Thursday, July 7, 2016

Volume

Consider furnishings in terms of the number of cubic inches of space they fill. Scandinavian modern design, that appeared after World War Two, is as light, elegant and respectful of space as that of the eighteenth century. Compare it to a massive overstuffed sofa, whose springs and padding are very expensive to house.

I sleep comfortably on two inches of memory foam topping a super-luxurious self-inflating air mattress from the Great Big Hiking Co-op. The assembly replaced a thick mattress and box spring on a conventional bed frame. Its light components make it safe and easy to manipulate.

Fine bone china or sensible pyroceram occupy less cupboard space than fragile pottery or clumsy restaurant ware and respect fine motor skills. 

Small electronics speak for themselves.

A compact power mower has revolutionized garden maintenance, if only because my muscles have learned that they do not have to dread herking the thing through turns and up the stairs. I define ornamental borders by making convenient turns with the machine, then use it at the end of the season to mow down dead stems.

The smallest practical refrigerator reduces food waste, saves electricity, and adds room and counter space in the kitchen. Choose size according to distance from the store.

A wise mentor advised me to leave room for people in my interior layout. The more room I leave, the more room there is for me to be at home as well.  -30-

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