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Twice a year High Point, North Carolina turns on its lights and is bombarded with home centric buyers that are shopping the Furniture Market. For the past 20 years I have been part of that herd. A common malady experienced at market is a ferocious case of visual overload. Several years ago while I was on the hunt for something fresh, I found myself wandering the maze of showrooms. Many manufacturers tend to duplicate rather than innovate style. So, whenever I see something trend worthy my pulse quickens. I slow down and quietly approach the piece like I am...

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Beach Bum Couture

A few years ago I found myself in a full-fledged mid-life…opportunity. Like many people, I have had some great gigs in my life. I could pay the bills and occasionally buy something indulgent. However, I found myself on a happiness hunt. I was totally stuck on what could bring me more authentic smiles. Should I move, start a new career? If yes, doing what and where? Fast forward several days into my stupor and my Faughter (friend – daughter) brought me a huge styrofoam board and plopped down a stack of magazines with a pile of thumb tacks with...

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The House Whisperer

Imagine for a moment that you had the personal phone numbers to the most influential, savvy thinkers in the country. Boom, right there in your contacts are the digits to world leaders, spiritual gurus, renown chefs and business tycoons. Got some guest coming over and you need to whip up an impressive appetizer. How about calling Bobby Flay for a quick dish suggestion. Ring up Michael Jordan if you need some tips on sinking a 3 pointer. Buy a new home that needs work (like I did) and you will want to chat with the “All Star Renovator” Vickie...

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Impulse Control

I haven’t always exercised the best wisdom when I buy things. In fact the bigger the purchase the more wonky I get. Several years ago I bought a Mazda RX7 simply because I was utterly amazed by the headlights that winked open as you turned them on. This cool feature distracted me from a far more important fact. I couldn’t sit upright in the car unless the sunroof was open. My torso is apparently freakishly long and no matter how I angled the seat my head poked out of the roof. Snow and rain were particularly bad days for...

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It’s Time…

Lots of people love the four seasons. Myself, I am not a big fan of winter when all signs of life are expunged from the landscape. Bare branches, brown grass and birds hauling ass south are distressing signs for me. For years I have dreamt about moving to Florida. Here’s the deal, I need light and the Boston winters don’t bring out the best in me. Some people handle the Arctic conditions brilliantly by making kale soups or get all crafty. Not me, I stay in my bathrobe with a frighteningly large supply of blue tortilla chips and binge...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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