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?

A Practical Present

I’m in the habit of buying practical gifts for my favorite family members and friends.

Very few choices in thermal underwear.
Very few choices in thermal underwear.

Think underwear. I went to 5 stores and finally found thermal underwear at Target.  It was priced as clearance but only black was available.  I bought one set.

These colorful lounge pants are not Charlie's style.
These colorful lounge pants are not Charlie’s style.

Pajama pants were also on my list and I could only find one pair. So for Valentine’s Day Charlie is getting pajama pants and long johns.

I stuffed them in a bag and will surprise him today with a gift from the heart.
I stuffed them in a bag and will surprise him today with a gift from the heart.

Not romantic but necessary.

What are you giving? Getting?

Winter Cheer in the Living Room

I’ve been busy with a number of projects so housekeeping has taken second place to other things.

8 roses for $4.99.
8 roses for $4.99.

I bought an 8-flower bouquet of roses at Trader Joe’s in a very interesting color: something like mercurochrome.

The quince is trying to bloom during the few warm days in the middle of winter in Maryland.
The quince is trying to bloom during the few warm days in the middle of winter in Maryland.

The roses reminded me that our quince bush has been trying to bloom in the yard with very similar-colored buds.

In a few days we should have blooming quince in the house.
In a few days we should have blooming quince in the house.

I cut a few long switches and vased them onto the mantel.

Time to put some of the winter décor away.
Time to put some of the winter décor away.

One room at a time.

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How do you brighten up a room?

Top 10 Photos

I’m always interested to see the photos that readers of Let’s Face the Music click on to get a better look. These results have not changed significantly from 2014.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage in 2011.

I have been writing daily since March, 2011. Back then I didn’t know much about inserting photos into the blog but I have been learning over the past 6 years how to make the photos better and more viewable.

I've taken lots of photos of The Cottage but none made the top ten.
I’ve taken lots of photos of The Cottage but none made the top ten.

The top ten photos viewed on this blog since the beginning are as follows:

10. In tenth position with 71 clicks is a close-up of how we caulked the tub in The Cottage after we laid the laminate flooring.

The trim and edges are well-caulked with silicone caulk.
The trim and edges are well-caulked with silicone caulk.

8. Tied for eighth place with 93 clicks each are the ceramic Christmas trees I spray painted and the bamboo trellises in the garden.

3 green ceramic Christmas trees
3 green ceramic Christmas trees.
Bamboo trellises in our 2011 garden.
Bamboo trellises in our 2011 garden.

7.  The seventh most popular photo with 103 clicks is not extremely artistic, 4 cans of spray paint from a project of painting a small piece of furniture.

Copper and turquoise spray paints
Copper and turquoise spray paints.

5. Tied for fifth place  with 133 clicks each are a demi-john light I was considering for the new kitchen and the architect’s Plan A of the first floor before we started the renovation.

I would have loved these demi-john lights but ultimately decided against them in favor of something smaller and less expensive.
I would have loved these demi-john lights but ultimately decided against them in favor of something smaller and less expensive.
A combination of this plan, Plan A, and Plan B was used to create the new additions.
A combination of this plan, Plan A, and Plan B was used to create the new additions.

4. In fourth place with 154 clicks is the engineer’s drawing of a porch detail.

This drawing is very detailed in what actually makes a porch.
This drawing is very detailed in what actually makes a porch.

3.  In third place with 160 clicks is another bamboo trellis photo.

Some years the trellises are just more attractive.
Some years the trellises are just more attractive.

2. In second place with 245 clicks is yet another bamboo trellis photo.

Our bamboo trellis photos have been well-pinned.
Our bamboo trellis photos have been well-pinned.

1.  Finally in first place with 271 clicks is a color swatch guide to Hardie board siding colors.

Hardie board color swatch chart.
Hardie board color swatch chart.

In the end I guess the most popular things I’ve ever written about are still the versatile and cost-effective bamboo trellises we use in the garden. We’ll be building some new ones this year.  In the mean time if you search “bamboo” on this blog you’ll see a number of posts with details of acquiring bamboo and building trellises.

Do you have a chore you do annually? What and when?

Triptych in the Master Bathroom

By definition a triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.

Notre Dame print and map of France clock.
Notre Dame print and map of France clock.

To finish up the space over the toilet in the master bathroom where I hung a print of Paris and a clock with a map of France I felt there needed to be one more item. I had a piece of shelf glass that would fit well.

Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.
Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.

I wanted to hang it with the least conspicuous hardware which I found at Home Depot. (Naturally the first HD I stopped at did not have it but the one heading in the other direction had a variety of styles on hand.)

The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.
The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.

Using a level and long dry wall anchors that came with the shelf brackets I managed to secure the shelf to the wall allowing enough space for the top of the toilet tank to be removed without taking the shelf down.

The glass shelf is inconspicuous.
The glass shelf is inconspicuous.

The brackets I chose are rated for no deeper than a 6″ glass shelf;  my shelf is closer to 8 inches so I might have to make an adjustment.

The repetition of the color green is working for me.
The repetition of the color green is working for me.

I’m looking for my colorful paper fish to display on the shelf but for now I have a small Limoges box, an enamel lidded box, and a small pitcher.

Shelf décor.
Shelf décor.

Bringing a little more of France into the master suite.

Do you have trouble hanging things level?

List 2017: February Plans

February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.

The Lion King and Wicked are definitely on our list.
The Lion King and Wicked are definitely on our list.

This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)

The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.
The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.

I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway.  It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.

We have pulled the tile we want to utilize for backsplashes.
We have pulled the tile we want to utilize for backsplashes.

I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.

Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.
Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.

Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now.  He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.

The stair runner to the second floor has never been finished.
The stair runner to the second floor has never been finished.

I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do.  More details later.

What’s your favorite month?

Rehanging the Clock

I was trying to think of what to hang in the master bathroom over the toilet and under a new piece of artwork.

Paris map clock
Paris map clock

A loooong time ago I refinished this round clock.

The "clock" I've been using is the grey item next to the blue thing on this shelf.
The “clock” I’ve been using is the grey item next to the blue thing on this shelf.

I had been wanting a clock in the bathroom that I could read the time without my glasses. (I have a small digital timer/clock in there but I can’t see it.)

The chock of wood on the back was not working with a small hook.
The chock of wood on the back was not working with a small hook.

The back of this clock has a block of wood that projects it out from the wall so the first small hook I chose was too small.

The smaller hook would hold the weight of the clock but it wouldn't lie flat against the wall.
The smaller hook would hold the weight of the clock but it wouldn’t lie flat against the wall.

I had to bend the bracket on the back of the clock and use a larger hook in order for it to lie flat on the wall.

Difficult to tell from the photo but the colors actually tie into one another.
Difficult to tell from the photo but the colors actually tie into one another.

So now I have a print of Paris featuring Notre Dame Cathedral and under it is a clock with a map of France, Paris in the center.

I must use the dressing table drawers more efficiently.
I must use the dressing table drawers more efficiently.

I hope the ticking doesn’t drive Charlie crazy.

What household noise bothers you?