Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Select for Versatility

School shooters take all the fun out of wearing black, but I have yet to find a better choice for building a simple, compact, and versatile wardrobe. Over the last twelve years, I have replaced nearly every classic garment with a mid-range black equivalent. Careful choices add to the vocabulary of expression my very small closet affords. A visit to cutting edge design sites once or twice a year gives me the courage of my convictions. 

Considering the tabletop inventory the other day, I found myself longing for a shallow serving basin like one I had spotted in an antique store but passed over. I toyed with ordering one from a northeastern supplier of excellent traditional pottery, but stayed my hand with the plastic, preferring empty shelf space to yet another vessel to administer. A brief break on the couch let me realize that last year's break-the-budget enameled cast iron saute' pan was the very thing and already hanging on the pot rack.

Oregon Round-up wool blankets have slowly displaced every other soft furnishing and supplemented vintage upholstery as well. 

I decided that a standard bed pillow was going to be the only pillow in the house. I fashioned street-legal easily washable cases from white and khaki coarse-textured cotton dish towels. Leaving the pillows in plain view slashes long seconds from making the bed. Standardized units make it trivial to rearrange soft furnishings for guests or seasonal variation -30-

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