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Living in an 1890 house is an exercise in keeping the ramshackle at bay, but the concept is a fruitful one. I don’t do structures that are likely to disassemble themselves when someone’s using them, but it’s fun and often successful to improvise a set-up with not exactly perfect elements that happen to be lying around.
Sketching in a scheme is an elegant way to stay abreast of the constant, subtle changes in the way we use the property. The French and Italian words for furniture translate as “movables”, and there are now only two dormant items in the house: a sofa and a glass-front bookcase.
The easier it is to move things around, that faster the interior can respond to new demands. Legally obtained sixteen-quart dairy crates (the square ones) are the key to the system. The more I use them to solve problems, the faster, easier, and more profitable it is to manage the household. Working with a collection of identical cubes lets me do ramshackle without the arrangement looking that way.
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