Category Archives: The Lived-in Living Room

Christmas Cleaning

It’s coming on Christmas They’re cutting down trees, they’re putting up reindeer & and singing songs of joy and peace……. where’s that river when I need one? (Thanks Joni Mitchell )   That’s right, it’s finally time for The Umteenth … Continue reading






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Dear Rude Ruth,

We recently added a new room on to our house. It is big and wonderful and everything I imagined it would be. It sits on the North side of the house and is shaded by a giant oak tree. There … Continue reading






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Dear Rude Ruth

I have a long, skinny living room with a permanently placed wood stove in it. There are five doorways and two large light fixtures (at either end) in this room. Its dimensions are 30 feet long by 11 feet wide. … Continue reading






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Crunchy Brown Carpet

Earlier this spring my back yard was this. Now, after three weeks of 25 mile per hour, dry, hot wind, it is this: Our life has becomeĀ  a brown, pointy, tacky, collection of clover burrs. They are everywhere. On the … Continue reading






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Terra Cotta and gray… really?

Before I moved here, there had been a few “other” women in my husband’s life. Their decorating ideas were very different from each other, and all were imposed on 98. First Wife Blues: She loved blue and it showed. She … Continue reading






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Three Cleaning Scenarios & Their Solutions

So you got the call, email, or heard thru the grapevine that you are fixing to have company… Now what? I consider a few factors: How much prep time do we (I) have? Do I like these people? Does my … Continue reading






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Minimalism Defined

Minimalism: It’s when you get a new room, all perfect and simple. You decorate it with the perfectly upholstered chair and one vase in the window with a single daisy in it. It’s great, it’s beautiful. No gee gaws or … Continue reading






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