Thursday, February 20, 2014

Testing the Waters


I haven’t had a lot of time for cooking this week, hampered by a plumbing problem.  But now that the new disposal is in place I expect to get back to culinary experimentation.

Meanwhile, I’ve had to direct my attentions elsewhere, namely in working on the decoration of the guest bedroom.  It haunts me.  Just as soon as I think I know that I’m going to do, I change my mind.

So, I decided to give it a test run to see how it felt and what it needed. (I wonder how many people give their guest rooms a test run prior to having overnight guests?)
I gave it a try out last night — very comfortable and cozy — completing the experience with morning coffee, making it up from the coffee station that occupies space on the cabinet under the picture under the picture. Eh. The coffee is only marginally good despite the French press, it's a bit cumbersome to make, and, well, the experience was a bit disappointing.  The water had a bit of a resin smell while heating in the electric kettle, and I eventually just poured the cup of coffee out. A good, REALLY good, cup of coffee is important to me.  I suspect I didn't use enough coffee because it sort of had the dirty dishwater taste of the weak coffee that my mother used to make. And, perhaps I've been spoiled by freshly ground daily vs. the ground coffee in the container. Need to rethink. The cocoa has to go, for one, the cinnamon grinder as well, I think. Sugar and teas need to be moved into the cabinet. I was hoping for something better. Maybe a trivet and mini coffee pot would be better than the electric kettle and French press. I do need more room on top of the cabinet, say, for a plate of pastries. Hmmmm. 
Remember this wicker bicycle?  That rascal gets around, but I think I like it here the best.
Certainly the room needs more pictures.  Of what type, I do not know.  And it needs wall color; again, I don’t know what color.  Lastly a window treatment is crucial, although I think I’m going to go with shutters flanking the window.

I’m a woman floundering and need your help.  What do you think?


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I like it!

I just read an article featuring questions to Mario Buatta. He said bedrooms should be blue or lavender for blondes and apricot or pink for brunettes. Impersonally like a pretty blue bedroom and one that leans to a blue that has some green in it.

You can always pull a color from your painting or your drapes or spread.

I would be cry comfortable here.



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looking at that picture again, maybe a pink would work as that would make the pink flowers pop. Yellow is e fizzing so it wouldn't not be as good in a bedroom.

Marigene said...

Nothing, nothing, nothing beats a good cup of coffee, Pattie!
What a great picture...makes me smile and want to go jump on my bicycle that is languishing in the garage.
Sorry about the plumbing problems.
Hope you have a better rest of the week.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Perhaps a single cup Keurig would work?

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

So beautifully colors! Love this post.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Chandy said...

Beautiful!!! I love having a "hot cocoa" station during the cold season holidays so I really enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love your little vignette, but can see how confusing this makes your world. Sometimes it's the little things that drive us crazy!

Think Jackie's comment on the single serve Keurig is spot on. Not everyone wants to take the time to do the hot cocoa thing (esp. if you'll make it for them in the kitchen). A simple tray with the Keurig, some coffee (and doesn't it also make tea?) and other accouterments would be lovely.

Your picture above the tray is wonderful!