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You Must Honor Your Life
By this point in your life surely you've noticed that, in the words of the poets (er, the Rolling Stones), "You can't always get what you want." The walled garden with reflecting pond does not fit in your price range. The airy, open loft for sophisticated dinner parties does not have bedrooms for your kids. The library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and built-in sliding ladder does not exist in your town. But, if you try sometimes, well, "you just might find, you get what you need." What is the one thing you really don't want to compromise on? The one thing you can have exactly how you want it? Maybe some glass shelves over the kitchen window can host a stunning arrangement of succulents. The right arrangement of furniture can make that living room feel open and airy and just perfect for mingling. A handyman can do wonders with budget bookshelves. Who are you? How do you live? Honor the life you have, the you you are, with a space that accommodates that life and that person.

Amy Shearn is the author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel.

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