Today we cleaned the living room, really cleaned it, moving all the furniture and washing the walls and the floor. Since we’ve been here, we’ve had periodic “deep cleaning” days when we tackle some long-neglected room of the house.
Most of what’s in the house has been here for decades, so cleaning ends up being a dialogue between the past and now. It’s curious when a mid-century modern house begins to acquire some antiquity. Take away too many things, and one destroys the aura of authenticity. Tweak everything a little bit, and pare it down, and one creates a habitat comfortable for its inhabitants now.
Looking at this picture makes me long for the day when we can again entertain–when I look at this picture, I can see all the family and friends who’ve ever sat in these chairs and whiled away the time with us. I miss you all!