Transcript: Decorating | Apr 11, 2000

Maureen Taylor sits in a studio with yellow walls and a small TV set in the background, which reads “More to life.”

Maureen is in her late thirties, with wavy blond hair in a bob. She’s wearing a gray blazer over a gray top.

She says HI, I’M MAUREEN TAYLOR.
TODAY ON “MORE TO LIFE” A PRIMER ON
HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME. WE’LL HAVE
A PAIR OF DESIGN CONSULTANTS HERE
TO PROVIDE THE INSPIRATION AND
THE KNOW-HOW.

(music plays)

The opening sequence shows different sets of hands performing activities on a wooden table such as pulling petals from a daisy, drawing a big red heart, tuning a violin, flipping through the pages of a book, cooking, and pouring a glass of red wine.
In animation, the title appears inside the shape of a house: “More to life.”

Then, Maureen reappears in the studio.

Maureen says WELCOME TO “MORE
TO LIFE.”
TIME TO SHED THE WINTER
BLAHS AND PUT A LITTLE
COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE.
A CAN OF PAINT AND A BOLT OF
FABRIC ARE ALL THE
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO
UPDATE YOUR HOME.
THAT AND A LITTLE KNOW-HOW.
AND THAT'S WHAT OUR TWO
GUESTS HAVE.
JANE LOCKHART IS AN INTERIOR
DESIGNER WHO SPECIALIZES IN
COLOUR AND PAINTING
TECHNIQUES, AND MARY DOBSON
IS A HOME ECONOMIST WHO
WORKS HER MAGIC WITH A
SEWING MACHINE.

Jane is in her mid-thirties, with long slightly wavy auburn hair. She wears a yellow turtleneck sweater, a black blazer and a pearl necklace.

Mary is in her mid-forties, with short straight brown hair. She wears a white blouse with a scarlet blazer in a damask fabric.

Maureen says BUT THEY'VE JOINED FORCES IN
BENJAMIN MOORE'S NEW
DECORATING BOOK “ROOM
RECIPES; COOKING UP STYLE
WITH COLOUR.”

A picture of the book appears on screen. Images of different rooms illustrate the cover.

Maureen says SO IF YOU NEED ADVICE ABOUT
ADDING SOME STYLE TO YOUR
HOME, FROM THE WALLS TO THE
WINDOW COVERINGS, GIVE US A
CALL. IN TORONTO, OUR NUMBER
IS 416 484-2727. CALL US TOLL
FREE IF IT’S LONG DISTANCE.
1-888-411-1234 AND YOU CAN E-MAIL
YOUR QUESTION TO MORETOLIFE@TVO.ORG
AND WE
HAVE A
PLETHORA OF PRIZES FOR
PEOPLE WHO GET THEIR
QUESTION TO AIR.
WE HAVE FIVE COPIES OF THE
“ROOM RECIPES” BOOK AND FIVE
PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE
NATIONAL HOME SHOW IN
TORONTO, WHERE JANE AND MARY
WILL BE APPEARING ALL THIS
WEEK.
AND THANKS FOR JOINING US
TODAY.
JANE AND MARY, HI.
JANE, FIRST OF ALL HOW DOES
COLOUR TRANSFORM A ROOM?

A caption reads “Jane Lockhart. Interior designer.”

Jane says OH, IT
DOES SO MUCH!
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT,
MOST PEOPLE SPEND A LOT OF
TIME LAYING OUT THE
FURNITURE, AND ESPECIALLY HE
IN RENOVATIONS, WE WORRY
ABOUT HOW WALLS ARE GOING TO
BE PLACED, AND YET 90 PERCENT OF
THE TIME PEOPLE COME OVER
AND SAY “I DON'T REALLY LIKE
THE COLOUR YOU PUT ON THE
WALL” EVEN THOUGH YOU SPENT
ALL THE TIME ON OTHER
THINGS.
SO IT HAS A HUGE IMPACT, NOT
ONLY ON ENVIRONMENTAL
CONDITIONS BUT ALSO HOW WE
FEEL ABOUT THE SPACE.
AND CERTAINLY CAN DIRECT A
STYLE.
YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU MAY WANT
TO GO TOWARDS, PURELY BASED
ON THE COLOUR.

Maureen says AND THE OLD
RULES OF THUMB WHEN I TOOK
HOME EC WERE THAT, YOU KNOW,
DARK COLOURS WOULD MAKE A
ROOM APPEAR SMALLER AND
LIGHT COLOURS -- HAVE WE
THROWN ALL THAT OUT THE
WINDOW?

Jane says NO, THERE ARE STILL
PEOPLE WHO PREACH AND
BELIEVE THAT.
I DON'T NECESSARILY BELIEVE
THAT.
HAVING WORKED IN THE PAINT
TECHNOLOGY SIDE
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS
OBVIOUSLY A PAINT IS COLOUR.
SO WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME
RESEARCHING THE EFFECTS OF
COLOUR NOT ONLY ON US
PHYSICALLY BUT ALSO IN TERMS
OF WHAT IT REALLY DOES AND
IN FACT IT'S NOT COLOURS
THAT MAKE A ROOM LOOK
SMALLER, IT'S CONTRAST THAT
MAKES A ROOM LOOK SMALLER.
THAT'S ONE ASPECT OF COLOUR
BUT MOST OF US FOR ABOUT
THAT.
A WHITE CEILING AND DARK
WALL ASKS A CHECKERBOARD
FLOOR, WE'VE ADDED ALL KINDS
OF COLOUR TO THE SPACE, IT'S
NOT THE COLOUR BUT THE
RELATION OF THE COLOURS THAT
MAKE THE ROOM LOOK SMALL.

Maureen says OKAY, MARY, WHAT
COMES FIRST, DO YOU CHOOSE
YOUR PAINT COLOUR OR THE
FABRICS ON THE FURNITURE OR
ON THE WINDOWS FIRST?

The caption changes to “Mary Dobson. Home economist.”

Mary says YOU DEFINITELY
SOMEPLACE TO START.
WE USUALLY SUGGEST IT'S YOUR
BIGGEST INVESTMENT.
SO IF IT'S SOFA, IF IT'S A
RUG, IF IT'S THE DRAPES.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LIMITED
PALLET EVER AVAILABLE IN
FURNISHINGS AT ANY GIVEN
TIME IN THE STYLE TREND BUT
THE SAME FIVE THOUSAND
COLOURS OR HOWEVER MANY
THERE ARE AVAILABLE ARE
ALWAYS THERE.
SO IF YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM A
LIMITED PALLET YOUR
FURNISHINGS, OR WHATEVER
THAT MAY BE, AND THEN GO AND
PLUG THE COLOUR IN, IT'S
MUCH EASIER TO CHOOSING A
PAINT COLOUR AND FINDING A
SOFA THAT'S NOT QUITE RIGHT.
IT'S JUST MUCH EASIER TO
DO -- APPLY THE PAINT FIRST,
BUT YOU CHOOSE IT LAST.

Maureen says NOW I THINK WE
HAVE A FEW CLIPS TO SHOW
PEOPLE TODAY.
LET'S START WITH -- IT'S A
CHILDREN'S ROOM, I THINK.
AND THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE
OF COLOURS THAT MAYBE PEOPLE
WOULDN'T NORMALLY PUT
TOGETHER, RIGHT?

A fast clip shows images of a child’s room with every wall painted in a different color, unstained wood furniture and art accents on the walls and ceiling.

Jane says RIGHT.
AND WHAT WE DID IN THIS CASE
WAS WE USED ALL SORTS OF
WHACKY COLOURS, COLOURS THAT
MOST PEOPLE GO “I'M NOT SURE
ABOUT IT.”
BUT FIRST OF ALL IT'S FOR A
KIDS' ROOM AND THESE ARE
INTENDED TO BE BRIGHTER OR
STRONGER COLOURS AND WE
SPLIT UP THE PALETTE BY
PUTTING ONE OF THE COLOURS
ON EACH OF THE FOUR WALLS.
NOW WE HAD OUR CHILD
VOLUNTEER ALSO DO OUR
ARTWORK FOR US AND CREATE
ALL SORTS OF ASPECT OF THE
ROOM THAT ALLOWED HIM TO
MAKE IT HIS ROOM.
HE'S A THREE AND A HALF YEAR
OLD AND WE SAID “OKAY,
CLAYTON, GO TO IT.
PUT THE COLOURS ON IT THE
WAY YOU SEE IT” WHICH IS
REALLY NICE BECAUSE IT DOES
ALLOW A CHILD TO EXPRESS
THEMSELVES AND REALLY THINK
ABOUT IT.
IN A KIDS' ROOM YOU WANT
THEM TO GO INTO THE
EXPENSIVE ITEMS WHICH IS
WHAT MARY REFERRED TO BEFORE
IN TERMS OF CHOOSING
COLOURS.
IN THIS CASE WE PICKED
EVERYTHING NEUTRAL.
THE BEDDING WAS ALL NEUTRAL,
THE LINENS, THE HARD GOODS
IN THE ROOM WERE JUST A
PINE.
SO AS CLAYTON GOT OLDER THE
NICE THING IS ALL WE HAVE TO
DO IS PAINT THE COLOUR ON
THE WALL AGAIN AS OPPOSED TO
INVESTING OR RE-INVESTING IN
THE EXPENSIVE FURNISHINGS OF
THE SPACE.

Maureen says NOW THE PILLOW
CASES, IT LOOKED LIKE -- WAS
THAT HIS HAND PRINTS?

Mary says AMONG OTHERS.
YES, WHAT WE DID WAS TAKE
REGULAR CANVASS AND WE TOOK
THE PAINT FROM THE WALL, AND
EVERYONE, INCLUDING HIS DAD
AND JANE ALL PUT THEIR HANDS
IN THE PAINT AND STUCK IT
ONTO THE PILLOW.
NOW, IF YOU'VE EVER GOTTEN
LATEX PAINT ON YOUR CLOTHES
YOU'LL KNOW IT'LL STAND UP
TO LAUNDRY, IT'S NOT GOING
TO COME OFF BUT YOU CAN ADD
A TEXTILE MEDIUM TO THE
LATEX PAINT IF YOU'RE
WORRIED ABOUT IT BEING HEAVY
DUTY.
BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE BIG
FLOOR CUSHIONS BECAUSE
THAT'S REALLY WHERE KIDS
SPEND THEIR TIME.
BUT ONE IMPORTANT TIP IS
ALWAYS TO MAKE SURE FIRST OF
ALL YOU PRE-SHRINK THE
FABRIC AND PUT A ZIPPER IN
SO LATER ON THEY'RE WASHABLE
WITHOUT BEING A BIG HASSLE
TO PUT BACK TOGETHER.

Maureen says AND YOU
PRE-SHRINKS IT BY WASHING IT
FIRST --

Mary says CERTAINLY
WHATEVER WAY YOU INTEND TO
CARE FOR THE FABRIC LATER IS
HOW YOU PRE-SHRINK IT.
SO IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE ALWAYS
GOING TO DRY CLEAN, DRY
CLEAN IT FIRST.
IF YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING
WASH IT AND HANG IT TO DRY,
DO THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO
PUT IT IN THE DRIER, DO THAT
AS WELL.
SO ULTIMATELY AS YOU INTEND
TO CARE FOR IT, THAT'S HOW
YOU PRE SHRINK IT.

Maureen says OKAY, WE ALSO
HAVE A GARDEN PORTFOLIO
ROOM.
THIS IS A WAY FABRIC
INFLUENCES WHAT YOU'RE DOING
WITH THE ROOM.
MARY, WHY DON'T YOU TALK
ABOUT THIS?

A fast clip shows images of a room with mint green walls and a yellow ceiling, window treatments in a sunflower patterned fabric and unstained furniture.

Mary says THIS FABRIC
IS VERY STRONG.
IT'S ACTUALLY AN ENGLISH
PRINT WHICH HAS A REALLY
STRONG SHOT OF COLOUR AND
WHEN I BROUGHT THIS TO THE
TABLE WITH OUR MEETINGS ON
THE DESIGN FOR THE ROOM,
JANE -- SHE WAS A LITTLE
HESITANT.
SHE WAS ENCOURAGING ME TO
LOOK FOR MORE.
BUT IN THE END THIS REALLY
TURNED OUT TO BE A FAST
FABULOUS FABRIC FOR HERE
BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES SET
THE TONE FOR THE ROOM.
AND ALL THOSE OTHER STRONG
COLOUR, SHOTS OF COLOUR THAT
ARE IN THERE REALLY TIE IN
BEAUTIFULLY, AND THE FABRIC
REALLY BECOMES A SHOWCASE IN
THAT ROOM.
IT BECOMES A REAL CENTRE
POINT.

Maureen says NOW WHAT WERE WE
LOOKING AT, JANE ON THE WALL
THERE?
WAS IT SOME OF THE FABRIC
EMBOSSED ONTO THE WALL?

Jane says IT LOOKS
LIKE THAT.
IT'S ACTUALLY A NEAT IDEA.
FIRST OF ALL WE STARTED WITH
THAT REALLY PLAIN, UGLY
BROWN PANELING, YOU KNOW THE
KIND THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE
IN THEIR HOMES?
THEY WANT TO RIP IT OUT BUT
DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?
IT'S AN EXCELLENT SURFACE ON
WHICH TO APPLY PAINT.
SO WE PAINTED OUR PANELING
FIRST SO WE HAD A LITTLE BIT
OF THAT COUNTRY FEEL, KIND
OF LIKE A BARN BOARD.
AND THEN WHAT WE DID WAS
TOOK A COLOUR PHOTO COPY OF
THE FABRIC AND WE ASKED THE
FABRIC COMPANY “PRIDE OF
PARIS” IF THEY WOULD LET US
DO THAT AND THEY SAID NO
PROBLEM, FINE.
SO JUST A COLOUR COPY AND
APPLIED IT TO THE BANLING
USING WALLPAPER PASTE SO
IT'S WATER VALUABLE AND THEN
WE GLAZED OVER TOP, APPLYING
A BIT OF CLEAR PAINT WITH A
GLAZE ON TOP TO INTEGRATE IT
INTO THE SURFACE.

Maureen says VERY COOL.
SO MY IDEA OF USING THE
ACTUAL FABRIC WOULDN'T HAVE
WORKED TO PUT IT UP THERE --

Jane says YOU JUST
WOULD HAVE HAD A LOT OF
TEXTURE, NOT TO MENTION THE
FACT THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN
ON THERE A LOT MORE
PERMANENTLY.

Maureen says OH, YES.
YOU SELL THE HOME TO PEOPLE
FOR WHOM SUNFLOWERS ARE
REALLY THEIR THING.

Mary says IT'S A BIT
CHALLENGING AND DEPENDING ON
THE QUALITY OF THE FABRIC,
SOMETIMES IT'S SO HEAVY IT
BECOMES TOO MUCH OF A
DIMENSION ON THE WALL AND
JANE HAD RIPPED THE EDGES OF
HER PHOTO COPIES, BUT WITH
FABRIC IT WOULD HAVE BEEN
MORE CHALLENGING TO NOT HAVE
IT LOOK EITHER REALLY
CONTRIVED OR RAGGEDY OR
MESSY.

Maureen says DO YOU KNOW THE
COLOUR OF THAT GREEN?

Jane says YES, IT'S
HC-119 --

Maureen says GIVE ME A
NAME --

Jane says ACTUALLY
BENJAMIN NAME DOESN'T NAME.
THEY NAME SOME OF THE
HISTORICAL COLOURS, WHICH
THOSE ARE.
IT'S CALLED KITTERY POINT
GREEN.
IT'S A LINE OF SAGE.
IT KIND OF WALKS A LINE OF
MINT.
BUT IF PEOPLE CALLED IT MINT,
PEOPLE GO “I HATE THAT” SO
THAT'S WHY NAMING COLOURS IS
A DANGEROUS GAME TO PLAY,
BECAUSE AS MUCH AS IT CAN
SELL ONE COLOUR, IT CAN
UN-SELL ANOTHER.

Maureen says BUT I LIKE THAT
COLOUR.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT USING
PAINT AND FABRIC AND THINGS
THIS AFTERNOON TO PUT SOME
COLOUR INTO YOUR HOME.
MY GUESTS TODAY, JANE
LOCKHART AND MARY DOBSON,
THE CO-AUTHORS OF “ROOM
RECIPES” COOK UP STYLE WITH
COLOUR.
WE HAVE FIVE COPIES OF THIS
TO GIVE AWAY, AS WELL AS
FIVE TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL
HOME SHOW IN TORONTO.
YOU JUST HAVE TO GET YOUR
QUESTION TO AIR.
GIVE US A CALL: IN TORONTO, OUR NUMBER
IS 416 484-2727. CALL US TOLL
FREE IF IT’S LONG DISTANCE.
1-888-411-1234 AND YOU CAN E-MAIL
YOUR QUESTION TO MORETOLIFE@TVO.ORG
AND LAURA IS IN
LINDSEY.
HI LAURA.
WELCOME.

Laura says HI MAUREEN.
HI JANE.
HI MARY.

Jane says HELLO.

Maureen says HELLO.

Mary says HELLO.

Laura says I WATCH YOU ON
CITY LINE ALL THE TIME.
I JUST HAVE A PAINT
QUESTION.
I HAVE A BUNGALOW WHERE THE
DINING AND LIVING AND
ENTRANCE AND HALLWAY BACK
INTO THE BEDROOMS ARE ALL
CONNECTED.
THERE'S REALLY NO PLACE TO
STOP OR START PAINTING.
SO I'M LONGING FOR A COLOUR
THAT WILL GO THROUGHOUT,
SOMETHING THAT I'M NOT GOING
TO GET TOO SICK OF HAVING IT
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.
I HAVE WHITE TRIM NOW, AND I
HAVE CREAM COLOURED CURTAINS
WITH IRON RODS, AND WE JUST
PUT IN A BLACK AND WHITE
DIAMOND PATTERN IN THE
KITCHEN, WHICH IS VISIBLE
FROM THE DINING AND THE
LIVING ROOM.
SO I'M LOOKING FOR SOME
COLOUR, SOMETHING WARM.
I HAVE NO -- I JUST HAVE A
SOFA AND A HAND-ME-DOWN
CHAIR.
NOT COLOURS THAT I WANT TO
PULL COLOURS FROM TO PUT ON
THE WALL.
AND I ALSO HAVE A LOT OF
WOOD.
EVERYTHING IS HONEY OAK
COLOUR.
SO I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
TO WARM UP THAT REALLY COLD
WOOD.
ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Jane says
ABSOLUTELY.
YOU ACTUALLY -- YOU'VE GOT A
FAIRLY NEUTRAL PALETTE SO
I'M JUST GOING TO OPEN TO
THE RECIPE SECTION OF “ROOM
RECIPES.”
PERHAPS WE TOOK THAT A
LITTLE FAR, JUST TO SHOW YOU
A SERIES OF COLOURS THAT
MIGHT WORK FOR YOU.

She opens the book on a section with paint samples in ochres and greens.

IF YOU LOOK HERE, THIS IS
UPSIDE DOWN, BUT JUST SO YOU
CAN SEE THE COLOURS, YOU MAY
WANT TO BE MORE IN THE
CARAMEL RANGE, ALTHOUGH YOU
DO HAVE A HONEY COLOUR OF
WOOD WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT
WORK FOR YOU.
WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE
SAMPLE IT'S SORT OF HARD FOR
ME TO SAY.
YOU MAY WANT TO KEEP IT WARM
OR PEOPLE LOVE THE SAGEY
GREENY GREYS RIGHT NOW.
THERE'S THE NAME SAGE RIGHT
NOW.
YOU CAN READ UPSIDE DOWN,
SAYS MORTAR, FLORENTINE
PLASTER OF THE WE'VE GOT
ALMOST A GREEN TONE TO THEM.
IF YOU WANT TO KEEP IT
WARMER GOING TO THE GREY.
AND IF I PUT THIS DOWN HERE,
I'LL FLIP THE PAGE FOR A
MOMENT, SOME OF THE OTHER
COLOURS THAT WOULD WORK
QUITE NICELY WOULD BE
SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
THIS IS CALLED PRINCETON
GOLD.
IT'S REALLY A VERY WARM
YELLOW, BUT IT'S DARK ENOUGH
THAT IT WOULD SUPPORT THE
COLOUR OF YOUR TRIM.
OR YOU COULD CERTAINLY DO A
BEIGEY COLOUR IF YOU WANTED
TO.
IF I GRAB MY DECK HERE...
SOME OF THE OTHER COLOURS
THAT WOULD DO REALLY WELL
WOULD BE NEUTRAL TONES.
LIKE MY FAVOURITE BEIGE IN
THE ENTIRE WORLD IS 1033.
NO, IT DOESN'T HAVE A NAME.
(LAUGHING)

Mary says IT'S A
CATCHY NUMBER THOUGH.

Jane takes out some paint chip samples.

Jane says IT'S A
REALLY NICE NEUTRAL.
FOR YOU IT MIGHT BE A BIT
DARK, BUT YOU COULD
CERTAINLY PICK SOME OF THE
TONAL VALUES OF IT.

Maureen says OH, YEAH, LIKE
THAT.

Jane says AND IT'S THE
PERFECT BEIGE, IT'S NOT TOO
YELLOW OR TOO GREY WHICH
SOMETIMES HAPPENS AND OF
COURSE ITS SISTER COLOURS,
WHICH HAVE A LITTLE MORE YELLOW
BUT THEY'RE
QUITE NICE, PARTICULARLY
WORKING WITH THE COLOURS OF
THE WOOD THAT LAURA HAS.
NOW I MIGHT SUGGEST TO YOU,
YOU CAN ALWAYS STOP AND
START A COLOUR WHEN YOU CAN
HIT A CORNER.
SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL
COMPELLED TO RUN THE COLOUR
ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE
HOUSE.
PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY “I HAVE TO
USE THE SAME COLOUR.”
YOU DON'T HAVE TO.
YOU COULD JUST AS EASILY PUT
THIS COLOUR IN THE LIVING
ROOM, FOR INSTANCE, WHEN YOU
HIT THE CORNER -- SOMEONE
ONCE SAID TO ME WELL THERE'S
NO CORNERS IF MY HOUSE.
REALLY?!
BUT IN TERMS OF THE REALITY,
THE HOUSE DOES TURN AT SOME
POINT, SO WHEN YOU HIT THAT
TURNING POINT YOU CAN SWAP
COLOURS AND YOU MAY DECIDE
TO DO SOMETHING LIKE 1031.
SO YOU GET SHADES OR TINTS
OF THE SHAME COLOUR.
ASK THAT WAY AT LEAST IT'S
IN THE SAME VALUES OR LEVELS
OF COLOUR BUT AT LEAST IT'S
NOT BORG.

Jane says IT GIVES A
LITTLE MORE INTEREST.

Mary says THE LIGHT
ALWAYS EFFECTS IT DIFFERENT
ANYWAY, SO IT'S GOING TO
FEEL A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
BUT IT'S NICE TO HELP IT
ALONG, JUST TO BREAK IT UP A
BIT.

Maureen says SO SHE'S GOT
THREE ROOMS HERE.
SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAINT IT
ALL ONE COLOUR.

Jane says NO.

Maureen says BUT YOU'RE
ADVISING HER TO STAY IN THE
SAME WHAT, TONE?

Jane says YEAH.
IT WOULD BE THE SAME TONE,
AND THEN TINT IS WHEN YOU
ADD LIGHTNESS TO A COLOUR
AND SHADE IS WHEN YOU ADD
DARKNESS.
SHE WOULD STAY IN THE SAME
TONAL FAMILY BUT MAY PICK A
TINT IN ONE CASE AND A SHADE
IN ANOTHER.

Maureen says I WAS JUST
LOOKING AT THAT BEIGE, MARY.
IF THAT WAS ON YOUR WALLS
WHAT ARE THE KINDS OF FABRIC
COLOURS YOU COULD USE IN THE
WINDOW COLOURINGS?
ACTUALLY LOOKING AT YOUR RED
JACKET WITH IT WOULD BE --

Mary says CERTAINLY.
SHE'S GOT THE BLACK AND
WHITE IN THE KITCHEN BUT WE
WANT TO DO SOMETHING THAT
WILL STILL IN AN OVERALL
CONCEPT WORK IN THERE.
SO YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO DO A
LITTLE PINK AND BLUEPRINT OR
SOMETHING.
IT'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING
THAT KIND OF CARRIES FORTH
THE IMPACT OF THAT.
AND IF YOU PUT RED IN THE
KITCHEN AS JUST AN ACCENT
COLOUR, THEN MAYBE IN THE
LIVING ROOM WE MIGHT LOOK AT
DOING CUSHIONS IN THERE AS
WELL.
I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYBODY
WANTS TO INVEST IN RED
DRAPES IF SHE'S SORT OF
WORKING ON A MORE NEUTRAL
PALETTE.
SHE MAY FIND THAT THAT'S A
LOT OF MONEY TO INVEST IN
COLOUR.
WE TEND TO SEE PEOPLE DOING
COLOUR IN MORE DISPOSABLE
FORMS.
SMALLER ACCESSORY PIECE,
CUSHION SINKS, WHERE IT'S
NOT A LIFETIME OR A 20-YEAR
COMMITMENT TO A COLOUR ASK
THEN WHEN SHE'S LOOKING AT
HER SOFA, LOOK AT THE TOPS,
ANY KIND OF A FABRIC THAT
HAS THE TAUPE JANE HAD
CHOSEN, PLUS STILL SOME
OTHER COLOUR SUGGESTION.
MAYBE A FLECK OF THE RED OR
A FLECK OF BLACK.
SOMETHING THAT RELATES IT TO
THE REST OF THE SPACE.

Maureen says OKAY.
GOOD LUCK.
THANKS, LAURA. I HAVE
AN E-MAIL HERE FROM JANINE.
AND IT BEGINS JANE, SHE USED
TO LIVING ACROSS FROM YOUR
MOTHER.
“JANE AND MARY I'VE RECENTLY
RENOVATED MY HOME AND TRIED
TO DECORATE IT BY REMAINING
SIMPLE AND MINIMAL HOWEVER I
FEEL MY LIVING ROOM IS STILL
MISSING AN ELEMENT OF
WARMTH.
THE WALLS ARE PAINTED A VERY
LIGHT GREEN.
MY ENTERTAINMENT UNIT AND
CARPET AND SOFA ARE BLACK
AND MY GAS FIREPLACE HAS
GREEN MARBLE TILE AROUND IT
AND JUST ABOVE I'VE GOT A
GLAZED OAK FINISH MANTLE AND
JUST ABOVE THAT A NOOK FOR
DISPLAYING PHOTOS.
BASICALLY THE COLOURS USED
ARE GREEN, BLACK, WOOD AND
OCCASIONALLY A BIT OF LIGHT
PINK TO INCORPORATE THE
KITCHEN'S LIGHT PINK COLOURS,
SINCE IT'S AN OPEN-CONCEPT
SETTING.
GIVEN ALL THIS, WHAT WOULD
YOU SUGGEST I DO IN ORDER TO
ATTAIN THE WARM FEELING I'M
AFTER?”

Jane says OKAY,
WARMTH CAN COME FROM A
VARIETY OF DIFFERENT THINGS.
FIRST OF ALL WARMTH CAN BE A
SITUATION OF THE COLOUR.
SO THE COLOUR MAY NOT BE
WARM ENOUGH FOR HER TASTE.
SOMETIMES GREEN CAN KIND OF
GO BOTH WAYS.
YOU CAN HAVE A WARM GREEN
AND YOU CAN HAVE A COOL
GREEN.
SHE MAY FIND SHE JUST NEEDS
DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN TO
SORT OF GIVE A RANGE OF
COLOUR WHICH WILL HELP ADD
SOME WARMTH TO IT THE SECOND
THING WHICH FALL MORE INTO
MARY'S AREA IS MORE TEXTURE
AND PATTERN.
AND ALTHOUGH SHE MAY WANT TO
KEEP A MINIMAL FEELING IN
THERE, THAT DOESN'T MEAN
THAT ADDING AT LEAST A
LITTLE -- WHAT DO YOU CALL
IT, WAFFLE WEAVE OR
SOMETHING THAT'S A MORE
MODERN STYLE OF FABRIC,
CERTAINLY WOULD ADD --
IF YOU HAVE ALL SMOOTH SHINY
SURFACES IT GETS COLD
QUICKLY.
AND BY HAVING FLAT PAINT AND
MARBLE AND LEATHER OR SOLID
COLOURED FURNITURE YOU NEED
THE TEXTURE TO GIVE IT THE
WARMTH OR THE PERSONALITY
AND DRAW IT OUT OF THE
COLOUR THEN.

Mary says AND I'M NOT SURE
WHAT SHE'S DONE FOR WINDOW
COVERINGS, BUT VERY OFTEN WE
THINK FOR MINIMAL WE WANT
PLAIN WINDOWS BUT IN FACT
FOR CANADA IT'S JUST NOT --
IT DOESN'T QUITE GIVE US THE
WARMTH THAT WE NEED SO EVEN
IF SHE'S GOT HARD WINDOW
COVERINGS, WHICH SHE VERY
WELL COULD HAVE, I WOULD
STILL SUGGEST AT LEAST DOING
SOME PANELS ON THE SIDE.
IT CAN BE IN THE SAME COLOUR
LORE AS THE HARD COVERINGS,
SO DO THE WHITER, CREAMIER
SIDE OF -- SORT OF COVER,
BUT JUST THE FACT THAT IT WOULD
BE GATHERED AS OPPOSED TO A
HARD FLAT SURFACE WILL ADD A
LOT OF WARMTH TO THE SPACE.

Maureen says AND BY PANELS DO
YOU MEAN THERE'S A CURTAIN
ROD AT THE TOP AND THESE
FALL --

Mary says THEY COULD
BE PLEATED, THEY COULD BE TAB
CURTAIN, THEY COULD BE
GATHERED.
WHICHEVER SHE WOULD PREFER.
I WOULD STAY AWAY FROM
ANYTHING THAT PUDDLES
BECAUSE IF SHE WANTS A
MINIMAL LOOK YOU DON'T WANT
THAT FUSSY ELEMENT OF THE
PUDDLING BUT A SIMPLE PANEL.
IN THE BOOK, IN THE LIVING
ROOM WE DID BEAUTIFUL SIDE
PANELS THAT WERE DONE IN A
LINEN FABRIC, AND THEY
ACTUALLY ARE A PANEL WITH
ANOTHER HALF PANEL OVER TOP
THAT HAS KNOTS IN IT.
SO IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE
BIT OF DETAIL THAT STILL IS
VERY CLEAN.

She shows a picture of a dining area that illustrates what she’s saying.

Mary says IT JUST SOFTENS WHAT WOULD
NORMALLY BE A VERY HARD SORT
OF ELEMENT TO THE ROOM.
LIKE FIRST OF ALL USING A
TEXTURED FABRIC BUT DOING IT
IN LAYERS.

Maureen says THERE'S A NICE
WALL COLOUR.

Jane says THIS IS
GORGEOUS.

Maureen says THAT'S NICE AND
THERE'S THE RUG I WANT.

Jane says THE SISEL.

Maureen says YEAH, I LOVE
THAT.

Jane says IT LOOKS
VERY NICE.

Maureen says THANK YOU,
JANINE.
LET'S GO TO LARA IN CARLETON
PLACE.
LARA I THINK IT IS.
HI LARA.

Lara says IT'S LARA.
GOOD AFTERNOON.

Maureen says I WAS RIGHT THE
FIRST TIME.

Maureen says GO AHEAD, WHAT'S
YOUR COLOUR?

Lara says I'M CALLING TO
ASK FOR SUGGESTIONS FOR A
BABY'S ROOM, WE DON'T KNOW
WHETHER IT WILL BE A BOY OR
A GIRL AND WE DON'T WANT IT
TOO BABYISH.

Jane says PEOPLE
FIGHT ABOUT THIS ALL THE
TIME.
FIRST OF ALL I'LL TELL YOU
SOMETHING.
THIS IS MORE FOR THE
PARENTS.
BABIES CAN'T REALLY SEE
ANYTHING UNTIL THE AGE OF
TWO.
BEFORE THAT THEIR CORNER
VISION'S ONLY ABOUT 18
INCHES SO ALL YOU REALLY
HAVE TO DO IS WITHIN TWO
FEET OF THEM SO YOU DON'T
HAVE TOARY TOO MUCH ABOUT
WHAT GOES ON AFTER THAT BUT
PARENTS, WE ALL GET STRESSED
THAT THE KIDS' ROOM HAS TO
REFLECT THE DIRECTION WE
WANT THE CHILDREN TO GO.
THAT'S WHY YOU SEE A LOT OF
RED IN BABY'S THINGS BECAUSE
THAT'S ACTUALLY WHAT
CHILDREN SEE BEST UNTIL
ABOUT THE AGE OF TWO BEFORE
THEIR EYES REALLY DEVELOP
FULLY.
SO I WOULD SUGGEST -- AND
THERE'S ALWAYS OF COURSE
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT BLUE AND
PINK.
I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF
CHOOSING COLOURS THAT SORT
OF DENOTE A SEX OR A
DIRECTION.
I KIND OF LIKE COLOURS THAT
ARE TRULY DIFFERENT.
THERE'S BEEN A LOT WRITTEN
ABOUT YELLOW.
THERE HAVE BEEN TWO STUDIES
THAT HAVE SUGGESTED THAT
BRIGHT YELLOWS, NOT CREAMY
YELLOWS, BUT REALLY, REALLY
STRONG, BRIGHT YELLOWS WILL
MAKE A BABY CRY MORE.
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE
VALIDITY OF ANY OF THESE,
BUT I SUSPECT PART OF IT
COMES FROM THAT BRIGHT
YELLOWS WILL REFLECT POORLY
ON A CHILD'S SKIN AND AS A
RESULT PARENTS THINK THEIR
CHILD IS JAUNDICED SO THEY
RUN AROUND OH, MY GOSH!
LOOK AT THE BABY AND IT'S IN
FACT THE COLOUR ON THE WALL.
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH
THE BABY.
SO SOME OF THE MORE
SUCCESSFUL COLOURS WOULD
BE -- AND YOU CAN COMBINE
THEM ANYWAY, IS MORE IN THE
CREAMY YELLOWS, SOMETHING
NOT SO BRIGHT.
THINGS LIKE 197 WHICH IS A
REALLY NICE SORT OF LIGHT
YELLOW COLOUR.
YOU KNOW, EVEN DOWN TO THE
198, REMEMBERING THAT
YELLOW'S ALWAYS BRIGHTER ON
THE WALLS THAN IT APPEARS ON
THE CHIP.

Maureen says OH, OKAY.

Jane says OTHER
COLOURS THAT DO VERY WELL
ARE IN THE GREENS.

Maureen says I LIKE THAT.

Jane says ANY
VERSIONS, YOU HAVE A GREEN
BABY.

Maureen says I WANT A GREEN
BABY.

Mary says YOU WANT A
GREEN BABY.

Jane says DO YOU
VERY WELL IN THESE AND THE
COMBINATION OF BLUE GREEN
AND YELLOW IS DOING VERY
WELL.
YOU SEE A LOT OF THAT.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE
HOTTEST THING IS?
AND I KNOW MY MOTHER WILL
FREAK OUT WHEN I SAY THIS,
BECAUSE SHE LOVES THIS
COLOUR.
BUT WE USED TO ALWAYS TELL
HER NO, YOU CAN'T HAVE THIS
COLOUR.
ARE COLOURS LIKE THIS THE
PERIWINKLES.

Maureen says NICE!

Jane says THESE LOOK
A BIT GREY IN HERE, BUT AT
HOME, IN THE INCANDESCENT
LIGHTING YOU'RE SEEING A LOT
OF THE PURPLES.
JUST AS A CONTRAST, WE'RE
SEEING THE MAUVES OR
LAVENDERS, COMBINED WITH THE
BLUES AND THE GREENS.

Maureen says BUT NOW MARY,
SHE'S GOING TO GO OUT AND
HAVE TO FIND THE CRIB SHEETS
AND THE BUMPER PAD AND THE
MOBILE NOW.
SO DOES SHE GO LOOK FOR
THOSE THINGS FIRST?

Mary says WELL, ABSOLUTELY
AND IF YOU'VE GOT A COLOUR
COMBINATION IN MIND, RIGHT
AWAY YOU'RE GOING TO LIMIT
YOURSELF MORE.
BUT IF YOU KNOW THAT'S AT
LEAST THE DIRECTION YOU WANT,
YOU'RE GOING TO STAY AWAY
FROM THE REALLY
MONOCHROMATIC OR STRONGER
PRIMERS. SO JUST SEE WHAT'S OUT THERE
AND THAT MAY CHANGE YOUR
GREEN TO MORE OF AN AQUA OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO MAKE
IT FIT.
BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK WE TRY
WAY TOO HARD TO BE MATCHY-MATCHY
POOH.
EVERYTHING, LIKE THIS GOES
WITH THIS GOES WITH THIS,
AND REALLY SMALL DETAIL --
IF YOU HAVE TO LOOK THAT
HARD TO FIND THE DETAIL
DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.
I THINK IT'S REALLY THE
OVERALL SOFTNESS PEOPLE LOVE
ABOUT BABY'S ROOMS SO DON'T
WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING BEING
PERFECTLY MATCHED AND
COORDINATED.
I THINK WE WORRY WAY TOO
MUCH ABOUT THAT.

Maureen says YOU KNOW WHAT
ELSE?
THE BABY NEVER SPEND AS MUCH
TIME IN THAT ROOM AS YOU
WISH THEY DID.
THEY DON'T SLEEP AS OFTEN AS
YOU THINK THEY WILL.
BUT GOOD LUCK.
LET'S GO TO SEANA IN
WOODBRIDGE.

Seana says HI THERE.
HOW'S EVERYONE DOING?

Maureen says GREAT.

Seana says GOOD.
I JUST HAVE A REALLY QUICK
QUESTION.
I LIVE IN AN OLD CENTURY
FARMHOUSE --

Mary says AW, TOO BAD.

Seana says -- AND IT'S A
SEMI-DETACHED.

Jane says POOR
THING.

Seana says (LAUGHING)
SO THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH
PRIVACY BECAUSE OUR LAWNS
KIND OF MERGE AROUND THE
WHOLE HOUSE, AND SO WE HAVE
THESE LONG, NARROW WINDOWS.
AND SO WE WERE WONDERING
ABOUT SHUTTERS.
AND I DIDN'T WANT TO GO ALL
THE WAY UP TO THE TOP WITH
SHUTTERS.
AND SO I WAS WONDERING IF
GOING THREE-QUARTERS OF THE
WAY UP WOULD LOOK OKAY OR IF
HALFWAY WHERE THE ACTUAL
LINE OF THE WINDOW FRAME IS
WOULD BE BETTER?

Mary says WHEREVER
THERE'S A BREAK IN THE
WINDOW YOU CAN BREAK THE
SHUTTER.
IF THERE'S ONLY A BREAK AT
THE MID-POINT THEN THAT'S
WHAT I WOULD DO.
BUT IF THERE IS ANOTHER
BREAK THREE QUARTERS OF THE
WAY UP, YOU CAN DO IT THERE.
BUT CERTAINLY SHUTTERS ARE
PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE FOR A
CENTURY HOME BECAUSE IT'S
REALLY A VERY TRADITIONAL
KIND OF THING.
YOU CAN THEN DO VALANCES
OVER THE TOP IF YOU WANT OR
FULL DRAPE OVER THE TOP THAT
ARE JUST SIDE PANELS.
BUT ALSO, EVEN CONSIDER
PUTTING SHUTTERS ON THE TOP
AND CURTAINS ON THE BOTTOM
JUST TO GIVE YOURSELF A
LITTLE SORT OF CHANGE, IF
YOU FIND YOU'RE FEELING TOO
TIED INTO ONE LOOK.
EITHER ONE IS VERY
APPROPRIATE FOR THE AGE AND
THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME.

Maureen says SO BY A BREAK IN
THE WINDOW, YOU MEAN THE WAY
IT'S, IT PUSHES UP OR --

Mary says YES,
WHEREVER THERE IS A
HORIZONTAL LINE SHE CAN --

Maureen says SHE CAN DO THAT.

Mary says YEAH.

Maureen says OKAY, SO THESE
WOULD BE WORKABLE SHUTTERS.
A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE --

Jane says THESE
WOULD BE INTERIOR SHUTTERS.

Maureen says ARE THEY AWFULLY
EXPENSIVE?

Mary says IT DEPENDS
ON WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT.
IF YOU'RE DOING SOME OF THE
LARGER, CHUNKY VINYL ONES,
THEY'RE VERY EXPENSIVE.
THE WOODEN ONES ARE LESS
EXPENSIVE BUT THE VINYL ONES
ARE REALLY -- THEY'RE REALLY
DESIGNED FOR BATHROOMS AND
KITCHENS BECAUSE THEY'RE
MOISTURE RESISTANT.
WE'RE ACTUALLY SEEING METAL
ONES NOW, AND ALL THE BIG
CHUNKY ONES, THE PRICE IS
MUCH HIGHER THAN WHAT WE
THINK OF THE LITTLE
TRADITIONAL ONE INCH ONES
BUT IN FACT AGAIN THE ONE
INCH ONES WOULD BE MORE
APPROPRIATE TO THE HERITAGE
OF THE HOME.
THE BIG ONES, THE SCALE IS
REALLY GREAT FOR BIG WINDOWS,
BUT IN FACT --

Maureen says THAT'S A MORE
MODERN LOOK.

Mary says YEAH, IT'S A
MORE MODERN LOOK.
FOR A HERITAGE HOME, UNLESS
YOU WANT TO BE VERY ECLECTIC,
YOU'RE BETTER TO GO WITH THE
SMALLER ONES AND THE PRICE
ON THOSE IS INCREDIBLY LESS
THAN THE BIGGER ONES.

Maureen says GREAT.
THANKS, SEANA.
A QUESTION FOR I GUESS JANE
IN PETERBOROUGH.
“I RECENTLY CHANGED MY
KITCHEN APPLIANCES FROM
ALMOND TO RIGHT.
MY RANGE HOOD THOUGH IS
ALMOND.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PAINT IT?”

Jane says OH, I LOVE
THOSE KINDS OF QUESTIONS!
YES, ABSOLUTELY!
RANGE HOODS ARE PROBABLY THE
ONLY “APPLIANCE,” IF YOU WILL,
YOU CAN PAINT BECAUSE THEY
DON'T REALLY TAKE HEAT THE
WAY THINGS LIKE A STOVE OR
MICROWAVE DO.
ALL YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO DO IT
IS SAND IT WE'RE NOT TRYING
TO SAND THE COLOUR OFF IT,
ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS --

Maureen says SCRATCH IT UP.

Jane says YEAH, AND YOU SCRATCH IT
TO THE POINT WHERE YOU THINK
THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE
RIGHT.
IT LOOKS WRONG NOW.
THEN YOU'RE RIGHT.
IF YOU DO IT WELL ENOUGH AND
REMOVE ANY OF THE DUST AND
GREASE THAT'S ON THERE, AND
YOU CAN DO THAT USING TSP,
WHICH IS A DETERGENT,
ESSENTIALLY.
RINSE THAT OFF.
YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO PRIME
IT BECAUSE YOU CAN USE A
PRODUCT CALLED MELAMINE
PAINT WHICH IS ACTUALLY
MANUFACTURED FOR COUNTERTOPS
AND CABINETS BUT HARD ENOUGH
FOR A RANGE HOOD THAT YOU
WOULD JUST ROLL ON -- BETTER
TO DO THREE THIN COATS THAN
ONE THICK COAT AND USE ONE
OF THOSE LITTLE SAUSAGE
ROLLERS TO ROLL IT ON SO IT
DOESN'T GET A LOT OF BUBBLES
IN IT AND YOU'RE DONE.

Maureen says GREAT.
THANKS, DONNA.
SHANNON IN KENTVILLE.
HOW ARE YOU?

Shannon says HELLO, HOW'S
EVERYONE TODAY?

Maureen says WE'RE GREAT.

Shannon says GOOD.
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR MARY.
I HAVE A REALLY UGLY SWIVEL
ROCKING CHAIR THAT MY
HUSBAND BROUGHT INTO THE
MARRIAGE.
IT'S PROBABLY THE
WORST PIECE OF FURNITURE WE
HAVE IN THE WHOLE HOUSE.
UNFORTUNATELY IT'S PROBABLY
ALSO THE MOST COMFORTABLE WE
HAVE IN THE HOUSE, TOO.
SO I'M LOOKING FOR SOME
IDEAS OF WHAT TO RECOVER IT
IN.
I THOUGHT TERRY CLOTH MIGHT
BE AN IDEA.
I HAVE TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, A
TWO-YEAR-OLD AND A SEVEN
MONTH OLD AND I NEEDED SOME
IDEAS TO MAKE IT BETTER SO
WE CAN USE IT AND BE HAPPY
WITH IT BEING IN THE LIVING
ROOM.

Mary says SURE.
I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT IT TO
BE SOFT BUT WHEN PEOPLE SAY
TERRY CLOTH FOR EVEN SHOWER
CURTAINS, I CRINGE.
YOU BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW
ANYONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE A
TERRY CLOTH BATHROBE THAT
DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT'S BEEN
THROUGH THE WAR IN NO TIME.
IT'S NOT A PRACTICAL FABRIC.
YOU PULL ONE THREAD AND
EVERYTHING COMES WITH IT.
A VELOUR IN SOME CASE ALSO
WORK BECAUSE THE TOP HAS
BEEN SHAVED OFF AND THERE'S
NOTHING TO CATCH BUT FOR UP
POLE TREE THERE'S TOO MUCH
SOFTNESS AND GIVE TO IT.
IF YOU WANT A SOFT, COZY
FABRIC LOOK AT DOING SOME
KIND OF CHENILLES AND
THEY'RE VERY POPULAR NOW.
THEY'RE ALMOST LIKE SOFT
CORDUROYS.
YOU'VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL IT
IS AN UPHOLSTERY WEIGHT,
BUT ALSO LOOK AT WHETHER OR
NOT YOU CAN DO THE JOB
YOURSELF.
BECAUSE HONESTLY TO PAY FOR
SOMEBODY TO RECOVER THE
CHAIR FOR YOU IS VERY OFTEN
MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BUYING
NEW CHAIR, BUT OFTEN VERY
OFTEN ALSO WHEN IT'S
FINISHED IT DOESN'T HAVE THE
SOFTNESS IT USED TO HAVE
BECAUSE THEY HAD TO RESTUFF
IT IN SOME WAY, OR THE FACT
A FABRIC NOW HAS BODY HAS
CHANGED THE SOFT FACTOR AS
WELL.
SO THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT HOW
MUCH YOU WANT TO INVEST IN
THIS AND HOW SORT OF WILLING
YOU ARE TO HAVE THAT COMFORT
SORT OF DIMINISHED.
SLIP COVERING IS CERTAINLY
AN OPTION THAT WILL NOT
CHANGE THE SOFTNESS, BUT IN
FACT SLIP COVERS ARE JUST AS
EXPENSIVE TO DO AS
UPHOLSTERY AND WITH ACTIVE
SMALL CHILDREN THEY'RE NOT
VERY PRACTICAL, BECAUSE SLIP
COVERS BY THEIR VERY NATURE
ARE MESSY.
THERE'S NOTHING FOR THEM TO
HOLD ONTO SO THEY TEND TO
MOVE AROUND AND SO THEREFORE
YOU'RE ALWAYS TIDYING THEM,
ALWAYS KIND OF STRAIGHTENING
THEM.
BUT AGAIN, IT HAS TO BE A
REALLY GOOD FABRIC IN THERE
TO MAKE IT WORTH THE
INVESTMENT OF TIME AND
LABOUR TO DO IT.

Maureen says HOW SKILLED AT
SEWING WOULD SHE HAVE TO BE
TO DO THIS HERSELF?

Mary says WELL, I SEW
EVERYDAY AND I REALLY PRETTY
WELL REFUSED TO MAKE SLIP
COVERS FOR PEOPLE.

Jane says SHE WILL.
I ATTEST TO THAT.

Mary says I WOULD
RATHER RE-UPHOLSTER A CHAIR
BECAUSE THERE IS NO PATTERN
FOR IT.
IT'S A FIT AS YOU GO, A FIT FIT FUSS.
BUT I LIKE A VERY TAILORED,
FITTED SLIP COVER.
I'M A LITTLE FUSSY.
I LIKE IT TO LOOK PERFECT.
BUT YOU CAN'T PAY ME ENOUGH
TO DO IT.
IT'S REALLY -- IT'S VERY
BACK-BREAKING WORK AND IT'S
FUSSY.

Maureen says EVEN FOR
COUCHES?
BECAUSE I'VE LOOKED INTO
SLIP COVERS, A STORE UP THE
STREET ON YOUNG
THAT I WON'T NAME AND
YOU'RE RIGHT.
IT WAS SO EXPENSIVE IT WAS
PROHIBITIVE.
BUT CAN I NOT TUCK
SOMETHING --

Mary says AGAIN THAT'S
OKAY IF IT'S A ROOM YOU'RE
NOT USING BUT AS SOON AS
SOMEONE SITS ON THE SOFA,
ALL THAT TUCKING IS FOR
NAUGHT.
BECAUSE THERE ARE LITTLE
TRICKS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE IT
BETTER.
YOU TAKE CHUNKS OF
UPHOLSTERY FOAM AND SHOVE IT
INTO THE CORNERS AND
CREVICES BUT IT'S STILL
GOING TO WORK UP BECAUSE IT
IS NOT STABILIZED AND
THERE'S NO WAY TO MAKE IT BE
PERMANENT WHEN IT ISN'T.
AND AT BEST THAT KIND OF A
COVER IS JUST AN INTERIM
KIND OF THING.
BUT I STRONGLY SUGGEST
AGAINST IT IF YOU WANT
THINGS TO LOOK NICE.
IF YOU WANT IT JUST TO COVER
A MESSY, UGLY-LOOKING THING
THEN FINE, GO AHEAD.
BUT LOOSE-FITTING, SORT OF
SEMI-STRUCTURED SLIP COVERS
ARE, THEY’RE EASIER TO MAKE,
BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE
AS FUSSY WITH THEM, BUT THEY
ALWAYS LOOK LOOSE FITTING.

Maureen says OKAY, THERE'S
THE SCOOP ON SLIP COVERS.
THANK YOU, SHANNON.
WE'RE GOING TO SHIFT FOCUS
HERE AND I THOUGHT MAYBE
WE'D TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR
PROVENCAL PROCESS WHICH
INTRODUCES A NEW PAINTING
TECHNIQUE, RIGHT?
LET'S ROLL THAT AND YOU CAN
EXPLAIN JANE WHAT WE'RE
LOOKING AT.

A fast clip shows a set of hands printing a diamond shaped pattern on a wall with a template.

Jane says WELL,
PROVENCAL FOR PEOPLE LIKE
ME HE WHO CAN'T SAY THAT
WOULD BE FRENCH COUNTRY.
SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS
ADDING ON THE WALL A TEXTURE
THAT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE A
WALLPAPER THAT YOU WOULD
HAVE SEEN IN THE 18th
CENTURY, 19th CENTURY AND
ALL I'VE DONE HERE IS JUST
CUT OUT BASICALLY A DIAMOND
SHAPE AND USED IT AS A
TEMPLATE AND THEN TOOK TWO
PIECES OF CARDBOARD AND
DIPPED THEM IN MY PAINT AND
STAMPED THEM ON THE WALL TO
CREATE THE DIAMOND.
NOW WHAT I'M DOING WITH THE
BASE COLOUR OR ORIGINAL
COLOUR WHICH IS 967, CLOUD
WHITE, JUST WASHING OVER TOP
OF IT TO SOFTEN IT, SO IT
DOESN'T LOOK SO STRONG.
AND THEN OF COURSE THE
TYPICAL, YOU HAVE TO HAVE
SOMETHING THAT LOOKS A
LITTLE FLEUR DE LIS-ISH.

She puts a stencil between the rhombi and rolls a mustard yellow paint over it.

Jane says AND WE'RE JUST ROLLING THE
GOLD COLOUR OVER TOP.
I THINK THAT COLOUR'S CALLED
DIJON, IN FACT.
IT WAS PROBABLY THE HARDEST
TECHNIQUE FOR ME TO GET USED
TO, NOT JUST THE WALL
TECHNIQUE, BUT WHOLE ROOM.
BECAUSE IT'S REALLY NOT MY
STYLE.
I MUCH PREFER THE MODERN
STYLES --

Mary says IT'S TOTALLY
MY STYLE.

Maureen says IT'S ALWAYS MY
STYLE.
NOW DO YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH
SOMEONE ELSE?
IS THERE A SPEED FACTOR HERE
BEFORE IT DRIES?

Jane says NO, THIS
ONE IS COMPLETELY ALL
POSITIVE, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE
APPLYING THE PAINT WITH THE
TOOL, AND YOU'RE NEVER
REMOVING IT AGAIN.

Maureen says OH, OKAY.

Jane says THE ONLY
TIME IT BECOMES AN ISSUE IS
IF I'VE GOT TO GET IT ON AND
TAKE IT OFF AGAIN.
IN THIS CASE ALL POSITIVE,
SO YOU CAN LOLLYGAG AROUND
AS MUCH AS YOU WANT,
PROCRASTINATE --

Maureen says LET'S LOOK AT
THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
WE'VE GOT THAT CLIP.
HERE IT IS.
THIS IS PROVENCAL.
OH, LOOK AT THE PLATES GO
IN!

A view of the finished wall with decorative plates on it appears on screen.

Mary says ALL THE
ACCESSORIES IN THIS ROOM
PRACTICALLY BELONG TO ME
BECAUSE THIS IS MY STYLE.
AND THIS IS REALLY -- I CALL
IT ELEGANT DECAY.
IT'S ALL STUFF THAT'S BEEN
AROUND FOR A WHILE.
IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE
PERFECT.
SO THE FURNITURE'S HAD A
COAT OF PAINT AND A FEW
ROUGH EDGES BUT THAT'S OKAY.
IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A
CROWDED OR FULL ROOM, AND
YET BECAUSE THE COLOURS ARE
LIGHT, IT KEEPS IT FEELING
AIRY ALL THE SAME TIME.
SO YOU CAN BE A CLUTTER BUG
BUT STILL NOT FEEL TOO
MESSY.

Maureen says IT LOOKS LIKE A
ROOM THAT GETS A LOT OF SUN.

Jane says THIS
PARTICULAR ROOM DID, IT WAS
ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF
THIS PARTICULAR HOUSE WHICH
WE DIDN'T PLAN IT THAT WAY,
IT JUST HAPPENED TO END UP
IN THAT LOCATION.
BUT CERTAINLY, THIS WE DID
AS A GUEST ROOM, AND WHAT A
GREAT IDEA.
IF YOUR STYLE IS NOT FRENCH
COUNTRY, THIS IS THE KIND OF
STYLE YOU'D WANT TO PUT IN A
GUEST ROOM OR DEN OR
BASEMENT OR SOMEPLACE WHERE
YOU WANT TO HAVE THE
LIGHTNESS, AS MARY SAID, AND
IF YOU'RE A CLUTTERY PERSON
LIKE ME, I CAN KIND OF
PRETEND THE CLUTTER'S PART
OF IT AND IT SORT OF MAKES
IT WORK IN REALLY NICELY AND
ALL THOSE HEIRLOOMS THAT MAY
NOT FIT ANOTHER STYLE LOOK
SO NICE IN THIS KIND OF
STYLE.

Maureen says AND YET IT'S NOT
A ROOM YOU HAVE TO USE
EVERYDAY BECAUSE IT'S NOT
YOUR STYLE.

Jane says EXACTLY.

Maureen says WONDERFUL.
E-MAIL FROM JONATHAN IN
PERTH, LAST FALL WE
COMPLETELY RENOVATED OUR
13-YEAR-OLD SON'S ROOM IN A
COLOUR WASH OF GREY-BLACK ON
A SMOKE BLUE WITH A BLUE AND
BLACK FLOOR AND BLACK
FURNITURE.
THE COLOUR WASH TECHNIQUE
WORKS REALLY GREAT BUT THE
STUCCO SEALING IN STARK
WHITE IS TOO CONTRASTY.
IS THERE ANYWAY TO DO A
COLOUR WASH ON A STUCCO
CEILING OR DO WE JUST HAVE
TO STICK WITH A SOLID BUT
SLIGHTLY TINTED COLOUR?”

Jane says THAT'S AN
EXCELLENT QUESTION.
CLEARLY -- SEE, I HAVE THIS
ISSUE WITH WHITE CEILINGS.
I CALL IT A LITTLE SYNDROME.
I'M NOT SURE WHY WE ALL DO
OUR CEILINGS WHITE, OTHER
THAN I THINK MOST OF US
NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK THE
QUESTION WHY SHOULDN'T WE DO
THEM WHITE?
AND WHAT JONATHAN IS ASKING
IS AN EXCELLENT QUESTION IN
THAT THE CEILING -- CAN YOU
NOT REALLY COLOUR WASH A
STUCCO CEILING BECAUSE IT
HAS SO MUCH TEXTURE AND THAT
TEXTURE'S NOT REALLY ADHERED
TO THAT SURFACE ALL THAT
WELL.
ANYONE KNOWS IF THEY DING IT
SORT OF COMES OFF THE
CEILING.
UNFORTUNATELY YOU WILL HAVE
TO STICK WITH A TINTED
COLOUR BUT THERE'S CERTAINLY
NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT TO
TAKE THE EDGE OFF THE
WHITENESS SO IT DOESN'T
STAND OUT TOO MUCH SO
CERTAINLY ONE OF THE COLOURS
HE'S ALREADY USED IN THE
SPACE, OR EVEN THE
BACKGROUND COLOUR THAT HE
HAD, THAT HE DID THE COLOUR
WASH WITH.
MAYBE A LIGHTER VERSION OF
IT ON THE CEILING WOULD
CERTAINLY PULL IT INTO THE
ROOM.

Maureen says IS THERE A
SPECIAL BRUSH YOU HAVE TO
USE ON STUCCO?

Jane says FIRST
THING YOU HAVE TO DO, YOU
HAVE TO USE SOMETHING CALLED
EITHER SPLIT FOAM ROLLER,
WHICH IS A ROLLER WITH THE
BIG CUTS IN IT, OR YOU CAN
USE A HIGH DENSITY ROLLER.
WELL THE BIG FUZZY ROLLERS,
BASICALLY.
AND YOU NEED TO USE AN
ALKYD PAINT OR PRIMER FIRST
TIME OUT, TINTED TO THE
COLOUR YOU WANT AND ROLL
THAT ON.
AND UNFORTUNATELY CEILINGS
ARE TWO COATS NOT ONE, NOT
BECAUSE THEY NEED TWO COATS
BUT MOST TIMES WHEN WE'RE
ROLLING WE JUST DON'T
REALIZE WE MISSED STUFF
UNTIL IT'S DRIED.
AND THOSE ARE CALLED
HOLIDAYS, BY THE WAY.
YOU TOOK A HOLIDAY WHILE YOU
WERE PAINTING.
SO YOU GO ONE DIRECTION,
THEN YOU GO BACK THE OTHER
WAY.

Maureen says OKAY.
LAUREN IS ON THE LINE FROM
WATERLOO.
HI LAUREN.

Lauren says HI.

Maureen says HI.

Lauren says HI, I HAVE A
QUESTION ABOUT PAINT
TECHNIQUES.
I LIKE A PREVIOUS COLOUR --
I'M -- LIKE A PREVIOUS
CALLER I'M IN A CENTURY FARM
HOUSE AND WE'RE JUST
RENOVATING THE UPSTAIRS
HALLWAY AND I RIPPED DOWN
THE WALLPAPER AND FOUND THAT
ONE WALL IS VERY ROUGH.
IT HAS -- IT'S A PLASTER
WALL AND SOME OF IT HAS
FALLEN OFF A LITTLE BIT, AND
WHEN I PULLED THE PAPER OFF,
AND IT JUST, YOU KNOW, HAS
CRACKS IN IT AND THAT SORT
OF THING.
BUT THE OTHER THREE WALLS
ARE PERFECTLY FINE AND
SMOOTH.
NOW, I WAS THINKING OF DOING
A FRESCO TECHNIQUE ON THAT
WALL, AND I DON'T KNOW IF I
WANT TO CONTINUE IT ALL THE
WAY AROUND THE HALLWAY.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO JUST DO IT
ON ONE WALL OR DOES THAT
LOOK REALLY SILLY?

Jane says NO,
THAT'LL WORK JUST FINE.
THE TECHNIQUE THAT SHE'S
REFERRING TO IS ONE WHERE WE
TAKE TWO DIFFERENT COLOURS
THAT ARE SIMILAR IN RANGE,
LIKE MAYBE A YELLOW AND A
BEIGE TOGETHER AND WE'LL
ROLL THEM ON THE WALL AT THE
SAME TIME SO THEY GIVE KIND
OF A MOTTLED FINISH, KIND OF
LIKE WHAT PARCHMENT PAPER
WOULD LOOK LIKE AND WE'VE
JUST CALLED IT FRESCO.
AND ABSOLUTELY, YOU CAN
CLEARLY DO THAT IF YOU WANT
TO SO THAT WALL IT HAS THAT
OLD LOOK, THAT OLD AGED
PLASTERED CRACKLE, WHICH YOU
COULD CLEARLY PLAY-UP, AND
WHATEVER COLOURS YOU CHOOSE
TO DO, ONE OF THOSE ONES CAN
GO ON THE OTHER THREE WALLS
AS A SOLID COLOUR AND THAT
WALL WOULD BE THE ACCENT
WALL, THE FEATURE WALL IN
THE SPACE.

Maureen says NOW IS THIS THE
TECHNIQUE WHERE YOU ACTUALLY
APPLY SORT OF A STUCCO THING
TO YOUR WALL TO CREATE
TEXTURE?
NO, THAT'S DIFFERENT.

Jane says YEAH.

Maureen says SEE LIKE OUR
WALLS HAVE SOMETHING ON IT.

Jane says THEY
CERTAINLY DO.

Maureen says WHAT'S THAT
CALLED?

Jane says YOU CAN
CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANT.

Mary says ANYTHING
WITH AN “ING.”

Jane says BASICALLY.
WE DO A LOT, LIKE THIS KIND
OF THING, VENETIAN STUCCO,
PLASTER, WHICH IS SORT OF
THE GENERIC TERM FOR SOME OF
THE PRODUCTS OUT THERE THAT
WE DO.
WE DO A LOT MORE OF THIS IN
COMMERCIAL WORK THAN
CONSUMER WORK ONLY BECAUSE
IF YOU ADD REAL TEXTURE TO
YOUR WALLS YOU'RE LIVING
WITH IT.
SOME OF THOSE TEXTURES ARE,
WHAT PANELING WAS TO THE
'70s SOME OF THESE TEXTURES
WILL BE TO THE '90s.
THEY'RE HARD TO REMOVE.
THE ONLY ONE WE LIKE IS THE
VENETIAN PLASTER BECAUSE
IT'S AN INCREDIBLY SMOOTH
FINISH, ALTHOUGH IT DOESN'T
LOOK SMOOTH.
WHEN YOU FEEL IT IT'S LIKE
GLASS, WHICH MEANS I CAN
PAINT OVER IT FAIRLY EASILY
WITHOUT HAVING TO LIVE WITH
THAT TEXTURE OVER AND OVER
AGAIN.
AND ALTHOUGH YOU MAY BE
PREPARED TO LIVE WITH IT,
THE NEXT PEOPLE MOVING IN --

Maureen says BUT I'M LIVING
WITH CRACKS IN PLASTER IN AN
OLD HOUSE NOW AND I JUST
THOUGHT MAYBE THAT'S THE WAY
TO COVER THAT CRACK UP.

Jane says IN SOME
CASES THAT WOULD BE TRUE,
BUT ANY KIND OF FAUX FINISH
THAT ADDS VISUAL NOT
NECESSARILY TACTILE TEXTURE
WILL COVER VISUALLY.
THE CRACK IS STILL THERE,
YOU'RE JUST NOT AS LIKELY TO
LOOK AT IT.

Maureen says ALL RIGHT, GOOD.
THANK YOU, LAUREN.
TASMAN IS NEXT IN KITCHENER.
HI TASMAN.

Tasman says HI THERE.

Maureen says HI.
AND WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

Tasman says MY QUESTION IS
I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO ADD
COLOUR TO THE ROOM.
I HAVE ONE ROOM IN
PARTICULAR THAT I'VE CALLED
MY PLANT ROOM.
AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT --
I JUST FINISHED SOME AMAZING
SHELVING TO PUT THE PLANTS
ON BUT I WAS WONDERING ABOUT
SORT OF AN OUTDOOR TRELLIS,
IF I CAN BRING IT INTO THE
HOUSE AND PAINT THAT?
SOMETHING THAT I CAN REMOVE,
YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I WILL BE
CHANGING IT TO ANOTHER ROOM
DOWN THE ROAD, IF I CAN TAKE
IT WITH ME, AND IF THAT'S A
GOOD WAY OF GETTING COLOUR
INTO THE ROOM.
BECAUSE I HAVE A FUTURE TON
IN THAT ROOM AS WELL THAT
HAS THE MOST AMAZING FLOWER
PRINTS, AND IT'S A TAPESTRY
TYPE OF FABRIC.

Maureen says MM-HMM.
ALL RIGHT, MARY, DO YOU HAVE
ANY IDEAS OFF THE TOP?

Mary says I'VE SEEN
THIS IDEA DONE BEFORE WHERE
WE TAKE ONE REALLY STRONG
COLOUR IN HER FLORAL PRINT,
DO THAT AS AT COLOUR AND
THEN PUT THE LATTICE OR
TRELLIS ON THE WALL IN A
MORE NEUTRAL COLOUR SO, IT
SORT OF SOFTENS THE IMPACT
OF THAT DARK COLOUR, BUT IT
GOALTEND ON THE SIZE AND HOW
MUCH WALL COVERAGE SHE'S
ACTUALLY GOING TO GET WITH
THE TRELLIS.
SHE MAY FIND THAT'S TOO
MUCH.
BUT IF IT'S AN OAK,
SOMETHING THAT WILL COVER
THE WHOLE WALL, IT'S A GREAT
WAY TO SORT OF HAVE THAT
COLOUR PEEKING THROUGH, BUT
IT'S SOFTENED BY THE TRELLIS
OVER TOP.

Maureen says AND THIS IS AN
ACTUAL TRELLIS FROM OUTSIDE
AND PUT IT UP AGAINST THE
WALL...
WOW!

Mary says AND
SOMETHING TO HOLD IT.

Maureen says IT DOESN'T HAVE
TO BE WE WERE IN ANY EVENT.
YOU CAN MOVE IT AGAIN.

Mary says NO.

Maureen says WHAT COLOURS
COME TO MIND RIGHT OFF THE
BAT JANE FOR YOU?

Jane says IT SOUNDS
LIKE SHE ACTUALLY DOES
HAVE -- AGAIN YOU WOULD WANT
TO LOOK AT THE FABRIC YOU
HAVE, AS MARY SAID IN THE
BEGINNING, AND JUST START
WITH THAT TO MAKE YOUR
PALETTE OF COLOURS, AND IF
IT'S AMAZING, YOU'VE GOT SO
MANY COLOURS YOU CAN BE
CREATIVE WITH.
AND I WOULD CERTAINLY
RECOMMEND -- EVEN IF YOU
DON'T WANT THE DARKEST
COLOUR IN THE FABRIC, AS WE
WERE SAYING EARLIER, YOU
COULD PICK A TINT OF THAT
COLOUR, LIKE A LIGHTER
VERSION OF IT SO YOU STILL
GET THE EFFECT OR THE
FLAVOUR OF IT WITHOUT HAVING
TO LIVE WITH THE DARKNESS OR
BRIGHTNESS OF IT.

Maureen says OKAY.
WONDERFUL!
TASMAN, THANK YOU.
DEBORAH'S IN OTTAWA, LIVES
IN AN APARTMENT.
“MY APARTMENT IS BASICALLY
TWO REALLY BIG ROOMS DIVIDED
BY A COMMON WALL.
I HAVE WOOD FLOORS AND MOST
OF MY FURNITURE IS EITHER
PINE, WOOD GRAIN OR GOLD.
ALL THE FURNITURE, CUPBOARDS
ETCETERA COME TOGETHER IN A
REALLY NICE HARMONY BUT I'M
WORRIED IT'S A LITTLE
BORING.
MY LANDLORD WOULD PREFER I
DON'T PAINT THE WALLS -- AT
LEAST A BRIGHT COLOUR
ANYWAY.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS
TO SPICE THINGS UP A BIT ON
A VERY TIGHT BUDGET?”
MARY, I GUESS FABRIC WOULD
COME IN HERE.

Mary says FABRIC IS
DEFINITELY A GOOD OPTION
THERE BECAUSE IF YOU FIND
SOMETHING THAT -- SHOP
AROUND.
SEE WHAT YOU CAN FIND.
CERTAINLY EVEN -- SOMETIMES
YOU CAN EVEN ACTUALLY USE
CLOTHING FABRIC, LIKE
BLOUSE-WEIGHT FABRIC.
IF YOU'RE REALLY ON A BUDGET
YOU'LL FIND CAN REALLY DO
THE JOB FOR YOU.
IF YOU JUST TO WANT DO
PANELS OF FABRIC OR LOOK
AROUND AND SEE WHAT'S IN THE
REMNANT BIN.
SOMETIMES THERE'S SOME
REALLY GREAT DEALS THERE AND
DO A FLAT FABRIC WITH A HEM
AT THE SIDES, A ROD AT THE
TOP AND BOTTOM TO FIND OF --
TO KIND OF JUST GIVE YOU A
PANEL OR BANNER OF FABRIC.
DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A HUGE
INVEST AM.
JUST HAS TO BE SOMETHING
THAT MAYBE HAS COLOUR ON
BOTH SIDES, DEPENDING ON
WHERE YOU'RE PLACING IT, SO
THERE ISN'T A VISIBLE WRONG
SIDE.
THAT WAY YOU CAN GET AWAY
WITHOUT LINING IT.

Maureen says RIGHT.
NOW SHE MENTIONS THE WOOD
SORT OF FEEL AND GOLD.
DIDN'T SAY WHAT THE GOLD
WAS.
DO ANY COLOURS POP-UP IN
YOUR MIND --

Jane says
ABSOLUTELY.
SHE COULD USE A BURGUNDY
WITH IT, WHICH LOOKS REALLY
NICE.
A GREEN WITH IT AS WELL.
BUT I WAS GOING TO SAY, I
MEAN, ADDING SOMETHING LIKE
AN AREA CARPET, WHICH YOU
CAN BUY FOR 89 DOLLARS OR 2,089 DOLLARS,
IT'S A NON-FIXED ASSET WHICH
MEANS WHEN SHE LEAVES THE
APARTMENT SHE CAN TAKE IT
WITH HER, WHICH IS KIND OF
NICE.
IF YOU'RE ON A TIGHT BUDGET,
IT'S WORTH PUTTING MONEY
INTO THINGS THAT YOU ARE
GOING TO LEAVE WITH AND THAT
YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO
LIKE THE COLOUR, OR SHE CAN
EVEN PAINT AN AREA MAT FOR
THAT MATTER, A FLOOR CLOTH
THAT ALLOWS THESE COLOUR
CHOICES TO BRIGHT TEN UP THE
ROOM IN LITTLE BURSTS HERE
AND THERE.

Mary says AND IT CAN
BE VERY CUSTOMIZED IF YOU DO
PAINT IT BECAUSE THEN YOU'VE
TOTALLY CHOSEN THE COLOURS
AS WELL.
AND EVEN TO DO THE SAME
CONCEPT WITH CANVASS AND DO
A LITTLE PAINTING ON THAT
TIE IT IN AS WELL.

Maureen says WHERE DO YOU GET
THE BASICS -- I KNOW WHERE
TO GO FOR THE PAINT, BUT
WHERE DO YOU GET FLOOR CLOTH
OR CANVASS?

Mary says YOU CAN GO
TO ART SPECIALTY STORES TO
BUY BIG SHEETS OF CANVASS,
BUT I'VE ALSO USED JUST THE
REGULAR STUFF THAT YOU BUY
AT ANY FABRIC STORE.
YOU'RE MORE LIMITED IN THE
SIZE.
IT'S PROBABLY ONLY GOING TO
BE 48 TO 60 INCHES MAXIMUM
IN WIDTH, BUT AS LONG AS
YOU'RE REALLY CAREFUL AND
YOU STRETCH IT OVER A PIECE
OF WOOD BEFORE YOU PRIME
IT -- BECAUSE IF NOT IT'S
GOING TO PUCKER AND SHRINK
ON.
GOT TO CUT OFF THE SALVAGES
AS WELL.
BUT STABILIZE IT, PRIME IT
AND PAINT IT, AND THEN AS
LONG AS YOU URETHANE IT WHEN
YOU'RE FINISHED IT'S GOT
GREAT DURABILITY.
AGAIN WHAT'S REALLY
IMPORTANT THOUGH IS THE
SAFETY FACTOR.
ANY TIME YOU PUT A CANVASS
MAT OR ANY MAT ON A SMOOTH
FLOOR, MAKE SURE YOU PUT A
MESH UNDERLAY UNDER IT OR IT
BECOMES -- YOU KNOW, IF YOU
HAVE TO, DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE.
I MEAN, SOMETHING TO
STABILIZE, BECAUSE IT'S JUST
TOO EASY FOR SOMEONE TO --

Jane says PAINTER'S
DROP SHEET AS WELL YOU COULD
USE.

Mary says VERY
ECONOMICAL FABRIC.

Maureen says AND THAT'S AT
HARDWARE OR PAINT SUPPLY
STORES.

Jane says YEAH.

Maureen says OKAY, LOTS OF
IDEAS THERE.
SHOULD WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE
FINAL TECHNIQUE?
THE MEDITERRANEAN TECHNIQUE?
SO LET'S GO TO THAT.
JANE WHAT ARE WE SEEING YOU
DO HERE?

A fast clip shows Jane giving some beige strokes of paint to a cream wall.

Jane says I'M
STARTING WITH A YELLOW BASE
ASK THEN I'M TAKING A COLOUR
OF BEIGE THAT I'VE ADDED
GLAZE TO, SO IT WON'T DRY
IMMEDIATELY.
AND THIS IS WHEN YOU'RE SORT
OF TALKING ABOUT NOT DRYING
RIGHT AWAY.
IN THIS CASE THERE'S LOTS OF
GLAZE ADDED TO IT ABOUT FIVE
PARTS GLAZE TO ONE PART
PAINT.
NOW I'M TAKING THE ORIGINAL
COLOUR, WHICH IS THE BASE
COLOUR, AND I'VE ADDED GLAZE
TO IT, AND I'M PUTTING THIS
ON THE WALL IN, TO QUOTE
WHAT WE WROTE IN THE BOOK
“AN ERRATIC LIGHTNING BOLT
METHOD.”
SO THERE'S NO REAL ORDER TO
THIS AND THIS IS TAKING A
SEA SPONGE WHICH LOTS OF
PEOPLE DID IN THE '80s AND
PEOPLE PROBABLY HAVE THEM
KICKING AROUND, AND SPONGE
IT ACROSS THE SURFACE TO
BLEND IT TOGETHER.

Maureen says SOMETIMES I
NOTICED THE PAINT WAS A
LITTLE PILED UP.
THAT'S OKAY?

Jane says YEAH,
THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE THE
GLAZE IS STILL THERE MUCH AS
IT SORT OF EVAPORATES OR
FLASHES OFF THE SURFACE
YOU'LL FIND IT SETTLES DOWN
AND FEELS JUST LIKE A NORMAL
WALL THAT'S BEEN ROLLED.

Maureen says NOW WOULD IT
HELP TO WORK WITH TWO PEOPLE
ON THIS KIND OF TECHNIQUE?

Jane says YEAH.
THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY FAIRLY
EASY.
IT'S NOT REAL-TIME DER RIVED.
THAT AREA YOU'RE WORKING
ACROSS, YOU'RE REALLY ONLY
APPLYING AIN'T WITHIN AN
AREA YOU CAN HANDLE.
THREE BY THREE FEET, TWO BY
TWO --

Maureen says I'M ALWAYS
WORRIED ONCE GO TO THAT
SECTION AND START THE NEXT
THERE'LL BE A DARK LINE.

Jane says NOT IN
THIS CASE BECAUSE WE'RE NOT
ROLLING THE SURFACE.
ALL I'M DOING IS APPLYING
WITH A BRUSH IN AREAS AND SO
THOSE LINES ARE JUST MEANT
TO BE THERE AS PART OF THE
FINISH OVERALL.

Maureen says LET'S LOOK AT
THE FINISHED PRODUCT.
HERE'S THE MEDITERRANEAN
ROOM.
THE BLUE AND YELLOW WAS
NICE.

A fast clip shows an image of the sitting and dining area, with a blue sofa, patterned drapes and an iron and glass dining set.

Mary says THE FRENCH
COUNTRY WAS BLUE AND YELLOW
AS WELL YET IT HAS A TOTALLY
DIFFERENT FEEL BECAUSE
THERE'S SO MUCH TEXTURE ON
THE WALL.
AND THIS IS REALLY SORT OF A
BIG TREND I THINK IN
DECORATING NOW WHERE WE LOVE
THAT COZINESS, LOVE ALL THAT
ROUGH HEWN ROAD, METAL,
STONEWORK, EVERYTHING THAT
REALLY MAKES US FEEL LIKE
WE'RE SOMEWHERE ELSE EXCEPT
HOME.

Jane says AND THESE
WERE REALLY ORDINARY ITEMS
WE HAD IN THIS ROOM.
WE CERTAINLY DIDN'T GO
SHOPPING.
YOU KNOW, VERY EXPENSIVE
ITALIAN PLACES.
THESE WERE THINGS THAT MOST
PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO BUT
IT'S A QUESTION OF HOW YOU
COMBINE THEM TOGETHER TO
REALLY GIVE THE LOOK.

Maureen says NOW THOSE
CURTAINS WERE INTERESTING
THERE.
THEY DIDN'T LOOK TOO
DIFFICULT.
BUT YOU HAVE WHAT YOU CALL
IN THE BOOK A “WATERFALL
ROMAN BLIND.”
NOW I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE JANE
YOU COULD FIND THE PICTURE
OF THAT.
DO YOU KNOW THAT ONE?
I LOVE THAT.
HOW -- I'M NOT A --

Mary says NO, THAT'S
NOT, I WOULDN'T SAY THAT'S A
BEGINNER PROJECT.
A ROMAN BLIND IS CERTAINLY I
WOULD SAY A GOOD, A GOOD
BEGINNER PROJECT IF YOU'RE
ALREADY A CAREFUL KIND OF --
LIKE A REALLY CAREFUL
PRECISE PERSON BECAUSE IT'S
REALLY JUST A QUESTION OF
MAKING A RECTANGLE AND
PLOTTING OUT ON THE BACK
WHERE YOUR RINGS ARE GOING
TO GO.
THE WATERFALL ROMAN IS A BIT
DIFFERENT IN THAT INSTEAD OF
BEING FLAT ALL THE TIME EVEN
WHEN HANGING SOLID ON THE
WINDOW THE FABRIC LOOPS OVER
ITSELF AND THAT IS DONE BY
TAKING A TAPE AND MARKING IT
SAY EVERY EIGHT INCHES APART
BUT HAVING THE FABRIC MARKED
MAYBE EVERY 16 TO 16 INCHES
APART SO WHEN YOU TACK THE
TAPE TO THE BACK IT
AUTOMATICALLY CREATES THAT
LAP.
BUT IT'S A MUCH SOFTER LOOK
AND IN THIS CASE WE DID IT
UNLINED SO IT WAS A VERY --
IT FELT A LITTLE BIT MORE
UNSTRUCTURED.

Maureen says LET'S SHOW THAT
PICTURE. IT'S DIFFICULT
BECAUSE IT'S WHITE ON WHITE
ALMOST.
BUT IT'S A VERY
NICE EFFECT.

Jane shows a white-on-white room with Roman blinds.

Maureen says THIS WAS THE
NORDIC BATHROOM, WE WANTED
IT TO HAVE A VERY ETHEREAL
ICY SORT OF FEEL YOU SO THIS
WAS PERFECT IN HERE.
IT ENFORCED THOSE NEUTRALS
BUT ON A GREY OR ICY TONE.

Maureen says REALLY NICE.
THANKS.
LET'S GO TO TINA IN
CAMBRIDGE.
PROBLEM LEAVE THE LAST
QUESTION.
HI TINA.

Tina says HI.

Maureen says HI.

Tina says I HAVE A
DECORATING IDEA AND A
QUESTION.
FIRST THING IS THE
DECORATING IDEA.
I LOVE THE LOOK OF THE
PLASTERED WALLS HOWEVER MY
HUSBAND WOULD FREAK IF I PUT
PLASTER ON MY WALLS SO I
BLOBBED ON THREE DIFFERENT
COLOURS OF PAINT MIXED WITH
GLAZE ONTO MY WALLS AND THEN
TOOK A TROWEL AND SPATULED IT
OFF AND IT ENDS UP LOOKING
JUST LIKE PLASTERED WALLS,
IT LOOKS REALLY GREAT BUT
THE WALL IS STILL SMOOTH SO
IT CAN BE REPAINTED WHEN AND
IF WE WANTED TO.

Maureen says GREAT.
WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

Tina says IT'S CONCERNING
MY DECK.
I HAVE DECK, QUITE A BIT OF
LATTICE WORK ON, A RETAINING
WALL WITH A LOT OF LATTICE
WORK.
HOWEVER THERE'S A LOT OF
MOSS GROWING ON, AND I WANNA
PAINT THE DECK BUT HOW I DO
GO ABOUT GETTING THE MOSS
OFF?

Jane says WELL,
THAT'S KIND OF A HARD ONE.
YOU HAVE TO PULL IT OFF,
BASICALLY.
OR IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE --
ACTUALLY A TROWEL KNIFE,
PROBABLY WHAT YOU USED TO DO
YOUR DECORATING IDEA, YOU
COULD USE IT TO LIGHTLY GET
IT OFF IF IT'S ACTUALLY GOT
TEXTURE TO IT NOW IF IT
DOESN'T AND IT'S MORE LIKE A
LICHEN, I DON'T REALLY KNOW
MY MOSSES VERY WELL, BUT SAY
HYPOTHETICALLY THAT'S WHAT
IT IS, WHICH MEANS IT'S
GLUED ON THE SURFACE AND
VERY FLAT OR SMOOTH, YOU
MIGHT TO WANT LET IT DRY OUT,
SO YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT
PROBABLY UNTIL JUNE, MAY-JUNE
DEPENDING ON WHAT SPRINGTIME
ENDS UP BEING HERE.
YOU WANT TO LET IT DRY OUT,
IT'LL BE EASIER TO REMOVE
AND THEN SAND.
SAND SAND SAND.
UNFORTUNATELY EXTERIORS IN
CANADA ARE A LOT OF WORK
WHEN WE GET INTO WOOD
SURFACES.
IT'S DIFFICULT WITH VINYL
AND ALUMINUM BUT WOOD
SURFACES ARE POROUS WHICH
MEANS THEY ABSORB A LOT OF
DAMAGING MATERIALS.
AND YOU COULD DO IT IN A
LATEX STAIN OR YOU COULD USE
AN ALKYD DEPENDING ON WHAT
YOUR PREFERENCE IS.

Maureen says MARY, WE'RE ON
THE DECK, CAN YOU USE FABRIC
OUTSIDE AS WELL?

Mary says YES.
CERTAINLY YOU WANT TO LOOK
FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS SOME
RESISTANCE TO FADING AND
THERE ARE LOTS OF PRODUCTS
ON THE MARKET NOW THAT ARE
ACTUALLY -- THEY HAVE THE
SUN VINYL, DIFFERENT KINDS
OF COMPONENTS, AND THEY'RE
REALLY DIFFERENT FORMS OF
PLASTICS.
BUT BASICALLY WHAT I DO IS I
BRING MY TOUGH IN.
YOU KNOW, IF I'M GOING TO
PUT A GREAT FABRIC OUT THERE,
I REALLY DON'T WANT TO JUST
HAVE IT FOR ONE YEAR.
SO I MAKE EVERYTHING VERY --
I DO THINGS ON LITTLE VELCRO
TABS SO IT'S EASY TO WHIP
OFF AND I KEEP MY BACK HALL
CLOSET SO THAT THAT'S WHERE
THE CUSHIONS -- YOU KNOW IT
SOUNDS A LITTLE FUSSY
PERHAPS.

Maureen says YEAH.

Mary says BUT
CERTAINLY YOU CAN BUY
FABRICS DESIGNED FOR
OUTDOORS BUT YOU'RE MORE
LIMITED IN RANGE.
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING
FABULOUS, TAKE CARE OF IT.
THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO.

Maureen says LOTS OF
INSPIRATION.
GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.
THANK YOU BOTH.
JANE LOCKHART AN INTERIOR
DESIGNER AND MARY DOBSON IS
A HOME ECONOMIST AND YOU CAN
CATCH THEM THIS WEEK AT THE
NATIONAL HOME SHOW IN
TORONTO BUT IF YOU CAN'T
MAKE IT THERE CHECK OUT
THEIR BOOK, “ROOM RECIPES.”
COOKING UP STYLE WITH
COLOUR.
IT'S PUBLISHED BY BENJAMIN
MOORE AND WE'LL BE
CONTACTING ALL OF THE
WINNERS OF THE BOOKS AND THE
HOME SHOW TICKETS RIGHT
AFTER THE SHOW.
ONCE YOU'VE ADORNED THE
WALLS AND WINDOWS, YOU MIGHT
WANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW
YOU'LL FILL THAT SPACE.
WE DISCOVERED THE KEY
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN WHEN WE
WENT SHOPPING WITH
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER HELEN
KERR.

A fast clip shows images of different home décor stores.

Maureen says WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN
YOU WALK INTO A STORE AND
SEE ALL THAT STUFF?
HOW THE PRODUCTS LOOK, HOW
MUCH THEY COST, HOW THEY
WORK?
IT'S AN INDUSTRIAL
DESIGNER'S JOB TO DO SOME OF
THE GROUNDWORK FOR YOU.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IS PART
ENGINEERING, PART SCULPTURE,
AND A LOT OF UNDERSTANDING
HOW AND WHY PEOPLE RELATE TO
THE THINGS THAT SURROUND
THEM.

A caption reads “Helen Kerr. Industrial designer.”

Helen Kerr is in her late thirties, with chin- length straight cognac hair. She wears a black blazer over a black top and a pearl necklace.

She says HI, I'M
HELEN KERR.
I'M AN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER.
COME SHOPPING WITH ME AND
I'LL SHOW YOU SOME OF THE
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU
GO OUT LOOKING FOR NEW
STUFF.
ONE OF THE HOT NEW AREAS OF
PRODUCT DESIGN IS BAR WEAR.
IT'S ACTUALLY A REALLY OLD
AREA.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MIXING
MARTINIS, MAKING DRINKS,
OPENING BOTTLES OF WINE FOR
A LONG TIME.
BUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY
INTERESTED IN NOW ARE TOOLS
THAT HELP YOU PERFORM A
PARTICULAR FUNCTION AND
THERE'S A WHOLE WIDE RANGE
OF CORKSCREWS IN PARTICULAR
THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON THE
MARKET TODAY AND I'M GOING
TO SHOW YOU JUST A COUPLE OF
THEM NOW.
THE FIRST ONE THAT I WANT TO
SHOW YOU IS A DESIGN THAT
MAYBE I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND.

She shows a strangely shaped corkscrew.

She says IT IS A BIT COMPLICATED AS A
TOOL, AND WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT IT, YOU SHOULDN'T NEED
AN INSTRUCTION BOOK IN ORDER
TO USE IT THE WAY THAT THIS
ONE WORKS IS YOU SCREW INTO
THE BOTTLE WITH A LITTLE BIT
WIGGLY CORKSCREW HERE AND
THEN PULL OUT THE CORK WITH
AN UPWARD MOTION.

A caption reads “185 dollars.”

She says THIS PRODUCT HERE IS MUCH
MORE DECORATIVE, BUT IS
ACTUALLY SIMPLER TO USE AND
REALLY STRAIGHT FORWARD.
YOU CAN'T MAKE A MISTAKE
WHEN YOU'RE OPENING YOUR
BOTTLE OF WINE WITH THIS
ONE.

She shows a corkscrew shaped like a woman in a blue dress.

She says THERE'S AN OPENING ON THE
BOTTOM AND HAS THE CORKSCREW
IN IT.
THIS SLIPS OVER THE NECK OF
THE BOTTLE OF WINE AND SO
IT'S AIMED DIRECTLY.
YOU CAN TURN THE HEAD EASILY,
AND THE ARMS OPEN UP AND YOU
CAN SIMPLY PULL THE
CORKSCREW OUT.
SO IT'S SIMPLER TO USE BUT
IT ALSO HAS AN ADDED ELEMENT
IN THAT IT'S VERY
DECORATIVE.

The caption changes to “109 dollars.”

She continues BY CONTRAST, THIS IS A MUCH
MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD
PRODUCT.
IT'S SIMPLE, ALL
SELF-CONTAINED, EVERYTHING
THAT YOU NEED TO OPEN A
BOTTLE OF WINE IS IN THIS
ONE TINY LITTLE UNIT.

She shows a sommelier corkscrew.

She says THERE'S A PIECE RIGHT HERE
THAT FLIPS OUT.
IT IS TO OPEN THE FOIL ON
THE TOP OF THE BOTTLE OF
WINE.
PUT THAT BACK IN.
AND THEN THE CORKSCREW VERY
SIMPLY OPENS OUT, CAN BE
STABBED INTO THE CORK AT THE
TOP OF THE WINE AND THEN YOU
TURN IT AND IT IS A SIMPLE
GRIP.
IT'S OBVIOUS THOUSAND USE
THIS ONE AND YOU JUST TURN
IT AND PULL OUT THE CORK.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PRACTICE
ONCE OR TWICE WITH THIS ONE
BUT ONCE YOU GET IT, YOU
WILL LOOK LIKE A REAL PRO.

The caption changes to “25 dollars.”

Helen says EVEN THE MOST MUNDANE TASK
LIKE DOING YOUR DISHES CAN
HAVE A DESIGN RESPONSE TO
THE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS THAT
ARE INHERENT IN DOING THAT
JOB.
AND SO WHEN YOU'RE THINKING
ABOUT BUYING A NEW PRODUCT,
LIKE A DISH RACK, YOU NEED
TO THINK ABOUT WHAT
SPECIFICALLY YOU NEED.
SO HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU
HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN THIS
HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY DO YOUR
DISHES?
DO YOU HAVE A VERY
TRADITIONAL HOME OR A REALLY
MODERN HOME?
I ACTUALLY DESIGNED A DISH
RACK, AND I WANTED TO SHOW
YOU A PRODUCT THAT I DID, AND
THAT'S THIS ONE HERE.
THIS IS BY A COMPANY CALLED
UMBRA.

She shows a plastic dish holder shaped like a tray with slots.

She says IT'S MOULDED IN PLASTIC.
WHAT WE DID WHEN WE WERE
WORKING ON THIS PRODUCT IS
WE ACTUALLY MAPPED OUT HOW
PEOPLE DO THEIR DISHES.
WHAT ORDER DO YOU WASH YOUR
DISHES IN?
YOUR CUPS FIRST, YOUR
CUTLERY, AT THE END, HOW DO
YOU WORK THINS OUT?
AND THEN WE PLOTTED OUT HOW
YOU WOULD ACTUALLY STACK UP
THE DISHES.
SO ON THIS ONE DISH RACK YOU
COULD PUT ALL OF YOUR DISHES
AND YOUR POTS AND PANS ON
THE VERY TOP.

The caption changes to “20 dollars.”

Helen says ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING THAT
DESIGNERS DO IS THEY LOOK AT
DIFFERENT MATERIALS TO MAKE
AN OBJECT IN.
AND SO IF WE USE THE EXAMPLE
OF A VASE, TRADITIONALLY
THEY'RE MADE OUT OF GLASS,
WHICH IS A BREAKABLE
MATERIAL.
THIS EXAMPLE HERE IS A
BEAUTIFUL FORM, BUT IT'S A
MUCH MORE TRADITIONAL KIND
OF MATERIAL TO MAKE
SOMETHING IN.

She shows a glass vase.

She says IT CAN BE A LITTLE BIT HEAVY
AS WELL.
I WANTED TO SHOW YOU TWO
OTHER EXAMPLES THAT USE
COMPLETELY NEW MATERIALS TO
DO THE SAME JOB.
THE FIRST ONE HERE IS A
RESIN VASE.
IT LOOKS AS THOUGH IT'S MADE
OUT OF CERAMIC.
IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIGHTER
THAN A CERAMIC VASE WOULD
BE.
IT'S A LITTLE LESS
BREAKABLE, AND IT'S FAIRLY
INEXPENSIVE.
SO IT HAS SOME REALLY
SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS.

The caption changes to “14 dollars.”

Helen says THE MOST INTERESTING ONE
THAT I WANTED TO SHOW YOU
WAS THIS ONE.
AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT ON
YOUR TELEVISION SET YOU
MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT IT'S
MADE OUT OF IT, BUT IF I GET
UP CLOSE TO IT AND SHOW YOU,
IT'S ACTUALLY MADE OUT OF
RUBBER.

She shows an orange cone-shaped flexible vase.

She says AND WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE
THAT MATERIAL?
WELL, YOU CAN DO SOME PRETTY
SPECIAL THINGS.
FIRST OF ALL IT'S NOT GOING
TO BREAK WHEN YOU DROP IT ON
THE FLOOR.
SECONDLY YOU CAN MOULD IT
INTO ANY KIND OF SHAPE THAT
YOU WANT.
IT'S VERY BENDABLE.
SO YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE TALL
OR SHORT FLOWERS, WHATEVER
YOU WANT, AND THE INTENSITY
OF THE COLOURS IS REALLY
SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THIS
PARTICULAR PRODUCT.
SO IT'S VERY ALIVE IN TERMS
OF COLOUR.
IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT NEW
MATERIAL TO LOOK AT FOR THIS
TYPE OF APPLICATION.

The caption changes to “40 dollars.”

She says THE LAST THING I WAS GOING
TO SHOW YOU TODAY WERE TWO
PRODUCTS THAT HAVE THE SAME
FUNCTION BUT ARE COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT DESIGN SOLUTIONS
AND THEY'RE BOTH LEMON
REAMERS.
THE FIRST ONE IS THIS
PRODUCT, IT'S BY OXO.

She shows a lemon reamer that consists of a black rubber handle and a metal cone-shaped body with rims.

She says IT'S GOT A REALLY SPECIAL
FEATURE AND THAT'S THE
HANDLE, AND THAT'S THE PART
I REALLY WANTED YOU TO LOOK
AT.
THIS IS FROM A WHOLE SERIES
OF PRODUCTS CALLED “GOOD
GRIPS.”
THEY WERE DESIGNED TO
ACCOMMODATE THE PEOPLE WITH
THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL
DEXTERITY AND STRENGTH, BUT
BY DOING SO THEY'RE GOOD FOR
EVERYBODY.
SO BY MAKING IT APPROPRIATE
FOR PEOPLE THAT HAD THE MOST
DIFFICULTY USING IT, IT
BENEFITS EVERYBODY.
SO IN THIS CASE, YOU WOULD
TAKE A LEMON AND STICK THIS
INTO THE LEMON AND THEN TURN
TO JUICE IT.

The caption changes to “15.95 dollars.”

She says THE OTHER VERSION OF THIS IS
VERY ELEGANT.
IT'S A SCULPTURE ESSENTIALLY
THAULD KEEP ON YOUR CAN'T
YOU TER.
THIS IS MUCH MORE ABOUT THE
RITUAL OF THE TASK THAT
YOU'RE PERFORMING.
WHY IS IT SPECIAL TO MAKE
JUICE FROM A LEMON?
FOR A VERY SPECIAL DISH.

She shows a similar gadget but with the body on a set of metal legs.

She says IT'S GOT TINY LITTLE RIMS
HERE THAT YOU SQUEEZE THE
LEMON ON THE TOP, YOU HOLD A
GLASS UNDERNEATH AND THE
LEMON DRIPS DOWN.
DRIP DRIP DRIP.
ALL THE JUICE COMES DOWN
INTO THE CUP AT THE BOTTOM.

The caption changes to “127 dollars.”

She says THERE'S SOME REALLY KEY
THINGS TO BE LOOKING FOR IN
DESIGNS WHEN YOU'RE GOING
OUT TO A STORE.
YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE
PRICE POINT.
IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR THE
PRODUCT?
IS IT MADE OF MATERIALS THAT
ARE EXPENSIVE AND DURABLE OR
CHEAP MATERIALS THAT YOU
DON'T MIND THROWING AWAY?
YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THE
FUNCTION OF THE OBJECT.
DOES IT PERFORM THE A TASK
THAT YOU NEED IT TO DO IN A
REALLY STRAIGHT FORWARD WAY?
AND LASTLY THE AESTHETICS OF
THE OBJECT.
IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT
FITS INTO YOUR HOME AND YOUR
LIFE.
THAT'S A BIT OF A STATEMENT
ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.
SO HOPEFULLY THE NEXT TIME
YOU GO SHOPPING YOU'LL BE
THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE
SAME KIND OF THINGS THAT
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS THINK
ABOUT AS THEY'RE DEVELOPING
PRODUCTS.
HAPPY SHOPPING.

(music plays)

Back in the studio, Maureen says
AND THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR
“MORE TO LIFE,” I’M MAUREEN TAYLOR, INVITING YOU
TO JOIN US MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT 1 O’CLOCK.

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