September 26, 2006

The Hot Seat: Reupholstering a Retro Dinette Chair

Women with tools are hot, and Beatrice has an entire workshop filled with ‘em. This lady’s got pliers, hammers, an ancient sewing machine, a pneumatic staple gun and a whole lot more in the back of her vintage furniture shop, Atlantis, in sleepy-cool Red Hook, Brooklyn. The store is filled to the brim with all sorts of mid-century treasures, and I left the proud owner of juice glasses painted with a buck-in-forest scene.
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September 20, 2006

Not Just Cardstock and Letterpress

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When I read Elsa Maxwell’s informative romp How To Do It or The Lively Art of Entertaining earlier this summer, I doggeared approximately 47 pages for future reference. One of these pages contains advice on invitations for “the city woman who entertains often, at home, and with some degree of formality.” Let us say that this city woman is me. According to Miss Maxwell, it would serve me well to have 4×5 inch cards engraved as fill-in-the-blank invitations: Miss Sarah McColl requests the pleasure of [so-and-so's] company [for cocktails, luncheon, etc] on [such-and-such a day and time.]
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September 18, 2006

New and Improved

We missed you! The last month has been a big one here at Pink of Perfection HQ. Not only have we upgraded the site and added new features (sign up for the newsletter!), but Sebastian and I moved into a new apartment. In the new Chez POP we’ve had our heads locked in summit, brainstorming ways to make POP better.

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July 31, 2006

Fire With Fire: Simplest Lanterns

If you’ve ever taken an early supper during which the restaurant staff changes the lighting scheme over from all-business lunch to starry-eyed dinner, you know that your dining companions instantly become twice as attractive. You don’t need a McMansion with dimmer switches in every room for an intimate effect; the basic element of fire will serve you quite well.
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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
- Henry David Thoreau