Things are looking blurry at The Bunny Bungalow!
As I will have one eye covered with a patch, Tall Husband has promised to get a large parrot for my shoulder today. I've been practicing saying, "Arrrghh!" and keeping an eye peeled (ouch!) for ships.
When Tall Husband went to his hair stylist today, I tagged along with camera in hand. David, owner of David, Etc., designed his Salon, furnishing it with antiques of all sorts. My favorites are his 1920's wave machines. One is a Realistic and the other is a Silverqueen. They look like something out of the movie Brazil, sort of retrotech (Tall Husband's description of this genre of antique.)
The original 1920's Marketing Blurb for the Realistic is framed and hangs on the wall over the Machine stating:
"Start the season right! Install Realistic machines in your shop—now! Earn new prestige and profit. Cater to the tremendous popular demand for lovely soft, flat waves—CROQUIGNOLE waves—for Realistic waves! Use the handy coupon below. It means profit for you."
Okay, I'm going to Google CROQUIGNOLE right now.
Arts & Crafts Interior and Exterior Preservation Palette is courtesy of Sherwin Williams.
I have a great talent: I can paint. My rooms and exteriors are sheer perfection. I have been offered paint jobs by big contractors; I have had individuals drive by when I am painting the exterior, look at my work and beg me to bid on their jobs. Well, I do dress the part: all white with a painters cap. To look at my work, you would think that I love painting. I hate to paint but I hate poorly done work even more. And the lack of real painters has driven me to rolling my own.
Everyone thinks he is a painter, including the last disillusioned guy we hired and fired. By the way, he still sends us Christmas cards. I suppose he thinks that being a Christian makes him immune to the need for skills and talent. He has made me religious; I pray that he finds another line of work. Enough about him!
When speaking of painting, one cannot overstress the importance of preparation. Painting is the easy part. Preparation is the bitch. After proper surface preparation, the next three, most important tips I give your are: tape, tape, and tape; with tape being used as both noun and verb. I have heard other painters brag about not having to tape and I have seen their work; not a pretty sight.
When purchasing paint and supplies for The Bunny Bungalow, the Sherwin Williams store in the neighborhood is my favorite spot. Sherwin Williams has a palette of Arts & Crafts colors just for bungalows; colors like Dard Hunter Green, Hubbard Squash, Bungalow Gray, Roycroft Adobe. And our store has the best color-matching staff and computers, plus they calibrate their computer frequently. You thought all paint-store clerks and color-matching computers were the same or even infallible? Wrong, my sweet innocent one; you should see some of the color matches I have had foisted upon me.
For interior paint and colors at the Ranchburger, I love Ralph Lauren Paints. The entire interior is Tackroom White. It took Tall Husband and me two years of looking and trying paints to find the right white. The walls are matte white and the trim is semi-gloss white. I buy Ralph Lauren Paints at a wonderful local store, Bering's.
Always buy the top-of-the-line paint. Catch them on sale. Painting is so horrible, you don't want to do it frequently. Buy the best brushes and clean them with water soluble brush & roller cleaner at the end of each paint day. If you are painting things white, use water-based paint, as oil based will yellow. I buy white scrub pants, tee shirts and white sneakers for painting. You also need safe ladders of the appropriate height and lots of drop cloths.
When you are finished, keep extra paint for touch-up work. Retain a copy of the computer label from the top of the can so the paint store can simply enter the numbers printed there to achieve a perfect match. The wooden paint stirrers are great for color matching if you don't have the computer codes. Simply dip a clean stick into the paint you may want match; let dry; then on the unpainted part, write the name of the room or area for which the color is intended. Also make sure you write down the sheen of the paint (flat? matte? semi-gloss? egg shell?), as colors will appear to be different if the sheen does not match .
Neutral colors appeal to me. I had rather that color be added through art and flowers. I get frightened when a decorator, magazine headlines or book titles shout that color is going to solve my problems. I like what the the two Ann's* told Metropolitan Home, March, 1992, about color: "Take chances with white. An interplay of various whites on different surfaces give a room depth and intrigue..." Those two are my kind of women.
Go wild with white!
*Ann Holden & Ann Dupuy, interior designers, New Orleans
"Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, photographer, 1936; Portrait of Florence Thompson, a grape picker, with several of her children. Photograph taken for the Farm Security Administration, Office of War.
Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago Illinois; Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright; According to HABS, The Robie House is "...the most frequently requested structure in the HABS collection." Photograph by Cervin Robinson, August 18, 1963
Here's one from my birth city: Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion de Acuna, San Antonio, Texas. Arthur W. Stewart, Photographer, April 10, 1936, South Elevation (side.) This is one of the oldest surviving mission churches in the American Southwest. Built in the mid-eighteenth century by Franciscan monks from Spain. It has a vaulted stone roof and twin towers.