Tag Archives: home life

DIY Furniture Makeovers

Today, I come bearing gifts: the outcome of four furniture refinishing projects completed over the course of a few months. The process introduced me to skills (and muscles) that I didn’t know I had; apparently, they were lying dormant, only to be revealed when my need for attractive home furnishings became too much to bear. […]

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…and to Draw a Bright White Line With Light

A few weeks ago, I visited a tiny but beautiful exhibit of Uta Barth’s photography at the Art Institute. Uta, as I learned, is a homebody, and she’s fascinated by the panes of light that move across her house. She stays inside for long periods of time, painstakingly tracking the progress of light on film; […]

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An Empty Nest, and Possibilities

A few weeks ago, a storm blew through the North Shore—the kind of storm that makes you feel unsafe to be driving, because of all the hundred-year-old trees that have started falling into the road. My mom’s house lost power, as it is wont to do whenever the wind starts whipping. As the sun inched […]

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Holding Pattern

I haven’t been writing for awhile, because to my mind, there hasn’t been much to write about. Here I am, back in that familiar land of childhood, and not much has changed about Wilmette—some shops close where new ones open, but the rhythms are always the same, and probably always will be. But living at […]

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