Love It or List It – Hilary Farr (And other celebrity crushes)

A few months ago I met Hilary Farr — HGTV design icon! Wow. I need to say that again for the sheer joy of it. I MET HILARY FARR. It was a seminal moment for me. She gave a one hour talk at the Southern Ideal Home Show in Raleigh, NC where Love It or List It […]

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Right-sizing An Entryway

I have a small entryway. Not tiny-Manhattan-apartment-small, but small enough that it can only accommodate a shallow table for dropping keys and setting a lamp. Shallow like 8 inches. I looked for the better part of a year for something to fit. You might remember the aqua dresser that lived in the entryway for awhile, and the […]

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Never Buy Paint Pail Liners Again

I paint a lot. Or maybe more than that. Over the years I have tried many products marketed as helpful to some part of the painting process. But today I invented my own as I was working, and I hope it will help someone else save a few bucks and also some clean-up hassle on the next […]

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Making Curb Appeal with Color

It was five years ago this month that we moved into our house in the #1 Best Place to Live in America. Today is my reminiscing… Two years later I painted the front door red for some warmth and a focal point. And then 2 years after that I painted the shutters a deeper tone […]

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