Common Phrases

<strong>Common Phrases</strong>

  • February 13, 2023
  • Diane

Sometimes I find myself saying “common” phrases without any idea what they mean. Yes, I know the implied meaning but how is a piece of cake easy? I can easily burn down my house making a cake and it is absolutely not easy to not eat a piece of cake (unless it’s fruit cake… does anyone actually eat that?) I thought it would be fun to check out a few common phrases.

Snug as a Bug in A Rug

I am not sure about you but I have never seen a bug in a rug….. and I find it difficult to believe that it would be snug for him. While the phrase has been used by famous people- from Shakespeare to Benjamin Franklin- the phrase is thought to imply a clothes-moth laying snuggly in a rug.

Some of the rugs we found appealing (even for a bug) are:

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

In the 1500’s people commonly only bathed once a year (that’s 364 times less than me). The men in the house would go first, followed by the women and then- lastly- the children and babies. As you can imagine, the bathwater after the first few became mucky and cloudy… with people fearing the babies might become lost in the water and accidentally thrown out. Another reason to be grateful for modern day plumbing! Here are two great bathrooms we previously renovated……

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

Interestingly, this phrase came from the 18th century in England. Again, the phrase origins are quite literally regarding stitching a hole in a garment meaning that if you sew a stitch at first sight of a rip, it will save you from quite a few later.

Whether it’s refurnishing an old piece or fixing window treatments, we will get your set with a few stitches.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

This well-known phrase is said to have origins in Spain in the 17th century. The first usage of this phrase was by the famous chronic insomniac Don Quixote in which he said “It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.” The best place to keep all your eggs…… the kitchen. Some of our recent kitchen works we’d like to share are:


While providing background to common phrases is not my forte, interior design is. I would love to assist with all your design needs!

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