home design

Talking About the Home You Want

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Beth Tracton-Bishop, The Hartford Center on Mature Market Excellence Have you ever thought, “I wish my kitchen looked like that,” when you visited a friend’s house or watched a home design show on TV? Do you share a home with a spouse, other family member, partner or pal? If you answered yes to both questions — and you’re actually considering redecorating or renovating your home — the most helpful first step may be to have a conversation. …

3 Steps to a Safe & Soothing Bedroom

Posted on 05/10/2012 by | Rosemary In the House | Comments

Your LifeWe spend one third of our lives in our bedrooms and, like you, I want to relish the time I spend there. But that’s not so easy if the bedroom is cramped, cluttered, or uncomfortably warm or chilly. And for anyone who spends more time in the bedroom because of a medical condition, a comfortable bedroom is a must. If you’re looking for ideas on how to redo your bedroom, read on.  I’ll share with you three simple things I …

Window Treatments That Make Sense … and Are Pretty Too!

Posted on 04/18/2012 by | Rosemary In the House | Comments

Home & FamilyIt’s cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I’ve become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I’m not prepared for either. I’ve removed the former owner’s black out shades in the guest room, but haven’t gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you’re after in a guest bedroom, is it? The master bedroom, which looks out over the wetlands, needs new window coverings …

Making an Entrance

Posted on 04/5/2012 by | Rosemary In the House | Comments

Home & FamilyDoors are opening for all of us in the world of home design. Never before have we had such a range of choices in home goods and new designs to help us age more gracefully in our own homes. But deciding what projects to tackle can be daunting, especially when money is tight. Believe me, I know. I bought my first home six months ago, and my list of things to do grows longer every day. Like you, I long …

Rightsizing Your House

Posted on 08/26/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyDoes your home not feel “right” to you anymore? The layout, the size, the rooms — are they not working for your lifestyle as you undergo life’s many transitions? I love this AARP piece that helps you figure out not how to downsize, but “rightsize” your house into something that better fits you: Rightsizing is the concept of working with what you have by making better use of existing space. It is a process in which you analyze the spaces …