What’s a H.U.D.D.L.E. Bed/Couch??

June 30, 2013

From Janelle:

You’d think after all this time Lewis would trust my vision. He has told me several times that I was right and he should have known that my ideas would look fabulous (ok so he agreed that things have turned out better than he expected after I prodded) but still, he is doubting and fighting my latest inspiration.
I came across a media room lounge setup consisting of cushions on stacked pallets on Pinterest and was intrigued. I asked the guys at work to save me pallets and they told me to go down the street and buy some for $15 each as ours are usually pretty trashed. Somehow that takes the fun out of it.
I’m dating myself but in the 70’s I had a H.U.D.D.L.E. bed.  H.U.D.D.L.E was a furniture line based in Orange County owned by a friend of my parent’s brother manufacturing mostly children’s furniture but the main attraction was a H.U.D.D.L.E. couch intended for adult living rooms. Similar concepts with names such as The Playpen and The Conversation Pit were abundant. Remember, this was the 70’s. Several people I’ve shown this to commented that it looked like a good place for an orgy but that is a different conversation for another time.
The H.U.D.D.L.E. cushions have been packed away in Glad trash bags, the frame disassembled and hidden but not forgotten for years. I have been wracking my brain on how to use it. My bed was a twin and if I set it up in our TV/guest room off the kitchen (now the orange/Andy Warhol tile room; see the April 21 Post “Who Would Buy Andy Warhol Tile”) it would be an issue to accommodate more than one guest. An overnight stay would involve moving the H.U.D.D.L.E. bed to make room for an inflatable double bed, inflation, and fetching the guest bedding from the top shelf in the laundry room that requires a telescoping ladder for access, not an easy feat when someone decides to crash after an evening of drinking. I have a hard enough time managing the ladder when I haven’t been drinking.
It dawned on me that I could have the frame re-welded to accommodate a queen mattress, build a platform for easy access by my no longer teen-aged friends, Lewis and I could TV watch or lounge and guests would have a comfortable bed set up and ready to go at a moment’s notice. No more dragging out the inflatable or the hassle of putting everything back again a few weeks after the guest has long departed.
This is PERFECT. It is an AMAZING idea. My disco ball and 60’s drop light will have a home and it is very practical. I am soooooo excited that I can hardly wait to see it implemented. There’s only one problem; Lewis isn’t thrilled about my fantastic revelation. In fact, he hates the idea.

From Lewis:
I will admit that I’m not too crazy about the idea. I thought it was mostly going to be a TV room with enough space to fit the new inflatable bed for guests. But once again what do I know. I’m a guy! Looks like we are going to have a 70’s swingers den that even Austin Powers would be envious of.

From Janelle:

Yeah Baby!!!!

Huddle Couch

Huddle Couch


This is progress?

June 23, 2013

From Janelle:

The hazy sunshine is burning off my dark mood with each ray that peeks through the clouds.  I feverishly hope that it is a vivid, sunshiny day; brightness always lightens me up.  We are going to an event today where we are to dress up as the “Princess and the Frog” but I feel like Cinderella covered in cinders, forced to toil away as her evil stepsisters gallivant around the kingdom having a fabulous time without a care in the world.  I’m tired.  I’m sick and tired of this project, work has been insane and twelve hour days have left me spent and lifeless and Lewis and I have been squabbling more than ever.  We knew this project would be hard and tough on our marriage but it’s a reality now; it’s hard.  We are both very much looking forward to finishing this project so we can get back to normal.

After the elation of choosing and ordering the wood floors wore off, Contractor Don decided that we needed to grind and seal the cement base.  It sounded innocent enough.  The grinding process was, of course, a mess but our house has been covered in dust for a year so it wasn’t that much worse than usual.  A sealer was applied to the floor, we couldn’t walk on it for eighteen hours, we climbed up scaffolding into our bedroom for a night and our shoes still stick and squeak after almost a week.  At least the nasty smell has dissipated.  There are a million flooring products in stock but of course I chose one with a three week lead time from Canada.  In addition to that delay the floors need to be acclimated to the climate for two weeks before they’re installed.  ACCLIMATED.  Who knew that such a requirement with wood flooring even existed?

We purchased the cabinet pulls at Liz’s Antique Hardware last weekend and designer Cynthia Pastor helped me mark the exact locations they should be mounted.  We are currently using the “tape method” to open drawers and while it serves the purpose, I’m anxious to utilize actual handles.  Dana Jones of The Kitchen Consultant has been spot on with every recommendation she’s made and any time I’ve veered away from her suggestions I’ve been sorry.  The interior cabinet in the middle of the island (bar, counter, I’m not sure what we will call the 16’ long expanse but it will eventually get a name) has two pull out drawers behind cabinet doors.  Dana suggested that we install two drawers rather than the cabinet but I thought that the island should look uniform and since we were used to the open-two-doors-and-then-pull-out-the-drawer-method it was no big deal, right?  Every time I go through that three step process I curse myself that I didn’t heed Dana’s advice.  I suggested to Lewis that we should change out the cabinets to drawers and I think that he could have strangled me.

We are now in “wait mode” for the heating elements to be mounted and then a wood covering to protect them until the flooring is laid down.  I don’t care for the front door handles after all so I need to find something else and hopefully the holes that we have drilled in the door will line up with the new handle.  We had already planned for Tom the metalworking artist to create covers for the incorrectly drilled holes so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.  The existing handles will look great on the new gates that will be made from wood but designed to look like the front door.  Slowly and painfully we are making progress.

From Lewis:

We are so close. The delay in making a decision on the floors has added weeks to the project and put us at a standstill. Hopefully the stucco guys will be back soon so we can get rid of the scaffolding. I’m sure the brown coat has cured by now. We are not changing anything at this point. I thought the handle was a little too funky to begin with but I lost the deciding opinion to ”It’ll makes a statement”.

Yes it has been a hard few weeks and tensions are high.…

What should we call our 16’ long counter, bar, island?

The "tape method" pulls drawers open.

The “tape method” pulls drawers open.

What could possibly go wrong with detailed instructions like this, right?

What could possibly go wrong with detailed instructions like this, right?

Someone must have sticky feet.

Someone must have sticky feet.

The 16' long counter/bar/isalnd needs a name.  Suggestions?

The 16′ long counter/bar/island needs a name. Suggestions?


June 16, 2013

From Janelle:

After a year of ordering samples, visiting showrooms, dragging wood pieces everywhere I went and accosting every friend I have with a spec of taste for advice, I have chosen a floor.  (Thanks Laura and Kevin!)

Many people don’t realize that design, as well as fashion, has trends.  A big style in flooring these days is “pickled” and I don’t care for it.  Reclaimed wood is hot as well and while it is gorgeous it just doesn’t fit my retro modern “rad with bling“ style (see March 10 “What’s Your Style?” post).  Dark and gray flooring are both hip now and every designer I’ve come in contact with over the past year tried to steer me in this direction.  I know they would both look amazing and that I would hate them.

I did find a couple lumbers that I really liked but they need to be oiled.  OILED.  Who in their right mind would buy floors that need to be OILED?  Maybe not annually but regularly every stick of furniture in the house would have to be moved so that the wood could be oiled.  No thank you!

For six months we had the 9” wide “farmhouse” oak floors laid out for daily viewing.  The workers moved them around, shoved them under the fireplace hearth stacked under trash, walked on them and an inch of dust covered them but still, I gazed at them, hoping a moment of clarity would show itself and give me inspiration.

We were in LA yesterday finalizing our cabinet hardware purchase at Liz’s Antique Hardware (thanks for your help Paul! and we even got a peek at Liz) and I stopped in a store called Croft House specializing in beautifully handcrafted custom furniture made from reclaimed lumber.  The pieces were beautiful, tactile and intriguing but they just don’t fit in with my design.  The salesperson/budding designer beamed when I told her how beautiful I found them and I lingered longer than necessary.

I finally decided that stained maple was the only solution and carried around a piece of the farmhouse board to match the color, hoping that we wouldn’t have to commission a custom stained product (custom means expensive!)  I visited several showrooms and then on a whim Lewis and I visited a store and voilà, there it was, a stained maple, 3 1/4” wide plank light brown, yes brown, (who knew?) floor.  The manufacturer is Lauzon in Canada of all places, the color Sahara in hard maple.  Let’s hope the wood is as beautiful covering the living room as it is on the 11” x 18” sample!

From Lewis:

Did we order flooring??? No way. Really? Which one are we getting? You mean it’s not from one of the samples all over the house??  It must have been in your car, right?  Well I guess we can move on then. What? I will take three weeks to get here?  From Canada!!  WOW!  So all we need to do now is level and seal and put in the radiant heat tubes.  Oh and let the wood acclimate to the climate for a week or two before it is installed. We are almost there.   The floors will be sealed so we won’t be able to walk on them for 15 hours.  It’s a good thing that Janelle is a monkey and can climb up the scaffolding…..


Lauzon sample over the farmhouse flooring.  The color brings out the shades in the hearth.

Lauzon sample over the farmhouse flooring. The color brings out the brown in the hearth.

Concrete floors before leveling.

Concrete floors before leveling.





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