Category Archives: Home Matters

A Bit of Vintage Fall Decor

After suffering through the blistering heat recently, I am soooo ready for fall, my favorite season. I love sweater weather and walking through crunchy leaves and lighting candles as the nights get longer.  In general I don’t decorate for the seasons, but I realize I do switch out a few things around the house without…

First Aid for Old Wood Cutting Boards

Recently I refurbished our old cutting board with Boos Mystery Oil and Boos Board Cream. In the eight or more years we’ve used this board I have never used any product on it. It looked so dry and scratched up that I contemplated tossing it out and just buying a new one. But I decided…

Displaying Small Curiosities

I have an affinity for diminutive objects. From pieces of pretty rock to small handmade ceramics to tiny bakelite dice to sterling vesta cases to favorite matchbooks. Maybe you do too. Most of these bits aren’t worth much. Most don’t have sentimental value. Most don’t even have a purpose!  Other than the old sterling silver…

Small Pleasures

I like my pleasures small. Take yesterday. I started the day with great coffee and tasty leftovers for breakfast. I played with words for a blog post. I had the joy of getting my hands in dirt and planting some jasmine. Afterwards I sat in the sun and watched the birds. I had the excitement of selling an…

Do You Decorate for Autumn?

Autumn is just around the corner (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and it’s my favorite season. I love the colors (red, gold, moss green, slate blue, maroon, deep purple), the food (apples, squashes, pumpkins, hearty soups and stews) and sweater weather. I love lighting candles at night and having the occasional fire (though it’s just…

Old, Imperfect and Beautiful

When an older couple (neighbors from my childhood years) decided to downsize and leave snowy New York for Florida, they called a guy who “buys stuff.” He came to their house and they were dismayed that he wasn’t interested in buying their very nice wood dining room table or their pristine china or any number…