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.

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    cw
    25 Aug 2022
    10:35am

    I have two mirrors of similar size same shape and same color in my condo in Austin (all to combat some lethal feng shui I was told I had by someone who has never been in my condo, but thought she should share her opinion based solely on a photo I posted on Instagram and serves as an illustration as to how easily swayed I am by an opinion given by a person I don’t actually KNOW). Still, I love them. There is a similar folding drying rack on Food52 that has been giving me the siren call, but it requires hefty ducats so I may be contacting Wayfair shortly. Excellent posting!

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      Tanya
      27 Aug 2022
      5:24pm

      “hefty ducats” <3

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    Joannawnyc
    25 Aug 2022
    11:32am

    All very cute! I have had good luck with aloes and peace lilies and spider plants as well as snake plants (mine is THRIVING and I’m scared to repot it)

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      Viajera
      25 Aug 2022
      12:19pm

      Ditto on aloes – they are pretty sturdy. And to me they look better when they aren’t in full sun since they are sometimes a nicer green color then, imo. (Mine can get reddish in the sun.) … … … Other easy plants are amaryllis for the holidays (or for just any time – you can keep them and get them to rebloom if you have the interest). I like spider plants too, and there are lots of fun macrame hangers around. Don’t give up! Most of us kill our plants with too much water and by keeping them in the usually improper soil they were sold in, I think. So don’t feel bad, it probably wasn’t your fault.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Aug 2022
    11:35am

    I’ve had my eye on a similar mirror from Target, but I don’t know if it’s still available. Cute-chic choices, Kim!

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    Wendela
    25 Aug 2022
    11:43am

    Great selections—I’ve been wanting a mirror along these lines, and I use my current drying rack so much I’ve often thought about getting a second one (dryers are bad for clothes and air drying is better for the environment—so it’s win-win if you have the space!). For plants, a friend with a windowless cubicle at work had a gorgeous ZZ Plant that she said needed just about no light and very little attention—I now have one and can confirm that they are super easy and do not need a lot of light. So that’s my suggestion!

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      MKW
      26 Aug 2022
      8:23am

      Agreed about the Zz plant. I’ll add it can live in low light and will go bananas with lots of light. Also it is available in both green and burgundy varieities. May I also add that IKEA has a similar drying rack for under $30. But purchasing it would require a trip through their maze-of-a-store.

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        Viajera
        27 Aug 2022
        8:26pm

        If it helps, where I live, they’ll ship. It’s pretty convenient.

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    Elisabeth
    25 Aug 2022
    11:18am

    Love the aesthetic at Aelfie, home of that cranky cat pillow, which caused me to set a new recordfor time from GOACA to website to cart to Buy. Approximately 1.8 seconds, I think. Great post, Kim! Love the mirror, btw.

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      Kate K.
      25 Aug 2022
      8:11pm

      Aw, you had good luck, Elisabeth! It says the cat pillow is sold out now. :'(

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        Elisabeth
        26 Aug 2022
        10:55am

        Oh, rats, Kate! Maybe it’ll be restocked?? You could try messaging Aelfie, it looks like a small business, so an actual human might reply!

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    Jax
    26 Aug 2022
    2:51pm

    Love that the Schoolhouse mirror comes in different colors. The CB2 Infinity Mirror is at a similar price point and also great. I have both the round one and a longer landscape one in brass. The landscape one, in general, is great at acting like a “window” for a space needing more light. Won’t include the link, since it seems my comments with links are not uploading.

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    Jax
    26 Aug 2022
    2:54pm

    Re-posting without links: There’s a similar drying rack called Frost at Ikea for a LOT less and it gets good reviews. I keep most of my clothing out of the dryer too, so I use a lot of drying racks. I like those types of racks but I don’t find them wide enough to accommodate a shirt or sweater (esp the current wide/oversized styles), though they’re probably good for pants/jeans. I personally like bamboo drying racks sourced on Amazon (Brand name Home-It, PID B0117PHGP8) — good width, eco-friendly and I can set them up in a free corner without taking up more space.

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    Jax
    26 Aug 2022
    2:55pm

    Last comment — the Thonet cane chairs are my holy grail design item. The red color is awesome. Wish the chairs were more comfortable — the seat is too deep and wide for a petite figure with short legs.

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    saochi
    26 Aug 2022
    12:13pm

    On drying racks. Look for Leifheit (a German brand) on Amazon. Their Pegasus line. I bought mine during lockdown when my dryer broke and I did not want to have people in to install a new dryer. Very clever design with notches for small items and hangers. I use it regularly now for things I’d rather not put in the dryer.

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    Jax
    26 Aug 2022
    2:49pm

    For some reason, my comment didn’t log yesterday (probably too many links) so re-posting individually:
    There’s a similar drying rack at Ikea for a LOT less and it gets good reviews: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/frost-drying-rack-indoor-outdoor-white-40244831/. I keep most of my clothing out of the dryer too, so I use a lot of drying racks. I like those types of racks but I don’t find them wide enough to accommodate a shirt or sweater (esp the current wide/oversized styles), though they’re probably good for pants/jeans. I personally like these bamboo drying racks — good width, eco-friendly and I can set them up in a free corner without taking up more space. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117PHGP8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    aimee
    27 Aug 2022
    1:56am

    The cranky kitty pillow might be the best thing I’ve ever seen. Happy International Dog Day!

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