Things I bought, things I want, home edition

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I’ve lived in my place for a year next month, and—as with every time I’ve moved—what I didn’t get done, decorating-wise, the first month simply didn’t get done. So lately I’ve been searching for pieces, both large and small, that add a little something new to the equation. This so-cute tiger plate is one of a set of four, created by a friend of mine, artist Clare Crespo, and I am really considering going for it.

Ads for this entryway rack have haunted my social media feeds for weeks, and because I had a space near my front door that it would fit it perfectly in—and because I desperately need to bring order to the chaos that is my shoe rotation at any given moment, I went for it. And I am happy to report that it was pretty simple to put together, is quite sturdy, and sort of blends into the room and doesn’t draw attention to itself.

Have I shown you this awesome incense holder before? Something tells me I did. But can you blame me for repeating it? It’s so clever, and at the same time pretty.

A perfect small plate from John Derian, for jewelry and whatnots.

I don’t have the right glasses to use when I’ve got guests over and am serving wine, mostly because I dislike stemmed glasses—given my propensity to break things, they just don’t seem wise. So I’ve been searching for alternatives, and think I might have found what I was looking for in these gray glasses, which strike me as quite elegant.

OK, so this rug from the genius brand Aelfie exceeds the GOACA price limit by quite a lot and might be a little crazy, but I want it so much.

My cheapo steak knives have gotten increasingly janky lately—they’ve somehow rusted—and so I’m considering going for these, because they look like the old-school real thing.

Fornasetti bookends that couldn’t be a lot more gorgeous.

I am in need of an electric kettle, and this one couldn’t be much cuter.

I live in a duplex apartment that takes up the second and third floors of a brownstone. The second floor has no bathroom, which means that if I’m running out the door and want to check out how I look real fast, I’ve got to climb the stairs to do so. This is not ideal, obviously, so I’ve been looking for suitable mirrors to hang on the second floor, and am pretty tempted by this retroish rattan one.

I’ve been using a clear shower liner as my shower curtain since I moved in, and an upgrade definitely appears to be in order. I’m thinking this striped number will do the trick.

Because of my aforementioned propensity for breaking things, none of my mugs match. I’m thinking it might be fun to acquire a few of these cute Marimekko ones, though.

 

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    Ellie
    4 Nov 2021
    11:31pm

    That electric kettle is adorable and the perfect colors, and it is criminal that it’s only available in 240V with a British plug. And 240V means it boils super fast too. Why can’t America have nice things? Boo!

    And go for the stemless wine glasses! As others have already noted, old-school Duralex are perfect. Virtually indestructible and so full of nostalgic Frenchness.

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      Eloise
      5 Nov 2021
      7:52am

      Ellie, Not sure if you will see this and not sure it will be of any help because there are no voltage specs listed but this appears to be the “same” kettle sold in the US – maybe the voltage is different? (The one Kim linked to isn’t available in the US.). Water will boil slower with US voltage (if it indeed is wired for the US) but ….)

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    cw
    3 Nov 2021
    8:29am

    The very best mugs I’ve ever owned are ones you posted about most likely years ago. They keep your drink warm, I haven’t broken any, you can put them in the dishwasher and they are beautiful. I have them in dark blue, turquoise blue and grey. I love them.

    https://www.royalcopenhagen.com/en-us/products/cups-and-mugs/all-cups-and-mugs/fluted-contrast-mug-mega-blue-33-cl-1017329

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      Kim France
      3 Nov 2021
      12:00pm

      Yes, I still have exactly one of that mug!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        3 Nov 2021
        12:41pm

        One! 😉

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    liz
    3 Nov 2021
    9:57am

    I have and like the storage rack. Also purchased some storage bins which are not unattractive.

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    Elisabeth
    3 Nov 2021
    10:57am

    Dang, so much cute stuff! Love the electric kettle and am officially obsessed with the incense holder, plus, thanks but not to CW for the link to those Royal Copenhagen mugs!

    I am an official wine nerd (feel free to scroll on now lol), so am compelled to say two things about those grey wine glasses, which are cute: a stem is for keeping your hands from warming up the wine; please get clear wine glasses so you can see the lovely and important color of the wine.

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      Jenny
      3 Nov 2021
      12:28pm

      I drink wine from stemless glasses and (horrors)sometimes 5oz juice glasses, so I’m a wine philistine. That said, I do appreciate knowing that color is part of the wine experience.

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    Chris
    3 Nov 2021
    10:03am

    Hi Kim, this might be too specific of a question, but I remember you talking about your dear housekeeper a while back (you split the ironing, if I remember correctly). Now that you’ve moved, how did you go about finding a new person? I live in the neighboring area and am having a challenging time finding reliable folks for house projects/maintenance in my new neighborhood.

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    AKGB
    3 Nov 2021
    1:31pm

    That rug … swoon!

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    Viajera
    3 Nov 2021
    12:44pm

    Digging the mirror. The rug is great too but I’d need to see it in person, plus, it’s so nice I’d want to hang it on the wall.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    3 Nov 2021
    12:40pm

    I’m with you on the stem vs. no stem thing. I break them in short order! And the Duralex Picardie-style glasses are sturdily perfect.

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    Aaryn Belfer
    11 Nov 2021
    11:47am

    Love your taste. Have a request:
    Could you curate some functional and esthetically pleasing “holder” for earrings and necklaces? I have a dreadful tree-like thing that sits on my dresser. It’s a disaster: I can’t see things or separate my necklaces so they get tangled. Ugh. It’s the bane… Tx in advance.

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    Gablesgirl65
    3 Nov 2021
    9:17pm

    Kim, are you drinking wine again? No judging, so am I.

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