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The Upside of Downsizing

I got rid of a lot of things when I downsized, and now I have a lot more of the thing I cherish most. When I started this big downsizing adventure, I knew I’d be living a different life. I was looking forward to a home uncluttered — but I was only thinking about that in

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A Fun and Functional Renovation

I’ve done my share of renovations over the years, so you’d think that by now I would have seen everything you can do in a re-do. The thing is, as a designer, I would be involved with the homeowner and the contractor in just about every aspect of the renovation and the construction details. Although

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Why We Need a Lazy Summer

I ran into a good friend the other day and asked how she was enjoying her summer. She’d moved into her new home just about the time I did my downsizing move, and I thought I’d commiserate with her about the trials and tribulations of settling into a new place. But she didn’t seem as

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How to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

As I’ve mentioned, we sort of unexpectedly sold our villa, our own dream home. We were in a downsizing mood, and some buyers appeared, and the next thing we knew we were out on the street. It is a very nice street, though. We ended up in the Whitland area on West End, where we

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Easy Summer Entertaining

This week, I asked my friend Mara Papatheodorou — master foodie, and international tastes and traditions expert — how she entertains in her own back yard. For someone with global tastes, her response was deliciously uncomplicated. — MS As George Gershwin so aptly pointed out, it’s “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Heed his advice

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