My weekly horoscope:
Aries (March 21-April 19)
You will swing your focus to home, family and your private life for the next month. This will manifest in several ways, depending on the details of your own life. For starters, it makes you want to focus on your home more than usual. You might want to cocoon at home and sort of “hide.” However, for many of you, this focus on home will mean tackling home repairs, home redecorating projects and even home renovations. Some will become more involved with family members, especially a parent. And because fiery Mars enters the picture on Wednesday, June 24, you will also have to be patient with family members to avoid arguments. And there you have it.
You might want to cocoon at home and sort of “hide,” dear reader. Next weekend, we wallpaper. Oh, Reiner is an Aries, too.
In the meantime, here’s an earlier post that bears a re-run. It sets the stage for that which follows!
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By now you’ve read about my housekeeping habits and know a bit about my personal dress code. Therefore, I’m sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you that my taste in interior decor is… missing in action.
That does not mean that I don’t have an appreciation for the well-appointed room. I like light and airy, clean lines, uncluttered surfaces. Like this:
Let me show you some swatches from the room that I occupy pretty much 15 hours a day.
Ok, how about we step back a bit and get the whole enchilada up for display. It’s a largish room, about 23 feet long. We each have a computer station in either corner of the longest wall. It’s dark.
You still with me? You probably have a few questions. Let’s see if I can anticipate them.
Q: OK, Maggie, you like light, why is it so dark?
A: A valid point. There are two east-facing windows that are shuttered. I cannot understand it, but Reiner prefers them that way. It’s a privacy thing, I think. As for the wallpaper (shudder), replacing it has been on the list of things to do for quite some time. You will note, however, it is not on the list of FUN things to do. We purchased rolls of textured off-white paper and they are aging nicely in the storeroom.
Q: Wallpaper!? Why not paint?
A: Why not, indeed. When I purchased the house eight years ago, the sellers had completed a major renovation of the place. They restored most of the painted wood trim, and updated the windows, plumbing, and all of the “mechanics” as well as drywalling all of the rooms. All of them, that is, except the living room-slash-mission control. The walls underneath are the old lath and plaster jobs, probably full of horsehair. And there are at least two layers of wallpaper. To redo the walls “properly” is not something that interests us, in terms of money, time, or desire.
Q: Fair enough. But that doesn’t explain the mish-mash of textiles in the furnishings.
A: Yeah, well. Remember those seventeen moves I was telling you about? In my more generous moments, I like to think of this room as an homage to all of the living rooms I have known. The plaid loveseat and it’s mate in the den came free with the Cambridge condo. I deliberately purchased the reclining wing-back easy chair, also one of a pair, in my London days. I say deliberate in that the colour and the form are nods to the furniture in my childhood home. The woollen oriental patterned rug is from my first time living-on-my-own living room. This was in my late twenties and it was scary. I survived. Did the rug help? Didn’t hurt.
Q: Would it be fair to say that you like natural colour and texture?
A: Aren’t you the astute observer! I prefer natural, unpainted wood, stone, green. The TV stand is a unit that was built by my sewing machine repair husband. It too harks back to the treadle machine that was stored in my brothers’ bedroom. We played any number of fantasy games around that prop, among them spaceship and operation room (an innocent version of playing “Doctor”).
Q: Are you sure you understand the meaning of the word “uncluttered”?
A: Smart ass.
Q: It’s quite the showpiece. When can we expect the “After” to this “Before”?
A: There is a very good possibility that THIS summer might be THE summer for the project. No promises, though. But when we do get around to it, you will be the first to know!
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