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two year house-iversary

Two years ago today, July 3, 2010, we moved into our house. So the Fourth of July was our first full day here. That night, we sat on our front porch watching fireflies flash on the yard, and fireworks flash above the trees in the distance. I sipped some red […]

interior paint: white to…white

Thankfully, our house was in pretty good condition when we bought it. Though it was built over 45 years ago, it was not really a so-called “fixer upper.” And the inspector sang its praises after he did a lengthy walk-through. Strangely, however, the walls were in far from perfect shape. […]

The Dark Underbelly of Home Improvement

or: When Home Improvement Makes you Hyperventilate or: Home Improvement Projects that you are Unexpectedly Forced Into or: Home Improvement Projects that have no Style Aspect and Are Therefore Not even Remotely Fun or: When the Plumber Estimate Increases by 1000% in the Course of Seven Minutes or: Fun Fact: […]

for the impatient decorator…

Do you want to re-decorate your space? Are you intimidated by the process? Are you hoping this won’t take an infinity? Well, decorating is an extremely important facet of Home Improvement Month and I am happy to say that there is an excellent course you can take, taught by speed […]

diy: white brick

The first project Rob and I Rob tackled in our house was to paint the brick around our fireplace white. This came as no surprise to anyone who knows us or who had visited our apartment in the South Bronx, where we had white walls, white furniture, white plates and…white […]

happy home improvement month!

Here at The Home Tome headquarters we have officially (and arbitrarily) declared this to be Home Improvement Month, a.k.a HIMP Month (not to be confused with HUMP Month, HEMP Month, or GIMP Month.) We will be celebrating do-it-yourself projects, projects that are hired out, and projects that remain woefully un-done. […]

Nifty Shades of Grey

Everyone’s got their undies in a bundle over that book, Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s tantalizing and all, but, really, isn’t fifty shades a bit excessive? Over at the home tome headquarters, I wouldn’t say that grey is the dominant color, but we have a few shades and we think […]

memo to the fitted sheet

To: Fitted Sheet From: Jocelyn Okay, I think you know why I am writing: Because you continue to be difficult, unreasonable, and completely uncooperative. Contrary to your previous claims that I have quote “anger issues,” I have asked nicely on several occasions for you to be more of a team […]

seeing red

If I turn my face toward the sun and close my eyes, I see red. When I go back to my native Wisconsin, I see lots of barns that are red. If I get a paper cut while sorting the mail, the liquid that oozes out of my finger is, […]

Lamp Day by Matthew Zapruder

Our friend Michael recently organized a poetry night here in Nyack. About 25 of us (or more?) got together and ate delicious soups, made by Michael from the Staff Meals from Chanterelle cookbook. Then, we all shared a poem that we love. I appreciate when Michael hosts these events because […]

thrift store score: nice jug

I recently promised myself that every time I passed by a thrift store I would go inside and quickly scan for treasures. (After all, how else am I going to get my 15 minutes of fame on Antiques Road Show?) I also recently promised myself that I would not become […]