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By Donna Flood

Day Bed

Taking a wall out between a small bedroom and the living room allowed me to double my living room space. Mother enjoys sleeping here when she stays over because she can enjoy watching the larger television from her bed. For all her life it seems she was sleeping in short naps during the day because she worked night shifts at the cafe as a cook.  She was always comfortable  where the goings on of the household were. Her Native American blood must have made her a light sleeper because the least little commotion would find her awake and alert. Mother, in this way,  trained us  because we were always careful not to let anything irregular disturb her rest.  Today at 93 her working days are long gone but she still enjoys being able to be at the certer of all activity in the house and this day bed allows that for her.

The fabric for the spread, the drapes and cushions are what I bought at a fire sale for less than a dollar a yard. I bought a whole bolt for probably around 30 dollars and all the north windows are where it is hanging. The material is heavy and flannel like. It isn't very rich or doesn't have an attractive pattern but the color and the amount of it used makes it serve the purpose. Because I have so much yardage  the north windows have it doubled so it is lined with itself making it a very nice insulator for those cold spaces.  I took enough of the fabric over to a friend who does quilting on a large machine and she made this spread so it is reversible. This also makes a nice cover for Mother because it is very warm with the puffy lining it has.  The flannel feel of the fabric is nice.

You can see the small heater we used in this living room. After Rodney insulated these walls with a double 2x4, insulation  and wall board the north wall is incredibly warm, enough so that when someone places their hand on it there is no cold feel to the wall.

When I can afford it I will get one of those large room divider walls to pull across this should we need to use the room for guests. At this time the curtains can simply be pulled across if there is a need for privacy.

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