Thursday, December 1, 2011
December Theme Post: Outerwear
December's one-day theme at Sophistique Noir is Outerwear. As one of three people in Colorado who doesn’t engage in outdoor winter sports – the other two being an obsessive gamer who shuns silly things like fresh air in favor of reaching the next level and a woman who has sworn not to set foot outside until she has completed her stop motion animation of the entire collected works of Shakespeare – I don’t have much use for outerwear. I also get hot easily, further lessening the need. This is a lucky break for me, because I require Tall sizes, which are sold in limited styles in few stores (all online). My coat collection is small.
From left to right: black hooded sweatshirt, which is usually all I need for my drive to work; plum color hooded pea coat, which I have worn two or three times; black down parka, which I wear when shoveling snow; black and stripey scarves. I also have a long wool coat that I wore when working in DC and commuting by Metro (and haven't worn since).
The hall tree is one of the few pieces of furniture I bought new and won't alter. I spotted it in a clearance section for $159. It has two barely visible scratches on the mirror, so I asked if I could get a discount. They knocked the price down to $99. Sweet! Mad negotiation skills, I have them. ;-)
Now, to bring this post around to a DIY theme, let's look at an outerwear-related home renovation project (one I do NOT recommend). It's a good thing I have a nice hall tree because my coat closet is... well, less than optimal.
Winning second place* for WTF!? Home Renovation is the chimney running through my coat closet. (Yes, the drywall is as crooked as it looks, and that's water damage from the hole cut through the roof.) It might not be so bad if the chimney was useful. But the fireplace sits alone in the unfinished basement, and I’m 107% certain that any attempt to use it would result in my entire house burning to the ground. Thus the fireplace wins third place for WTF!? Home Renovation.
But let’s look at the bright side. The closet is the perfect place to store my ironing board.
And there IS an 8" bar in the closet on which I could hang one parka. So in all fairness, it still qualifies as a coat closet (just not a coats closet).
*First place goes to my laundry "room," which will turn up in a future post eventually.