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Carolyn Muse-Grant

Home decor columnist

Carolyn Muse Grant is a design consultant and creator of beautiful spaces. Questions can be sent to her at creativemuse@cox.net.

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Make your kitchen ‘heart’ of home

Kitchens are truly the heart of the home, whether you are a foodie, gourmet cook or just like to hang out with friends and family. Because kitchens are so popular, their design and effectiveness are important.

Bar stools are not created equal

“You choose, you live the consequences. Every yes, no, maybe, creates the school you call your personal experience.” — Richard Bach , American writer, “Running From Safety” (1994)

Stage your house for a quicker sale

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, poet, “New England Reformers,” 1844

Mirror, mirror on the wall

“Mirrors are there when we are and yet they never give anything back to us but our own image. Never, never shall we know what they are when they are alone.” — Erich Maria Remarque, “The Black Obelisk” (1957)

Large closets top buyers’ priority lists

“When I speak of home, I speak of the place wherein default of a better — those I love are gathered together; and if that place were a gypsy’s tent or a barn I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding.” — Charles Dickens (1812-1870), English novelist, “Nicholas Nickleby”

In 2018, enrich your life by beautifying your home

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” — Hal Borland (1900-1978), American author, “The Tomorrows — December 30,” Sundial of The Seasons (1964)

Create your own ‘getaway’ by changing decor for the seasons

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” — Hal Borland (1900-1978), American author and journalist, “Autumn on the Doorstep — September 13,” Sundial of the Seasons (1964)

‘Less is more’ takes on myriad meanings

“Less is more” is a phrase from the 1855 poem “Andrea del Sarto,” also called “The Faultless Painter,” by Robert Browning. The phrase was adopted by American-German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) as a precept for minimalist design.