Sunday 23rd July 2017
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Making an extremely small outdoor space work

I have a balcony where I spend almost no time, because it is so teensy and vertiginous it feels almost like nothing more than a ledge. But I’m thinking part of the problem is that I’ve never bothered to outfit it with proper furniture—not that it can fit much—and maybe this will be the summer that I do. I would absolutely love this classic Sculptura Occasional Chair, which is exactly like the ones my grandparents had in their backyard in Houston.

I have wanted an Acapulco chair since I saw how great a cluster of them looked arranged around the pool at the house of Lori Leven (of Love Adorned) in Springs, New York. I could only fit one, probably, but it would be so fabulous.

This has a vaguely Acapulco chair feel, and I could fit two of them.

How fun.

I could fit a side table, as long as it was on the super-diminutive side. I like the white tiles here.

And this is nice and simple.

I think this one with the blue mosaic tiles is probably my favorite.

A wee little bistro set that folds up into nothing.

Posted on June 9th, 2017 9 Comments

Items for the home in that pale pink I like so much

Smeg toaster

It turns out that the pale pink I’m so enamored with is so prevalent that New York magazine has given it a name—millennial pink—and devoted a whole feature* to it. You’d think that this would dampen my enthusiasm a bit, knowing my taste was so predictable, and yet it does not. And while I can’t very well bring you one more post on clothing in that hue—having already foisted two of them upon you—I can bring you one on home decor items. I found so many good ones, like this excellent toaster, from the Italian company Smeg.

Aquanova trash bin

What a delightful little trash bin.

Tokyo Design Studio dinner plate

A star print and pink on the same dinner plate is almost too much good.

Tender Rose candle holders

I’ve never owned candle holders in my life, but these are quite tempting.

Bloomingville jars

These jars seem like they’d be good for storing makeup pencils and such.

Le Creuset French press

This Le Creuset French press coffee maker is pretty damn adorable.

Ferm Living pillow

An appealingly simple graphic pillow from Ferm Living.

Muuto vase

The kind of vase that would be good with whatever flowers you chose to place in it.


*The link to it appears to be broken this morning.

Posted on May 26th, 2017 8 Comments

The mightiest steamer

The only problem with my new uniform of button-down shirts is that it requires an awful lot of upkeep in the ironing department, and I am awful at ironing. My cleaning lady is expert at it, but she’s got her hands full with my place. We struck a deal that if I take care of the laundry, she’ll attack the ironing, but there are still—over the course of the week—plenty of shirts in dire need of de-wrinkling in my life. So I bought this very serious steamer, and it works wonders. You don’t get that perfectly crisp look you get with an iron, but if you persevere, you can come pretty damn close.

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 6 Comments

It’s the little things

I usually can’t stand incense—it reminds me of certain unpleasant stretches of Sixth Avenue where street vendors sell it along with old copies of Penthouse. But I have just discovered that Fornasetti makes some in my favorite candle scent, Otto—a woody fragrance with floral notes that’s really quite lovely. I didn’t spring for a pricey Fornasetti incense burner—although perhaps one day I shall; they are very pretty—but instead just place the stick in one of my plants.

Posted on May 17th, 2017

Tuesday trifecta

The lowly doormat deserves to be a thing of beauty, no? I like that this one looks just like an eensy rug.

I own one made of the rope fishermen use to catch lobster; they’re very bright and happy, and come in all sorts of different color combinations, and you can buy them here.

This geometrical number is just so cool.

Posted on May 9th, 2017 5 Comments

Thursday trifecta

A few floor baskets, because they add a certain something to a room and are so damn handy. I have one for dog toys, and would love this raffia hamper for my laundry.

I like the interplay of the natural seagrass and the white here.

This one is just so bright and happy.

Posted on May 4th, 2017