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A VIEW TO A THRILL

A modern Rocketts Landing condo has the best view in town. By Katherine Houstoun

RIVER’S EDGE Bill and Les Stinson team up to create a gorgeous river retreat. By Valley Haggard NEW PERSPECTIVES

European sensibility infuses a spectacular eco-friendly home. By Brandon Fox

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The Prakkens’ house under construction: The large overhang facing the water was essential to the home’s energy efficiency. Terry Wylie of BOB Architecture explains that along with the trees, the overhang provides shade through the windows in the summer to help cool the house as the sun passes over the roofline; in the winter, it allows for passive solar heating.


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Kent Eanes Kent Eanes has worked in the film and photography industries for more than 30 years. “My first film project was in 1977, a travelogue film in Portugal, only two years out of high school. Unfortunately, I was too young and too stupid to realize what a good gig it was — the kind of job you’d do pro bono today.” His specialty is shooting stills on film sets. He has been a member of the International Cinematographers Guild for almost 15 years.  

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Ahhhh, turquoise. Pantone®, longtime provider of professional color standards for the design industry, named this shade the “color of the year.” Think Southwestern bijoux and Caribbean pools.

TURQUOISE Aquarium (SW 6767), Sherwin-Williams at Sherwin-Williams stores

OTHER COLORS

TOMATO Firecracker (B28-5) Olympic Paints at Lowe’s

Four more hues trending this spring: Violet, Tomato, Thyme and Sun Shower

SUN SHOWER Zinnia Gold (320B-5) Behr Premium Plus at The Home Depot

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 Our daughters started out in kindergarten, and now each one is in her last year of middle school and getting ready to make the transition to high school. Most of the girls go to different schools and only see one another when we set a date for book club. We’ve moved on from picture books, and past Mr. Popper’s Penguins (loved by all) and Old Yeller (the mothers cried; the daughters did not) to more sophisticated youngadult fiction like Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Yvette Conte and her daughter, Lucy, hosted this month’s meeting, and in their large, comfortable kitchen, Yvette created a choose-your-own-pasta feast with both red-pepper and basil pesto, meatballs and marinara, shrimp, and shaved Parmesan. Most book clubs have a tendency to devolve into excuses to meet and drink wine with friends. The book usually gets short shrift, and this book club is no different. We started with high literary ideals: Each girl hosting the meeting is supposed to come up with a set of questions to spark conversation about the book — and each one does, but how long we spend on them is wildly variable. However, we discovered that, although we still read and discuss the book, the opportunity to see each other and share good food and wine (for the mothers) helps us strengthen those bonds that get a little frayed in the day-to-day world of differing school obligations, extracurricular activities and ordinary family craziness. The time together is more tangible and is most valuable to us all.

OLD FRIENDS Rachel Hickman, Isabella Arias, Eliza Goodpasture, India Butler, Anne Carter Bland and Lucy Conte

SOCIALIZING The girls help themselves while their mothers catch up. RECIPE BOX

Yvette Conte's Basil Pesto INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup of pine nuts • 1/2 cup of walnuts • 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt (or more, to taste) • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 4 cloves of garlic

• 3 cups (or more) of loosely packed fresh basil leaves • 4 ounces (1 cup) of Asiago cheese, grated • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) of ParmigianoReggiano cheese, grated • 3/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

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mond Folk Festival, First Fridays and Friday Cheers bring more people to the area each year, and apparently they like what they see. The river is a big attraction. Kathleen Borkey says that after moving with her family to Manchester, “we bought a boat we keep at my husband’s office . . . in the evening, we head over to Ancarrow’s Landing, unhook it and go out on the James River. We never would have done that,” she adds, if they hadn’t moved downtown. It’s a time of change here in the city. However, instead of looking on the horizon for the next place to live, Richmonders seem to have discovered that looking back — with a different perspective — at what they already have is newer and more exciting than any cul-de-sac far from the city’s center. If you’d like to take a look at what’s happening, this year’s Downtown Loft Tour (March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will encompass six downtown neighborhoods from Jackson Ward to Rocketts Landing. Owners and residents will be available to chat, and with its 12 lofts spread across nine buildings, the tour will showcase divergent sizes and styles of homes.

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TOP LEFT: Yoggy mixed contemporary furnishings with vintage finds, like the entryway’s white vintage sideboard and vintage mirrored art from Metro Modern. ABOVE: The main floor looks down on the guest living room, where David’s portraits of the Rolling Stones take center stage. The balustrade substitutes sleek airline cable for the standard horizontal railings, setting the tone for the light, airy look. RIGHT: Yoggy punctuated the primarily black-and-white palette with scarlet carpet circles: “The red, for me, is so inviting,” he said. “I wanted it to be loose and casual.”


“ They wanted a very uptown, Manhattan city look ... not a lot of clutter, not a lot of stuff.”


“We wanted to keep it as open and airy and contemporary as we could.” the door openings so that they were 8 feet tall instead of 6 feet tall. There’s no crown molding, no chair rails. We wanted to keep it as open and airy and contemporary as we could.” For the décor, David and Christy found inspiration in Ralph Lauren’s chic, retro-modern aesthetic, as well as the style of Mad Men, the critically acclaimed AMC television show depicting the advertising world of the 1960s. “Forget the storyline,” says David.

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“If you just look at the way they dress and their furniture and how life was then, I personally think it’s cool as heck. The whole look was something we thought would be unique to Richmond.” Having spent most of his career immersed in traditional design, Yoggy viewed the project as a welcome challenge. “What people know me for is that Old World, collected, acquired, layered look,” acknowledges the

designer, who also decorated the Cottrells’ other homes. “With modern, it’s completely different. The focus has to be on the detail and the layout and the scale and the proportion. This was so much fun because it was … a whole different game.” Armed with the Cottrells’ vision and trust, the designer went to work. To furnish the residence, he hunted down a mix of modern and mid-century pieces that would serve as the foun-


dation for the contemporary concept, digging up a Milo Baughman sideboard and sofa for the master sitting area, classic Le Corbusier sofas and chairs for the living area, a George Nelson swag-leg desk for daughter Leah’s bedroom and a vintage Sputnik light (procured from the Kennedy Center renovation) for the master bedroom. He also took care to include pieces the Cottrells already owned. “To a lot of people, none of that

means anything at all,” says Yoggy. “But when we were putting it together, it was important to me that at the end, it represented their vision and they had a collection that made some sense.” Black and white dominate the overall color scheme, while silver and red accents add shine, and bleached wood floors and Birdseye-maple kitchen cabinetry warm up the space. Sixteenyear-old Leah’s bedroom and sitting area are the exception; Yoggy infused

LEFT: The soft tone-on-tone white bedroom contrasts sharply with the all-black study leading into it. Yoggy had the Sputnik chandelier refi nished, which originally hung in the Kennedy Center, as well as the vintage Hollywood Regency bedside cabinets. Philippe Starck lamps, Milo Baughman chairs, a wool shag rug, a custom leather daybed and Wolff Gordan wallpaper complete the look. RIGHT: The sculptural Zoli sink, imported from Europe, dresses up the powder room with clean lines and eye-catching design.

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those rooms with muted pastels and vibrant pinks and purples. He added visual punch throughout the condo with vividly colored artwork, including three specially commissioned pieces by Florida-based artist Christian DeFazio and a vintage painting procured from Metro Modern on Cary Street. Yoggy finished the design in fall 2008, allowing the Cottrells, who currently use the home as an in-town getaway for entertaining, to host

friends and family for the annual James River Parade of Lights, a tradition they continued last Christmas. Watching the succession of colorfully lit boats meander down the James River against the city skyline outlined in gleaming white lights — it’s an experience not too many Richmonders get to enjoy, particularly from seven stories up. “To see the city from that side of town all lit up is really cool,” says David. In the end, it’s all about the view. 

FAR LEFT: Daughter Leah’s sitting area features a recycled rubber ottoman, carpet squares by InterfaceFLOR and a playful wall covering by Wolff Gordon, while her bedroom is clean and simple. NEAR LEFT: Molded panels from Modular Wall Art accent the wall behind her white ostrichpatterned vinyl headboard; across the room, a George Nelson swag leg desk keeps company with an Andy Warhol print.

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acres of woodland, and Les says they don’t miss city living one bit: “Friends still come out, the dogs love it, there’s walking; it’s just a breath of fresh air.” Married for 23 years, Les says that she and Bill worked well together — and quickly — from the blueprints on. “One day there’s a hole, then concrete’s poured, then it’s framed. It takes shape right before your eyes,” she says. And while Bill concentrated on the big picture architecturally, she kept an eye on the details. “He kind of lets me get my way,” she laughs, surveying the layout of her French-inspired, modern interior. “He would love a La-Z-Boy in every room. There is one in his office upstairs. As long as there’s a flatscreen TV and a big couch in most of the rooms, he’s happy.” But with 8,000 square feet of house, five bedrooms, sixand-a-half baths, an unfinished basement, a covered porch and a pool beckoning from an island of broken travertine marble, the devil is in the details. With seven to eight different shades of white on the walls of her home, Les chose to decorate with a subtle

SUNROOM: Reproduction planters on an antique chest of drawers soften its formal lines.

HOMEOWNER: Les Stinson, designer and owner of Hunt and Gather, relaxes in her new Powhatan home.

PAINTING: Elements of texture and color help focus the eye on the great room’s painting purchased from Uttermost and by an anonymous Chinese artist.

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HIS OFFICE: Dark wood and leather in Bill Stinson’s study evoke an air of elegant industry.

schematic. “I always like using neutrals and textures and then popping in color with the art, pillows and accessories. As a designer, it’s easier to show things in a more neutral environment.” The kitchen, designed to be airy and open, was crafted by several different companies: Wood and Tile built the cabinets, Mosaic designed the backsplash, and Marva created the marble countertops. And the many other rooms, from the foyer to the butler’s pantry, display a surprising juxtaposition of old and new. Chandeliers, French grandfather clocks, statues and pub-style benches blend new art and antiques. Covered

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sisal, a durable natural fiber, lines the bedroom floors wall-to-wall upstairs, while a scattering of zebra-stenciled cowhides accent the hardwoods on the first floor. The great room, boasting 20-foot ceilings, a cast-stone fireplace and several columns from Caravati’s, creates the illusion of a French chateau. The master bedroom, with its 15-foot ceilings and double-hung windows, offers a view of the river that is at once spectacular and intimate. The Stinsons love to entertain, and although their home appears picture-perfect to guests, Les says that for her it will always be a work in progress. “I think that’s what


BEDROOM: The master bedroom’s double-hung windows flood the room with light and offer a stunning view of the river.

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decorating is. You do a few things, sit back and then start again. I’m always moving things around.” Originally from the Midwest, Les attributes her love of design to her mother. “She was so out-of-the-box. She was doing shabby-chic in the ’60s. Turning a table leg into a candlestick. She was a real junker. She loved antique malls, thrift stores and flea markets. She was always doing something unusual that you don’t often see.” Gently teasing Les about her love of antiques, Bill jokes, “Why can’t we have real furniture like everyone else?” But Les has decorated their home in a fashion both eclectic and elegant that seems like an extension of both their personalities. “We’re very casual, very laidback, but I wanted the house a little more modern and open, old mixed with new. I think it’s welcoming. It is what it is and not to be taken too seriously at all.” Is this the Stinsons’ forever house? “I hope so,” says Les. “Until we’re too old to do anything. I feel like I’m on vacation. Right now, I don’t want to go anywhere.” 

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Rising up from the shore where the Appomattox and James rivers meet is a concrete-and-steel structure with a wall of windows. It’s the home of Martin and Juliette Prakken. Concrete? Steel? These aren’t the most common materials for homebuilding here in Virginia. Add in an architectural plan deliberately designed to work with the shifting sun, a geothermal heating system and solar panels, and the Prakkens’ house becomes something remarkable. “The systems — it wasn’t the cost, expensive or not,” says Juliette Prakken. “It was just the right thing to do. That’s important to us.”

It was also important to keep the plan simple. “What you see is what you get,” says Martin Prakken. “What you see is part of the structure; nothing is really covered up; it’s all honest — rough, maybe — but [made of] tough materials.” The couple is originally from the Netherlands, and the Prakkens’ multinational company, BluePrint Automation, has a factory about 20 minutes from their house. They had been looking for property on the water in the area for a long time, so when this particular spot came

on the market, they knew immediately that it was right for them. The next steps were to find an architect and a contractor who shared their vision. The first task was easier than the second; Terry Wylie and Bob Steele of BOB Architecture were delighted with the challenge. “It’s not often a client comes to you and wants to convince you to build a concrete

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house,” says architect Terry Wylie. “They’d seen a lot of concrete homes in Europe, and to them it seemed natural for a house.” Finding a contractor was harder; most concrete structures are commercial properties, and contractors aren’t used to dealing with anything residential. MHC Construction finally agreed to do the project; project manager Timmy Boggs was instrumental in the success of the project. “I told them to think of the project like a small museum,” Wylie says. “Spatially, it’s the same.”

“When you see [American houses] being built, the wood almost seems like garbage wood — really flimsy — and everything is sort of covered up later,” Martin says. Instead, the Prakkens, who share the house with their children aged 9 and 11, wanted to “build something that would last forever.” Efficiency was also essential to their vision of the house. The roofline was brought forward so that the soaring windows wouldn’t be hit directly by the sun in the summer, but would allow for extra passive solar heat in the winter. The windows themselves were designed to take advantage of the breezes that come

across the water in front of their house in the summer. Twenty wells were drilled, and tubing was run underground from the wells and through the flooring of the house to construct a radiant, geothermal heating system. Because, at a certain level, the ground beneath remains at a constant temperature, the system can, via water and an electrical pump, reduce or increase the outside temperature and maintain a comfortable environment within the house. “It will pay for itself in the long run,” Wylie says. “We feel like people nowadays fight the environment. If it’s winter, they will heat it up to a level where anyone in summer would feel uncomfortable,” says Martin, “and lower it to a level in the summer

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LEFT: The master bedroom proper includes the soaking tub. BELOW: The Prakkens placed the master bedroom’s bathtub so that it would have the best view in the house. RIGHT: Juliette chose tall, vertical mirrors and white vessel sinks to contrast with the dark wood and long, horizontal handles of the cabinetry below.

where everyone in the winter would feel uncomfortable!” “Why?” he asks. “Why not go with the flow a little and try to adapt?” “They had a very clear idea of what they wanted,” Wylie says. And their European sensibility influenced the rest of the design of the house as well. Bathroom fixtures are attached to the wall, necessitating more reinforcement but making cleaning easier. They have a shower on the balcony outside by their bedroom that they use all summer. And — most surprisingly — there’s a bathtub in their bedroom. “I’d seen it before in Europe — it didn’t

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seem unusual to me,” Juliette says. “It has the best view in the house,” adds Wylie. “It’s not for everybody, but why not?” Friends drop in at the Prakkens’ two or three times a week. “Because we love our house so much,” says Juliette, “we’d rather stay and have dinner with friends here than go out.” In a space that’s both generous and comfortable, the Prakkens have found a place for their family to live lightly and well. 


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ABOVE: Subway tile and a Big Chill refrigerator retain vintage style without sacrificing modern convenience. TOP INSET: Chunky, handmade tile surround the fireplace. BOTTOM INSET: A model of the house received as a Christmas present. RIGHT: Less expensive wood was painted white insead of the traditional dark hardwood used during the American Arts and Crafts movement.

“We love the clean lines, efficiency of space, solid workmanship, natural materials and handcrafted details of the Craftsman style,” say the owners, who grew up in suburban homes built in the 1950s and 1970s. Inside, oak floors, soft wall colors, plenty of wide trim work and a distinct lack of fussy décor complement a space that is truly meant for living, with very few superfluous square feet. Contrary to the trend of formal rooms that look beautiful but collect dust, their living room with fireplace and built-in benches is made to be enjoyed. To achieve the look and feel they wanted in their new house, the owners spent most of a year flipping through magazines and books, and scouring Web sites for ideas. The result of their homework was a host of finds that worked to fulfill their desire for old and new. Plans for the house were purchased from The Bungalow Company, an Oregon-based

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purveyor of both stock and custom designs committed to the American Craftsman tradition. Green tiles around the fireplace, chosen for their chunky, period look, were made in California by Handcraft Tile, a company true to its name — nothing mass-produced, each tile slightly different from the rest. Even the refrigerator is a modern model disguised with a retro door. Organizing the building effort was a familial labor of love. Without a general contractor, the owners relied on their own resources plus guidance from parents and a brother who had previously built a Craftsman house; his experience made the project easier. The father of one of the owners put to use his years of woodworking and advised on many of the carpentry aspects of the job. As a wedding present to his son and daughter-in-law, he built an island for the kitchen that combines function (lots of drawers) and form (it’s decidedly Stick-


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ley-esque and made of oak with inset panels and dark-metal drawer pulls). The countertop is made of soapstone from Alberene Soapstone Company in Schuyler, Va., a business that has been around since 1883, when the Craftsman style was new. A wide variety of people lent their expertise to the project, understanding the owners’ vision and eager to help them realize it. Carpenter Steve Chenault was discovered working on another home that had lots of detail: “We stopped and talked with him about what we wanted to do,” the owner recalls. Chenault was the ideal choice to craft touches like the foyer’s newel post and banister and the roofline’s exposed rafter tails, a hallmark of the Craftsman style. The interior wainscoting and trim he used is all true to the period in de-

sign, but instead of using expensive, dark hardwood, the owners opted to have more economical wood painted white. The mullioned windows, in keeping with the period but modern in terms of energy-efficiency, were custom-made. From the tankless hot-water heater to the HardiPlank exterior siding, there is no question that this is a new house whose owners are mindful of environmental concerns. But it’s also chock-full of the same wood, metal, tile and glass touches that made the Craftsman style so beloved to homebuilders for decades and still keeps them looking back for inspiration. It’s just that combination the owners sought to achieve. 

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Lessons From Next Door Richmond native Charlotte Moss’ design inspirations and advice By Brandon Fox

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harlotte Moss is known for her elegant, tasteful interior design. Chinoiserie, antiques and florals unite to create an English-country-house feel that jettisons fussiness to enhance comfort, updated for the 21st century. That’s not to say Moss lacks an eye for detail — amazingly elaborate tassels, hand-embroidered lampshades and delicate murals abound in her work. Moss grew up in the West End and, after attending Douglas Freeman High School, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with an English degree. R•Home had a chance to speak with Moss prior to her Feb. 9 lecture, “A Flair for Living and Living With Style,” part of the 15th annual Women & Wellness Forum Series to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center.

How did you move into the design world after college? When I moved to New York and realized that you couldn’t teach English in a private school and pay your rent, Wall Street seemed like a reasonable path to move forward to where I wanted to go. I always knew I wanted to do something with design, but I had to put it aside and build on something else — both my income and skills for the future. I left Wall Street after a merger. I wrote a business plan, took my last bonus and bought a container of antiques. And I’ve never looked back. I’d say my good fortune was also about timing. The English look was exploding in the ’80s, so with a lot of sweat equity and market timing, my business took off. It just felt right.

What about growing up in Richmond sticks out in your memory? I just have great, fond memories of Miller & Rhoads. It was really different back then. You went to fashion shows and lunch with your grandmother [there]. It made you feel so grownup. My grandmother worked for years — 20 years — in the china department of Miller & Rhoads. I always say that I get my gene for china acquisition from her. She helped me acquire an eye; she had a knack for arranging lovely things and setting a beautiful table. Back then, [Miller & Rhoads] had a “teen board.” It was a great coup to be chosen — you modeled and were able to meet girls from other high schools. That was probably the greatest benefit of all — all the girls were obvious achievers, clearly go-getters. I kept in contact with many of them through college.

How did the women in your family inspire you? My grandmother had a room, and in it was a dresser and the whole top drawer was full of gloves. I loved going through that drawer — and her hatboxes. Her house was wonderful for dressing up. I loved that part of her … for instance, she’d wear a hat in the shape of a turban — I thought that was terribly exotic, and it made me dream of far-off places. Both my mother and my grandmother were great homemakers. I think I get that gene from them as well. Whatever they had, they made the most of it. They’d gather family around and throw a meal together. Most of all, they made people feel welcome. My mother had a half-sister and three brothers, so she definitely felt like she had 

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4/25 The 70th West Avenue Improvement Association Garden Tour Stork Alley, otherwise known as West Avenue, has a garden tour like no other. Seventy years old and with judging criteria devised by renowned landscape architect Charles F. Gillette, backyards, front yards and tree boxes take away awards. In addition to the tour, there will be games for children, face painting, an ice cream truck and live music. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 1100 West Ave. Contact Dorothea Martin at bubblequeen@comcast.net or go to westave.org for more details.

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3/4 Glass Ceilings: Women in Architecture Opening reception for an exhibition of women’s contributions to the art and science of architecture. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Virginia Center for Architecture, 2501 Monument Ave. Register by calling 644-3041, ext. 100, or e-mail aliguori@ aiava.org. More details at virginiaarchitecture.org. 3/13-26 Curtain Call The 13th annual consignment sale on high-end drapery, bedding and décor. Consignment receiving, 3/6-7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sale begins 3/13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 3/14, noon to 5 p.m.; 3/17-18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 3/19-20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 3/21, noon to 5 p.m. with an additional 30 percent discount; 3/26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an additional 30 percent discount or best offer. Shops at Willow Lawn. Call 304-0366 or go to curtaincallrichmond.com for more details.

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Dances With Brooms When housework rears its ugly head, music matters By Maureen L. Egan

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’ve never been one to need music in my ear to motivate me when I run or exercise. Fear and loathing usually suffice. It also helps that I’m motivated to get away from my messy house and the many unappealing tasks that await me there, so I run or bike as far away as possible and turn back with just enough energy to make it home, powered by muscle, not music. True, the house is no cleaner when I return, but I’m so tired, I don’t even notice. If I am ever to focus on housework, though, music is key — loud music. I resist cleaning my house more than most, as evidenced by the amounts of grime and potato-bug carcasses in certain out-of-the-way areas that in no way pose a food-contamination or infectiousdisease risk, I swear. Once I do finally roll up my sleeves and get to work, I learn a lot that the health department doesn’t need to know about. The mottled design on our treadmill’s plastic front? Turns out it’s mottled only when the dust and not-quite-microscopic rubber detritus mixes around with the sweat that’s dropped onto it and stayed there for months. Oh, and by the way, blueberries petrify. Who knew? No wonder my vacuum is a Eureka — such a sense of discovery each time I use it. And I’ve become an (eco-friendly!) expert at cleaning bathrooms with light bulbs: Put in lower-wattage bulbs, and no one can see the crud. Obviously, I spend more time avoiding cleaning my house and getting depressed by how icky the kitchen floor feels underfoot than I do actually cleaning anything. Perhaps there’s a correlation there. No wonder the prospect of cleaning my home often motivates me to go for a long run instead. Eventually I do lock myself in the house with a dust cloth and a mop, but I need the music blaring to make me stay: “Oh, won’t you stay, just a little bit longer? Please, please stay, just a little bit more.” What a sad use of Jackson Browne after all those dates we had at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Back in

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high school I dreamed of accompanying him at tasks other than mopping the kitchen floor. Bummer. One could argue that the perfect playlist for spring cleaning is birdsong, but I don’t dare have the windows open while the pollen is dusting everything outside with yellowish-green hues. That defeats the purpose. I prefer Lucinda Williams or the Pretenders, or the soundtrack from Once — all good. George Benson is fun, but so old-school that I associate him with my old school, and I never cleaned anything back then, either. Years ago, the mother of a friend of my son told me she vacuumed naked. Not sure why she did it or why she told me. Yuck. Don’t worry — for me, clothing is as crucial as the music. I crank the stereo up so that I (and likely my neighbors) can hear it loud and clear over the vacuum. I suppose it’s a trick to make me think I’m having fun: Dances With Brooms or something. It works only to an extent; I’ve never been tempted to use the toilet brush as a microphone. But in a perfect incongruity, the older I get, the more cleaning my house with the music blaring makes me feel young. If you had ever told my 16-year-old self that housecleaning would someday feel like those first freeing springtime cruises around town with the windows down and the radio blasting, she’d think I was lame. Hell, I think I’m lame. But at least I don’t mop along to Muzak. It is freeing to get this stuff done, and I like what I see … and I like knowing I won’t be doing that again for ages. No doubt it helps that my children, adults themselves, are on their way home today for a break. I don’t want them to think we’ve gone all Grey Gardens on them. With The Pretenders Greatest Hits reverberating through the house, I dust the photo-laden living-room shelves and am surprised to see who’s there. Chrissie Hynde sings, “I found a picture of you. Those were the happiest days of my life.” My house is clean. And I’m a mess of music and memories.

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