Looking for Pink Tile

I am searching for some vintage pink tile to replace the broken pieces in our original bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.

Aside from asking at The Tile Shop I haven’t really started my search until yesterday.

Community Forklift is easy to find following the directions on its website.

After work I drove to a suburb of Washington DC to a salvage yard called Community Forklift.

Building salvage

They house a supply of building salvage like radiators, doors, windows, furniture, mantel pieces, plumbing fixtures, etc.

Boxes of tile are marked on top with a sample piece of what’s inside.

Since I was specifically searching for tile I sifted carefully through the surplus tile aisle.

If I were looking for white I might have found some.

There was a good supply of vintage white tile including sanitary base and bullnose tiles.

This style of tile came in blue, red, and aqua.

Among the boxes were some interesting mosaics.

This tile would make an interesting project — a bench maybe.

I liked this textured yellow tile.

You don’t see tile like this much — ever.

I was intrigued by the wheat stalk listello. Not my cup of tea but interesting.

Light pink tile — too light.

Finally I spotted just one box of pink tile. I really need bullnoses.

My tiles (left and right) just don’t match.

Unfortunately the tile was neither bullnose nor a good match to the tile in the bathroom. so I passed on the $17.50 box of tile.

Thankfully I don’t need a stove.

I’m sure if I had more time I could find something I can’t live without at Community Forklift.

Do you shop salvage stores?

Pillow Shopping

I visited our local model home clearance center (I try to visit at least once a month to check out the inventory) and found some good deals on throw pillows.

The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.
The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.

The pillows are only $5 each. The first one I spotted was this oblong paisley pillow. The back is blue velvet.

A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.
A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.

A soft, beautiful, blue velvet pillow which would work in any room in the house was also available.

I keep tweaking.
I keep tweaking.

Since I’m planning to keep the loveseats in the conservatory I’ll use it there to start.

I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.
I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.

I bought grey cut-velvet pillow.

A very elegant embroidered grey velvet pillow.
A very elegant embroidered grey faux suede pillow.

Just as I was getting ready to stand in the checkout line I saw a smaller pale grey pillow embroidered with over-size pussy willows.

Soft and cute.
Soft and cute.

I’m using this one in the bedroom with my new pale pink sheets that I received as a birthday present.

What have you had fun purchasing?

February, 2017: Keep Stairing

Although it seems like we accomplished little last month when I checked back some things did get done.

Our security lights are now well-positioned.
Our security lights are now well-positioned.

The first item checked off the list was to reset the security light that shines on the driveway.  Now when anything or anybody moves in the area to the west of the house 2 bright lights come on for 5 minutes.  It has made a wonderful difference to coming home after dark.

The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.
The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.

I also hung a glass shelf on the wall behind the toilet in the master bathroom.  I’m not sure if it is as solidly hung as it should be but it hasn’t fallen yet.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
Blossoming quince.

I forced some quince branches to blossom early to give us some spring color in the living room.

Rattan bench for the conservatory.
Rattan bench for the conservatory.

There was also some rearranging of furniture when I bought a rattan bench for the conservatory and sold my drafting table on Craigslist.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
Grey wicker chair.

And I bought a new chair, some pillows, and a tray at my favorite model home furniture resale store.

At last the runner is finished.
At last the runner is finished.

The most time consuming project in February was sewing and installing a runner for the steps that go from the first to the second floor.

Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.
Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.

At the end of the month we hurried up with a 3-day road trip to New York City and a quick paint project.

The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.
The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.

That’s at least 9 items that kept us busy.  Looking back over the list it seems our focus was on staircases.

Looking back what have you accomplished?

Forcing Quince Branches

Our flowering quince bush has grown very large over the past 10 years.

The quince is trying to bloom during the few warm days in the middle of winter in Maryland.
In spring the quince is covered with pink flowers, in summer it’s covered with green leaves.

Before that I transplanted it a lot and it stayed relatively small.

It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.
It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.

I noticed that the unseasonably warm weather was causing a few flowers to open on the bush.

Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.
Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.

I decided to cut some branches to take in the house because they are interesting and sculptural.

The sticks blossom more each day.
The sticks blossom more each day.

After about a week the buds began to bloom.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
The usually pink blossoms seem to be whiter than normal.

So springlike.

Do you force flower bushes in the house? (Works with forsythia, pussy willow, etc.)

A Few Accessories for the Conservatory

I’m sure Charlie doesn’t understand my desire to lighten the conservatory.

We've been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.
We’ve been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.

When I told him I bought a rattan bench he looked bewildered.

The chair fit easily in my hatchback.
The chair fit easily in my hatchback.

Then I sent him a photo of a grey wicker chair and he said, “Ok!?” Later he asked where the chair is for.

The grey chair complements the grey door.
The grey chair complements the grey door.

I purchased the wicker chair from our local model home resale store.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
This chair is sturdy and comfortable.

I used a flat toile pillow from the living room for a seat cushion.

Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.
Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.

I also purchased 3 velvet pillows for $5 each.  I understand velvet is “in” now.

A large blue lacquer tray.
A large blue lacquer tray.

Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.

I like how the colors are coming together.
I like how the colors are coming together.

For $8 I knew I’d find a spot for it.

Do you have a favorite shopping emporium?

Looking for a Looking Glass

Due to the position of the light switch and outlet near my dressing table I have been unable to find a suitable mirror.

The light is centered above the dressing table and a wall mirror should be centered under it.
The light is centered above the dressing table and a wall mirror should be centered under it.

From time to time I would check Craigslist, antique stores, resale shops, and catalogs.

 If centered under the light fixture above, the mirror covers the switch.
If centered under the light fixture above, the mirror shouldn’t cover the switch above my dressing table.

Usually the mirrors are too wide.  I need something just about 18 inches wide not made from plastic or resin or other cheap imitations.

Oak trimmed beveled mirror for $34.
Oak trimmed beveled mirror for $34.

Yesterday on Craigslist I saw a vintage 20″ by 38″ mirror at a reasonable price.  Charlie and I went for a drive to pick it up and decided for the price, $34, that I could definitely use it someplace.

I love the arched top and the mirror bevel.
I love the arched top and the mirror bevel.

It fits perfectly above my dressing table without covering  the light switch and plug.

This mirror weighs a lot -- at least 20 pounds.
This mirror weighs a lot — at least 20 pounds.

For now it’s just leaning against the wall, tomorrow we’ll hang it

Do you furnish a room all at once or collect just the right pieces?

Perfect Little Sofa Table

I spotted the Vittsjö laptop table on the Ikea website to be used in the Cottage.

The Vittsjo table is less than $30.
The Vittsjo table is less than $30.

The real selling point was that is comes in red. (Also comes in white and black-brown.)

Glass and metal table.
Glass and metal table.

We checked it out at the store and it looked as good as we thought it would.

The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.
The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.

We were home about half an hour when I got a text with the picture above.

A convenient place to put one's feet up and have a cup of coffee.
A convenient place to put up one’s feet and have a cup of coffee.

The Cottage tenant had already put it together and and put it to use.

Do you have a favorite nesting spot?