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At Home: Growing your own

At Home: Growing your own

For three years, ever since I stopped living in the house I own and started living in other people's houses, I have been a frustrated gardener.

April 19, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: Moving forces new appreciation for the routine

At Home: Moving forces new appreciation for the routine

It's 7 a.m. Do you know where your toothbrush is?

April 12, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: Design: Turning obstacles into opportunities

At Home: Design: Turning obstacles into opportunities

Some years ago when I was taking horseback riding lessons, I felt this unfamiliar and fleeting sensation that could only be described as getting the hang of it.

April 05, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: When moves align, or don't

At Home: When moves align, or don't

"Where are you moving?" People logically ask when they hear I am once again pulling up stakes.

April 01, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: Endangered Decor

At Home: Endangered Decor

Several months ago I wrote a column about feathers that got readers squawking. I wrote about how they were trending up in fashion and decor. Bird lovers cried, "Fowl!"

March 22, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: One decade, four houses, 520 Columns

At Home: One decade, four houses, 520 Columns

For 10 years-as of this week-I have been writing a nationally syndicated self-therapy column masquerading as home improvement advice.

March 18, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Martha

Martha

Marni and Martha – Being a columnist has granted me access to some of the nation’s best and brightest home improvement experts, who have changed how America lives and looks, like Martha Stewart, pictured here with me in 2012.

March 15, 2014 9:00 am
Eggs

Eggs

The Egg & I—This photo ran with my inaugural syndicated column in March 2004. The topic was what is good design. I interviewed architect Michael Graves, who told me the best thing ever designed was the egg. The shape appears in much of Graves’ work.

March 15, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: Memories for Sale: What’s a household worth?

At Home: Memories for Sale: What’s a household worth?

It’s so true: Some things in life you just can’t put a price on.

March 07, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: Siblings empty family house, find what matters

At Home: Siblings empty family house, find what matters

Up there in the category with death and taxes is this inevitability: At some point everyone will likely have to clear out a parent's home.

March 05, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Design for a Cause: Contest helps spaces that help others

At Home: Design for a Cause: Contest helps spaces that help others

To make lives of the less fortunate better, I have gotten dressed up, teetered around a party in too-high heels while balancing a glass of champagne, and written a check.

February 24, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: The genius in everyday design

At Home: The genius in everyday design

As someone chronically on the lookout for great design, like a sailor scanning the sea for shore, I sometimes need to check my compass to remind myself what great design is.

February 18, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Like brides, homeowners want something old, something new

At Home: Like brides, homeowners want something old, something new

It's the curly-hair-straight-hair dilemma all over. You have one, and want the other.

February 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Get it together wih master organizer Peter Walsh

At Home: Get it together wih master organizer Peter Walsh

When the dog’s leash is in the drawer with your hairbrush, when you pull out the vacuum and three suitcases fall on your head, when you have 15 jackets but only wear two, when the space under your sink looks like the recycle bin and under your bed looks like the Dumpster behind Wal-Mart, whe…

January 29, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Window Coatings: Not seeing is Believing

At Home: Window Coatings: Not seeing is Believing

It could be the best home improvement you never see. Or not. It's hard to know.

January 29, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: A Linen Love Affair

At Home: A Linen Love Affair

It happens every January. Once the glitz, glam, glitter and gluttony of the holidays are over, I crave simplicity.

January 20, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Handle With Care: How to Pack and Ship the Heirloom China 1134

At Home: Handle With Care: How to Pack and Ship the Heirloom China 1134

I had just stepped out the door for a morning jog, when I saw a blizzard of pink Styrofoam packing peanuts swirling and skipping down the street.

January 13, 2014 9:00 am
China

China

Something old -- Layering mom’s fine china (Sōkō China, Random Harvest pattern), which dad bought in Japan in 1952, on mine lets me create a table that keeps family memories and traditions very much in the present.

January 10, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: A Look Back at 2013 Lessons Learned - Part 2

At Home: A Look Back at 2013 Lessons Learned - Part 2

Every year about now, I look back at what I learned - sometimes the hard way - during the previous dozen months through writing this column.

January 06, 2014 9:00 am
At Home: A Look Back at 2013 Lessons Learned - Part 1

At Home: A Look Back at 2013 Lessons Learned - Part 1

Every year about now, I look back at what I learned - sometimes the hard way - during the previous dozen months through writing this column.

December 29, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Purple Reign - Color pros call Violet Color of the Year

At Home: Purple Reign - Color pros call Violet Color of the Year

While many people dream of being in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby, I want to be in the inner circle of the group that calls the color shots.

December 21, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Downsizing up December

At Home: Downsizing up December

For years I was part of the move-up movement. Each time I moved, my home got a little bigger, a little grander, which felt, in that uniquely American way, like progress.

December 15, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Spike That Room

At Home: Spike That Room

This time of year, I have eggnog on the brain, and soon, perhaps, also on the hips.

December 09, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Two-Tree Trend: When You Can't Decorate Just One

At Home: Two-Tree Trend: When You Can't Decorate Just One

My two daughters had the same burning question as they arrived home from college for Thanksgiving: "We’re decorating the tree right?"

December 02, 2013 12:00 am
At Home: 'Doing What Works' Host Shares Best Home Advice

At Home: 'Doing What Works' Host Shares Best Home Advice

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.

November 25, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Smart Houses May Mean Better Health

At Home: Smart Houses May Mean Better Health

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.

November 15, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: How to Know When It's Time to Move

At Home: How to Know When It's Time to Move

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.

November 11, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Houses You Won't Believe

At Home: Houses You Won't Believe

Whether I'm exploring a cave, camper, cottage or castle, I never tire of seeing other people's living spaces.

November 04, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: How to Get Your Party On

At Home: How to Get Your Party On

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.

October 28, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Home Ownership as American Dream? Maybe Not

At Home: Home Ownership as American Dream? Maybe Not

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.

October 17, 2013 12:30 pm Photos

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At Home: DIY Disasters – the upside of failure

At Home: DIY Disasters – the upside of failure

“I can do that!” Who hasn’t lived to regret those words?

October 10, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Feather Your Nest for Fall

At Home: Feather Your Nest for Fall

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.

October 02, 2013 12:00 am
At Home: Remodeling the Empty Nest

At Home: Remodeling the Empty Nest

I knew this was coming. Though sending my youngest daughter to college was always part of the plan, I chose to ignore it.

September 25, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Don't Live With It, Fix it

At Home: Don't Live With It, Fix it

The pine kitchen table was getting more rickety by the day. And understandably so.

September 21, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

If wood cracks, repair with wood glue and clamp overnight.

September 19, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

Measure, don’t assume. Just because you want something to fit doesn’t mean it will.

September 19, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

Simple glue on a screw helps secure grip in wooden holes and helps stabilize wobbly furniture.

September 19, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

At Home: Don’t Live With It, Fix it

Home improvement expert Chris Tice diagnoses the problem: Years of use had caused the holes in this table’s metal brackets to grow, loosening their hold.

September 19, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Old World Meets Mid-Century - Can the Looks Live Together?

At Home: Old World Meets Mid-Century - Can the Looks Live Together?

Three days of packing. Nine hours of bonding with three movers. Two days of unpacking and furniture arranging (uhh, before you put that down, could we try the armoire upstairs?).

September 14, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Old World Meets Mid-Century – Can the Looks Live Together?

At Home: Old World Meets Mid-Century – Can the Looks Live Together?

Contrast is key. It’s better to be really different than a little off. That’s why this distressed wood table pairs well with this sleek, black-framed mirror. Having the scale right is important, too.

September 12, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: All the Home's a Stage

At Home: All the Home's a Stage

The best part about moving into a new home is the fresh start. You have another chance to get life right. If you're like me, you believe that somehow, if you put things just right, your whole life will fall into place.

September 05, 2013 9:00 am Photos

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At Home: How to Be a Moving Machine

At Home: How to Be a Moving Machine

The inevitable day has come. I'm moving. Again. Next weekend, and for the third time in as many years. This is what happens when you are a live-in home stager.

August 29, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Dorm Décor: What Not to Bring

At Home: Dorm Décor: What Not to Bring

About this time two years ago, I was packing my first child off to college. And I mean packing. What a production!

August 22, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Love Lessons from One Crocodile Purse

At Home: Love Lessons from One Crocodile Purse

When I was a girl, I loved going through my mother’s pretty things. She had a mirrored tray of French perfumes, which I’d open and inhale.

August 15, 2013 9:00 am
At Home: Don't Be Too Precious

At Home: Don't Be Too Precious

Everyone over 40 needs at least one person in life who is at least 20 years younger, and can help him or her dodge the dreaded dowdies.

August 12, 2013 12:00 am
At Home: Home Show Blogger Shares 10 Hot Trends

At Home: Home Show Blogger Shares 10 Hot Trends

Everyone over 40 needs at least one person in life who is at least 20 years younger, and can help him or her dodge the dreaded dowdies.

August 01, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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At Home: Design Duo Dishes Out Remodel Survival Tactics

At Home: Design Duo Dishes Out Remodel Survival Tactics

Some married couples, Lord knows how, work together in business. Some couples, heaven help them, remodel together.

July 25, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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At Home: When Pruning Beware Poisonous Plants

At Home: When Pruning Beware Poisonous Plants

I'd had it with the tree monster taking over my driveway. It loomed larger every day and threatened to eat me and my car every time we pulled in.

July 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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At Home: Motif: What's It All Mean?

At Home: Motif: What's It All Mean?

Thank the universe for symbols. If it weren't for that stick figure wearing a triangle, think how many men would have barged into the wrong restroom and been arrested.

July 14, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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At Home: Breathe Easier in a Healthy Home

At Home: Breathe Easier in a Healthy Home

Warning: The contents of the following column may cause runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am
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