Amber hasn't said much lately, but she's done great work painting her office gray recently. Check out her notes and plans for painting further.
I urge you to read this article in today's NYTimes, One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life. Briefly departing from form today, this article, highlights the relative health of diets that consist of fewer calories - read: you'll live longer and healthier if you eat less calories (but just as many vitamins and minerals). Dramatically brought home by the picture of two monkeys, the point was hard to miss. When I saw this in the morning, I instantly saw the parallel to our homes and how they support our own physical and mental healthy. When we lighten our homes, when we "calorie-restrict" them and focus on the quality over the quantity, we create a space that will allow us to become healthier and happier. In fact, the Deep Treatment section of the Cure is really just a purging of unneeded "calories". Which leads to a new survey: This Week's Assignment: In the Deep Treatment, among other things you are diving into the home office and tackling all the computer and electrical tangles that you may have. You are also considering a Media Fast, which is a rather radical part of our household cleaning binge. In the One Room Workout you will be getting into real color, painting color that is. We had a great time writing this part of the book and remembering all that we had learned over the years about painting. In particular, we were happy to be able to lay out some healthier paint alternatives, though we've found it hard to integrate these choices into NYC life. We'd be interested to hear any tips on this subject.