Thursday, March 31st, 2011
I’m drawn to handy tips. There are always new ones; some so obvious I wonder why I didn’t think of them myself. These are the ones I appreciate most, especially if they concern a subject I know about.
In a Wall Street Journal interview with interior designer Mario Buatta, Deb Schwartz shared one of his decorating tips I’d never before read about or thought of and I’ve interviewed countless creative interior designers, [including Buatta], and for eons, followed their work in magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites and decorator show houses.
Quoting Buatta Schwartz wrote: “The best way to lay out a room is to take a minute after you’ve had a party to look at where your friends moved the chairs. That will give you an idea of the best arrangement. Every room should have at least two groupings.” The irony is that in the article Buatta admits he doesn’t entertain! After I’ve had company, I’m usually in a rush to move things back the way they were…but maybe next time I’ll pay attention.
In Vino Veritas
If you haven’t checked out the wines at Trader Joe’s you are missing treats at great prices. Try Marques de Montanana or Vintjs, both Spanish Garnacha [Grenache] red wines at about $5.00. My husband read somewhere that this variety is good for your heart. According to Wikipedia, Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world.
Lip-Smacking Creamy Colors
I discovered a super creamy lipstick in pleasing colors–I like numbers150 and 400–distributed by Maybelline Canada at Cosmetic Market NYC for $3.00. [I had to use a magnifying glass to identify the brand which in no way affected the product's quality.]
We live in a lovely bucolic area but with gas prices reaching meteoric heights–$3.70 for regular last weekend-our wallets get hit by inflation from all sides when driving the some 25 miles to shop for groceries at Adams, the place with freshest fruits and veggies and best prices. So we let our neighbor know when we plan to go, get his list and at the same time learn how he’s doing.
I tried a container of smoked salmon bits and trim collected and packaged by a fish market whose staff expertly slices paper-thin salmon to order. The price, $7/lb, was a fraction of the standard–$7+++ for four ounces of the packaged kind. I thought the plump salmon pieces were delicious.
I’ve never found an effective hiccup shortcut cure though I’ve tried quite a few. I’d love to learn yours and any other handy tips you care to share.