Home & Garden

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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For the Love of Organizing

By Perri Kersh | February 25, 2015

February is a short, cold and snuggly month. We celebrate Valentine’s on the 14th but really, shouldn’t we celebrate our love every day? And what better place to start that celebration than in the bedroom? Keeping that room organized and tidy is just one more way to encourage relaxation and […]

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Modern History

By Durham Magazine | February 6, 2015

If homes mirror their residents, then Deborah Chay has found her perfect fit. “This whole notion of adaptive ruse and sustainability is a recurring motif for me,” she says, “and for my sense of Durham, why Durham is such a cool place, and why I want to be here and why this […]

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The ABCs of Organization

By Perri Kersh | January 26, 2015

[dropcap type=”2″]Y[/dropcap]ou can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper in January without seeing some article about getting organized … doing it In 10 Simple Steps or In 30 Days or In Just 10 Minutes a Day! Organization, like any other goal, might be popular to strive for in a new […]

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Designer Digs

By Amanda MacLaren | October 21, 2014

With a portfolio that includes the funky chic-meets-swanky upstairs dining room of Mateo, it’s no surprise that interior designer Heather Garrett’s own living space is a sight to behold. “The truth is, things change a lot around here. When the kids were little, we would call it Crazy Furniture Change-Around Day,” Heather says […]

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View from the Top

By Durham Magazine | September 19, 2014

While Amanda Smith’s top-floor condo in the Kress Building is a sight to behold – outfitted in a well-curated mix of decor collected over a lifetime of gender equality activism and travel – it’s her rooftop terrace that steals the show. “If you’re looking at the front of the building, where it says […]

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A Life in Color

By Amanda MacLaren | August 12, 2014

The eight prints in the guest bedroom, wild and bold, tell you she’s still got it. Julie Staelin, who has a degree in architecture from N.C. State, has a legion of satisfied clients, but if you’re looking for a microcosm of her life and her work, these transformed pieces of […]

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