I am really tired and really happy. After a long day at work yesterday, I had a long day after work today. I took a bus (the very efficient ride I will be using when I finally move) to the apartment to meet up with Bill the carpenter, who had finished and primed my new built-in book cases. Here they are.
My happiness was not even much blighted by the one hour subsequent wait for the bus "home" from my soon-to-be home. Because these are just so exactly what I wanted, and so beautifully put together, despite the seriously out of square walls.They will ultimately be white, as will all the woodwork.
The fireplace is presently a non-hooked up, non-working gas fireplace. It has always been a gas fireplace, and those are the original fake gas-fire logs you see there. I understand that some residents have had their chimneys cleaned and the gas-fire restored, and hope to do the same to my set up one day.
I am mulling over which of my two current favorite pictures to hang there in that favored spot over the fire place. One is an oil by Henry Koerner, which my father traded for piano lessons for the painter's child, a long time ago. It is an Austrian church, and I have always loved this painting. I have a pen and ink sketch of my father at the piano by the same artist, also loved.The other possibility is a print I just bought, by a recent RISD graduate, an artist I don't know personally (a first for me.) I bought it because I just fell for it big time. It is called "Dissolve" and it is by Jennifer Kindell. It is the second one pictured. These are certainly the nicest sorts of choices to have. I've had "Dissolve" matted and framed...something I usually do myself, having once been a picture framer for a living. (It was very big, and I couldn't figure how to handle that much glass and molding at home. Man, was it expensive. It's looking really good, though.) I actually have a fair amount of art to place and hang, all of which will be slightly more difficult than usual, because the walls are made of concrete! I may be learning how to use a picture rail.