Here’s a little Home Projectionist pick-me-up if you live where it’s dark and cold and daily life can be a struggle against the elements.
Imagine yourself at a lovely pool, in a floating chair, your drink of choice in the cup holder, and one of your favorite movies projected on a gigantic screen. Can’t get much better than that.
(Note that inflatable outdoor screens are getting more and more affordable — and accessible and affordable to rent as well if you don’t have the space or inclination for permanent installation.)
Need a break from the ice and snow? Savor the 10 Most Amazing Outdoor Home Theaters at www.glauconcodrus.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/10-most-amazing-outdoor-home-theaters/
Thanks to Bruce Bieber of Wines of Washington Promotion for bringing this to our attention!
This weekend The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s hosted a citywide event that opened up some historic Chicago buildings for tours; theaters, restaurants, and apartment buildings all were available to see and hear about their history and importance. I made a special point to get to St. Augustine College, which was the site for the old Essanay Studios.
Essanay Studios was one of the biggest movie picture studios in the country in the early part of the 20th century. They were best known for launching the film careers of Charlie Chaplin, Ben Turpin and Gloria Swanson.
White City Cinema has a wonderful write-up of the secret world of Chicago’s film history that I suggest you read.
St. Augustine College is having a funding drive to restore parts of the building and to create a Charlie Chaplin auditorium in one of the large rooms that a hundred years ago his early films were created. The room feels historic. Their goal is save part of cinema history, create a museum, and offer a place for people to come to learn about and watch silent films.
Learn more about their fundraising drive here: St. Augustine College.
Also, I’m lucky enough to live in beautiful Ravenswood Manor on the Northside of Chicago, just about three miles from the old studio. Across the park from me is a huge mansion. It was built by Essanay Studios in order house stars who were in Chicago to film. It’s an amazing place and a couple of years ago was up for sale.
Here is the real estate tour of that property.
I discovered the big green chair at the “Mousehole” in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. What luck! A curious (but comfy) chair indeed, with holes drilled into both arms, so that I could insert the movable stand on either side and adjust the angle for perfect hands-free viewing for reading books and using my tablet to watch movies.
So many products have emerged as a result of the mobile device boom, and here was this chair, perhaps a bit of innovation from the ’50s, that did the trick. Everything old is new again, as they say.
The Vitra NesTable is a version of the big green chair but much more adaptable since you can maneuver this type of stand to work with any seating in the house.
And I really like the adjustable table stands that are coming out, too, like the one below that allows you to prop your tablet any which way — even overhead — for watching while reclining in your chaise lounge. It’s so space age.
Personally, I like using a plain old pillow to prop up my tablet when I watch in bed. But there’s also the Lap Log, a pillow filled with buckwheat, if you want to buy something special, like a pet bed, for your tablet.
One could spend hours checking out all of the tablet stands out there to satisfy your personal preferences. Meanwhile, I think I’ll wait for someone to develop a new version of the big green chair….maybe one that has an adjustable cup holder.
Best Buy (Photo credit: Kevin McShane)
You may love your big screen television, but it can end up being a looming, intrusive, and not-so-attractive presence in your living room, den, bedroom, or even your garage. You may prefer to leave it front and center as a room-ruling monolith, but it doesn’t necessarily have to get all of the attention.
Houzz’s recent article, “Decorate With Intention: Helping Your TV Blend In,” provides some camouflage tips, from thoughtful placement options to how to balance the big black screen with other objects.