Things I bought, things I want: home edition

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I live in a duplex apartment, which is perfectly lovely and all, but the only mirrors in the house are on the upper floor, which is a pain if you just want to give yourself a quick once-over before leaving home. So I’ve been looking for a wall mirror—one that’s chic but also kind of minimal. This is tougher to locate than you might think, and a year and a half into living in my place, I still hadn’t found one. Then recently, I was on the Schoolhouse site and found this one, which comes in a few good colors but of course I like the yellow best.

Such a cute and graphic cute little bath mat.

I am decidedly more of a dog person than cat, but I do adore this cranky kitty pillow.

A few years ago, I bought new dining room chairs, so I don’t need several of these caned armchairs, but I very much wish I did—the tomato red is just so good.

I keep most of my clothes out of the dryer, and am therefore desperately in need of a drying rack. This one is lightweight and also kind of stylish.

My old apartment got a ton of light all day, and I had many succulents and cacti which thrived there. My current place gets good-but-not-amazing light, and every last one of those plants died in short order after I moved. So I’m looking for low-maintenance alternatives, like this snake plant.

Things I bought, things I want, kitchen edition

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There’s a cute new home goods store not far from me in Brooklyn called R&D Goods, and if you’re on or near Vanderbilt Avenue, do stop in—there is literally not one item in the entire store I wouldn’t buy if I could. I went for  these graphic linen napkins, and haven’t regretted it, and will be back for more.

I need bowls, and all sorts of them: mixing bowls, pasta bowls, soup bowls, etc etc. This Le Creuset specimen would be a welcome addition to my (currently) tiny arsenal.

And I love how great-looking this fruit bowl is—and it’s marked down, apparently for a limited time.

Another item I’ve needed for ages is a butter dish, and this one is stylish and utilitarian, and currently rings in at $20.

This oak-based, leather-topped paper towel holder is so damn elegant.

I’d like a runner in my long galley kitchen, but kitchen rugs get so dirty. Which is why I’m tempted by this washable rug from Ruggable, a company people rave about.

Wooden spoons are a must in my kitchen, but they get so skanky after extended use. I’d like to swap out all of mine for this stylish set.

And finally: recycled stacking glassware that looks perfect for serving a cool summer drink.

What do you collect?

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At some point during my recent travels, I popped into the coolest store  in Asbury Park, NJ, and purchased the awesome midcentury vase you see here. It’s from a German company called Jasba, and while I can see where some might think the aesthetic quite hideous, I find myself loving it and wanting more.

Here’s a jug with a very similar color combination to above.

And this vase from 1960 is just crazy good.

A pretty trippy option.

You can find lots of under $100 Jasba specimens on Etsy. I’m a fan of this red one.

And finally, eBay’s got some good choices too, including this very chic little number.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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