|Kitchen essentials at Belle Ami.|
|Pocket door tracks do double duty around here!|
|Vintage charm: 1940's wall paper still lines the cupboard behind 60's and 70's glass cocktail plates.|
|Not only does it house napkins, rolling pin and floral arranging supplies, this multi-purpose dresser holds a tray to catch keys and pocket clutter, keeping them off of the table.|
|Fairly-fast food. Homemade soup can happen in little more than thirty minutes.|
Sure, being an old-fashioned gal sometimes takes a little more time and effort, but I think it's a trade-off. I don't spend my time rushing to the store to buy convenience items. I don't need to shave minutes from my schedule by eating packaged food so that I can race to the gym right after picking up a prescription for digestive aids. I'm not working extra hours to pay for utilities to fuel my conveniences, or for furniture that will fall apart before it's paid off. Such old fashioned ideas might not be right for everyone, but the charm factor they add to Belle Ami is appreciated by the friends who gravitate here, and I know most of them are making similar changes to their own lifestyles.
Eco-chic. Gran was ahead of her time.