Author Archives: Betsy

British Monarchs Are Crowned On King Edward’s Throne, But I’d Reign From My “Winter Wonderland” Hitchcock Chair

A Welcome Wagon hostess might not have presented me with a basket of samples and coupons when I moved to Riverlea, but Mary and Peggy, two unmarried sisters in their 80s who lived next door, were a far better gift. … Continue reading

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Where Can You Eat Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Potatoes In Wiener Werkstätte Style?

There we sat, right in the middle of an elegant room with dark oak paneling and a row of tall windows overlooking Frederic Law Olmsted’s legendary park. To our left, a Phoebe Neidhardt lookalike in a black dress arranged and … Continue reading

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You Don’t Have To Go To Durham’s Palace Green Library To Knit Two Hats Fit For Heroes

Steps away from Durham Cathedral’s carved stone columns and saintly shrines, paths lined with colorful begonias circle a grassy area known as Palace Green. Durham Castle stands to the north, while the law, theology, classics, history, music and special collections departments … Continue reading

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Henry’s Home Is Comfortable, Well-Arranged, In Good Taste, And Not Ostentatious

This is a door that’s a big deal. Besides being embellished with the monogram of its owner, it’s crowned by a limestone pediment for which Audrey Marie Munson, “Miss Manhattan,” the leading model for New York City’s public statues of … Continue reading

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I Wonder If You Will Ever Know How I Loved Seeing Sagamore Hill, Even With All Those Hunting Trophies

On September 30, 1918, an exuberant fellow got off the interurban electric railroad known as the Columbus, Delaware and Marion Railway and walked east on Granville Road in Worthington to this house. He had spent the day in downtown Columbus … Continue reading

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Think Outside The Brick To Discover Columbus

Cheryl’s Cookies, chocolates and cheers from his grandfather couldn’t distract my new friend Ryan. Guided by a blueprint of wordless picture diagrams, Ryan was engrossed in putting the finishing touches on a charming cottage with red-and-white awnings, colorful window boxes … Continue reading

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A Bitter Rivalry Led to Sweet Success in Cincinnati

Looking at this pair of teacups and saucers, you’d never guess that they brewed up a long, bitter rivalry between two talented artists. Following the advice of tastemakers like John Ruskin, William Morris and Charles Eastlake, ladies of the late … Continue reading

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