Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blind Yoga

Consider the street view of the house when organizing the interior. Raise shades even with the window sash. Be consistent from room to room. This simple deliberation adds considerable peace and dignity to ordinary daily life.    -30-
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

As Needed

I have long experimented with folding furniture that can be brought out of a storage area. I started the practice because I found it depressing to contemplate space that's all dressed up with no place to go. Editing a room to the functioning essentials leaves it fast to use and easy to maintain. Since I store clothing in hanging nylon shoe bags and in chests, the closets are free to hold minor pieces of furniture.

Good low-tech housekeeping practice includes rounding up kerosene lamps and candlesticks at the end of the day. Sources of light are cleaned and trimmed after the breakfast dishes are washed. The process ensures fire safety, controls consumption of expensive wax and fuel, and simplifies dusting. Handling electric lighting the same way has the same benefits. In Seattle, summer daylight lasts so long that we rarely use electric light during the warm months. I simply dust and stow the lamps, a few of which are solar-powered.

The in-house musician has filled the front parlor with the mysterious artifacts of his craft. Some of the performance amenities are very useful in daily life. I rest my legs on a small folding X-stool as I type. The thing weighs next to nothing and is just the right height to keep my veins happy. The seat is flat and sized to support a meal tray or small project. King Tut and Roman emperors sat on something similar.

A music stand adjusts to become a very useful feather weight side table. Our thrift version with its faded stencil of a high school name is far from elegant, but I am told the brand is stellar. I can grab it with one hand, put no stress on my joints, and have a horizontal surface where and when I want it. 

With the small essentials of daily life stowed in a side bag, I can move freely and effectively both in and out of the house.    -30-
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An Unexpected Staple

Putty-colored high thread-count cotton drop cloths from the hardware store are variously useful in the interior. Cover a table with one to skirt it for warmth and to establish a discreet storage area for cases of drinks, small children, and dogs. Simply tuck excess fabric under itself and top with a waterproof layer and more elegant cloth for entertaining.

Drop cloths work as casual curtains and cover seating to link miscellaneous styles.    -30-
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