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Alice, My Sister Mocks My Home and Refuses to Visit — Ask Alice: Advice for Life at Home

Dear Alice,

My husband and I live in a small (800 square foot) bungalow. My sister and her family refuse to come visit us because, “my house is too small” and will insult my home at every opportunity. She dismisses my hurt feelings because “it’s not insulting if it’s true.” What can I do? Help!

Sincerely,
Bungalow Blues

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Posted on Jul 22, 2017

Alice, How Do I Keep My Bridal Party Small Without Hurting My Cousin’s Feelings?

Dear Alice,

What’s the decorum for having someone in your bridal party only because you were in theirs? I’ve been in two weddings, one for a couple where I’m good friends with both of the people in the couple and one a cousin that I’ve known since birth. While I love all these people dearly, I’m not looking to have a huge bridal party. Any more than four people makes me feel overwhelmed, and the four I’ve chosen are my dearest friends that I’ve been close to for many years. I’ve thought about having the couple be ushers or maybe some other position but what about the cousin? I hate that I’m going to have to break the news to her eventually, especially since she was very forgiving when I was her bridesmaid (I live across the country from her and was not the most tactful with responding about the dress, etc.).

Should I make her a bridesmaid just because I’d hate to hurt her? Or should I give her another job like the couple?

Best,

Baffled by Bridesmaids

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Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Alice, I’ve Got a Crush on My Tenant

Dear Alice,

Really I don’t even know how to say this, but I have to say it because I need your help: I have a crush on my tenant. This guy is great, he’s everything I wish to have in a partner. Help!

Thanks,
Lovelorn Landlord

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Posted on Jul 4, 2017

Alice, How Do I Ask My Demanding Neighbor to Move Her Stuff?

Dear Alice,

I’m having problems with a neighbor for the first time in my decade living in New York. She came upstairs to pointedly complain about my dryer being on at 3 pm on a Saturday. My response was to tell her we were willing to accommodate her as much as possible, but that my laundry also needed to dry. We heard from her again on a different weekend when she could hear a tray table moving while my husband was cutting food during dinner. I was told she was nicer about it this time, but I also know she’s complained about noise to every other apartment on the floor. We are insanely quiet neighbors because we are aware that we aren’t the only people in the building; we keep our tv down, we don’t shout, we don’t stomp, and I’m allergic to making noise after 10 pm. We also live on a busy street in Queens, so the expectations of absolute silence seem off.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Help! How Do I Place Furniture in This Strangely Shaped Studio? — The Room Layout Doctor Is In

One of the most perplexing things about moving into a new place, especially a small place, is where to put the furniture. This apartment, with its curving wall of windows, presented a unique challenge. How do you create both a bedroom and a living space (and maybe a dining room and a study, too) in a place that’s so small, and so unusually shaped? We went to the drawing board to come up with a few ideas.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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