To start I vacuumed everything: floors, seats, cracks and crevices. This was helpful but didn’t really do the trick.
I took out the floors mats that were removable and shook them and beat them with a stick (I have a rug beater but can’t find it). This allowed a beach’s worth of sand to fall out of the rugs.
I brushed small spaces with the tooth-brush to loosen the dust and vacuumed again.
I used the multi-purpose spray on all the hard plastic areas
And finished up with window cleaner.
Wow, I love this car.
On a warm day I may pull out the carpet machine and clean the upholstery with it. But until then it smells so nice, better than new car smell. I think I’ll pop in a CD, put the seat back and relax. (Just kidding!)
Are you putting off a complex yet satisfying chore? Me, too!
The lodge in the photo above has many interesting rooms which can be seen with links in this earlier post. The dining room, like the other public rooms, has a rustic flavor befitting a hunting lodge with certain more elegant details befitting a great house. Much of the decoration in the dining room centers around fish and fishing. Notice the taxidermy specimens on the wall. Exposed wood beams support the ceiling and a former gaslight ceiling fixture has been electrified.
The dining room is fairly symmetrical, centered on the fireplace. Matching window seats are built into the bowed windows at either end.
This room may be entered through a swinging door from the kitchen hall, through the breakfast room or from the centrally located entrace hall to the house. Notice the grand scale of the carpet.
Dinner seating in this large room is accomplished by rearranging 3 tables to accomodate various numbers of guest. The main table comfortably seats 6.
Add one more table and you have 10 seats total. If you need more than that add the other drop leaf table with or without raising the leaf. They are usually configured into one long table for dinner or may be used individually for a buffet party to keep the traffic flowing.
This room is used daily for dining. Do you have a room designated as the “dining room”? Do you use it for dining? Or some other purpose?
On the left bank of the Seine, in the Latin Quarter of Paris, at the corner of Rue Cujas and Rue Victor Cousin is the Grand Hotel Saint Michel. While we were in Paris walking near La Sorbonne (in October) we didn’t know what this building was, we only knew that the window boxes were well-tended and elegant.
Flowers on the building from 2 blocks away caught our attention
As we got closer the effect of uniform plants at every window was stunning. The softness of the green vines against the solid architecture and the pop of red was not too exuberant just charming and welcoming.
In Paris as well as the outlying areas we never noticed that anyone had succumbed to using faux posies. While I don’t think I have the tenacity to tend window boxes at The Glade, I’m sure these lovely windows will inspire something. Maybe bridesmaid bouquets at a wedding.
Oooooooooo, how about a planting at the Cottage? Oh, yes, I can (almost) see it now.
What inspires you? How do you manage your inspirational ideas: in a shoe box, in a file cabinet, on a computer, in a journal, in an album? On a pile on the floor in the bedroom? Yikes!
Sidebar: I refuse to succumb to fake flowers and greenery myself. (This is not a pledge just a passing fancy.)
I went to Paris with the intention of buying a trench coat but the weather was unseasonably warm and so I forgot about it until the final few days we were there. At that point, with Charlie’s help, the search was on: we looked in department stores, in an underground mall, in specialty stores, in “the passages”, and in neighborhood boutiques. No success. So while 90 per cent of the women in Paris were wearing trench coats of different colors, lengths and cuts, I couldn’t find one.
The standard of all trench coats is Burberry: leather buckles, bound buttonholes, engraved pearl buttons, silk lining. Aaaaah.
The back is equally elegant.
Now that I’m back in the good old US I’m determined to have a trench coat. My parameters are:
a light color in the greige family
seam detailing that tapers the bodice
belt with a buckle
less than $100.
And so the search began on the internet and I knew immediately (after trying to locate one in France) that without a specific brand and model, this search would be haphazard and fruitless .
I looked in our brand new, well-stocked TJ Maxx and a second TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Jones of New York, Ann Taylor, Marshalls, Ross, and Banana Republic. Fruitless. I found trench coats, even trench coats in a good color. The one problem that united them: they’re too short. I want the coat to at least come to my knees. Every one I tried on was at least 4 inches above my knees. I’m 5 feet 5 inches which in my family is NOT TALL.
In the 2nd round off shopping (really the 5th round if you count before Paris, Paris and internet.) I tried L.L. Bean, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, and Talbots .
L.L. Bean had a nice coat on sale for $99 but only had large and extra large in stock in the store. I would need to order it from the website. When I went to the website the coat was $129. Hmmm.
L L Bean Trench Coat
Macy carried lots of choices. I tried Jones New York (too short). Calvin Klein had a nice shoulder detail but back had a split rather than a pleat (the pleat would keep me dryer in the rain).
London Fog at Macy’s had a nice back pleat but no shoulder flap detail.
I finally ordered a London Fog Trench coat from Overstock.com (details below).
London Fog Tench Coat that I ordered.
This has a similar back shoulder detail to the Calvin Klein above, a button down flap and the back vent is pleated. I like the buckles at the wrist.
London Fog Women’s Double-breasted Trench Coat
Option: Toffee S
It seems to be a classic coat at a nice price. It won’t be long before I’m in the trench.
Do you look all over the place for one item? Are you relieved to finally make a decision?
This might be a great place to use souvenirs from our trip to France. I had two maps which are pictured below. The bottom one looked a little too much like blodshot eyes so I chose the top one.
Cut the map of France into a circle a bit larger than the clock face.
Mark where the numbers go on the side of the the clock face making special note of the 12.
Iron the map by laying down a piece of cloth on your ironing board (just in case anything transfers), then the map and then a piece of cotton cloth. Iron the map just until it lies flat. If you iron too long it will become brittle.
Scuff up the clock by sanding it lightly
and put down a thin layer of spray adhesive on both the clock and the back of the map.
Stick the map to the clock and let it set up for about 5 minutes before trimming the edges with a razor blade.
Using a rag rub the face of the map to assure no air bubbles especially around the edges.
Lay the edge of the razor blade at a 45 degree angle to the surface and slide around the edge.
Use a sharp blade!
I found some number stencils to help with the time telling and transferred them to the surface with a stencil brush and latex paint filling in the spaces with a detail brush. There are any number of alternatives for numbering: stick-on numbers, draw them, use marks instead of actual numbers, Roman numerals, etc. I only placed numbers at the cardinal points (12, 3, 6, and 9). Perhaps I should have used N, W, S, E instead. Wish I’d have thought of it.
Cover the whole thing with 2 layers of Modge Podge, one before numbering and one after.
Replace the hands and time mechanism.
Have you got things you don’t want to throw away but aren’t quite right for your decor? Can you modify them?