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Oct 13, 2022

I have very exciting news to report. In fact, I am more optimistic than I have been since we moved into this place because the squirrels have been humanely eradicated. Yes, that's right. I am pretty confident all squirrels are gone. Now it is mating season and squirrels can have 27 to 30 babies. So we can't be totally sure that the last ones are out. But we're fairly confident and we have a video camera on surveillance watching for squirrels. 


I feel very excited and very optimistic. In fact, if you're watching on YouTube, that is why I am in a robe. I don't actually own a robe myself. I borrowed my son's Harry Potter robe. I think this is the house of Gryffindor. I'm not sure I haven't read the books myself. But one of the charms of this cottage besides the squirrel infestation is that there is a really delectable hot tub right upside. I have yet to use it because I've been so preoccupied with everything going on. But in celebration of my squirrel eradication, I will be in this hot tub mere moments after this broadcast. 


Now that I've got some things under control. I hope you've got things under control. I hope you're feeling good. I hope you have an opportunity to relax this week. One of the things I love to do to relax besides soaking in a hot tub is answering your questions. Do you have any questions for me? Sure. It could be about squirrels, it could be about hot tubs. Even though I don't know much about hot tubs. I haven't been in it yet. But asking me design questions is where you'll really tap into my expertise. 


Without further ado, let me get to the questions that are already in my mailbag. 


This episode, we discuss…

[4:45] How to choose your wall decor, how many photos are too many? (Kelsey)

[13:39] How do I warm up the main floor and make it feel more cozy and bright? (Rebecca) 

[19:33] Help solving the New York City Curtains and Radiators situation (Rebecca) 








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