A Well-Kept Room


Perhaps it is my own growing sense of fear over what awaits us or the more experienced opinions of others warning that the “worst is yet to come,” that sends me scurrying in search of a little balance, beauty, reflection and calm. Hence, the following taken from a fellow traveler, a like-minded sojourner, and a kindred spirit who shares an affinity for aesthetes through her ravishing blog, the aesthete’s lament.

The economy just keeps tanking, folks. Jobs are being lost, belts are being tightened, and renovations are being put on hold. Readers of this blog and so many others we read on a daily basis love beautiful things, however—pretty rooms, handsome antiques, delightful fabrics. But even aesthetes are not immune to market forces and the plummeting stock market. So be honest—how are you cutting back to make ends meet?

The spouse and I are visiting the Salvation Army more often, in search of cheap but potential-filled pieces of furniture. I’m honestly considering learning how to upholster my own furniture, or at least how to make slipcovers. The fabric department of Wal-Mart is looking better all the time—the red-and-white mattress ticking is just $2 a yard and will make fine curtains for the canopy bed we’re considering as a winter project. Dining out is no longer an option, so we’ve decided to entertain more at home, with an emphasis on simple meals elegantly presented and giving a shout-out to guests to bring an inexpensive bottle of wine or Champagne because our cellar is pretty damned bare. Our child thinks the thrift shop is the coolest place to buy clothes and is inordinately thrilled to get a skirt or blouse for a couple of dollars. And last night, after spending a lovely time in a friend’s meticulous and ravishingly decorated rooms, the spouse and I talked about the spiritual and psychological value of what might be one of the greatest luxuries of all—a spotless house.

A well-kept room is a satisfying thing, whatever the quality of its contents. And it doesn’t cost anything. [Image: Getty]


~ by eaesthete on 12/01/08.

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