House & Home Roundup: No Rating

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Perhaps it is ironic (as a blogger) that we can't rate last week's H&H, but we just don't feel comfortable doing it without seeing it in person. Since we were away last week, we have been reduced to catching up online, and the experience is just not the same.

That said, we get a rather lukewarm feeling from the top stories, especially Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe: Oscar's Retreat, which is a perfect example of the frustrating and compromising role the interior designer gets to play when practicing his or her profession. The designer, Mark Zeff, is good.

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But hey H&H! Stay away from the stars! We need you to remain somewhat in touch with reality and not become celeb addled like the rest of the media.

Even more disturbing - from a design perspective - are Hilary Swank's parting words, ""We may be filming somewhere and fall in love with the place and want to move," Ms. Swank said. "I love living here, but I'm not so connected to the house that I can't live without it." After nearly 2 years of work..."not so connected." Ouch. Stay away from stars.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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