Friday, March 25, 2016

Modular

Industrial wire shelving, dairy crates (not hard to find from legal sources), hanging file folders, surplus airtight rectangular steel storage boxes, and flap-lid plastic bins share common dimensions.

A set-up using these components will stay relatively free of dust if it's in a weather-stripped room with little traffic. Add a HEPA air filter.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Switch

Now and then it makes sense to change the way we use a room. I find that if I set up a work area in a space I've been using for leisure or sleep, it's convenient to leave lighting and windows as was. It's a small matter to move in a wire shelving unit on heavy wheels and add a work table and specific task lighting.

Now that I've thrashed through the process numerous times in numerous areas, on a good day I can set up a space in fifteen minutes.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Sommelier

While I was contemplating pre-sliced salami in a local grocery store, a charming immigrant couple asked me what they should drink to accompany it. I said I don't pay much attention to alcoholic beverages, but I would choose a beer, chianti, or simply try things. The last option delighted them.

When I got home, I stared at the ceiling for a while and wondered if I should have mentioned classic cola. The resident good old boy refers to it as "American wine" and used to order it with a warm weather coffee shop breakfast.

I remembered the Japanese tradition of accompanying a meal with a light broth-some kind of Mediterranean soup would be good, perhaps the liquid generated by a pot of pistou, easy on the cheese, pesto, bread crumbs, and olive oil. One could salvage the vegetables and pickle them lightly to serve over salad. Mine the first chapters of early twentieth century American cookbooks for clear soups.

A generous antique dealer gave me several elaborate place settings of vintage cafe' ware. The options include two-handled bouillon cups. The culture has changed greatly if even the most utilitarian table service once included such a course.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Not On The Wall

The market is full of clever ways to mount inventory on a wall, but I find that doing so is more trouble than it's worth. The French and Italian terms for furniture translate as "movables". Using freestanding units simplifies life under the roof. Make a movable even more so by setting Magical Sliding buttons under each piece.


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Table Linen, Literally

I tossed a length of washed unprimed artist's portrait linen over the dining table just for the heck of it. The cloth is a good background for cleanly projects like sorting papers and folding napkins. Ironed plain-woven white linen napkins look terrific against the rustic fabric. I look forward to serving Sunday dinner on the composition.

I have, and treasure, several sets of cutwork Belgian linen cloth and napkin sets from the 1950s heyday of art needle. Using both cutwork cloth and napkin on the same tabletop is over-rich for my 2016 eye, but breaking up the set and combining it with plain linen napkins is just right for certain meals. Cutwork napkins will be a hoot to use with the portrait linen. 

Portrait linen is far from inexpensive. The stuff I was playing with was leftover from an upholstery project. I'm grateful to have stumbled across a chance to innovate. 


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