If You Ain’t Got Elegance

I was so happy with our freshly painted walls and our new slipcovers. We included a couple of bold dark colors, so chose off-white slip covers to lighten up the room. There should be plenty of natural light and that unobstructed view of the Mediterranean Sea, but the “cyclonic winds” blew over (again) one of the big yuccas on the terrace and we’ve got it in front of the living room sliders until we get around to reattaching it to the wall around the corner. So half the view and half the light are obscured. (As usual, click any image to get the big picture.)

Originally, I thought it was all kind of elegant. I still like the wall colors. I haven’t seen much of the slip covers, which were very quickly draped with purple throws to protect the fabric from cat hair and careless claws.

DUDO BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN CHAIRS.
(FINE NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW WITH ITS BACK TO THE ROOM… AND DUDO)

But some aesthetically placed throws weren’t enough. Moose understands the difference between a sofa and a scratching post. Dudo does not. So we then bought more purple throws — to protect the seats and legs of the sofa and chairs from Dudo. Then, when there still weren’t enough purple throws to go around, we added (temporarily) old, cat-clawed bath sheets in less-than-coordinating colors (blue, green, white). We usually find them all on the floor in the morning. But, I have hopes of being at least just slightly elegant, so I plan to pick up a bunch of off-white, machine-washable, throws to see if I can still carry it off.

For now, it’s all kind of hideous if you ask me. But, of course, Dudo and Moose haven’t asked me and San Geraldo doesn’t seem to care. It’s all about the cats.

THE BOYS TAKE OVER THE SOFA. AT LEAST THEY’RE ON THE TOWEL.
MOOSE: “AGAIN WITH THE CAMERA?!?”
DUDO: “JUST SMILE. HE’LL GET BORED.”
MOOSE: “OH, WOULD YOU JUST GO AWAY!”
HALF A VIEW BEYOND TOWELS AND THROWS.
YOU MISS THE POINT, MOOSE! THE THROW IS FOR YOU TO SLEEP ATOP,
NOT FOR YOU TO CRAWL UNDER.
MOOSE: “BUT I’M SO ADORABLE!”

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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