Home & Garden

A Wilder Bloom

By Durham Magazine | September 18, 2015

• Consider grander flowers for every day. Blooms like hydrangea and calla lilies, which used to be special- order, are now readily available at flower shops – and at a price point far lower than in the past. • While elegant single blooms are always striking, the arrangement of the […]

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The Secret Garden

By Durham Magazine | August 31, 2015

A garden party and silent auction hosted by Marcia Angle in her stunning backyard – dubbed Deer Chase Gardens – drew authors like Daniel Wallace and Mike Wiley and raised funds for Book Harvest, the nonprofit that works to ensure kids in need have books at home.

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Quitting Time

By Perri Kersh | August 24, 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 24, 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 being busy. (There is a trophy for the person who does the […]

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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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Use It or Lose It

By Perri Kersh | May 26, 2015

In the past two months, I’ve had more than 25 people ask if I’ve heard of Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The main premise of this book is that the items in your home should “spark joy” or be tossed. And she […]

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A (First-Time) Homebuying FAQ

By Durham Magazine | May 13, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] IS DURHAM BECOMING A HOT BED FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS? Over the past few years, Durham has seen a definite upswing in basic homeownership. Courtney James of Urban Durham Realty explains that this upward trend is due to the city’s exciting employment opportunities and affordable housing, qualities that make […]

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Emergency Preparedness: Slacker’s Edition

By Perri Kersh | April 24, 2015

One of the things that stinks about being a grown-up is all of the shoulds … you should buy a house, you should have life insurance, you should have a will and you should definitely be prepared for a disaster. I’m about to turn 45 so I can check most […]

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Home Cooking

By Durham Magazine | April 22, 2015

Katie Coleman watches as a student purees heirloom tomatoes to make a chilled soup before turning around to pop fresh bread in the oven. Over in the corner, another guest diligently dices fresh parsley and basil to combine into a bruschetta for the toasted bread. Katie seems right at home […]

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Organizing & Grief

By Perri Kersh | March 25, 2015

Clutter in our homes can be stressful. Piles of mail and paperwork, unworn clothes, too many toys, electronics, cords, cables and miscellaneous household goods can get us down even in the best of times. Add to this an additional major life stressor, and the clutter can be paralyzing. This month, […]

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