A new weekly feature: Friday Link Love. As jammed as the interwebs are with link bait (deceptive headlines leading to useless content) and scrapers (sites that try to survive by copying others’ original content), there certainly are gems — true reporters and creators of unique original content — out there. Every couple of Fridays, I’ll spotlight a few, including from tips I may get from readers. And most assuredly, I won’t show you anything that looks like gravy (!) — (read on and you’ll understand…)
#1 — Pink Bathrooms: “Get with the program, people!”
- Pink Bathrooms: Hot or not? I think that the Bergen Record thinks they are! — Reporter Kathy Lynn wrote a great story, including input from a long interview with Defender o’ The Pink aka me.
#2 — “Unchanging blandness seems to depress the human soul”
- Brilliant: My favorite blogger, Martin Holladay of Green Building Advisor, explores whether and why it’s not ideal to be always comfortable in your house. A draft or chill in winter? Too hot in the summer? It can be really good for us!
Designers and homeowners need to remember that it is sometimes OK to live in an imperfect house — one that feels a little hot in July and a little cold and drafty in January. In fact, this type of imperfect house might be more affordable (or even “greener”) than an expensive Passivhaus…. If you take this approach, you might discover that your imperfect house is fine just the way it is.
#3 and #4 — Dorothy Draper: “Show me nothing that looks like gravy!”
- The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about Dorothy Draper (I’m sending you to the google page – it’s the first story — a trick that crafty Colleen discovered gets us behind the paywall) — one of the 20th Century’s most influential interior designers, including during the postwar era. Reporter David Colman points out that there is not just one definition of mid-century design: Draper shrugged off restrained “gray-scale elegance” and instead, designed in “Technicolor Colonial.”He visited The Greenbrier, one of her colorful tours de force, and said:
A century ago, people came to “take the waters” for their rheumatism—but today, victims of seasonal affective disorder should come and take the colors.
- Relatedly, in a 2012 New York Times story, Draper protege and successor Carleton Varney pointed out:
Well, Dorothy wasn’t a minimalist, by any means. She used to say in her magnificent way, “Show me nothing that looks like gravy!” No fabrics that look beige, gray or mousy or gravy-like.
I take great (colorful) comfort that the great DD would agree with me re: today’s drab Greige Nation.
# 5 — I love coffee, yes, I do!
- How else to keep your happy turned on high? The Washington Post reports that the nation’s top nutrition panel says we should drink more coffee. YAYAYAAY. I love coffee, yes, I do, and am certain I am already getting the recommended three-to-five cups daily.