Friday, March 1, 2019

The Gaze

With spring approaching, it's time to fine tune the keeping room. Demands on the space vary from month to month. I simply to pull up a director's chair and look at the space. The process often generates hundreds of dollars worth of home improvement for the price of a cup of coffee and an hour or so of time. The trick is to shift the chair here and there to vary the point of view slightly -30-
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Moat

Coffee on the keyboard syndrome is not kind to the ears, so I set the cup on a small table next to the furniture desktop. Where or however it spills become merely a housekeeping problem -30-
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Low-tech Furnishings Stay Relevant

Over decades, I have acquired, accepted, and donated several truckloads of amenities from friends and family. The process is not unlike the feeding habits of the baleen whale. Well-designed human-powered pieces like a cast-iron frying pan or folding director's chair hold their value through the whirlwinds of innovation that are the new norm. Time and resources are smartly invested in the cutting edge of that which changes and is probably electrified -30-
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Always Useful, Always Different

Guru-janitor Don Aslett described a certain class of storage devices as junk bunkers. There's a whole big box industry dedicated to marketing the stuff. Aslett argues that it's more effective to edit inventory than stand on one's head figuring out how to house it.


Nearly every room here holds a version of the classic foot locker. With child safety assured by devices that lock the lid, these small trunks more than earn their keep with the versatile storage and seating they afford. Magical Sliding Castors enable flexible positioning -30-
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Monday, February 25, 2019

Washday Miracle

I replaced a small portable automatic washer with an equally small and portable unit from another manufacturer. The new machine cost twice as much, washes twice the load, and was delivered directly to the laundry room by a crew from a long-established local appliance company. The electricity bill is noticeably smaller this month. I will be back -30-
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