New Conservatory Furniture

I’ve had the loveseats in the conservatory since 1981.  Originally they were upholstered in cream colored wool.

The loveseat slip covers have held up well.
The loveseat slip covers have held up well.

In 1991 I made matching flowered slipcovers and they’ve been in those covers ever since.

Loveseats in the living room.
Loveseats in the living room.

When I moved into The Glade in 1997 the loveseats were in the living room.

The loveseats face each other in conservatory now.
The loveseats face each other in conservatory now.

When the conservatory was built in 2014 I moved both loveseats into the conservatory.

The scene outside the windows is woodsy.
The scene outside the windows is woodsy.

I really would like to change the style of the conservatory to a more outdoor style room.

Avalon daybed at Serena and Lily is $1300.
Avalon daybed at Serena and Lily is $1300.

I thought I would like a daybed but realized it would probably be a little too large for the space. I especially admired the rattan daybed at Melissa’s of The Inspired Room.

I'm hoping this bench is a perfect fit in the conservatory.
I’m hoping this bench is a perfect fit in the conservatory.

I was excited when a new Grandin Road catalog came to the house with an almost identical rattan bench, except that it is smaller than a daybed.  It is more the size of my loveseats.

The price is less than half of the full-sized model.
The price is less than half of the full-sized model.

I ordered one.

Have you found something you’ve been looking for?

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.

LivingRoomRoses

How do you brighten up a room?

A Pink Tile Bathroom

Ugh, you say.

Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.
Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.

Our pink tile bathroom is tiny and original to the house.

This crack hasn't always been in the pink bathroom.
This crack hasn’t always been in the pink bathroom.

Unfortunately when we had the additions put on something must have put pressure on this bathroom because a couple of tiles cracked. Naturally they’re in a conspicuous spot.

Vanity lights are reflected in the pink tiles.
Vanity lights are reflected in the pink tiles.

In our boxes of tile I found vintage pink tiles: one designated on the back as “new” and 2 more as “old”.

The old tile matches perfectly -- now I need to find more.
The old tile matches perfectly — now I need to find more.

My plan is to try to find additional vintage pink tiles because I need a bullnose tile.

The tiles under the glass shelf should be bullnosed.
The tiles under the glass shelf should be bullnosed.

As a matter of fact if I can find a half dozen pink bullnose tiles it would be even better since the tiles under the shelf under the mirror should be bullnose but are not. Two have even been carved out to accommodate a former medicine cabinet.

Hoping there's some vintage pink tile in the stock at a local salvage store.
Hoping there’s some vintage pink tile in the stock at a local salvage store.

I’m searching locally first where I hope to be successful.

Where do you find vintage salvage?

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?

I Bought Seeds

Now that the greenhouse has been erected and bolted down it’s time to begin using it.

We eliminated four 4'by4' squares to accommodate the 6' by 6' greenhouse.
We eliminated four 4’by4′ squares to accommodate the 6′ by 6′ greenhouse.

We did our research on early spring crops and came up with the following:

The garden in July, 2016.
The garden in July, 2016.

Radishes and peas — sow directly outdoors.

We've had great success in the past with radishes but not so much with peas.
We’ve had great success in the past with radishes but not so much with peas.

The peas will have their own square but I suggested to Charlie that the radishes be planted around exterior of the greenhouse since they grown quickly and look attractive.

We haven't grown Swiss chard for a few years. It's the red plant in the garden of 2010.
We haven’t grown Swiss chard for a few years. It’s the red plant in the garden of 2010.

Lettuce, Swiss chard — start indoors.

Both lettuce and Swiss chard are planted 4 per square foot so one 4′ by 4′ square would accommodate 64 plants. That’s a lot of seed starting.

Here is the garden plan viewed from a similar angle as the photo above.
Here is the garden plan viewed from a similar angle as the first photo above.

We number the garden squares from the driveway side since that is the actual entrance.  Now that 4 squares have been removed we might have to come up with another numbering scheme.

Looking forward to a fence of sunflowers.
Looking forward to a fence of sunflowers.

I bought myself some Lemon Queen sunflower seeds which I personally am going to plant earlier this year than I did last year. I may even start them inside.

Hoping to plant in the near future.

What’s your favorite crop?

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?

Tile Quote for 3 Backsplashes

When our tile setter came to quote the work to install 3 tile backsplashes we actually presented him with 4 projects.

The kitchen backsplash tile -- Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.
The kitchen backsplash tile — Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.

I’ll start with the extra project first.   We were thinking of using the leftover tile from the kitchen backsplash to also tile the front of the fireplace.

The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore's "Swallow".
The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore’s “Swallow”.

Now it is painted brick.  We thought this Royal Grey limestone might look good in a herringbone pattern.

Item #3: Fireplace surround $960.
Item #3: Fireplace surround — $960.

However when the proposal for the small fireplace surround came in it was $960!  Way too much.  We’ll just keep the painted brick.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

The conservatory bathroom is the first item: First floor bath — $517.

The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.
The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.

The second item: Second floor bath (master bathroom) — $677.

A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.
A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.

Finally, the fourth item: Kitchen backsplash in the Cottage — $832.

We're hoping there's enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.
We’re hoping there’s enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.

We were hoping to use subway tile set in a herringbone pattern thus the extra charge.

Frankly we were surprised at these prices as they were more than expected.

Do you negotiate proposed prices?