I’ve been writing weekly posts for quite a while now, so I’m taking some time off. Gone cruising and maybe do some fishin’ or just laze on a sandy beach!
- Lorre Lei
That is, IF it’s removable and reusable like Casart!
Here’s the “plan” we offer:
IF YOU LIKE YOUR WALLPAPER, AND IT’S CASART, YOU CAN KEEP IT; PERIOD! THAT’S OUR PROMISE AND WE MEAN IT!
- Lorre Lei
Is it possible to downsize without compromising? I don’t think so. Marni Jameson says the trick is to downsize up. Marni’s idea of downsizing is: “an intimate home, but not a broom closet. I want an easy keeper, with enough usable canvas for me to imprint my soul in three dimensions.” She want to live in comfort, be close to some city life, but not so close that she can’t see the stars at night. “I want gracious but not grand, lovely but not lavish, pretty not pretentious.” Is all that possible? Perhaps.
I have a friend who was recently widowed. Originally from Missouri, she’s lived in New Orleans for the past 50 years. She sold her home right after her husband died and has to move before mid-March. She has friends and one son here, another in Missouri and a daughter in Arizona. Her solution is to rent a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment for a year, enjoy the company of her friends, visit the son in Missouri during the hot, humid summer and the daughter in Arizona during the cold winter months. She will be able to take most of her furniture that matters, give children anything they want, have a garage sale and donate what remains to a non-profit. I think she has found a way to downsize without much compromise. Here are some advantages to downsizing.
Designer Becky Dietrich has a Houzz ideabook on how to edit your belongings. It’s the beginning of a series addressing small items, clothing, furniture, etc. Here’s the link to the first installment which tackles photos, kitchen and garden tools, seasonal decorations and collectibles. I can hardly wait to see all of her other suggestions!
At Casart, we keep moving and downsizing in mind as all of our designs are removable AND reusable. It may have graced a wall or an entire room in one home, but could find a new life in a new space in many ways-accent wall, bookcase backings, stair risers, covering a piece of furniture, applied to a folding screen, etc., etc.
- Lorre Lei
Could it be? Will Downton Abbey finally have a conclusion?
The 4th season just opened, fast-forwarding to six months after the tragic death of Matthew and it’s 1922, the Jazz Age. and the end of the Edwardian period. Queen Victoria had reigned for the best part of the 19th century, and the Edwardian period heralded the beginning of a new century with a new king, King Edward VII, on the throne. But his reign was to be brief, lasting a mere nine years. Following the heaviness and dark colors of the Victorian era, people were ready for lighter, brighter, cheerful colors. Wallpapers were florals of roses, lilac, wisteria, and sweet peas, with trellises, ribbons and bows. Stripes were also typical, especially for bedrooms. Dining rooms featured simple but rich patterns such as a gold damask Just think how easy it would have been to change out all those Victorian papers if Casart had been around then.
There’s a wealth of gossipy speculation on line and loads of tidbits about the characters, the actors, the costumes, the food staging, on and on. Here’s the most significant speculation about Abbey’s future. Julian Fellows, Abbey’s writer, is said to have declared, “I don’t want to see our actors with walking sticks and powder in their hair.” so I don’t think it will continue into WWII. (I read it here) However, there’s a lot of material for episodes covering the next 18-20 year period.
Here are a few of the juicier things I learned researching for this post.
The cast all have an odor about them due to the wardrobe policy that forbids washing the garments for fear of destroying their authenticity. Sophie McShera, who plays the cook’s assistance, Daisy, revealed, “They have these weird patches, which are sewn into the armpits and which they wash separately.”
PBS has a wealth of Abbey articles you can purchase from DVDs to totes and books.
The Edwardians usually ate 4 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. All dishes were cut in the kitchen and brought to the table on serving plates offered to each diner by servants. Downton Abbey food stylist, Lisa Heathcote, explained how a traditional Edwardian Christmas meal would comprise an eye-watering six course meal.
In the meantime, you can dine like Lord and Lady Grantham at your own estate.
I’ll never complain about preparing my standing crown pork roast with popovers and plum pudding again!
- Lorre Lei
Do you live in one of the 10 most interior design-savvy cities in America? Elite Fixtures conducted a study last July to determine these cities. They started with 50 potential candidates based on population, median home prices and proximity to design schools. Then they established an objective ranking methodology based on the following:
The goal was see if they could answer the most important question of all – how much disposable income is being spent on interior design?
Here are the winners.
The nation’s capital is also a national center for the arts.
Miami is home to many of America’s rich & famous.
Durham residents spent the highest amount of their income on interior remodeling.
San Francisco has top design programs, internationally acclaimed art and architecture.
Atlanta has the most interior design professionals per capita on this list
New Yorkers, living in one of the most population-dense cities, are very conscious of making the most of their living space.
Perhaps because St. Louis has the most affordable homes on the list, owners don’t skimp on design costs.
Not surprising that Chicago, with 3 top design schools, is right up at the top.
And the winner is…
Bean Town is known for being highly cultured, despite its nickname.
In conclusions, Elite Fixtures had this to say. “We suppose it’s not too surprising that colder cities (where people spend more time indoors) have a higher affinity for interior design. The North East and The South — places known for not wearing white after Labor Day — also made an excellent showing in our list of design conscious cities.”
Reminds me, have to check to see if I put my white shoes away for the winter!
- Lorre Lei