how to hug your house

Lately, in honor of Home Improvement Month, I’ve been suggesting that you “hug your house,” as if this is an obvious and everyday practice. In case this has left any of you scratching your heads and wondering if I’ve inhaled too many paint fumes, let me try to explain. Well, […]

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 […]

let the sun shine in

Thank you to Tori @ The Ramblings for awarding me with the prestigious Sunshine Blogger Award – her blog is ha!-larious, so I am of course quite honored. How this works is that I have to answer 11 of her questions, then pass on 11 of my own questions to […]

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 […]

diy shed: rusty to rustic

RUSTY SHED, BEFORE: We had every intention of painting this eyesore at the side of our house. We even bought the paint. I shouldn’t be too disrespectful because this shed is extremely useful: it houses our lawnmower, garbage cans, snow blower, rakes, shovels, etc. It just looked a little creepy […]

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. […]

peonies: when polka dots explode

WARNING: Do not look at the following photo essay if you are sensitive to beauty, or easily overwhelmed by the splendors of the natural world or if you are a polka dot purist. What you are about to see are explosions of a vibrant nature. They occurred over the last […]

mushrooms on a foggy morn’

‘Twas a foggy morn, Errands were on the docket. I pulled into a parking space. My car? I was about to lock it. When I looked out the windshield And lo and behold, I spotted these strange mushrooms, See, I heart fungi as you’ve oft been told. These were odd […]

the pollen report, achoo

It has been utterly gorgeous here in the Nyack area the last several days: blue skies, slight breezes, temperatures in the 70’s. And yet. Some of us have ACHOO been under the weather…quite literally trapped under a layer of pollen. That green dust is covering absolutely ACHOO everything, including our […]

the lambs ear is listening

Have you ever had the singular, unique and life-altering opportunity to touch lambs ear, a.k.a. Stachys byzantina? Or, rather, shall I say “pet” lambs ear? Because, just as no one can eat just one potato chip, no one can simply touch lambs ear once without getting sucked into a weird […]

cloud control

I have always been a big fan of mother nature: she’s creative, she’s in control, and she’s one hell of a multi-tasker. I think what I most respect is her design sensibility. Maybe I’ve just had my head in the clouds lately, but it seems to me that she’s taking […]

i planted something…

…and it grew. I present minnow daffodils: This is nothing short of miraculous. My friend Josie gave me these tiny little bulbs last fall – they were surplus that she didn’t have room for in her Brooklyn community garden. I put them in the ground and then, voila! They poked […]

marvelous marushka

A few weeks back, before things were blooming outside, my friend Suzanne at Inspire; to breathe posed the question: have florals hit your home? She has all kinds of cool flowery items with a vintage feel around her house: framed wallpaper, sweet paintings, and funky little boxes. Check them out […]

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 […]

Go 3G: Glamour Gardening Gloves

I was wondering: Why-o-why do all my flowers die? Why do all the weeds I pull grow right back? And what about those bulbs I planted – nothing ever appeared! Alas, I have finally figured out that it’s because…I didn’t have these: Glamour Gardening Gloves! (a.k.a. the other 3G) These […]

on the subject of eggs…

We’ve got eggs on the brain here at the home tome. And not just because my own eggs are rapidly aging, declining, disappearing and/or shriveling up into tiny little Yodas. Feel the force around you… Anyway! We also have eggs on the brain because of Easter and this funky grey […]