Your top home improvement takeaways from 2023 (Part 1)
DIRTY LAUNDRY: To keep white linens, like these all-cotton towels from Boll & Branch, their whitest, be sure to use a long wash time, warm temperature and don’t skimp on the soap, says Wayne Edelman of Meurice Garment Care in New York.

One of my favorite year-end rituals is to look back at the 50 columns I’ve managed to eke out, and survey how much we’ve gone through together and how much I’ve learned. Then, to recap, I pull one little nugget from each month, a bit of advice that strikes me as especially noteworthy, and cobble those pointers into two retrospective columns. Here are my takeaways from the first six months of 2023.

In JANUARY, I began a column about furnishing a rental property you also occasionally stay in with this line: “I do not have a second home for the same reason I do not have a second husband. I can barely keep up with the one I have.” By December, I was eating my words for lunch, and finding the rental decorating tips coming in handy.