By Lupton, Ellen; Lupton, Julia Reinhard
Interpreting such themes as house responsibilities, interesting, parenthood, time administration, D.I.Y, and extra, indicates you the way to guage the stuff you use and the way to acknowledge the sorts of order that inhabit the messes of daily life.
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The most successful porches are those that form an L. The side piece, served by an additional doorway and set back from the street, is more likely to shelter a cluster of furniture (although I have seen no one sitting there). Unlike the voluptuous verandas of older houses, new porches are often too skinny to seat a real gathering, let alone a broken washing machine. As for leisure, people may mingle more freely at the local café or in common areas like the park or the pool than in front of their houses.
Cause of death: asphyxiation by fabric, furniture, and disuse. Born around 1910 from a venerable line of drawing rooms and parlors, the living room has been survived by the family room, great room, retreat, patio, and SUV. In lieu of flowers, the house asks that you observe a moment of silence on a sofa at your nearest Starbucks. Every generation proclaims the death of the living room, yet it keeps coming back. We seem to need its empty formality, choosing to preserve a bit of protected, cultivated parkland in the urban centers of our busy houses.
Indeed, I often “fry” a bagel or sliced baguette after employing the pan for something else, giving the heat and oil already stored there a second tour of duty. The cook who loves danger can toast bread slices directly in the stove’s gas flame, while the more cautious pyromaniac will enjoy charring thick slices of bread on an outdoor grill, placing them on a low flame for a few minutes just as the grilled meats are nearing completion. Microwaving bread is, of course, a disaster, as the process agitates the gluten and turns the whole thing into a rubbery wad of over-excited particles.