My one complaint is that the coop board over at the new place is slow, slow, slow to approve any fucking thing which perpetually fucks up my personal schedule. The contractors say that the Restoration Project will take about three weeks - and we all know how these jobs always take longer than anyone predicts. Jobs on old homes often present a number of surprises, so who knows how long it will be before the day finally arrives when the movers bring my stuff back from storage. I'm pretty sure Granny the 'Ho is safe up out in the warehouse somewhere in Queens, but it's a drag that the coop board has had all the papers they need for days and can't just sign off and be done.
It gives me great pleasure to know that one day, they'll all be dead and won't be able to slow anyone down anymore. Meanwhile, I've been choosing paint colors.
Sadly, I liked none of those well enough to live with them in the dining room, so the search continues. Here's the place where I sit when I'm looking at the walls:
In some kinds of light, Sandy Feet seems to look a bit like dirty baby diapers and I figure there's no reason to go there - especially when I can go to the refrigerator and eat chocolate instead:
Color is a big deal, and I think there were some keepers in the last batch of samples. I have to take more pictures so I can share that development, and the color is pretty much the only thing I'm changing except in the bathroom and kitchen. The tile in the bathroom is kind of like a discolored collage of subway tiles collected over decades. According the the contractor, those tiles are the first thing we have to address, in addition to removing the nasty-ass popcorn from Velvet's ceiling. Those are the messiest jobs, so they have to be done first.
Velvet's ceiling - there are cove ceilings throughout most of the apartment. We're totally saving them instead of dropping the ceilings and covering up the curve with drywall.
The bathroom ceiling is so fucked up there's no reason to save the curve in there. We'll cut the corner and drop the ceiling in order to have a bigger budget for tile. This is the nicest tile in the bathroom, so you can imagine that it's alarming in other places. If I can afford it, I'll go with marble subway tile.
We're leaving the bath tub alone for the moment, except that a machinist will have to figure out how to make the stopper work again.
Clearly, the guys will be installing new tile on the floor too. We may, or may not, be able to use something close to the original mosaic, but there are some variables that will determine if that's possible. I forget what they are. Some say that it's easier and cheaper to use 12" square tiles, so I may go with marble on both the floor and the wall. The office manager at the contractor's says to visit this place and work it out: http://www.stonesource.com/.
The faucets have to be replaced on the sink to replicate the original design. I'm hoping to keep this vintage medicine cabinet, and I love the glass shelf. I'll just have them install a light over the mirror so I can see to put on my make up, and they've got to make the door swing the other direction because as it is, the door bangs into the sink and you have to come in and close it before you can get to the light switch.
My room is going to be a color called Enamelware. It's by Martha Stewart and is marked with an E at the bottom of this photo:
It's not a whole heck of a lot different from the blue on the walls already, but the hint of aqua looks nicer with my own coloring - and if it's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that you should paint your room a color that you would wear. That's the issue with the Cappuccino Foam in the rest of the apartment - I'm not sure I would wear it because it's kind of Taupe-y and I just don't wear Taupe. Mauve either. All the moldings and trim will remain white white:
|Living Room Ceiling|
|One of the French Doors between the LR and DR. I thought I had taken a picture of both of them, but I guess I didn't|
|All the doors have these old crystal knobs even the closets - which I adore|
|My bedroom door - that's a transom on top. The bedroom doors and kitchen doors have transoms|
I think you can see the curve in the cove ceiling pretty well there over Velvet's door. That scone in the hallway will be replaced. The super says he's got the original sconces from 1916 somewhere in the basement. I hope he can kind them.
We're keeping this curve in the kitchen too. I'll probably put a couple of little stainless shelves over the stove, but for now, that's the only addition.
That's a pantry next to the stove, and then there's this amazing sink. The fire escape gate has GOT to go,
Nobody's touching this built in cabinet except to clean it up well enough for the doors to function properly.
There's a lot of work to do since for the most part, it's pretty much the same as when Hope died four years ago. She was in her 90's when she died and had lived there since she was a little girl. It was rugged up on Convent Avenue back in the 1980's when the city created the Housing Development Finance Corporation - which enabled tenants to form cooperatives to buy the buildings and bring them up to code. Hope must have been frightened of the neighborhood then because there are burglar bars on the bedroom window. They're going to have to go, too, because we all know how nothing can stand between me and my afternoon nap in a sunbeam
There's nothing like a nap in a sunbeam for restoring the soul - which is the more metaphysical part of this Restoration Project. I've got to mix up some more of the Essence of Tricia that Gwen of Daughters of Isis distilled for me. Last time I mixed it with tequila and Cointreau to make Tricia Margarita, but this time I think I'm going to mix up Tricia St. Germain. I like the sound of it, first of all, and St. Germain is made from flowers, too. Gwen is all about flower essences and human evolution - which was a theme in one of my favorite books, Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins.
There's something very cool about putting a few drops of the essence of your youthful, old self under your tongue to kick your more mature, new self into high gear. Gwen made the Essence of Tricia out of some dirt I collected from the yard of the house where I lived in Houston. Since we moved into that house just after the incident with my Uncle Jenifer, who we could call an incestuous pedophile, but lately all that stuff seems so far in the past that it barely intrudes anymore - except of course when somebody like Notta Goodman activates my abuse alarms. It comes in handy to have an abuse alarm, however, so I'm thankful to have one.
A couple of years ago, the Preacher from the Mountains said that it felt to him like I was surrounded by body guards. At the time, it occurred to me that he was sensing spirit guides and guardian angels - which most people dismiss as fantasy but I look at as aspects of the energetic Self. Who knows what's Real anyway? We're all energetic beings swimming through an energetic universe, and I'm feeling amazingly energized.