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A Day on the Sidewalk

Here’s a story inspired by this photo I snapped while walking in the neighborhood, some years ago. Rise and shine One summer morning, Sofie woke up and discovered she was being moved. Sofie was a plump, heavy little armchair and moving her was not easy. “Oh where could they be taking me,” she thought. “I was so comfortable here.” Sofie had […]

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The Art of Chintz

­­­­­chintz (noun) printed multicolored cotton fabric with a glazed finish, used especially for curtains and upholstery, “a sofa upholstered in chintz” I once fell in love with a chintz couch, ruffled skirt and all. It was love at first sight. The couch seized my mid-century taste and lingered. Until my true nature fought back for the win. It was a glorious, […]

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Fantasy Dinner Party

“If you could invite 3 people (living or dead) to dinner, who would you ask?” I choose three of my favorite artists from the past to invite to my fantasy dinner party. Okay, fine. They’re dead. (Please indulge me, and pretend for the sake of this post, that time travel exists. Thanks.) Okay. Are we good? Moving on. First up. […]

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A note to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dear Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Why is one of my favorite paintings hanging so high? And among a million other paintings in the same room. Why? And why is it crammed in a corner? Why, MFA? I need the world’s most powerful binocular to see it. The salon-style hang I get it. You wanted to make the room look […]

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Love and the Art of a Light Fixture

After two years of searching for a house, we were either on the verge of giving up, or on the verge of lunacy. Whichever came first. Then we found our new place. It was move-in ready, so to speak. Not a hazmat-suit-requiring hell hole like some of the places we toured. The location was perfection. And the price was right […]

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The Art of Storytelling

Tuck me in When a child, hoping to prolong bedtime says, “Tell me a story!” a parent has to come up with something. The art of storytelling has to kick in. On the spot. Your child wants a bedtime story, but it’s hard to think of anything night after night. So you make up some outrageous tale. Nothing is too […]

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Pantone Greenery

(Thank you note to Pantone) Fall 2016 Collection is now in the shop. Prints and originals available.   Dear Pantone, Did you pick this year’s color, Greenery, just for me? I know you didn’t, but it sure feels like it. Pantone, you’ve been a part of my life since art school, eons ago. So now, I’m always interested in the […]

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Jungle Fever

It was December, 2010, in New York City — a kind of jungle. It was a bitter cold Friday morning, and the last day of a 3-day trip. I had a couple of hours to kill before my bus home to Boston. So I went to MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art. I waited in line forever to check my […]

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It takes over 30 hours to make my bed.

A few days ago I had to leave the house by 8:00 AM for an appointment. For me this means I have to get up at the crack of dawn. (Okay, well, 6:00 AM. I need 2 hours of waking up time.) I was rushing around, running late (I hate you, SNOOZE button.) Since I always like to make the […]

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Fannie Farmer

A remarkable entrepreneur For years, I’ve baked the same marble cake recipe from an old Fannie Farmer paperback. Never thought much about it. Until today. On January 7th, 1896, a revised, modern edition of The Boston Cooking School Cookbook published. Fanny Farmer listed each ingredient separately, and instructed how to correctly measure everything. She used a scientific, precise method of […]

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Art in the Kitchen

2 easy-to-make and delicious appetizers Appetizers are my favorite! I love to make, serve and enjoy them. Sometimes I make an entire meal of appetizers, which is a lot of fun. Perfect for any occasion. These recipes are easy to make and suitable in any season. Great served with bread or crackers or to accompany meats or seafood. white bean […]

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Flowers in the attic.

Utopia. Bells on the front door welcomed customers into the tiny space. Cozy, with carpets layered on top of each other, covering and cushioning the floor. Inviting. Every inch of the small space devoted to showcasing jewelry and artifacts. Not one empty spot. Shallow glass cases displayed silver, gold, and enamel jewelry. There were bracelets, rings, necklaces, and pendants, some […]

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