The attic needs more insulation. And the crush of excess belongings — including tons of stuff accumulated for the last house and tons of stuff “rescued” from local estate sales — is causing serious feng shui energy constipation. Hey, I can’t make it to Washington, D.C. for the real deal Rally with Jon Stewart and i-luv-Stephen Colbert, hence: The Garage Sale to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Saturday, Oct. 30. My house.
Geraniums are geraniums, right? They come in lipstick hues and bloom like fools all summer. Think again, dear reader, you partly right. But, the name is the thing! What you know as a geranium is really classed as a pelargonium. But you have the color sense down pat. As you read this, I bet you flash on the range of white through pink to red and orange that these flowers come in: apple blossom pink, siren coral, electric watermelon, ruby red, salmon pink, purple-magenta, and more. And, I raise the ante: these darlings in your mind’s eye are potted in a simple serviceable terra cotta pot or set in threes in a white window box. Heck yeah there is more →
I stopped quick by my friend Ron’s store today and spotted this scrumptious 30″ Kenmore electric range for sale. It looked to us to be a late 1960s or into the 1970s piece, and it seemed to be in terrific shape. Note the stainless steel stovetop, drawer on the bottom and the tall back shelf. And the googie glass! Goodness, if it had been 40″ I would have swapped it out for my 1959 GE Pushbutton in a heartbeat. I know there are readers out there looking for a 30″ vintage range. If you’re interested in this one, which is located in Pittsfield, Mass., contact Berkshire County Used Furniture. Tell Ron or Becky I sent you!
Fabrics in a geranium print are a great way to bring your plants in for the winter. Genius! Especially for those whose plants succumbed to frost or you did not have geraniums this year to bring in. Here are my “winter” curtains in the sunny kitchen window. This fabric came from my grandmother’s stash. Unhemmed after all these years, this fabric still hangs in my one kitchen window. I switch out the other curtains, using these instant curtain clippies: 1 inch cafe curtain rings. Heck yeah there is more →
Hurry! Do you still have potted summer geraniums? If you have not had a heavy frost in your area, you can bring these half-hardy perennials inside to overwinter. That is what our Mid Century Modest forebears would have done. Overwintering geraniums is easy. You have two options: (1) dormant style, in which your sleeping beauties are set out to be kissed into bloom next summer; and (2) houseplant style, with some winter bloom depending on your light conditions but always, the fat, padded, escalloped leaves to enjoy. In either case, you will have plants for next year’s white window box or terra cotta porch pot. Heck yeah there is more →