Tuesday, October 19, 2010

House Tours For Guests


The Daily Mail article I linked below mentioned something interesting:

"But making people take their shoes off is a new fad, surely? Our parents didn’t do it, but then our parents lived in one or maybe two houses all their lives and entertained guests in a couple of downstairs rooms. Nowadays guests seem to expect a tour of the whole house, especially if you have just moved in."


This is so true. I entertained guests on several occasions at my parents' home when I was living there and they often requested a guided tour of the place. It was a good thing I made sure they all had their shoes off.

These days guests are likely to see more of your home than just the dining room and lounge. I think this is nice. It is fun looking at different peoples' houses and there is something intimate about showing people round your personal space. Everyone being shoeless adds to the intimacy.

17 comments:

Moderate Mouse said...

First off, sorry, but I couldn't resist playing the "proofreader card" again. The last sentence came off as awkward. Did you mean "Everyone being in THERE shoeless" or "Everyone being in their shoeless STATE" or something along those lines?

Second, guests seeing more than the dining room and lounge is true at my sister's. I've been to at least three nighttime parties that she and her boyfriend hosted. The parties do involve alcohol. As this could pose a problem for driving home, they encourage people to plan on staying the night (and many of them do; I've been one of them). They do not have a shoes-off rule (and I can't say I blame them as they, along with various other people will step outside periodically to smoke, and having to repeatedly put shoes on and take them off could get irritating), but I think in their case, what adds to intimacy is that they and their guests tend to dress casually as the guest list tends to consist of close company, such as family, friends, neighbors, etc. Such a situation is seen as "simply hanging out with people" and as such dressing up (above jeans and a shirt that could at least pass for casual) is usually seen as unnecessary, if not inappropriate.

Moderate Mouse said...

For those of you who usually opt for stocking feet at home: how much are you willing to spend on socks?

I found an article on really expensive socks and tights. It can be found at:

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/fallshopping/500-socks-and-other-insanely-overpriced-legwear-2401231/#photoViewer=1


Between the title and the article itself is a row of pictures of different types of socks and tights with prices ranging from $98 to $990. (I don't know what those numbers translate to elsewhere in the world, but as a product of a middle class American upbringing, I find those prices a bit much compared to what I'm used to spending on socks.) Some of the more interesting socks featured are crocheted socks and leather ones that have zippers. (The latter looked almost like little boots, I thought.) If nothing else, it might be worth a chuckle.

Celestial Fundy said...

Maybe if they had to take their shoes off and on, they would find themselves going outside to smoke less frequently.

Celestial Fundy said...

I only buy socks once or twice a year. I don't feel the need to count up the cost.

Socks wearing out has nothing to do with going shoeless home, as can be seen by the fact it is the people who don't remove their shoes normally who complain about having holes in their socks!

Its walking distances in your shoes, rather than padding about at home that wears socks out.

Sandro said...

there is a company in Switzerland or Germany that delivers socks - the symbol of shoes-off time )

Celestial Fundy said...

I don't understand what you mean, Sandro.

Sandro said...

I mean there is a company which can bring a new pair of socks to any place you need. The company positions the service as a very demanded one due to frequent situations when shoes should be removed. Isn't it a sign of the shoes-off culture becoming more and more common? )

Celestial Fundy said...

They must be able to get there fast, if it is worth relying on them. That sounds rather incredible.

I would have thought it would be a lot less hassle to just go barefoot than to specially order a pair of socks to be delivered then and there. Are some people that embarassed about their feet?

Sandro said...

I am in favor of socks for men and tights for women as indoor footwear. If one doubts about one's socks, it's better to keep a pair in pocket, just in case of negative surprises related.

Moderate Mouse said...

"Maybe if they had to take their shoes off and on, they would find themselves going outside to smoke less frequently."

Maybe, but it is not my place to say anything about it by any stretch of the imaginaton. Even though I don't smoke and never have, I'll go out and join the conversation, so MY shoes will generally be on as well. If I were in slippers (which I've never attempted to wear at parties as the ones I usually go to assume that shoes will stay on at all times), I wouldn't be as likely to do that. (I wouldn't walk outside in slippers unless it was a dire emergency.)

As far as that article I linked to is concerned, I think that some of the socks featured (namely the crocheted ones and the leather ones with the zippers) would, regardless of price, make for an interesing conversation topic, especially in a shoes off situation. Just saying.

Sandro said...

There is IMHO a solution: slippers for smoking outside, stockinged feet for inside

Celestial Fundy said...

Sandro,

1) Do you not wear sandals or flip flops in summer?

2) Are you really suggesting wearin indoor slippers when you go outside to smoke?

Sandro said...

CF,
I don't wear sandals or flip-flops in summer as my city is very dusty.
I suggest putting on flip-flops if go out to a balcony or to a yard 'cause it's easy to put them on and take them off. Anyway, I don't smoke )

Moderate Mouse said...

As I've said before, I don't smoke either. However, if I'm going out just long enough to, for instance, check the mail, I'll usually slip on a pair of old Mary Janes (or whatever is handy) and then change back into my slippers. (The ballet flat ones that I've been wearing as the weather cools down are such that, barring an emergency that does not allow me time for a change in footwear, I would not wear them outside, partly because it just feels awkward and partly because they don't look like they'd hold up very well against the elements.)

Celestial Fundy said...

Sandro, it does make sense to have some sandals to slip on for quick trips outside. It might be not be so easy to provide them for guests.

Personally, I hate wearing socks in summer and I wear flip flops for much of the year.

Celestial Fundy said...

MM, I have seen how worn out slippers get when you wear them outside. A daft thing that a lot of people do.

Anonymous said...

That pic is great - sensual.