Tidy – chapter 5- Everyday beauty

February 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.

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(Continued from chapter 4) Ceramic, glass, porcelain, cement, cork…  Margaret remembers retiling the kitchen floor of her apartment when she was in college. She just went to the local hardware store and got marble tile that was adhesive. “Was it vinyl?” she ponders as she looks through the website of modern tile that is definitely not anywhere close to vinyl.  It’s bright and colorful and doesn’t look like it’s applied by peeling off the backside.

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The only way Margaret managed to “retile” her floor back then, was with her friend Christine’s help. And by help, she means bringing cigarettes, a bottle of wine, and lending her moral support. “I think you need to trim it with an Xacto-knife.” ‘I forgot to buy one,” says Margaret. “Here,” Christine unclips a small pocket knife that her boyfriend (now husband) bought her. “Try this.”  When that didn’t work, Christine would stomp on it with her Doc Martins’ boot until did – sorta.  “Perfect,” she’d smile.

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Christine is now in Hawaii raising her kids, surfing and running a health collective with the aforementioned husband. She is a common sense kind of person who says things like, “Just call the store and tell them what you want.”  Margaret is embarrassed to tell Christine that she doesn’t know what she wants and worse, she maybe kinda doesn’t trust herself to pick the right thing. I mean, what if she makes a mistake and ruins her mom’s house? “It’s your house now, and anyway, you won’t ruin it,” says Christine.  Margaret looks at the walls in her kitchen.

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“But I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s not like I’m an interior designer.” “You don’t have to be,”says Christine. “Just do the next right thing. Keep it simple. Don’t get overwhelmed.” “Ok.” Margaret pauses. “And what’s the next right thing?” Christine laughs, “You tell me.”  Margaret thinks for a minute. “Dig the donuts out of the trash?” “No.” “Get back in bed?” “No.” “Call the store.” “Bingo! And do that thing that your friend Toni does.” “What thing?” “That thing with calling the universe.” Toni likes to imagine that when she’s making a phone call (or answering one), the universe is on the other line with a beautiful message.

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“Do it and then call me back.” Margaret looks at the phone number of the tile company. Ok universe. Be nice. Give me someone nice on the other line. Someone helpful. Who doesn’t make me feel stupid. Or like I’m wasting their time. And universe, I know this might be a lot to ask, but give me someone who knows that this is more than just a remodel, more than just another project, more than just another customer. Give me someone who knows how to make a house a home. And maybe, if you’re up for it, show me the beauty. The beauty in everyday. She takes a breath and picks up the phone.Micheline

This is the fifth installment in a weekly series about aspirational living.  Micheline Auger is a New York-based writer who loves all things Modwalls.

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