Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Taking requests: Not-unattractive items for the kitchen

This challenge comes from my sister-in-law Shirim, who is redoing her kitchen and wonders why most standard items for that room are so ugly. She is not wrong; this was a challenging post to put together. But because I love Shirim, I forged ahead, and bring you, for starters, this very chic bread bin.

I like this utensil holder so much I might have to order it.

Nothing like a classic Wesco trash can.

Shirim specifically asked for me to find a good-looking toaster oven, but I am not convinced such a thing exists. Also, toaster ovens never toast to my satisfaction, so I’m going old school on this one.

I mostly like this paper towel holder because it pretty much disappears.

Shirim is having a vexing time finding a dish rack that isn’t too awful to look at, and I have to say, this was the single toughest item to find. This one from Williams-Sonoma wins, mostly because it is less ugly than most, and is compact, which is good for your average New York apartment.

It wasn’t that easy to find a good-looking coffee maker either, but I did like the look of this one.

Shirim wanted an automatic coffee maker, but my choice for most stylish coffee maker of all time is this timeless drip version from Chemex.


Posted on September 29th, 2017 38 Comments

A cavalcade of bath towels with cool prints

I like that the print  here is sort of organized between stripes.

This is a hamman towel, so it’s super-thin. I really like the geometric print and the color combo too.

Hot pink and red are so good together on this Marimekko option.

I like the simplicity of this black and white Missoni (and while you’re at it, check out this resource for discounted towels by them that I happened upon).

I’d buy a set of  these in all different colorways.

Such an excellent lemon yellow.

These remind me of the Mediterranean.

And these are just really fun.

This looks like a rug, which is cool.

A subdued choice, but the dots keep things interesting.

Yes, I am on the verge of ordering a couple of these.

I adore the fiery tones on this Ikat towel.

And finally, from Pendelton’s National Park series: Yellowstone.

Posted on September 15th, 2017 7 Comments

What throw pillows have to do with my love life

Recently, my friend Will told me that my apartment doesn’t feel like the person who’s living there is very settled. Mostly he’s referring to my supernatural ability to attract clutter, and my extra bedroom, which basically functions as a storage facility. His theory is that this puts guys off when I bring them home, a topic we were on because I was somewhat recently dumped by a man I had only been seeing briefly but liked a lot, and was entirely mystified as to why. I’m pretty much over the getting dumped part, but Will’s criticism stuck: I love and feel perfectly settled in my place, but the truth is that it is absent some of the kind of finishing touches that make a house feel like a home, like say throw pillows for the sofa. So I’ve been looking for some nice bright ones, cause my sectional is a lovely but somewhat boring grey. This one is from Liberty—it’s their Ianthe print, which is one of my favorites, and I think the colors are fantastic.

This is kind of retroish and cute.

Another rather retroish choice: it reminds me of the kitchen in the house where I spent my early childhood.

I like the geometric print here, and the unexpected mix of colors.

This one is so damn cheery.

Just a lot of nice reds.

I’m really digging the combination of army green and pink here, and of course it’s hard for me to resist including a leopard print.

A pricey but oh-so-beautiful choice from Missoni.

And here’s a not-especially-bright but very fun Marimekko print.

And finally: this is just lunacy, but I love it so much.

Posted on August 25th, 2017 32 Comments

Just for kicks: poufs

Poufs, as far as I can tell, are utterly pointless items for the home—too squat to sit upon, to un-sturdy to place anything on—and yet I find myself wanting one. Particularly, a bright and happy one, like this, which is kind of too adorable.

These crocheted stripes are pretty stellar as well, and the price is quite decent.

Here’s an altogether splurgetastic option from Missoni.

And here’s a fun print.

Posted on August 11th, 2017 15 Comments

Little dishes and trays for your whatnots


I store my jewelry in dishes like this, but they can have so many uses—it’s handy to have one bedside, too, and for makeup, and they’re quite useful for office supplies, too, if you’re the type of person whose home is your workplace as well. I really like the gold and green on this tiger tray from Jonathan Adler.

Here’s a slightly splurgy—but so very cheery—one from Missoni.

This one costs a mere $19, and comes in several good colors.

This is quite tiny, and so sweet, and perfect for rings.

I love the idea of this placed on something red.

And I’m crazy for the vintage look of this Waylande Gregory option.

Rather elegant and slightly rough-hewn at the same time.

You can’t beat a John Derian plate.

Posted on July 21st, 2017 10 Comments

Thursday trifecta

A few notebooks with very cool prints, starting with this one from Diptique.

dizzyingly geometric pattern, in bold red and white.

From the geniuses at Astier de Villatte, a really quite pretty one that is also a bit dizzying in its way.



Posted on July 20th, 2017 2 Comments