Friday, May 22, 2020

Princeton Virtual Reunions

The Class of 1975 will celebrate it's 45th Reunion May 29th - 31st, On-Line as a part of Princeton University's first Virtual Reunions and our class picture was taken via "Zoom" in regalia with 144 participants. Blazers will also be worn on-line for the Virtual P-Rade (and tent parties with student DJ's). I'm sure the Princeton University Band will be a big part of the background music. Go Tigers!

Facemasks: a gift from Janet Clark '75 and made by Debbie Whyte of Whytehouse Designs, in Chevy Chase. Locomotive: "Rah, rah, rah, tiger, tiger, tiger, sis, sis, sis. boom, boom, boom, bah, '75, '75, '75!"

Thursday, May 14, 2020

New Floors

We finally had new flooring purchased a long time ago for a great sale price, installed in three connected rooms that suffered too much damage here. Christian choose 3/4" X 5" "Bellawood" polyurethaned, tongue and groove solid red oak flooring installed with Loctite PL 400 Subfloor Adhesive and nails. This floor will last a lifetime and we can still return leftover boxed boards to Lumber Liquidator's when the store reopens publicly!

The closet below will be a 3-shelved pantry.

Friday, May 8, 2020

View From A Workspace

With Bill and I both working from home, we feel lucky to have lovely views from our computer stations. The view out my window frames two newer "column" sculptures of Bills in the emerging fern garden.

Bill has a large Mid Century Modern painting now as a backdrop for conference calls in his new upstairs office. This room has three sunny windows all day long and is a cheerful place.

Our back room studio is where Bill works on his pottery pieces and displays most of it... near other artistic visions.

"Art is
the highest form
of hope."

Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Second Subfloor

This kitchen needed a second subfloor of 3/8" plywood; leveling it with the adjoining dining room and solarium which will have all new wide oak flooring. The original old dining room floor was laid over 240 yr. old tree trunks that were joists for this room structure. I found sheets of true 1" plywood made in Oregon to create a new stable; subfloor which was bolstered and leveled underneath by a central solid 8" beam from PA. The kitchen addition had a crawlspace under it accessed only by a trap door in the middle of it which we removed when digging a new crawl space open to the new dining room one.

The plywood joints were staggered for both subfloors and chalk lines used to screw the boards to joists.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Resizing Cabinets

Above the exhaust hood space we have custom built a cabinet using doors removed from above the refrigerator (where they will not fit once the new floor is in). Now there are continuous cabinets along the cook top wall and saved storage space while covering the exhaust duct. The doors were cut down a half inch top and bottom to fit the new cabinet frame so that the hinges remain centered. Cove molding has been reinstalled after raising cabinet heights to accommodate the new; higher ceiling.

This Zephyr exhaust hood has 695 CFM's (about twice a comparable Viking hood, and half as costly or loud) venting externally which fits the prior wooden support trim. It has two halogen lights below. Swell.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

All White Eiffel Chairs

My father produced fiberglass shells for Knoll chairs back in the fifties before they were made in 100% recyclable polypropylene plastic. Finding two new all white Eames "Eiffel" chairs from this era for the dining room table was fun because they fit perfectly between the antique plank chairs and are beautiful in all white. I found these on-line for half price.

The Charles and Ray Eames molded shell chairs were designed first in metal as a prototype in MoMA's 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design. In 1950 they were made of fiberglass and now made of plastic by their grandson for Herman Miller. The deep seat with waterfall edge relieves pressure on the back & thighs.