House and Home

Here is a sampling of my home-furnishings articles. Please click through if you’d like to continue reading!

“Want to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen? One Word: Cookers” from Westchester Home Magazine

While the calendar says there are four seasons in a year, in my house there are two: barbecue season and slow-cooker season. Once the clocks turn back in November, we cover up the grill and break out the Crock-Pot, serving up chili, soups, and stews all the way through April…

“Your Best Bets on Beautiful Bedding” from Westchester Home Magazine

In a scene from a classic Sex and the City episode, fictional writer Carrie Bradshaw gets up from bed to fetch a blanket, commenting on that bittersweet moment when you realize summer is truly gone. Yes, it’s hard to bid adieu to beach weekends, Italian ices, and dusks that stretch late into the night. But the consolation prize is the arrival of fall bedding, with its promise to warm up those cooling nights…

“Keeping Your Home Safe During Your Summer Vacation” from Westchester Home Magazine

Years ago, when I lived in a brownstone in New York City, I came home one evening to find that my apartment had been burglarized. My multiple dead-bolt locks had provided little deterrence; the enterprising burglar had simply punched a hole through the hallway wall to enter through…

“Movie-Going at Home” from Westchester Home Magazine

My husband has been eyeing the room above our garage with a dreamy look on his face. It has served as a playroom, sleepover room, homework room, and get-me-away-from-my-parents room for as long as I can remember. But now that two of our kids are in college and the third will soon follow, he is imagining a new purpose: a home theater…

“Finding Your Comfort Zone” from Consumers Digest

When mattress-makers say their products are cooling down, it has nothing to do with sales. They mean that the latest mattresses are designed to feel cooler when you sleep on them…

“Rest Assured” from Consumers Digest

Volatile prices for down and cotton mean that you’ll pay more than you did before for comforters and pillows that contain these desirable materials. But microfiber-covered comforters, fiberfill pillows that have improved cushioning and softer polyester blankets should have you sleeping like a baby…

“In the Pan” from Westchester Magazine

Over the years, I have somehow become the pastry chef for family gatherings, which is why my typically less-than-stellar pie results have proved so frustrating. No matter how many different recipes I tried, my intended masterpieces always ended up with either a dense, overdone crust or a runny, underdone filling…

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