Marni Jameson

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Time to spring out and fix up your great outdoors

Time to spring out and fix up your great outdoors

April 21, 2014

Ahh, Spring. Finally.

  • Grow your own: Home gardens are top trend

    April 14, 2014

    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.

  • Moving forces new appreciation for old routines

    April 10, 2014

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

  • Home design: Turning obstacles into opportunities

    April 1, 2014

    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. In that same millisecond, my trainer, glimpsing perhaps smugness, knocked me off my high horse saying, "A good rider is not one who can ride a good horse and look good; it's one who can ride a bad horse and look good."

  • When moves align – or don't!

    March 30, 2014

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

  • Don't use decor that endangers planet, wildlife

    March 30, 2014

    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!"

  • Don't use decor that endangers planet, wildlife

    March 18, 2014

    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!"

  • A decade of giving – and getting – home decorating advice

    March 14, 2014

    For 10 years -- as of this week -- I have been writing a nationally syndicated self-therapy column masquerading as home improvement advice. One decade and 520 columns later, this much I know for sure: Whatever remaining sanity I have, I owe to you.

  • Memories for Sale: What's a household worth?

    March 9, 2014

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

  • Clearing out a parent's house means letting go

    March 2, 2014

    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.

  • Even DIY failures are worth celebrating

    October 11, 2013

    "I can do that!" Who hasn't lived to regret saying that?

  • Feather trend takes off on flight of fancy

    October 5, 2013

    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.

  • Remodeling gives new purpose to empty nest

    September 27, 2013

    Reality knocked me in the knees last week as I helped my younger daughter move into her dorm at Stanford University — 2,864 miles away from home in Orlando.

  • Easy fixes for some household annoyances

    September 23, 2013

    The pine kitchen table was getting more rickety by the day. And understandably so. The six-foot workhorse had been through a lot over the years: thousands of meals, hundreds of homework assignments, numerous bill paying sessions, a million cups of coffee and six moves through three states.

  • Easy fixes for some household annoyances

    September 21, 2013

    The pine kitchen table was getting more rickety by the day. And understandably so. The six-foot workhorse had been through a lot over the years: thousands of meals, hundreds of homework assignments, numerous bill paying sessions, a million cups of coffee and six moves through three states.

  • Blending styles makes decor less boring

    September 13, 2013

    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?). Ten broken fingernails, two band-aids, 12 Advil and one icepack.

  • Smart staging is key to selling your home

    September 6, 2013

    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.

  • Tips make packing for a move go smoothly

    August 30, 2013

    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.

  • What not to pack for your college dorm room

    August 25, 2013

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

  • Why we get attached to parents' belongings

    August 16, 2013

    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. She had a drawer full of jewelry, with stories about how each piece came to be hers, a scarf drawer that smelled powdery and luxurious, and a shelf full of purses.

  • The design sin of too perfect and precious

    August 10, 2013

    Too precious.

  • Top 10 home trends can lighten the mood

    August 2, 2013

    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.

  • How they renovate homes and stay married

    July 26, 2013

    Some married couples, Lord knows how, work together in business. Some couples, heaven help them, remodel together. Jennifer and Steve Clark, of Lafayette, Calif., somehow do both.

  • Leaves of poisonous plants cluster in threes

    July 20, 2013

    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. As my personal rainforest grew thicker and more menacing, so did my resolve to hack it back … some day.

  • Avoid mixing metaphors in decor motifs

    July 12, 2013

    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.

  • There's more to a healthy home than looks

    July 5, 2013

    Warning: The contents of this column may cause runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Just thinking about the dust mites, mold and toxins likely lurking in your home is enough to cause gasping and wheezing even if you don't have asthma.

  • Tips for getting the most from precious air conditioning

    June 28, 2013

    Ahh, summer. Long days, lazy nights, the drone of a baseball game ... and a broken air conditioner.

  • Naturally creative? You might be surprised

    June 21, 2013

    Quick. Think of 10 ways to use a tree branch in your house. Go…

  • Orlando area's historic Capen House illustrates plight of America's old homes

    June 14, 2013

    This week, America came frighteningly close to losing one more piece of history. A wrecking ball was set to swing on a beautiful historic house in my town. All so a brand-new mansion could take its place.

  • Betty Lou Phillips delivers new design book

    June 7, 2013

    If I could download any designer's brain into mine, I would tap the head of award-winning interior designer Betty Lou Phillips. I would like to mainline her design sense, her eye, her sensibility, her shopping acumen, heck, I'd even like her wardrobe.

  • Tiffany museum teaches lessons of nature

    May 31, 2013

    Shortly after I moved to Orlando, I learned I lived near the Tiffany museum.

  • Selling a house? Here's how to get from contract to closing

    May 24, 2013

    After "you're right," my next two favorite words to hear are "escrow closed."

  • Sellers: How to get the most for your house

    May 17, 2013

    Receiving five offers in 48 hours for my parents' former home bowled me over, especially considering the real estate market we all just barely lived through.

  • Before the mancave, Dad doled out life lessons in the garage

    May 10, 2013

    My dad was a garage kind of guy. As a girl, I remember him there more than anywhere else around the house. He'd spend hours in his workshop-slash-mancave tinkering, working on the family cars and giving quiet advice. I'd settle in next to him, because here in the garage, in his masculine domain, he talked.

  • After sorting, here's how to store family heirlooms

    May 3, 2013

    I am not done yet. I wonder if I ever will be.

  • Delight is key element of the just right home

    April 26, 2013

    When I was a young woman contemplating marriage, my mother used to say: You don't just marry the man. You marry the whole family.

  • Readers advise on emptying a parent's home

    April 18, 2013

    I am not alone. The cyber mountain of emails I have received in response to my recent columns about going through my parents' home of 50 years proves it. The response has eclipsed reaction to any topic I have tackled in the nine years I have been writing this column.

  • What not to fix when selling a home

    April 11, 2013

    It's so easy, once you're in the clutches of home improvement, to keep improving.

  • House's renovation takes decades off its age

    April 4, 2013

    Everything must go. That thought drove me as I cleared out my parents' home of 50 years. Little did I know, once everything was gone, the real work would begin.

  • Peter Walsh's tips for keeping family keepsakes

    March 31, 2013

    Contrary to what Sheryl Crow sings, the first cut is not the deepest. The last cut is.

  • What to keep when emptying parents' home

    March 22, 2013

    I'm in a weird spot, standing in the home I grew up in surrounded by presumption, superstition and more memories than the Smithsonian.

  • Expert advice on finding antiques' worth

    March 15, 2013

    I collapse in bed on the verge of a coma after Day One of my two-day estate sale. The sale was to clear out the home of my parents, who have moved on to assisted living.

  • Fact vs. fiction matters in pricing antiques

    March 7, 2013

    "Not for sale," read the lime-green sticky notes slapped on furniture throughout the estate sale. The Post-Its blare my ambivalence.

  • Clearing out the house? Try these estate sale tips

    March 1, 2013

    I'm writing this from ground zero: My childhood home in Orange, California. To get through my job here, I need smelling salts and a bulldozer.

  • More home remodeling projects underway

    February 22, 2013

    Generally speaking, I am not a numbers person. That is, I only like statistics when they support what I want to believe: Weight down, bank account up. If they don't, I pretty much stick a finger in each ear, squeeze my eyes closed and make insect noises.

  • Sitting pretty: 10 tips for buying a sofa

    February 15, 2013

    I still remember my shock and dismay when I realized that sofas had to be bought. Somehow I thought sofas just happened. They always simply showed up in homes, hotels and offices without explanation or fanfare, like feral kittens or bills.

  • 8 tips on what to fix before selling a home

    February 8, 2013

    Maybe it's because I was the youngest in my family. Maybe it's because I'm five-foot-three and have a voice like Snow White, but I lash out like a cornered rattlesnake when someone doesn't take me seriously.

  • How to liquidate unwanted items for extra cash

    January 17, 2013

    No sooner did I put out my cry to the universe — "Help! I have to clear out my elderly parents' stuffed-full house and I don't know what to do with it all!" — than it answered.

  • How to sort, sell stuff from elderly parents' home

    January 11, 2013

    Like my mother, the Roman God Janus had eyes in the back of his head. In fact, he had an entire face on the back of his head, so he could look backward and forward at once. This feature earned him the distinction of "god of doors." He ruled comings and goings.

  • Master art of gift wrapping with these tips

    November 30, 2012

    In my constant endeavor to live more graciously, haste is my undoing. I am often whirling through life on extended credit from the time bank, and it shows —especially in my gift wrapping.

  • Prep for holiday houseguests with these tips

    November 16, 2012

    Those who've managed to keep tabs on the coordinates of my far-flung family know I have a husband in Colorado, a daughter with me in Florida and another daughter in Texas allegedly attending college.

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