Perfume Chat Room, October 23

Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is Friday, October 23, and we are about to lose power for the day. I know this, not because I am a weather savant, but because we have asked the power company to turn it off today while carpenters and painters renovate the part of our old house where the main power line enters from the street. Yes, our neighborhood and house are old enough that we have unsightly and lethal power lines above ground, where falling tree branches and gnawing squirrels can do their worst. So if I don’t “like” or respond to comments until tonight or tomorrow, the lack of electricity and internet will be the reason!

One reason we need power off for several hours is that the carpenters are building a shallow wall pergola, sometimes called an eyebrow pergola, over our old porte-cochere where a huge and ancient Lady Banks rose grows. It is currently supported by an ungainly system of metal hooks and wire, with one end of the rose basically resting on — yes — the power line. Time for that to change! This is the general idea:

Eyebrow wall pergola over garage doors
Eyebrow pergola, Southern Woodcraft.

Unlike my other roses, the Lady Banks rose has very little fragrance. As you know if you read my “Roses de Mai Marathon” posts this spring, I love rose fragrances, so this is a slight flaw in an otherwise magnificent plant. Most of the roses I grow are from David Austin Roses, which have been bred specifically for fragrance as well as “Old Rose” flower shapes.

Our Lady Banks rose is very precious despite its lack of fragrance. Our house was owned for almost fifty years by a couple who were passionate gardeners and our 1/3 acre lot has many of their original plantings, including the rose. Its base is as thick as many small trees’ trunks, and strong men have to lift it off the house any time we get the house painted, and rest it on sawhorses made of ladders. We are finally doing the whole-house exterior painting and woodwork repair that are overdue, while we work at home and can supervise, so we’re taking the opportunity to upgrade Madam Lady Banks’ living quarters.

Have you used any pandemic shutdowns to undertake large projects, fragrance-related or otherwise?

18 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, October 23

  1. Hey OH,
    Most of Australia still has power lines too. The newest estates have all underground cabling and it is so much safer. I love the idea of an eyebrow pergola, what a terrific name. That one looks very Frida Kahlo! He he. Good luck with the renovation and paint job. What colours have you chosen?
    Early on in the shutdown I got a little busy but nothing major. More rearranging and organising then big renovations.
    For the first 7 months this year I bought almost no perfume but have made up for it since. It’s all gone a bit crazy TBH and I’ll have to do a major cull in the new year.
    Portia xx

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    • We’re going to redo in the same colors — silvery grey with white trim. When we bought this house, it was mustard yellow with dark brown trim and a dark brown roof! Awful. When we replaced the roof, it became silvery grey. We had to save up for a paint job after that, so for several months we had a grey roof, white gutters, mustard yellow paint, and dark brown trim. It was a sight! But the neighbors cheered us on because they could see improvement on the horizon.

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  2. Any repair projects scare me, so we keep postponing even those that we need to do. Good luck to you with yours!

    No large projects of any kind for me in the past 7 months: our workload hasn’t got lighter because of Covid, so we didn’t want to add any stress on top of it.

    I have a “big plan” for this weekend: I decided to throw away some of the old chipped, discolored or otherwise imperfect day-to-day dinnerware since I bought a couple of new sets and need to make a space for them in the cabinets. Since we don’t eat out any longer, I thought I wanted to feel good about plates we use every day.

    Perfume-wise, I’m waiting to see in there is anything interesting at the NST’s splitmeet. I don’t think I have time or energy to host my own (but still might), and I don’t need more perfumes, but I’m curious 🙂

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  3. This felt like a large project me me and hubby because it involved a lot of decisions about tiny little things and painting! We cleaned out and painted inside and outside of our kitchen cabinets and drawers and then organized them meticulously. It took about 3 weeks to finish as we has to let paint dry and wait for organizing bins and cabinet liners to arrive from online sellers. We weren’t able to find everything we wanted locally. Lots of things got tossed (expired spices, yes, we all have them) and utensils I had never used.
    Cooking and cleaning up are so much easier now! Next is re-arranging my perfume storage. :-))

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    • I rearranged my pantries, too. I have a true mid-century modern house, built in 1959. The kitchen is small, but open, and the pantries are on either side of the main pillars and walls that hold up the roof. Small, funky shaped pantries, but with some nice organizing bins and shelves we’ve made them work more efficiently.

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        • I don’t know who designed our house, but our street has a number of mid-century homes from the same time frame, 1959-60. One 2 doors down just sold and it’s a real gem. Most are on the medium side like our house, 3/2’s with about 200 sq. ft. I am a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan. Not a fan of the man, he was a rotten human to his family, but a fan of his work.I even painted some rooms in my house to match paint colors from Fallingwater, which means the colors are a bit ‘out there’ for the current grey minimalist style. My kitchen is an orange/red, which I love. It’s fun to cook in that kitchen. Every time I go to my son’s home I always want to bring a bright orange pillow or something. Everything is very nice, but it’s all grey, beige and white. Eeek!!!

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          • That’s so cool that you used appropriate paint colors! All of the rooms in our house are painted various colors. It makes such a difference, and paint is relatively cheap. I’m lucky that I have a friend who previously worked as a high-end interior designer and she is a genius with color, so she has helped me choose. And our house previously belonged to an artist, who chose many colors I would not have been brave enough to try, but I love them! Our living room walls are a deep red, for instance. Thank goodness for Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore!

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  4. What are your 3 favorite fragrances of all time? It doesn’t matter if they are cheap or expensive. For me they are Musc Ravageur, Colonia Essenza, and Tuscan Leather. 🙂


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