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MELISSA RAYWORTH

Pittsburgh, New York

MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer, editor and communications consultant

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Memory books can help older loved ones recall past

If elderly family members struggle to remember faces in old photo albums, consider scanning those shots and printing them along with brief family stories in what memory researchers call 'memory books.' Along with including family photos in a memory book for an elderly person, consider including scans or photos of other memorabilia such as diplomas or invitations to events, as pictured here.
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Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history. Carrie Nardini chose the soft shade of turquoise for her Brookline kitchen for more than just its beauty. It’s the iconic color of a range of Pyrex mixing bowls used by American moms — including Nardini’s beloved grandmother, who died in 2008 — since the 1950s.
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Moving? How to choose the right school from afar

Janine Boldrin Gwinn has become an experienced house-hunter and an expert packer of boxes. Seven times, this Army wife has managed to move her family from one place in the U.S. to another, improving the process a little more each time. But the search for schools for her children is never easy. How can a parent choose the right school when it’s not possible to visit the potential choices?
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Flea markets can overwhelm, but these tips from designers can help you shop

Arriving at a sprawling flea market on a crisp Saturday morning can be exciting. So many potential treasures might be hidden among the dusty piles of cast-off, second-hand goods. Yet often it’s overwhelming, even for experts. With acres of furniture, art, accessories and more stretching out in front of you, where do you begin?
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Stylish decor and pets can coexist

It’s gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want. Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV’s ‘‘Design Star’’ and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of stylish and pet-friendly home-furnishing options. ‘‘The furniture and home-decor industry has really rounded the corner and come to realize that this is a way of life for a lot of people,’’ Yip says.
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ASK A DESIGNER: Finding a look you love in outdoor decor

For decades, "outdoor decorating" meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, then adding an umbrella to block the summer sun. But as patios and decks have morphed into "outdoor living rooms," the bar has risen for outdoor style and comfort. "HGTV Design Star" judge Vern Yip says he knew we'd reached a new level of outdoor decorating this year when he discovered a fully upholstered, tufted, Chesterfield-style sofa designed for outdoor use.
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Rethinking the basement for spring

Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish living space by upgrading that subterranean space. Step one is addressing any risk of flooding or water leakage. Bring in a professional to assess the risk and recommend safety measures.
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Ask a Designer: decorating indoors with plants

From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects. And so can you.
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Ask a Designer: designing a functional yet stylish mudroom

Once a staple only in larger houses, mudrooms have increasingly become essential elements even for apartment dwellers and those with small homes.
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Ask a Designer: Simple Ways to Cheer up Your Home in Winter

During these chilly and gray days of mid-winter, many of us look to our homes as sanctuaries. The standard advice for cheering up your living space is to add a few splashes of bright, happy color, says designer Maxwell Ryan. But while that may seem like an easy solution, he says, it's actually not very effective.
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Gorgeous & Affordable: Painting A Hardwood Floor

Homeowners and DIY enthusiasts update a traditional approach to personalizing and brightening up a room. Chuck Stockdill is manning the counter at the PPG Paints shop in Hampton Township, where I’ve come for advice. He thinks I’m crazy, speaking over me as I try to explain. Painted floors are a hot topic on design blogs these days, I tell him.
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How to Use K-Cups, Guilt-Free

Maybe it happened over the holidays: Someone gave you one of those coffee makers that take single-use pods. Before you know it, you’ve got an entire kitchen drawer filled with tiny plastic cups that turn into caramel lattes, peppermint mochas, or steaming cups of espresso at the touch of a button.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored the building blocks of modern life -- including marriage, relationships and parenting, how we design and organize our homes, the ways we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, and more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also served as a magazine managing editor and media consultant.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs (learn more at the soon-to-launch site breadcrumbstories.com), which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony.

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.