Nudist Parents Want to Let It All Hang Out at Home

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts:

My husband and I have been nudists for 26 years, and raised our son in a nudist home. As dedicated nudists we have always gone completely naked everywhere around our home all the time, except when our son has friends over.

Our son is now 21 and has had a girlfriend for just over six months who is not aware we are nudists. Now she is staying over two-to-three nights a week and we are still having to get dressed for her visits. She is shy.

Also, with our son, we don't want to cause any issues that may result in him moving out before being able to save up enough money to afford a home.

We have talked to some nudist friends of ours who suggested a few things, since broaching the subject with her does not seem to be an option. The most common suggestion was getting accidentally caught naked by her. Be it getting up in the middle of the night to pee and going naked to the bathroom (she sometimes gets up at night to pee, too, so either of us might run into each other), or getting ready for work in the morning by going to and from the bathroom naked, making and eating breakfast naked or by us staying naked when she comes over alone while our son is at work.

When she uses her key we'll pretend not to have heard the door when we run into her. We would be very casual about it when caught naked, and then hope to be able to talk to her about it and give her the option to go naked around the house, too. Our son would probably love being greeted by his naked girlfriend at the door when he got home that first time.

Other suggestions have been to leave a nudist magazine out for her to see, and see if she says anything to us, and if not, then bring it up. Another was to have some nudist magazines in with some other things such asphotos, year books, etc. and then she can accidentally come across it when going through the albums, and then we can talk about it.

They all seem like good ideas, but most of our friends favour the accidental nudity since it is what has worked for some of them. We realize we may have let this go on too long (our mistake) but again, we didn't want our lifestyle to be an issue in their developing relationship, which is now very strong.

Could you please offer up your thoughts or any other suggestions? All the best.

- M and G, Winnipeg Dear M and G:

Moving out would be an all-round good idea for a man who is now in his 20s. Then everybody gets privacy and freedom and the son gets to grow up. The young woman wouldn't be pressured to accept a nudist lifestyle with her boyfriend's parents, if she wasn'tbig on it.

You say you don't want your 21-year-old son to move out until he can afford a home - these days, that could mean age 30. That's not healthy for your son's development. Encourage him to fly. And here's the good part for you: once he moves out, you can be nude full-time at home again.

Accidentally running into nude parents anywhere in the house is not a cool idea. The magazines on the coffee table are slightly a better move.

Why not encourage your son to be open and honest about it? He needs to be the one to tell his girlfriend in private that your family usually lives a nudist lifestyle at home, especially now she's staying over several nights a week.

I grew up in the country, but one I summer I was living in the city for theatre school, I had a city boyfriend who took me home (I was 16) when no one was there. I spotted a shadowy picture on the wall and said asked who the naked people in the picture were. He said, "My mom and dad, they're nudists." And, I concluded fairly quickly, so was he. But I wasn't into it, and he didn't push it.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts:

Far away, in a country I barely remember, live my grandparents. They don't like to travel anymore. We moved and haven't gone back there as a family for eight years, because my parents say it is expensive to fly all that way for three of us.

My mother, who is Canadian, is afraid I will go there, fall in love, and want to stay and live there, and never come back. She married a dark-eyed man from there and says they're the best-looking men in the world - dangerously handsome.

It's true my father looks like a movie star. She wants me to stay home in Winnipeg where it's safer. That makes me want to go all the more. I am saving my money to go anyway, when I'm 18. I would prefer to go with my mom's permission. How can I get it?

- Clueless on This, Manitoba Dear Clueless on This:

Save your money and start working on a family trip idea where your mom is actively encouraged by you to go (and keep her eye on you).

Tell your dad you want the three of you to go, and to help in this project financially. See if you can get a part-time job at a fast-food place where they hire teens.

Once you have enough money for your own ticket and some spending money, start putting away regular savings towards your mother's ticket, too.

Something tells me there's another reason why your mother doesn't want to go on these trips to the old country. Could it be a problem with the grandparents, stemming from luring their son away to another country? Do they not get along or speak the same language?

You need to get at the truth about any hidden issues.

Please send your questions and comments to or Miss Lonelyhearts c/o the Winnipeg Free Press, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6

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Leather Trousers for 995, a Habitat Glass Coffee Table and a 42 Luxury Scented Candle: Photograph Of
When she took over as Prime Minister, Theresa May vowed to shake up the world of politics,dismantling the powerful clique left behind by her predecessor.But it appears the PM has gone further than that - not only overhauling David Cameron's cabinet, but the decorative legacy he left inside Number 11.Mrs May has been resident in Downing Street for just a few months, but has already put her stamp on the property,ditching Mr Cameron's more clinical style for a property filled with hydrangeas and scented candles.The 60-year-old has also bought herself a bold three-seater red couch, an on-trend chrome lamp and a glass-topped coffee table on which to place her £25 Elemis Revitalise Me scent diffuser.The insight into Mrs May's new home came in ahighly personal interview with the Sunday Times, in which she posed up for photographs in the Downing Street apartment.Mrs May and her husband followed in the footsteps of Mr Cameron and Tony Blair and decided to move into the larger Number 11 flat - rather than Number 10 - for her time in office.Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, occupies Number 10, like predecessor George Osborne.Although there are piles of pictures still waiting to be put up on the mostly bare walls, Mrs May has already decked out the property with her preferred furniture.Her colourful sofa is covered with brown patterned throw cushions, while the coffee table - which sits in front of the marble fireplace - has been brought in from Habitat for £195.On her side table is a £100 Zachery chrome table lamp from John Lewis, which sits next to an extravagent £42 rose-scented Diptyque candle.And it's not just the interiors to which she is paying attention.In the photograph, Mrs May stays true to her quirky but high-end style, wearing a £495 coffee-coloured cashmere jumper by Amanda Wakeley - one of Kate Middleton's favourite designers.She also chooses the same designer for her £995 khaki leather trousers, which she pairs with £295 Burberry trainers.During the interview, the Prime Minister talked about her fashion sense and revealed that she often takes spouse Philip along when clothes shopping.Mrs May said that rather than paying a stylist she takes her patient partner along to provide a 'yes' or 'no' to outfits she tries on.She said that he has a good eye for accessories adding: '(He's) particularly good at choosing handbags and bracelets for presents and good at flowers'.May added that although her focus is on the job at hand she does take her appearance seriously.She said: 'At night I'll think through my outfit for the next day and I go into certain shops where they know me'.She also said that he has beenrevelling in his new-found celebrity.'He's been surprised by how much interest he's had. Philip says he gets 90% of the fun for only 10% of the effort,' she said.'It's taken a bit of adjusting for him to see people writing about what he wears and taking selfies of him, but he's getting used to it!'
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He opened his home to me and gave me a simple exercise to flex my decor muscles and give me some confidence that I had what it takes to be a designer and decorator.Even today, I find the exercise really interesting. Dayne pulled every decorative element out of his lounge room and left only the two sofas and the coffee table. There was no art, cushions, flowers etc - just a furnished but blank space.He then gave me a brief, describing the person who lived there and directing me to choose decor and soft furnishings that reflected each pretend person to fulfil their pretend brief. I loved the process so much I thought I'd share it with you - so here are four different takes on one simple room answering four separate briefs.MasculineDon't over-decorate.Source:SuppliedThis look is all about simplicity and layers, but keeping things comfortable and low fuss. When I think of a space built for a man to live in, I automatically think of materials such as leather, wood and metal, and raw, somewhat basic finishes.Soft furnishings are kept to a comfortable minimum, colours being used sparingly to add interest but not huge amounts of drama. Contrast comes in the form of the shapes and textures used in the rug and the pattern of the sidetables, with large scale, concrete-look lamps being good anchors for the strong, masculine look.As far as the palette goes, there's grey, tan leather, blue, charcoal and warm gold. The timber of the coffee table and sidetables is similar in colour to the mirror, which also reflects the colour of the tan leather. This, then, really only counts as one colour - tan or aged gold -but it is seen in three different textures and materials. The colour palette is pure and simple, which works well with the low-fuss style of a masculine decor style.The rug is a huge impact piece but, again, it's been dialled back so it fits into the subtle colour scheme.It has plenty of pattern and visual texture, and the aged blue makes the perfect base from which to build the room, but it's not an overwhelming statement.The back cushions on the couch have been given a little contrast by introducing a lighter grey and a navy and gold cushion. These are all the same size so as to keep consistency but add visual interest.Tips for making a masculine room work are:● Use a simple colour and materials palette● Play with materials such as timber, leather,stone and metal● Don't overdecorate● Add living elements that are strong but simplein appearance, such as cactus, succulents and ferns, or flowers with more architectural forms● As usual, accessorise with candles, books and objects d'art, but choose ones that would be appropriate for the man using the space.FeminineSame room, completely different look. ame room, completely different look.Source:SuppliedThis feminine look may be playing to gender stereotypes and, of course, there are any number of women who would like this or hate its uber-pink prettiness. The exercise is to demonstrate how diametrically different you can make a room look with the change of artwork, soft furnishings, decor, flowers and occasional furniture.Firstly, the scale of the occasional furniture has been changed; the sidetables and lamps are about 80 per cent smaller than in the masculine look. This makes the sofa and coffee table look larger and the room cosier.The artwork also has a feminine look, with the pinks and purples working in with the pastel colour scheme. The two artworks fill the wall just as well as the mirror in the masculine look; the idea is that, if placed above a sofa, whatever is on the walls should be contained within the width of the sofa with approximately 100mm on either side from the edge of the frame to the edge of the sofa arm. This pair of artworks are the right size for the space and for the sofa. One of these pictures, as lovely as they are, would not be enough for this particular wall.The rug is again the base from which to build the room - here, it's bright and ambient in pattern. Various coloured or neutral rugs could have worked, but this bold statement is a great way of showing how different a room can be by changing a few key inclusions.The cushions are all linen to match the linen sofa, and in two sizes and colours - a lumbar size darker pink and a square, 50 by 50cm light pink. They skate the line between colour co-ordination and matchy-matchy. I think it's on the right side of that line, but it's a close call.Pinks are also found in the metallics used for interest in this scheme; where gold was used in the masculine scheme, here we have copper.A copper bowl adds height and interest to the coffee table, and ties in with both the round, mirrored tray sitting under the floral arrangement and the mirrored sidetables. The mirrored tray also reflects the colour of the flowers and gives a pool-like sense of depth to the coffee table.Keep an eye on the details.Source:SuppliedBright red natives light up the room and tie in with the artworks. Again, there's a fine line between matching every element in the room and being informed by elements to create a scheme, but I think it works. In terms of showing off a different look using the same basic inclusions, I think we've nailed the brief.Tips for creating a feminine space:● Use colours that feel feminine to you● Flowers and colours can be bolder and brighter● Mirror, copper and marble all fit this look● Décor can be a little more layered and soft● Use more delicately scaled occasional furnitureBeachyDon't be put off by the light colours - this scheme could work in a family home.Source:SuppliedThis look is all about visual relief, nothing too gregarious and everything blending gently for a relaxed feeling.The palette is a simple blend of white linen, bleached wood and simple textures such as wood grain or basket weaves. There's stone for textural contrast but it's in the same colour as the sofa, which reduces the stone's visual impact.Texturally, the palette is basic, with woven elements in the form of the baskets, the tray and the silver and white cushions. Timber log textured lamps are in the same warm silver colour as the bleached oak sidetables; wool and coral flesh out the simple scheme which has been designed for minimal contrast but with enough interest to make the room work.It's the pattern on the rug that adds interest; the grey and white are very close in depth and colour, therefore dialling back the contrast level in this space.Even though it contains quite a lot of white, this would make a suitable family scheme. The grey linen couch covers are removable, as are the white linen cushion covers, so the occasional mishap can be easily rectified. Storage baskets sit inside the sidetables, allowing for toys or books to be easily swept out of sight when the occasion requires, and the white, hinge-topped box gives a permanent place for toys to live. This box also works equally well to store blankets or any other everyday items you need but don't want to see, and also makes good overflow guest seating.The low maintenance and easily kept dried baby's-breath floral arrangement works in well with the no-fuss idea of the coastal living brief - it never needs to be replaced or renewed. This kind of dried flower is useful if you're styling your home to sell and don't want to constantly update flowers, though be careful as some dried flowers do look lifeless.Tips to re-create a beach look:● Grey, white and bleached wood work as a base● Dial back colour to a bare minimum● Use nautical elements such as oars, coral and driftwood, although starfish and dolphin motifs might take you in a less stylish direction● Textures of timber, linen, wool and open basket weaves work well● The smallest amount of black will prevent an otherwise monochromatic scheme from lookingtoo bland● For a low fuss and low maintenance approach to decoration, use removable covers and washable fabrics on furniture, and integrate storage into the occasional furnitureOpulentThe sofas and coffee table are the big ticket expenses of your space, so choose wisely.Source:SuppliedHigh contrast and understated glamour is the brief of this look, with gold and blue adding a big pop of colour to the grey and white room. There's a feminine bent to it, but elements would appeal to both men and women, making it also suitable for a couple.There's contrast and colour in every inclusion - the blue dip-dyed drapes, for instance, work perfectly to lift the room. Blues occur in floral form, in the cushions as well as the huge hydrangea arrangement, and visual interest occurs in both the ombré effect of the baskets under the coffee table and the geometric pattern in the oversized sidetables. Elegance and glamour are seen in the lustre of the gold lamps, while the mustard in the cushions works in nicely with the mirror above.Interestingly, the rug is one of the more sedate elements in the space - anywhere else it would seem quite bold with its blue and gold ambient look, but in this instance it's simply a gentle, colourful base.Gold decor items, succulents and scented candles and diffusers finish off this sweet looking and fragrant space.Tips for an opulent space:● Choose a high contrast colour scheme● Play with your patterns - in this instance florals,but geometrics or any number of graphic looks may do the trick● Look for high contrast in occasional furniture, such as the geometric shapes in these sidetables● Decor can have a little more blingIt may be the case that some of these rooms work better than others, but this just shows that you can create any number of looks with little more than a new rug, a change of occasional furniture, new lamps, soft furnishings and decor.The sofas and coffee table are the big ticket expenses of your space, so by choosing those wisely and working with a simple, neutral palette to start with, you can create rooms that change with the seasons, with the introduction of a new beau (or the exit of an old one),the addition of new family members or just the desire to give your home a new lease of life.All it takes is a brief, an idea of the style you want to create, and some good shopping which, after all, is surely one of the best parts of decorating."This is an extract from Homepace by Darren Palmer, reproduced with permission from Murdoch Books. Images from Homespace by Darren Palmer (Murdoch Books) photographer Felix Forest.Source:Supplied
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By MITCHELL OWENSJUNE 8, 2006Q. Can you help me find an unfinished Parsons table before I lose the will to live?A. Now considered the Gap pocket T of American interior design, the Parsons table used to be a deluxe decorating item, available only to decorators and architects who had it custom-made by cabinetmakers. Even so it seems to have somewhat egalitarian roots.In the most likely version of the story the French decorator Jean-Michel Frank, the undisputed master of luxurious minimalism, was lecturing at the Paris branch of the Parsons School of Design in the 1930's. According to an oral history in the Parsons archives, Frank challenged students to design a table so basic that it would retain its integrity whether sheathed in gold leaf, mica, parchment, split straw or painted burlap, or even left robustly unvarnished.What grew out of Frank's sketches and the students' participation was initially called the T-square table, rigorously plain but with stylistic distinction: whatever its length or width, its square legs were always the same thickness as its top.Stanley Barrows, a Parsons student who became one of the school's most celebrated professors, recalled that the student creation was brought to 3-D life in New York by a handyman janitor at Parsons. Exhibited at a student show, the table, whose designer remains unknown, quickly became a favorite of tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic.AdvertisementIn America the first Parsons tables were mass-produced in 1963 by two leading furniture companies, Mount Airy and Directional. And since then the design has been knocked off at every conceivable price in every possible material, including plastic. Ikea makes the tables, as does West Elm, whose 36-inch-square coffee table, above, is veneered fiberboard; $199 at westelm.com or (888) 922-4119.Unfinished versions, however, are more difficult to find. Gothic Cabinet Craft, a New Jersey company with locations in New York City and elsewhere, recently added an authentic Parsons-style coffee table to its range of unfinished furniture. Measuring 48 inches long, 24 wide and 18 high, it has a 3-inch-thick top and square legs that fulfill the classic Parsons formula. It costs $169 in unfinished birch veneer. Add $63 if you want it finished in one of nine optional stains, including Ipswich pine and walnut; gothiccabinetcraft.com or (888) 801-3100.AdvertisementDistressing a LoftQ. How do I make a new loft apartment look a little old?A. Why fight it? No matter how many moldings you put up it's still going to be a loft, merely one with some camouflage. Try adding a patina of age through the decoration instead.Buy a dramatic but old-fashioned damask-pattern wallpaper - but apply it to one wall only, leaving the others painted white. Get a traditionally styled sofa, but make sure it's oversize - for comfort as well as to hold its own against the room's lofty proportions.Hang a glittery chandelier in the entrance hall or beside the front door, or an 18th-century-style mirror like Ethan Allen's Chinese Chippendale example ($799, ethanallen.com) over a modern console table.What's good-looking right now is that sense of tension between the old and the new, the industrial and the handmade.Questions about furnishings and décor may be sent by e-mail to . Unpublished questions cannot be answered individually. A version of this article appears in print on , on Page F2 of the New York edition with the headline: Can you help me find an unfinished Parsons table before I lose the will to live?. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|SubscribeWe're interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think.
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