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Top Tips for Holiday Entertaining

By Chapel Hill Magazine | December 2, 2015

This story appeared in our November 2014 issue. It’s the time of year for parties, big family gatherings, decorating and gift wrapping – but don’t sweat it! Local experts are here to help. Here are their best tips: “Candlelight. I learned this when we were living in Copenhagen – in […]

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Six Easy Ways to Protect Your Identity

By Perri Kersh | November 23, 2015

As a Neat Freak, I fancy myself a bit of an “I” dotter and a “T” crosser. So imagine my surprise when, earlier this month, I discovered that my identity had been stolen. Apparently, someone got access to my Social Security number and personal information and used it to create […]

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10 Rules to Live By from the Neat Freak

By Perri Kersh | October 23, 2015

I am a rule follower. Always have been, always will be. And when life gets busy, I really like having a few rules to live by. It keeps me from having to think too much, or have internal debates about right and wrong. Here are a few of my favorite […]

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Designing Woman

By Jessica Stringer | September 25, 2015

“We bought the ugliest house on a great block and continued over six years to transform it,” Ashley Clarke says of her family’s former townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn. All the hard work paid off when they eventually put the property up for sale – prospective buyers complimented its classic […]

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Helping Those in Need

By Perri Kersh | September 23, 2015

Watching the refugee crisis or any number of natural disasters unfold before us on the news is heartbreaking. Our natural tendency is to want to do something—anything—that makes us feel like we’re helping those in need. While sitting here in the comfort of Chapel Hill, observing our excess, we may […]

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Quitting Time

By Perri Kersh | August 25, 2015

I’ve been thinking about quitting a lot lately. Not quitting my job (because I truly love what I do), but quitting other things. Things that no longer serve me, make me happy or make me say, “Hell, yeah!” This is new territory for me because most of the time, I’m […]

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Planning for Spontaneity

By Perri Kersh | July 23, 2015

One of my favorite things about summer is the spontaneity. For those who know me well, I’m not exactly a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal. I live by my calendar, and despite my best efforts, I sometimes do glorify busyness (there is a trophy for the person who does the most, […]

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An Ode to the Camp Trunk

By Perri Kersh | June 22, 2015

I just returned from dropping two very happy kids off at sleepaway camp. Our kids absolutely love this ritual of summer … a week or two spent outdoors, unplugged, making new friends and having a few adventures. This also means I get to spend the week prior to camp packing […]

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Punch Up Your Palette: Outdoors

By Jessica Stringer | May 28, 2015

Mixed herb arrangement $75 University Florist Handpainted birdhouse gourd by Rosemarie Hunter, $88 WomanCraft Set of 8 garden markers and pot $32.99 Wild Bird Center Pail and hand tools $8.99 and $2.99/each Fifth Season Gardening Kitras Art Glass balls $35-$49 Cameron’s Antique watering can $145 Whitehall Antiques Solar lantern by […]

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Punch Up Your Palette: Indoors

By Jessica Stringer | May 28, 2015

Panama walnut picture frames $60-$65 SOUTH Magnifying glass $29 Night Gallery – Branching Out Rectangular tray in Skate Petrol by Bodrum Linens $120 Southern Season Gold star $20 La Boutique Lane English elongated diamond motif brass push-rod candlesticks $400 Whitehall Antiques Mediterraneo bowl by Alessi $180 Details Wooden cheese/cutting boards […]

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