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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 129

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 4 The Palm Beach Post SECTION H JUST SOLD INSIDE CONDO LIVING Board can place a lien when owners are late with fees. PAGE 2H PICTURE THIS Find out what's new in decorating and style books. PAGE 4H JUST SOLD highlights homes that recently sold in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm City, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. PAGE 3H GARDE 7M N j V:..VVi Navigating in TH j ' y " ' T IJj ' lo fO II I n 11 iaaair fgl wm mm mm 'iJr r A little space can go a long way: Hugh Odell and his wife Sandra know how to organize. 'We can store six months of canned and bottled groceries behind the settee,' Sandra says. They also live without refrigeration when cruising the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal. 'We use dry milk,' Sandra says. 'It's ; not very tasty. It's terrible, really.' ; - ' ' - In Hi" rnfflnDflliTMIi " Photo by Carlton Davis ;Place a gift inside a felt sack. Composed of three pieces, it is easy to ;make in a variety ofizes. Be creative, daring when wrapping gifts In honor of the 12 days of Christmas, here are a dozen innovative, easy ideas for wrapping gifts. Use them this holiday season or for any other occasion at any time of the year. B FELT SACKS: Nestle a gift in a soft sack modeled af If you Jive on a boat, nearly y: everything you own is stuffed into a tiny space - and screwed down. What's it like to live in a house the size of a garage that moves every time the wind blows? Say goodbye to privacy: Liking a roomy feeling, the Odells made the bathroom the only enclosed area, and even that door is kept open as much ter the classic brown paper bag. Each one is made from three pieces of felt. (One piece forms the front, bottom and back; the other two are the sides.) The sacks can be made in any size by altering the following as possible. The By Cara Anna Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Imagine, says Valerie Jones, your average parking spot. Put in a bed. A table. A dining area, some clothes and an engine. Try to live there. "That's about the space you have," Jones says, and she knows, because her home is a 40-foot sailboat that she shares with her dog, Rusty. Living on a boat may cramp your style, but it expands the imagination. The TV corner folds out into a double bed. The padded bench folds out into a double bed. The toaster folds out into a double bed (not really). toilet is disguised as a seat. The dining room and bedroom (shown here) are open. Martha Stewart , i r-zzzTZ ' 1 n TI M I si T: jj tV ;: Mr' . iTim-T titi mnimiii n iiu-ll 'id'fin i n mm i m n mi n mini i n : t ' ire- J v I ipy' . Spaced out? Here is some advice from veteran live-aboards: B Get rid of books and build a library on compact discs. B If something comes on, something else must go off. B Mirrors in key locations give the illusion of space. B Light colors for the boat interior also make it look bigger. fl You can't have too many cupboards. And under or behind everything seems to be a panel stocked with stuff. So well-stocked, in fact, life becomes a constant routine of packing and unpacking. Jones did an experiment. "To get something in the galley, I had to move 13 other things," she says. "Then I had to move them back." But some manage to defy the dimensions. Jones swears of a couple with a full-size Yamaha piano. And Linda Ridihalgh, editor of Living Aboard magazine, knows a woman who bought a loom. "And weaves!" Fits to a 'V: You have to use every bit of space on a boat, as Valerie Jones of Stuart has done with the front berth of her 40-foot sailboat (right). Jones' dog, Rusty (far right), also lives on the boat, but it's not as difficult as it might seem, Jones says. 'He will use the deck or he will wait.' For a sack that's 8 inches tall, 5 inches wide and 3'2 inches deep, the single piece for front, bottom and back should be Wi by 5 inches; side pieces are 8 by 3Vi inches. ; Fold the large piece where the cor-, ners will be. Use your sewing machine's zigzag stitch (and contrasting thread, if desired) to "pinch" the folds. Pin sides in place, then zigzag in place. Trim bag tops with pinking shears. Leave bags open, or add a button and buttonhole, or eyelets with a tassel or medallion. ORNAMENTAL BOWS: To dress up a simple bow, tie a glass Christmas ball, jingle bell or other ornament into it, or tuck a few sprigs of greenery into the knot. POLKA-DOT PAPER: Transform plain white self-adhesive stickers (available at office-supply stores) into cheerful dots: Working in a well-ventilated area, color them in with wide felt-tip markers. Stick them to gifts wrapped in tissue paper. B TULLE WRAPPING: This sheer net fabric makes festive wrapping. It comes in many colors, doesn't need hemming and is very inexpensive. Wrap a box in solid-color paper, such as tissue paper. Place on a square of tulle (or two layers of tulle, for a fuller look). Gather the fabric on top of the gift, cinch with a rubber band, then hide the rubber band with a ribbon. B RIBBON FINISHES: Here are two decorative ways to cut ribbon ends: For a perfect notch, fold the ribbon end in half, and make a diagonal cut starting at the corners of the fabric. For a zigzag finish on a wide ribbon, fold the end lengthwise an odd number of times, and cut diagonally; use pinking shears for an even fancier finish. Please see STEWART2 Jones squeezes a bread maker on board. "I don't want to feel like I'm camping out!" Hugh and Sandra Odell once managed to fix a Thanksgiving turkey in their 38-foot sailboat's oven. "But we hardly use the oven, it heats the cabin so much," Sandra says. , The Odells also live without refrigeration when cruising the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal. "We use dry milk," Sandra says. "It's not very tasty. It's terrible, really." Liking a roomy feeling, they made the bathroom the only enclosed area, and even that door is kept open as much as possible. The toilet is disguised as a seat. Dave and Wendy Lund, who live on their 50-foot sailboat, have a friend who brews beer on his boat "He actually built it in," Wendy says. Paul and Linda Jauncey, who live on a 40-foot motor yacht with sons Simon and Daniel, not only have a washer and dryer aboard but a "quite reasonable-size tub." So just because your home has the square footage of a garage doesn't mean you can't enjoy the finer things of life. you just have to know how to pack them in. No space? Just fold it! Marine suppliers offer these helpful items for live-aboards: B The Folding Motorcycle, from Di Blasi of North America: 30 inches by 23 inches by 13 inches when folded. $1,645. H The Folding Oven, from Defender Industries: Folds to 12 inches by 12 inches by 2 inches and contains a baking shelf. 'Maybe it's powerful enough to zap a sandwich or something,' joked the phone rep. $48.50. B The Folding Bike (see a trend here?), from CM. Wasson Co. 'Folds in 20 seconds and fits in a suitcase.' $707. B The Cushioned Cooler, from Igloo: 72-quart capacity with padding for the posterior. $49.99. B The Trash Compactor 30 inches by 20 inches by 12 inches. $550. AN ORIGINAL BEAUTY Made for shade, sun, I awnings are back M V mm: By Michael Walsh Universal Press Syndicate If you are old enough to remember when American towns large and small had Main Streets and central business districts, then perhaps you also remember the colorful canvas awnings that often adorned storefronts. Shopkeepers of the time 30 or 40 years ago engaged in a twice-daily ritual, lowering the awnings by means of a long metal crank in the morning, and raising them again at the end of the day. More than ornamental, awnings shielded shoppers from rain and the heat of the sun and kept large plate-glass windows from becoming solar collectors. When the wind came up, they fluttered and snapped. Colorful as circus tents, they softened the look of buildings made of brick and limestone. Awnings in the commercial sector practically disappeared as downtown shopping districts were replaced by enclosed malls. They all but vanished from houses as well, largely because of the advent of central air conditioning. ' --I if r 1 i Mm Earlier this year, a Palm Beach home by noted architect John Volk was approved for demolition. On Friday, however, a different Volk-de-signed house was cited as an outstanding example of restoration. Robert and Wendy Meister received the Robert I. Ballinger Award from the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach for the restoration of their 1938 neoclassical house on South Lake Trail. "It's a very, very faithful restoration," said Polly Earl, the foundation's executive director. "We have some of the original photographs of the house when it was the Charles Davis house (in the '30s) and it looks very similar." Beach Building Associates of West Palm Beach was the contractor, Mark Hampton of New York did the interior design and Sanchez & Maddux did the gardens and landscape restoration. AVA VAN de WATER Photo by Stephen Leek The renovation of this 1938 home designed by John Volk earned Preservation Foundation top honors. Only the middle dormer window is real - the others conceal air-conditioning equipment. Photo by GLEN RAVEN MILLS INC. Reminiscent of a beach umbrella, retractable awnings can block the rain or sun, often at the touch of a button. Awnings can also contribute to an energy-efficient home. Please see AWNINGS4

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