Window Treatments That Make Sense … and Are Pretty Too!

It’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

Doors 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 …

First-time Homebuyer: Where Do I Start With Improvements?

I just bought a house … where do I start? That’s the question I’m going to ask Tom Kraeutler, one half of the fab duo of The Money Pit, who is hosting a webinar on home improvements on a budget. I’m clueless on where to start. We had to fix up a bathroom thanks to a 1980s sink but other than that, I dont’ know if I should replace the floors first or paint or fix up the yard/driveway or …

Why Can’t I Just Go Outside and Play?

I’m the youngest of three, so that means I was either spoiled rotten or I was neglected because I was last – depends on where you fall in your family line as to whether you agree with the former or the latter. If you asked me when I was 10, I would have said neglected; ask me at 40, I’d say I was a little of both. So, why am I telling you this? Well, I think we youngest have …

How to Prevent Falls at Home

My mom fell over the weekend trying to help me move some things around the house. It was scary for the both of us how easily she went down but also how easily she injured herself.

Rightsizing Your House

Does 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 …