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Historically (and in reality) there is much more to the concept of the boudoir than tittle-tattle, trivialities, trysts, and treachery—or even the taxing activity of teaching Fido to beg for bon bons. When creating a comfortable—but—practical boudoir, whether it is a space carved out of another room or a new face for an old room, there are some basics inspired by the approach used in business models, that adapt cozily to the more relaxed needs of home.
For any who, like me, aren't ready for the app that replaces the touch and feel of creamy vellums or thin papyrus, and who—also like me—are anxious to get the best for their buck while satisfying their craving for beauty, here are some clues for discerning the best the paper the market has to offer for the least outlay.
Lots of dishes were as depressing as news from the front, but there were also those that made both palates and politicians happy. For those waging a war against anything from an overstocked garden to an understocked refrigerator, or from wasted food to waisted fat, here are a handful of WWI-based recipes to help satisfy and shore up a household of troops. Recipes include: Eat-More-Fish Salmon, Braised Chicken Salad, Cottage Spread, Cottage Cheese Oatcakes, Flourless Teacakes, Poor Man's Puff Paste.
Fittingly for the author of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, there were aspects in the history of begonias that had the potential to become the kind of foreboding settings, suggesting clues or promising plotlines that might comprise a Christie mystery.
Collecting china can demand a connoisseur'’s flashing eye or simply a dilletante's dilating heart, but in any event, accumulating the beauty of porcelain can elevate the soul. Here are some helps for both the serious, as well as the casual collector that may, perhaps, lead those interested to some antique pieces which are a perfect dream.
By Al R. Young The The Mysterious Affair at Styles issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Retired to Her Boudoir (5 pages)Hearth - Get Hold of That Paper At All Costs (2 pages)Kitchen - Quite a War Household (5 pages)Music - A Certain Series of Russian Folksongs (1 page)Garden - A Freshly Planted Bed of Begonias (4 pages)Bookshelf - The Detection Game (2 pages)Looking - A Perfect Dream (2 pages)Garret - Enke and the Dragons, part 3 (2 pages)The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the 125th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »