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Manolo for the Home

Practical Lifestyle Advice for Homemakers and Home Owners

Last Build Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 02:14:45 +0000


Flooring Installation as a Test of Personality

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:48:17 +0000

You learn a lot about human nature when you ask your friends and family members to help you put down new flooring, just as you almost never learn anything good when you try to do it yourself. For example, I’ve learned that my brother Bob is first rate perfectionist, one who follows the dictum that […]

The iThermostat

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 03:25:53 +0000

When did Thermostats start looking like iPhones? I admit that what you see above is an intuitive interface, or at least this has become intuitive for hundreds of millions of young people worldwide who spend most of their waking hours tapping away at their cellphones. It looks like you could play Angry Birds on it, […]

The Carpet Runner

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 02:47:22 +0000

There are a lot of things you don’t think about when you’re seventeen, and high on that list are carpet runners. In fact, until you own a home, or unless you’ve tripped over a badly damaged section, you probably don’t pay much attention to carpet runners at all. When you’re renting they come with the […]

The Kitchen Clock

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 02:34:47 +0000

Even though every appliance I own has a digital clock on it (everyone of which my husband insists on setting to the exact time, to the second) I still feel the need to have a analog wall clock in my kitchen. For many years, I had one of those typically retro, novelty cats with a […]

The Ghost Chair

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:46:20 +0000

I call myself a home blogger, but here’s a trend I have completely missed: The Ghost Chair. Actually, I had noticed these translucent chairs all over, mostly at social functions, but I hadn’t known that they’re called ghost chairs, and I hadn’t known that Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair was considered one of the “iconic […]

Wallpaper Love

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 01:04:23 +0000

I’ve got to say that until two years ago, I had never particularly cared for wallpaper. Probably because most of the wallpaper I’d encountered had been installed in the 1960s or 70s and never updated. I equated it with fusty, musty, old-fashioned homes gone out of style. It was paint, or nothing for me. What […]

The Necessity of Waterford

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:56:03 +0000

There are certain things that, after the bare necessities of life are met, everyone needs. Near the top of the list is Waterford. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate piece of crystal, something simple like this butterfly vase to the right is more than enough to satisfy the requirements. I say that Waterford is […]

Bakokko: Lessons in Style

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 03:10:57 +0000

As in many areas of style and fashion, the dividing line between exquisite good taste and execrable bad taste is remarkably thin. The same company that produces achingly beautiful objects one day, can produce items that are almost comically over-the-top the next. Take, for example, the Italian furniture manufacturer Bakokko, producer of this beautiful, restrained, […]

Deocrating My Imaginary Restaurant

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:47:46 +0000

Sometime I like to imagine that I’m opening up a high-end restaurant or bar, which is odd, because my very brief brush with working in a restaurant, bussing tables, left me scarred for life. But then I see a picture like the one above, of the restaurant Il Milione in Hong Kong, and think that […]

The Mid-Century Moment

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:11:39 +0000

Looking through the catalog of an furniture company called FusionLiving, I came across this bookcase: Look at those legs. Some of you might be too young to remember those legs, but for those of us who grew up in the 1960’s and 70’s those tapering legs, part Danish Modern, part George Jetson, were on almost […]