Trading Up

March 2, 2014

From Janelle:

An email came through the other day that changed my life.  “Free couch.  In great shape but needs recovering.”  My co-worker was immediately informed that I’d happily take it off his hands and then reality set in.  How was I going to break it to Lewis?  He was going to kill me.  I sent him the photo and received  this response.  “Where are you going to put it?  It is UGLY!”

Where would it go?  The garage was stuffed with a late 70’s or early 80’s Kreiss rattan set listed on Ebay for way too much money but after 27 years I couldn’t part with it for a pittance.  The rattan was offered for a trade as a joke and the proposal immediately accepted.  That same day Lewis hooked up our motorcycle trailer and vintage rattan was traded for vintage Hollywood Regency.

The story is almost as fabulous as the couch itself:

Hi Janelle,

LOVE the rattan furniture…thank you!!  Was so happy you wanted the couch as I wanted it to go to someone that would love it as much as we have and the rattan furniture was such a happy surprise.

I just called my step mom to get more information on the “green couch” as it is affectionately known in our family.  The couch belonged to the grandmother of one of my mom’s friends and it was given to her when she moved out on her own at 18 and she in turn gave it to me when I moved into my first place in the early 90’s.  My mom recovered it in the green velvet at some point over the years and guessing the couch is at least from the 40’s if not older, given the construction, Hollywood Regency, channel back styling.  The kids were sad to see it go since it is the most comfortable seat in the house but we are glad it is going to be loved.


From Lewis:

Okay so the last thing I wanted was more stuff stored in the garage but trading 5 items for 1 seemed like a better deal and now there’s more room in the garage.  It’s not the prettiest couch but it will do and it does have some style.  It had better be good and comfortable.

Green Couch






Sometimes it is Just a Good Night

September 29, 2013

From Janelle:

The day after our 200 Year Anniversary Party I saw it and stopped in my tracks and gaped in horror.  We had been madly cleaning in preparation for the party for only a few days due to the continuing construction zone but it seemed that things were pretty well picked up.  I had not inspected under the bed as there is an inch of dust covering a lifetime of decorating magazines (see “Design Until We Drop”) and it was not something that I would be able to get to before the party.

The remodel has not yet hit the master bedroom/bathroom thus tidiness is key as well as a distracting focal point.  Holli Thomas delivered the bedspread I’d commissioned just the day before the party in the continuing evolution of the funky bed.  The fabric reminds me of my grandmother.  She had a straw purse embellished with peacocks in the 70’s and when I saw the pattern in the colors of my bedroom it seemed a perfect fit.

How and why I didn’t see it until the next day is beyond me but there it was, plain as day, as it had been the previous evening as sixty people meandered about checking out the new digs.


And no, I am not making it up.

From Lewis:

HA. Chicks sometimes worry about all the details nobody will notice. I’m sure we have not been ousted from any party list due to the dust under the bed but there must have been some conversation amongst anyone who looked further into things such as where we hide the sex toys.

Would you die of embarrassment or laugh or both?


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

Inspiration Lies in Odd Places

September 2, 2012

We met with the contractor and cabinetmaker last week to review the plans that were finalized a year ago. When I said we have been moving slowly, I wasn’t kidding!  When meeting with the “Dream Team” as I call them last year (designers Dana Jones and Cynthia Pastor)  to discuss integrating the guest bathroom glass tile, toilet, sink and faucets that I had purchased five years before with the new vibe of the project, I had an epiphany; Room Service! I love modern and retro and our new pad will be both.  Home of amazing reproduction 60’s and 70’s period pieces, Room Service provided the perfect inspiration for my super mod guest bath vanity. 

I just realized we will need door puls.  Ugh, more shopping! Luckily, Cynthia has great contacts and will source something fabulous!

From Lewis:

I think I could have had everything already picked out and bought. Unfortunately I am not your typical designer with artistic flair.  Janelle on the other hand has an eye for what she likes and would have done fine on her own but she needs to have confirmation that her ideas work. Anything I would have picked wouldn’t have her “vision” even if I thought that it looked good. 

Room Service Inspiration

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