December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Look for Less!

One of my favorite websites for scoping out fashions is "The Look 4 Less."  Jen Madigan, the blogger, features the high-end fashions that moneyed-people (or silly, pretentious people) wear and then shows one or sometimes more reasonably priced alternatives to get the "look" without spending money that is better spent elsewhere than on cloth for one's back or plastic for the soles of one's feet!  I often visit The Look 4 Less to get newly-inspired as I continue to ever so slowly (so damn slowly) continue to shed ounces and fractions of inches that I've spent the past 25 years putting on my yes, I really am almost a petite frame...  Thank you, Jen Madigan! 

Today I came across a blog entry from Visual Eye Candy entitled "Designer Look on a Budget" that did the same thing - except design-wise rather than clothing-wise - and I thought it was very well done! 

Debbie, the blogger of Visual Eye Candy, featured a photograph of a designer-put-together living room.  She then showed an "idea board" she had created of how various elements of that look could be put together, where she "shopped" for them and how much each one cost.  Now that is the kind of blog information I want to read!  I found it helpful and informative, and cool to look at too.  There are probably 220 million different decorating styles in the USA today (that's my estimate of the number of women decorating households these days in the USA, and I think I'm probably under-counting).  What many of us want is HELP.  What we NEED is information.  PRACTICAL ADVICE.  Those multi-million dollar homes that some bloggers offer us with "budget" decorating tips (oh please!) add nothing to the conversation we want to hear!

So, KUDOS TO DEBBIE OF VISUAL EYE CANDY for a blog post that provided the visuals and the information that many of us clueless out here are looking for!  Thank you, Debbie.  Whether one wants to recreate the look that Visual Eye Candy demonstrated or do something else, Debbie provided an easy-to-follow road map of how to do that look -- and that knowledge can be applied to any look.  That's good information

There are probably few among us who are not looking for ways to save money when we can.  I have great admiration for women who come up with alternatives that will give them a designer look or a  decorator look they want without the often ridiculous cost of the original look. 

I mean, really, does your butt feel any more comfortable sitting on a $5,000 chair than it does on a $250 chair or a gently used chair purchased from Goodwill with a down slip pillow on top of its cushion?  Have you ever asked your butt?  Do you think it really knows the difference, darlings!  We just know what we like, what appeals to our sense of what makes us comfortable -- and 99 times out of 100, it has nothing to do with how much something cost.  In the end, does it really make a difference how little we might have paid for something that makes us happy???  

What about a place to rest one's stinky feet at the end of a hard, long day?

Well!  This isn't my forte, you understand, but I thought what the heck, let's take a crack at it.  You could spend thousands (don't know exactly, because the price is NOT put online anywhere that I could readily find), for Henredon's (you know the brand - uber expensive dahlinks!) "Susan Bench" -- ha, some "bench": 

Width: 17"; Height: 20"; Depth: 24"

Or you could spend $230 to buy the Safavieh Hand-Carved Roxie Zebra Stool:

24W x 16D x 23H in.

I don't know about the "Susan Bench", by the Safavieh Hand-Carved Roxie Zebra Stool features hand-carved hard wood. In my opinion, Roxie's 3-inches more height than Susan Bench also makes it more conducive to being used either as a footstool or an actual "bench" or boudoir seat. 

Or, you could spend even less and get a "look" for the Roxie that I found at Kaboodle -- note: don't know if this ottoman is still available from Target:

Dimensions: unknown.  Hardwood in expresso finish.  The X-Bench ottoman, Target, for $79.99

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