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Ironing Center?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Back when we were planning with our architects, I asked for a built-in ironing board. We installed one, ummm, two houses ago, and I quite liked it. (Except for having it in the upstairs hallway across from the stair windows that looked into our neighbors’ house so I pretty much had to be dressed to use the ironing board. That put extra pressure on my mornings.) This one is going into our walk-in master closet where there are no windows so all is good. Except …

Now I have to choose the right one. It turns out that built-in ironing boards are called ‘ironing centers’ and there are choices. Beyond whether it swivels or not. (I want one that swivels, by the way.) They come with lights or without. (Our last one had a light, and I think that was a good idea, but our closet should be well lit so maybe that isn’t necessary.) And with a choice of doors. (Oak raised? Or white melamine? Or birch flat? Or maybe a mirror? Or should I have my local craftsman make one?) And adjustable heights. Or, I could just get a fold-away ironing board and hang the iron on a iron hanger for a whole lot less. Gaack! Too many choices!*

The pricing is a mystery, too. I thought I had it figured out, but shipping varies at random. And the Broan I thought I wanted (because it should come with a mirror) seems to vary its part number at random. Some sites offer the right one, but without a door. In theory, you order the door separately, but these sites don’t offer any doors at all. Why bother?

And then there are the names. Apparently the hide-aways and the iron-aways are two different brands. And Broan’s line is called PressRite. (It comes in three different versions: basic, standard, and deluxe. I’m not positive, but I think the difference between standard and deluxe is that the deluxe has adjustable heights.) What if I press wrong? Will the Broan fuss at me?

And then there’s an internet site that, when I put things in my shopping cart to calculate shipping, offers to discount the cart by $10.57, but only for the next ten minutes. If I wanted the pressure of buying it now, I’d buy things from an infomercial … not on line. (Oh, and when I went back again today, that site offered the same discount again. And, even without the discount, their price seems better than the others. Plus it seems to sell doors.)

Maybe I should just forget the whole thing. I don’t really do that much ironing any more. Rumpled is more professional, isn’t it?

So, instead of choosing an ironing center, I wrote this blog entry. Maybe tomorrow I’ll choose one.

*There are certain catalogs I can’t order from because they offer too many things for me to choose among. Especially plant catalogs. And book catalogs.

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Looking Ahead to Finish Work: Floral Barkcloth Draperies

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Don banned me from the house last week while he did the first rounds of sanding the floors. Understandably, since I have dust allergies. In an effort to console me, he suggested that I could start sewing curtains. After I squawked that I couldn’t because I had no fabric, I went on a shopping spree.

After hours on EBay, I have decided that a nice thing about a 20th century house is that, in contrast to the Chicago Victorians I still miss, there are still original furnishings in pretty good shape. I discovered I have a crush on barkcloth florals (and, less expensively, material from “the barkcloth era”), especially flowers that look a bit like real flowers, such as cabbage roses, irises and hydrangeas.

After an exciting flurry of bidding,* I am awaiting the arrival of these fabrics:

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Once they come, I’ll have to see how the colors and patterns work together before deciding which ones go where. I expect the four on the left to end up in our master suite, and the two on the right in my sewing room. I also expect that I may need to buy some ticking or something to finish them off with. I’ve got my draperies books in hand, and will be thinking about these issues while watching for the post to arrive.

The fabrics should also help us narrow down our upstairs colors. I have a half dozen bluish-greenish-sageish colors on the wall, trying to decide. Don likes the samples that are a close match for our exterior color, but I’m thinking something with more blue. Whatever we choose, I am going to try something fairly dark in the bedroom since my grandparents’ cherry bedroom set will go there, and cherry looks really good against a dark color.

(Sorry if the paragraphing looks goofy. We’re trying to fix it.)
*Not so much bidding as buy-it-nows, although I did win some ‘or best offer’ offers, too.

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