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Marni Jameson, mom and author, writes about the latest trends in home décor and her experiences running a home of her own.
This time of year, I have eggnog on the brain, and soon, perhaps, also on the hips. But the big question when considering a holiday beverage is not how fattening is it? But is it spiked?
One way is good, the other, well, can be extra good – if you go easy!
The same holds true for rooms, which are also better spiked. That is, along with having all the right ingredients -- a sure color scheme, proper scale, varied textures, good balance, and well-placed lighting – they have a splash of a little something unexpected. A touch of wow, mmmm, I like that.
My two daughters had the same burning question as they arrived home from college for Thanksgiving: “We’re decorating the tree right?”
While many shop madly the Friday after Thanksgiving as if the country were on the verge of a merchandise shortage, not us. We decorate.
“Yes,” I assured them. “That tradition isn’t changing.” However … I added, “I do have something a little different in mind.”
Some days I feel like a glorified Dumpster diver. I throw myself headfirst into the world’s big bin of home advice, rummage through the flotsam and jetsam, and surface with a few nuggets I think useful.
I buff them into little pearls and serve them up each week — at the end of some cathartic rant like this — in newspapers across the country, including yours.
And I just met another woman who’s also made a quasi career out of second-hand knowledge — but on radio. Maureen Anderson hosts Doing What Works, which airs in 101 U.S. markets.
I just toured a home so smart it tells you when you’re being stupid. And here I thought that’s what my teenagers were for.
The prototype smart home offers a peek at what’s to come. Hint: houses that talk back. Their mission is to help you eat right, exercise more and take better care of yourself.
Being that I am both a health reporter and a home design columnist, the idea of a home that helps you stay healthy hit the bulls eye on my interest target.
For those of you just tuning in -- and I’m afraid that includes me – my home life has gone through a metamorphosis lately. Two and a half years ago, I lived in a mountain home I owned in Colorado with a husband, two kids, two dogs and a horse.
Today I live alone in a beautiful Southern plantation-style home I rent in Florida. (I know you’re thinking: “I knew it was only a matter of time before they voted her off the island!” But that’s not what happened!)
I will spare you the twists and turns, but, briefly, a much-wanted job, a too-big-too-remote house that was holding me back, a marriage that needed a rest, and kids going off to college (the youngest just this fall) were all forces behind my new solo situation.
Whether I’m exploring a cave, camper, cottage or castle, I never tire of seeing other people’s living spaces. As a professional voyeur, I have been in some pretty cool homes, including the Lascaux Caves II a precise recreation of the prehistoric caves families lived in 18,000 years ago, and the Palace of Versailles, arguably the world’s most gilded home.
I have been in a house that had a river running through it, one with a waterfall cascading through two floors, and another with a tree growing through its middle.
The latter was a case of folks digging their roots in and saying, “We’re not going to cut this down.”
Like many of you, this weekend I will be going to a party as someone I’m not. Halloween, after all, is the time of year we can don an alter ego, look foolish and be excused.
Party aficionado Cheryl Najafi, author of the New York Times bestseller “You’re So Invited,” is all for it.
“Themes – including costume parties -- are a great device to get people to loosen up at a party,” said Najafi, who encourages hosts and guests to break out of their entertainment ruts more often.
Anyone looking for a strong shot of unvarnished reality need look no further than Patrick Bet-David. The California-based financial services adviser is to romantic notions – like home ownership and dating -- what sunshine is to fog.
His outlook may be just what America needs.
“I was sold an American dream,” said Bet-David, who immigrated with his family from Iran in 1990. “What I saw as an immigrant was a place we could have freedom of religion, and run a business in a free market, with free enterprise.”
“I can do that!” Who hasn’t lived to regret those words?
Those four little turbo-charged words have led many well-intentioned do-it-yourself home improvers right off catastrophe cliff.
We start off emboldened by a deceivingly simple tease on Pinterest or in Martha Stewart Living magazine. “It’s easy,” the copy alongside the craft project promises! We forge ahead and wind up creating an eyesore not fit for a back-alley Dumpster.
Every year, trends seem to fall straight from the sky into our homes. I mean that literally. You’ll recall, several years back, the butterfly trend, soon joined by the dragonfly trend. The highly stylized winged insects appeared on everything from wall art to water glasses, from t-shirts to tattoos.
Then the bird trend flocked stores. And now … coming soon to (if not already in) a store near you … feathers.
I first spotted the new feather trend while traveling a couple weeks ago. I emerged from my hermit hole of work and home and, like an endangered species, made a rare foray into the real world. It was still going on. I stayed long enough to notice a flurry of feather flourishes in fashions and furnishings.
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