Old House Living: Redecorating the Library

In my latest bit of old-house news, we're redecorating the library. This upstairs room -- it was previously a bedroom -- had become a catch-all for newspapers, magazines, CDs, antiquated VHS tapes, and too many books for our existing bookcases. Read more »

Christmas: How to Decorate A Mantel

WHAT'S MY FAVORITE DECEMBER CHORE? Decorating the fireplaces in this 19th century house. For a Victorian look, I deck the mantels with evergreen boughs and lots of fresh, colorful fruit. The procedure, which could also work for a dining table or a bookcase, goes something like this: Read more »

Decorating: A Bowl of Garden Flowers

I HAVE TWO THINGS TO REPORT. First, today Will and I are celebrating our 16th anniversary. And next, Erin Brady stopped by to show how common garden flowers can be turned into a glamorous centerpiece. Read more »

A Summer Centerpiece

THIS WEEK, I asked floral designer Erin Brady to create a large arrangement for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the purples, pinks, blues and greens she chose? Here they are, in my latest you-can-do-it flower-arranging tutorial: Read more »

Napkin Folding 102: “The Arrow”

IF YOU LIKE A WELL-DRESSED DINNER TABLE -- I certainly do -- then you might like to give your dinner napkins a whimsical shape. The arrow fold above is extremely easy to do. Have a look: Read more »

Napkin Folding 101: Fleur de Lis

PARENTS -- please teach your children well. Teach them the difference between right and wrong. Teach them to respect others. And above all, teach them how to make nifty napkin folds! Read more »

Entrance Hall Arrangement, December 2013

FOR ME, December is all about drinking decorating. The Christmas tree is set up (pictures soon!), the parlor mantel is dressed for success, the dining room features a pair of homemade boxwood trees, and now, thanks to floral-designer Erin Brady, a big bouquet lights up the entrance hall table. Here's an intimate look at this pine-scented poetry: Read more »