The label issue is not one of snobbery, but provenance, and a question of whether a piece is investment-worthy or not. My mother bought a gorgeous sofa 50 years ago and has had it reupholstered four or five times: totally worth it because the bones are good. Still looks great. Years ago a friend bought a chair at a moving sale and left it in his garage for a few years, finally deciding to resell it. In the process of moving it around, he heard something solid moving around inside; tore open the underlining and found a little box with many 100-dollar bills in it. Drug dealer hiding place?
The Ten Commandments of Used Furniture
|3/1/13 1:25 PM|
Good ones. The fan blade thing, especially. My tip falls more into the category of "tool for easy cleaning," and it's about as cheap as it gets. I often use old toothbrushes for cleaning stuff off the stove, around faucets, grout, etc., but you don't ever want some unsuspecting person to actually use it again. I wind a rubber band around the handle: the signal that tells everyone it's gunky and off limits.
Ten Household Items You Can Clean in One Minute (And Probably Should)
|6/27/12 12:21 PM|
Hunter green and burgundy is coming back? What's next: mauve and baby blue? Thought those were entombed deep below the surface of the earth... I'm not a big fan of white walls and light oak trim. The trim takes on a life of its own, outlining every window and door. Fake ivy covering the tops of kitchen cabinets makes me shudder. Silks? They never are, are they? Drieds? They're dead. And full of dust. Wreaths inside the house, especially over the bed (see "Drieds" above). Wallpaper borders. Flies. Cutesy signs, although I'm hanging onto my one sign, in my home office: "There will be no working during drinking hours."
Ew, I Can't Stand That! Design Allergies
|6/26/12 2:11 PM|