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TV stands are not the most scintillating topic, I know, but I need a new one badly, because a while back I acquired a new and very large television, and the acrylic stand from CB2 that perfectly fit my old one just barely accommodates the new model. In fact, the new TV is perched on that stand so precipitously that visitors to my home have remarked that they half-expect it to fall over at any moment. Here is the one I could buy if I could have anything I wanted—it’s from a store called White on White down in Tribeca—but it’s not cheap and it’s also too long for the designated space.

 

Now that I have scoured the internet for TV stands, I can confirm that most are so ugly (and pricey!) that I’ve decided that maybe the way to go is with a coffee table. My top contender is this one from Bludot. I like it because I feel like it will just disappear, in much the same way the acrylic one did. Also, it’s low, and I want something low.

Here is one in raffia from Serena & Lily that’s on the more substantial side and that would play nicely with my blue rug.

And here is a classic from Knoll that I like quite a bit too.

Or maybe I just go for this well-priced number from CB2, which has the added advantage of being on wheels. Thoughts, ladies? I’m being uncharacteristically indecisive at the moment.

Rehabilitation of my spare room has commenced

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Here, dear reader, is a corner of my extra bedroom/storage facility right before I spent two days excavating it with the expert help of my visiting friend Anne Johnston Albert, a.k.a. the Marie Kondo of Great Barrington, MA.

And here is the same room after two days of clearing it out. (Please excuse Sammy his very dirty paws.)

And I’m extremely pleased with how organized (for me) my Vitsoe bookshelves look. But there is still much to be done if this space is going to function as an office or—in a pinch—a guest room.

First off, now that I can see the floor in there for the first time in years, I feel a rug is called for, so I ordered this one from Aelfie.

This room is where most of my shoes live (see them in the bookshelf picture?), so I’ve acquired a number of these shoe stackers, which will economize closet space and keep them out of sight.

In the top photo, you can see a bunch of black cardboard storage boxes in various states of disintegration. They contained  my old magazine clippings, all sorts of Sassy-and-Lucky era stuff, 90s era fanzines, photographs, letters, and even some (tastefully) nude portraits I let a friend take when I was 30. I went through all of that, got rid of a ton of stuff, and will keep what remains in this clever box bench.

 

I have wanted this Uten.silo for years—we had one in my house growing up, as I’ve mentioned before, and I think it’s such a classic. And I have so much crap to fill it with that I could probably use two.

I might have just enough space for a small desk like this one.

And if price were no object, I’d pull the trigger on this Saarinen desk chair to go with it.

I did a major handbag purge, but I still have more than a few left. I’m thinking one of these hooks could easily accommodate them all.

My jeans have all been moved to the upper shelf of that room’s closet (my bedroom dresser doesn’t have the room to accommodate them), so I’m thinking a small stool like this might come in handy.

Finally, there’s not much room for a sofa, but I might be able to make this timeless Nelson daybed work.

A pop of yellow is never bad

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Yes, I’m still feeling yellow, but today we’re looking at items for the home instead of clothes; I think this alarm clock would look great on my nightstand.

I aspire to be the kind of person who owns a butter dish, and this one is so delightful.

Just a nifty wee side table.

My search for dining chairs is still on, and I’m halfway tempted to go bold and acquire something like this. It’s also really nice in the black, fyi.

This one looks slightly cushier, though.

A happy little utensil pot.

This ottoman would really perk up a room.

I really like yellow and grey together, and the geometric print on this throw is quite winning.

A sweet little bud vase that’s perfect for tight spaces, like your desk.

A basket that would be perfect for dog toys or whatever.

This Le Creuset pitcher is so damn cheery.

And why not a yellow bread bin?

This bowl would look so great with tomato soup in it.

None of my mugs match because I’m always breaking them, so I’m thinking about getting a set of these.

A stylish, space-saving bottle rack.

 

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