Category Archives: Furniture

Truth in advertising

I recently ordered new chairs for the dining nook of my apartment. When they arrived, I had to perform minimal assembly — attaching the wooden legs and adding some bolts under the seat for extra support.

Now, I’ve assembled a lot of furniture in my day. The packaging and instruction sheet typically leave a lot to be desired.

This one got it right.

The instructions were clear, concise and included an illustration for every step. Most importantly, the teeny tiny parts were clearly labeled and packaged together.

No searching through the box for tiny bags. No trying to match bolts to numbers or hard-to-read graphics.

Easy peasy.

furniture tool kit

So that promised ten-minute job?

It actually took ten minutes.  (Maybe less.)

Tinkle, tinkle

The acoustics in our hotel meeting room today were not ideal.

Microphones popped. Feedback screamed in our ears. And still other presenters were impossible to hear.

But in the back of the room, we were soothed by the delicate clink and tinkle of…

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Crystal chandeliers.

Although located high above us in the ballroom, their sway in the air-conditioned breeze was both soothing and unexpected.

Wonder how my living room would look sporting one?

Sliding doors

klemens torggler evolution doorI want this door.

Now, there’s sentence I never thought I’d say.

But once you watch the video below, I’m pretty sure you’ll want this door, too.

Currently only a prototype, the Evolution Door by Austrian designer Klemens Torggler is sleek, modern and requires no floor track to make its way cool transition from side to side.  It also has rounded edges so you or anyone in your house don’t lose any fingers walking into a room.

Seriously, watch the video.  Then join the ranks of people, like me, who –

WANT THIS DOOR.

Broom fortune telling

While I was making my bed this morning — yes, I do, every day — I heard a crash from the living room.  It was sudden, it was loud and it was definitely glass.

Rory Dog and I both rounded the corner at the same time to find…

hourglassMy orange CB2 hourglass shattered  — glass shards and sand scattered on the hardwood floor and area rug.

Rory wisely jumped on the couch for safety.

Now, if I were the superstitious sort (and I think we have established here in numerous posts that I certainly am), this accident would give me pause.

The sands in my hourglass didn’t sedately run from orb to orb — they were thrown through the air, ground into the carpet, and then swept up and thrown in the trash!!

What can this possibly mean?!?!

Nothin’ good.

Rocking and rolling

When I was a kid, people who visited our house were always amazed by all the rocking…

Chairs, that is.

My mom was usually rocking in hers, and my sister would be rocking in the other one. If either of them ever got up, my brothers or I would take over. Suffice it to say, our family room was always rocking.

We gave more than one person motion sickness, just watching us go.

Imagine if we had had a rocking bed…like this one.

rocking bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would have never gotten up in the morning!

Bribes accepted here

I flew home from Frankfurt today, and the fine folks at Delta upgraded me to Business Class — a first for me on an international flight.

I hope it’s not the last.

Sure, the attendants are friendlier, and the food is fresher and more readily available.  But the real selling point?

business classSPACE

When you have a nine hour flight, being able to stretch out your legs — and even lie down if you want — is the greatest luxury of all.

Thanks again, Delta, for showing me some love.

How ’bout we keep our relationship at this level…hmmmm?

Please. Stand. Still.

I spent a lot of my childhood motion sick.  Cars, boats, planes, you name it — we just didn’t get along.

But what if the very floor could give you vertigo?

Don’t laugh.  It’s happening.

Researchers in Jersey City, New Jersey have found that high contrast black-and-white carpeting is making people sick.

We’re talking headaches.  Visual distress.  Even seizures in epileptics.

Man…that boat trip is sounding better all the time.

They aren’t exactly sure why a high contrast repeating pattern can give the illusion of motion and make viewers sick.  But based on their findings, researchers do recommend that you give carpet more than a quick glance before you make any purchase for your home.

Your home?  I think this information is even more important for all the planes, trains, and automobiles out there.

Talk about a double whammy!