Collector Patty Brown of Colorado Springs says her No. 1 tip for buying crazy quilts online is: “If it looks homely on the Internet, it will be even homelier when you get it.”
Some other quilt-collecting suggestions:
• Do not store quilts in a cedar chest, because the acids in the wood will deteriorate them. They can be stored in PVC-free plastic tubs; acid-free cardboard cartons stay acid free for only three years.
• It is OK if a crazy quilt has some fraying or even a spot or two. Just know that it can detract from the price and that spots don’t come out.
• If you hang a quilt, support it well so it doesn’t stretch.
“Tons of new-construction homes have awkward bonus rooms” that homeowners aren’t sure how to furnish, designer Brian Patrick Flynn says.
One suggestion: “Why not turn that space into an extra sleeping area that can accommodate multiple guests, but in a super-stylish, architectural manner? That’s where the art of built-in bunks comes in,” Flynn says.
“I turned a dated attic into a bunk room and play space for two young brothers by using one wall as floor-to-ceiling, midcentury-style bunks. This isn’t exactly cheap to do, but it’s well worth the investment since it maximizes space and adds an architectural focal point, albeit one that’s functional, to otherwise dead space.”
Solid masses or multis?
There’s a new Cabaret series of calibrachoa – aka million bells petunia – called MixMasters. Each mix in the series comes in a trio of colors: Laguna Beach, Jewel Tones, Tropical Punch and Sundance. We’ve seen similar mixes in the past at Denning’s Greenhouse in Wichita, for example. Which do you prefer – a mix of contrasting colors that play off one another or a solid mass of one knock-out color? Let us know at email@example.com. (Jewel Tones is pictured.)