mountain View and enjoy building fences myself. I wondered if you might like to come in for a tour some time and I can share some things with you that might be of use to you and your vocation.

David Thom

650-888-4902

Contact - 2018/02/26 at 1:22 pm

 

Sandy Engel

I’m writing the Mercury News now. The only reason I continued my subscription was your column. Do you have a blog to subscribe to?

Home Column - 2018/02/18 at 8:52 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Sandy Engel.

It is in today’s Local News section of Mercury News and East Bay Times. For the weekly online version, try http://www.mercurynews.com/author/marni-jameson.

2018/02/18 at 10:22 am

Heather

Hello Marni…

Sent an email to The Mercury News today. We had been on the fence about cancelling our subscription and discontinuing this section made the decision easy. May consider getting the Sunday paper if they bring it back.

Home Column - 2018/02/13 at 2:11 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Heather.

Hi Heather, AND ALL who wrote about the Mercury News dropping their Life section. The editors are listening to you! I am told I will be in this Sunday’s print section. Keep the letters coming! Thanks, Marni

2018/02/13 at 3:04 pm

 

Janet Robbins

I have sent an email to the Mercury News about your column. I do hope they will heed the emails sent by everyone. Good luck.

Home Column - 2018/02/11 at 2:26 pm

 

Carolyn Worthington

I just sent a note to the Mercury News too. It’s not the Sunday paper without At Home!

Home Column - 2018/02/05 at 11:57 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Carolyn Worthington.

Thanks, Carolyn. Would you shoot me a copy?? marni@marnijameson.com Another editor is asking me to collect responses. Sorry for the hassle!!

2018/02/05 at 12:09 pm

 

Cathy Gordon

I just sent Linda a complaint. I want you back!

Home Column - 2018/02/04 at 5:13 pm

 

                Marni - In reply to Cathy Gordon.

Thank you!

2018/02/04 at 5:58 pm

 

NANCY Fraze

Marni, today the East Bay Times Pleasanton,CA., did not have your column. Your column and the Your Life newspaper section was the reason I continued to print subscribe! Where can I find your column?

Home Column - 2018/02/04 at 8:35 am

 

                Marni - In reply to NANCY Fraze.

Hi Nancy, The San Jose Mercury News, which also runs the East Bay Times, and other papers in the Bay area, are revamping its home section. This month all of the section’s columnists — not just me — were put on temporary hold until the editors figure out which ones they want to keep in the paper after the remodel. They will be looking at reader responses like this! So do feel free to email the editors, (one is Linda Zavoral LZavoral@mercurynews.com) and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks, Marni

2018/02/04 at 3:52 pm

 

Susan

Just read your article today about bar stools – I am going through the same discussions and same search for the perfect chair. Thought the article was hysterical but most important wanted to know where you finally found the “compromise” stools??

Contact - 2018/01/26 at 7:04 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Susan.

Hi Susan,

Here’s the bar stools we ultimately agreed on. I will like them better with custom fabric. But price was very good. (These same stools cost almost 2x more on other sites.)

https://www.hayneedle.com/product/pelicanreefclassicindoorswivelrattanwicker30inbarstoolwithcushiontcantiquefinish.cfm

Marni

2018/01/27 at 3:04 pm

 

Marne Lawrence

I loved the bar stools in your column on Jan.26 2018.

Where can we find them? The discussion on arms vs no arms, height, swivel, etc is one we have had. Help!

Home Column - 2018/01/26 at 6:06 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Marne Lawrence.

Hi Marne,

Here are the stools we finally agreed on. I will like them more when we add custom fabric. Also these are a steal. I found the same stools for almost 2x the cost on other sites:

https://www.hayneedle.com/product/pelicanreefclassicindoorswivelrattanwicker30inbarstoolwithcushiontcantiquefinish.cfm

Best,

Marni

2018/01/27 at 3:10 pm

 

Kathy Sincere

Hi Marni, I am missing your column from the Denver Post also. The paper gets smaller and smaller….wondering why I even subscribe, especially since I cannot enjoy your wonderful writing on Saturday mornings. I think many people in Colorado are feeling likewise. We ALL miss you. I am sending a copy of this email to the Denver Post.

Home Column - 2018/01/20 at 9:06 am

 

                Marni - In reply to Kathy Sincere.

Hi Kathy, Thank you for your note of support. I wish the editor at the Post would listen! Unfortunately, as with so many papers, the Denver Post is hurting financially. The new editor has made some unpopular moves. Maybe she’ll come around. Meanwhile, you may catch my blog each week on my website. I just added an RSS feed.

Best, Marni

2018/01/27 at 3:19 pm

Jan May

I too have found you on the internet. We miss

your column each Sat. in the Denver Post. I have used your suggestions for downsizing, and

decorating a second home in the desert. Do you have a regular blog I might subscribe to?

Home Column - 2018/01/19 at 10:59 am

 

Adelaide C. Rule (aka Boots)

Marni: reading your latest column about blue & white. Well, at last i am coming back into fashion! My kitchen has been blue and white for many yrs: White tile w/blue border, painted white cabs (the originals from 1927), w/royal blue knobs. The latest incarnation was to paint the bottom cabs the same as the ceiling. Sort of a Delft Blue. Kept the top cabs white, saved the knobs and handles. I still love it. My everyday dishes are all blue, white, or a combo, in sets of two, as there are two of us.

When I have three people, I set the head in one color, then the other two match. If there are four, it’s two and two across from each other, the plates matching in a city-corner configuration. Took some photos to send you, but w/a damned camera phone. Technology! That’s why I still have a blue and white kitchen. I’m OLD!

Contact - 2018/01/16 at 3:50 pm

 

Katherine P. Webster

Hi Marni, I too miss your informative and humorous writing style. I keep looking in the Denver Post for an explanation for your absence. Since an explanation was not forthcoming, I took to the internet to try and find you. Why did the Denver Post discontinue your much read articles? If there was some dispute, I hope it can be resolved. I miss you!

Home Column - 2018/01/13 at 9:40 am

Susan Sherwood

Hi Marni,

Sorry it has taken so long to express my sorrow that you are no longer my favorite part of the Denver Post. I am glad that you are alive and well! I look forward to catching up with the columns I have missed.

Thank you for sharing your life with us in witty writing and good counsel!

Susan

Home Column - 2018/01/03 at 4:07 pm

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