Back in the modern era, didn’t some people feel that five thousand yuan wasn’t enough while others felt that fifty-thousand wasn’t enough? It was because the level of consumption between the two parties was different, and each party probably felt that their feelings were very reasonable.
Plus, Su Tang wasn’t worried about making money. Not even mentioning the soap, she would also soon have the chili and tomato sauces, and even a dessert shop. Could she fail to make money? With fresh and delicious food to sell, would she ever lack a market?
And besides, what was the point of working so hard to make money in the first place? Wasn’t it for just this sort of thing? For enjoying life and making life better? Once she had enough money, why wouldn’t she use nothing but mahogany and tribute wood for her furniture? By that point, even her washbasins would use those materials!
What was the ultimate pleasure of making money? It was the pleasure of living the life of a tycoon!
When Carpenter Wang heard Su Tang’s affirmation, he nodded along and head on to the main room. As they walked, Su Tang pulled Su Nuo to the side and whispered, “Don’t worry about any of this. Sister here will work hard for now so you just need to study seriously, then in the future…”
“I’ll become a high-ranking official!” Su Nuo clenched his fist and vowed without even waiting for Su Tang to finish. Then he looked up at her and said, “Sister, I will definitely grow up and make a lot of money, and when that time comes I will give it all to you!”
Su Tang smiled and pinched his face. “Alright, but you can’t become an official just to make money, you know?”
Su Tang didn’t want to raise a corrupt official. Hearing his sister’s joking warning, Su Nuo shook his head and said firmly, “A gentleman loves money but always takes the right path. Don’t worry, the things you’ve taught me, I remember them all.”
Su Tang nodded with satisfaction. “En, that’s right. Keep up the good work.”
Thus, the two siblings entered the main room with smiles on their faces. The main room was a little bigger than any of the other rooms. The entrance was a door that connected it to the main hall, and on one side of the room, there was a small study that was currently empty, while on the other side was the living space which included a kang bed.
Since the room had been used by Mr. Lin himself, it obviously wasn’t small. However, Mr. Lin’s family had really taken away almost everything so, currently, there was only a single lonely kang bed left in the room.
As soon as Carpenter Wang saw the situation in the main hall and the main room, he could smell a big job coming his way. And, sure enough, Su Tang immediately said, “I’d like you to make six chairs and a large table for the main hall. They don’t have to be anything special, just make it like any ordinary person’s dining room.”
“Then build a door here to properly separate the bedroom from the main hall, and make some sort of simple divider to partition off the study from the bedroom. I don’t need any bookshelves, but make me a chair and desk for the study.”
“Then, in the bedroom, I want an oversized wardrobe and a round table with some stools to go with it. I’ll show you what I mean later, but the waredrobe needs to be able to hold clothes hangers, which I would also like to ask you to make.”
Su Tang had always had a lot of ideas about personalizing her living space, and since she was finally doing it she meant to do it all the way. But she also didn’t want to request anything particularly modern or anything, because she had a certain fondness for these kinds of antiques made by the ancients that Carpenter Wang’s craftmanship seemed very reminiscent of. Thus, she decided to just let him make everything according to his instincts as a craftsman.
However, the one exception was the clothes hangers. She had specially asked Carpenter Wang to make her some clothes hangers because they were just too convenient to do without, and also asked him to build the wardrobe oversized and with a horizontal bar inside of it so she would have somewhere to hang her clothes with the hangers.
When Carpenter Wang heard Su Tang’s descriptions he finally understood why she requested the wardrobe to be oversized. However, he only felt that this idea seemed a bit novel and didn’t think any further than that because he had never seen the finished product. In the end, he just wrote everything down and didn’t make any comments.
Once the things needed for Su Tang and her brother’s rooms were decided, the other rooms were a bit more simple. After all, the west room would be the ‘servants quarters’ so the furniture would have to be more subdued. But Su Tang did order a certain kind of wardrobe that she remembered from her days in her college dorms that had space for multiple people to store their things but which also gave each person their own individual space and privacy inside. But other than the custom wardrobe she just ordered some ordinary tables and chairs.
After all, in this era, there was a strict difference between masters and servants. Su Tang herself was obviously a more modern and forward-thinking person, but ‘When in Rome’, as they say. Thus, there needed to be a separate set of tables and chairs here for the servants to eat at because it wasn’t considered appropriate for them to share a table with their masters.
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