As spring days grow warmer and flowers burst into bloom, botanical gardens and arboretums inspire us with grand ideas for our own yards and garden beds. A half day walk through a garden followed by a visit to a great garden center is a dreamy day trip for anyone who aspires to be a great… Continue reading Day trips from northeast Ohio: botanical gardens, arboretums and garden centers
Humans are not logical creatures. We commit to spending tens or hundreds of thousands to buy houses or condos, or to rent apartments. We spend thousands more to furnish them. We choose just the right paint colors. We choose just the right sofa, chairs, draperies, area rugs, lamps, bedding, and dinnerware patterns – both everyday… Continue reading Life in the 1960s: When Families Had “Company”
If you've been following my "Staycation-Vacation" posts you know that since quitting my job last fall, I have been going through my home room by room, making changes to transform my house into a more comfortable place — a place that feels like a favorite vacation rental where stones and seashells become collectibles and the outdoor spaces are as important as indoor rooms. As… Continue reading Clear the clutter…and make a few dollars at the same time.
I love those vacation rentals that are a little tattered around the edges but also wonderfully warm and informal. The sort of place where the curtains are beginning to fade from the sunlight and where you feel perfectly okay putting your feet up on the coffee table, shoes and all. I want to live in a… Continue reading The Laid Back Living Room: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home
My goal of late has been to create a more relaxing atmosphere inside my home. I love laid back vacation rentals and it seems to me that I should be able to live in one year-round. I mean, why not? What is a vacation rental except a house that has been designed with comfort in mind?
Everyone loves a vacation house. Whether it’s a high end condo in a resort area or a weather-worn shack at the beach, vacation houses are an escape. They are the relaxed, comfortable, stress-free zones that we dream about the other 50 weeks a year when we’re not vacationing in them. Since leaving my job… Continue reading Coffee and Tea Please: Making a Staycation – Vacation Retreat at Home