Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The shadow of His smile

As a decorator, I am asked to make things look very nice, if not beautiful. I try to do just that, but last evening I felt as though what I can do is so limited and forgetable.

I was taking the dog out for the last time and looked up at the sky. It was, as writters often say, " a cool, crisp night, the stars shining brightly and a full moon looking down on her". Actually the moon was shining so brightly that I could see my shadow quite well. As a matter of fact there were three shadows around me. Now that's something you don't see every day.

You look at a scene and you know exactly where the sun is coming from and in this case the moon. However, man has added street lights and the two closest to where I was caused the others shadows, but the moon's was so much more disticnt. God sure does good work. I love shadows and the extra demension they add to the scene. Don't you?

Monday, April 19, 2010

play like you mean it!

Every once in awhile, you get to do a job that is just for fun. It's not to necessarily make the room look fabulous, even though that is a plus. Sometimes it is to do something practical. A recent client had as recreation room that is very definitely geared to recreation. Play is of the utmost!There's a pool table, ping pong table, foose ball thing, pin ball thing, basket ball hoop, huge kitchen area with bar, and the latest addition of a 60" screen TV. Of course, with all the ball games going on in the room (did I mention practicing bouncing a tennis ball on a racket?) the screen will need some protection as well as the projector. A wire cage has been built around the projector and we put theater drapes around the screen.

"Big deal," you say! Quite right. The rod had to be custom built with the right curve that brings the center out 36 inches from the screen, just in case a ball hits it and to protect all the other equipment that the client has on a base below it. (hope they decide to build a nice cabinet for that stuff) It also needs to be able to hold all 55 pounds of drapery! That's right, 55 pounds. It's made out of upholstery weight fabric to give maximum weight and resisitence to, once again, keep the basketball away from the screen!

It actually worked out very nicely and reminded me of our "play theater" when I was a kid. Grab the mike in front of the draperies kids! It's karaoke time!"