Does Your House Welcome You Home?

This was my front door in 1980. Oh, how I loved that door. Oh, how I fussed to get it just right. Carefully measuring and mixing together different shades of orange and yellow for that vibrant sunburst. Our cookie-cutter house finally said “Welcome.” In our formula...

Life Is Simpler When Home Is Your Destination

I’m good at doing nothing. I love to stay home. I love to come home. The pleasure my husband and I find in the smallest activities amazes even us. Part of the pleasure, in fact, is laughing at ourselves. We must be crazy, or really lucky, to have so much fun at the...

Setting Out the Welcome Mat for Myself

What do these two photos have in common? Other than being doors, of course. These two vastly different images are the entrances to my little home, and guess which one gets used the most?  I recently had a visitor who brought me one of those great aha moments. I...

Break Out of Pillow Prison!

Question: How does one sit on a couch that is already occupied… with pillows? All of those decorator accessories so artfully placed leave barely enough room for your bottom. Should you squeeze in between them? Or should you sit against them and pretend you’re...

Home Sweet Home

I used to cringe when I walked into a home that displayed the phrase Home Sweet Home, either cross-stitched on a little pillow somewhere or framed on the wall. But then I moved for the umpteenth time to what I hope will be my final nesting place, and this move has...

Flex Your Expectations

Buying a 50-year-old home has its challenges. There are surprises. But we’re so excited about downsizing our lives AND our stress that we’re starting to take them — one by  one — in stride. Living in a house half the size is glorious because everything’s so close...

Furniture Moves – Conversations Happen

We recently shared an evening with friends that inspired a day of furniture shuffling and satisfaction. We wanted to duplicate whatever it was that prompted such warm conversation between the four of us, and it wasn’t hard to come up with the reason this visit was...

Matching Pillows be Gone – 1/11

Do you have “special” dishes in the cupboard that come out only when company comes? Do you nag your children to clean their room so your visitors won’t think evil thoughts? Is the living room furniture, and pillows, arranged just so in case someone rings the bell?...

have a Stay-cation – June ’06

Piggybacking my last Clue… now that you’ve made a teeny dent in converting your living space to more of a sanctuary, you could go a step further and plan a summer vacation at home for a change. Personally, we’ve been thinking about this lately because money is...