Things I bought, things I want: home edition

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Aelfie, which is my go-to destination for stylish and not-crazy-pricey rugs, has just introduced easy-to-install removable wallpaper in several different designs, but this bright and happy cheetah print in my favorite.

My Nespresso machine is falling apart and also leaks—they are such finicky little contraptions—but I can’t live without the perfect morning coffee it provides me. So when I saw the other day that Amazon had a nice markdown on the Pixie model, I went for it ( I also order these delicious Lavazza pods to use with it).

This planter from potter Helen Levi is just really elegant in a hippie-chic kind of a way.

I have a balcony, but it is the kind of balcony developers attach to apartments so that they can say they have one and charge more for the place—it’s pretty small and narrow. A friend who lives in the building has this CB2 loveseat that I think must have been made for those with mini-balconies in mind, because it fits on hers perfectly. Right now it’s marked down, so I feel like it’s high time to pull the trigger.

OK, this butterfly print is so far over the GOACA price limit that it’s not even funny, but it’s by legendary midcentury graphic artist Paule Marrot and I think it would be gorgeous in just about any room.

I am always fighting the good fight to keep my place from smelling like dog, and I’m feeling like an essential oil diffuser might be a good move. This is the most attractive/unobtrusive one I’ve found. I’d use it with one of these essential oils from C.O. Bigelow, because they’re the best.

 

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    c.w.
    21 Jun 2019
    12:21pm

    If you are looking for an oil for your diffuser, I can highly recommend Thieves Oil which is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious. I was told the blend was created during the plague years as a preventative. I love the smell. I tried it as a my-house-smells-like-a-dog preventative and it does work. I love the outdoor loveseat, but wonder how the backs of my thighs would look after a 10-15 minute sitting. Which is why outdoor cushions are so expensive, right?

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      y.k.
      23 Jun 2019
      12:13am

      c.w. i laughed out loud ! imagining the backs of my thighs after a sitting there! 🙂

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    Mamavalveeta03
    21 Jun 2019
    1:58pm

    Nespresso is just SO good! I have to visit friends to get it, tho!

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    Laurel
    21 Jun 2019
    4:45pm

    re: essential oils, gotta give a shoutout to Edens Garden! They’re the biggest non-MLM essential oil company out there and their stuff is delightful. https://www.edensgarden.com/

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    Kika
    21 Jun 2019
    5:34pm

    Please rethink buying or promoting Nestlé products. Also, those coffe pods are so wasteful! Just doesn‘t seem a good fit for your otherwise so thoughtful sought out items.

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    Steph
    21 Jun 2019
    9:34pm

    Please reconsider promoting disposable coffee pods. Their immediate convenience comes at a tremendous cost to the environment (500 years to break down).

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      Jen Z.
      19 Jul 2019
      10:09pm

      Nespresso pods are aluminum and the company gives postage-paid mailers to send them back for recycling. So it’s a little better than k-cups, etc.

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    Another Rebecca
    22 Jun 2019
    1:34am

    I’ve had my Pixie forever–like ten years–and love it. Double cappuccino every morning.

    Those of you worried about the pods: nespresso pods are aluminum. The company provides postage-paid bags to return the used capsules, and they compost the coffee and recycle the metal. These aren’t the Keurig plastic ones that cannot be recycled.

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    Tammy Darmagnac
    21 Jun 2019
    11:16am

    Be care with the diffuser, some of the oils can be irritating to dogs. It’s kept me from getting one.

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      Kim France
      21 Jun 2019
      11:32am

      I know that they have an aversion to lemongrass, but nothing beyond that. Thanks for the tip.

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        Eertmeert
        21 Jun 2019
        2:07pm

        Tea tree and lavender oils also cause issues from vomiting to breathing difficulties in dogs and cats. I just invested in an air purifier (hepa certified with mechanical filters, but no ionizing or ozone which are problematic) and it is a miricle worker in our 2 cat 1 bedroom apartment.

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          Susanna
          21 Jun 2019
          7:42pm

          Huh. I have read that lavender oil is great for dogs, both for grooming and for calming them, and have been using it with no issue.

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            Kim France
            22 Jun 2019
            10:56am

            Yes, I even have a dog shampoo with lavender in it.

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            Heather
            24 Jun 2019
            10:20am

            I have a calming cat collar with lavender and chamomile, and it seems to work.

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    Joannawnyc
    21 Jun 2019
    11:18am

    I bought a cheap diffuser from Amazon, and didn’t feel it helped much in terms of scenting the house nicely (mine is about 1800 sf and open plan, probably bigger than your flat, though it didn’t really seem to work in the bedroom either) but maybe one that costs 7x as much will have 7x the throw! Or maybe I just need smellier essential oils. The big advantage is you can leave it going when you’re not home (unlike candles). Also, I desperately want the “conspiracy parrots” wallpaper for my powder room.

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    Joannawnyc
    21 Jun 2019
    11:20am

    AND Anthropology has a Paule Maroot collection that features versions of that butterfly for closer to the GOACA limit (not a fab framed image alas) https://www.anthropologie.com/brands/paule-marrot-for-anthropologie

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      Allison
      21 Jun 2019
      12:54pm

      I was coming here to share this too!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      21 Jun 2019
      2:02pm

      The pillow is cute!

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      c.w.
      21 Jun 2019
      6:43pm

      That Paule Maroot butterfly rug is to die for even though I can’t ever imagine buying it or using it.

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      Heather
      24 Jun 2019
      2:01pm

      Those are so fab, yet remind me that I wonder who Anthropologie thinks its target audience is, exactly. (I think Kim has said something similar before?) I feel like they market primarily to millennials (and all their models etc seem to be of that age), and yet their prices are more GOACA-adjacent. Perhaps there are a few millennials who can afford a $2,600 (on sale!) sofa, but I think it’s more likely that one would have a sofa-from-the-side-of-the-road at that stage of life. And I didn’t own a single item of clothing that cost more than $100 until I was well into my 30s.

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    Francine
    21 Jun 2019
    11:25am

    Regarding your Nespresso…I have the Verismo from Starbucks and the coffee is meh. Is the Nespresso really that good? I mean, does it replicate the flavor of a real coffee shop? Honestly, coffee is always better outside of my own kitchen.

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      Jb
      21 Jun 2019
      11:46am

      No, it’s not better than a professional barista espresso, but you don’t have to get dressed or go out for coffee. 🙂 slightly cheaper to make at home too.

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    Jb
    21 Jun 2019
    11:29am

    I have a Nespresso Citiz and Milk that must be 10 years old now. The milk frother is broken, but the espresso machine keeps chugging along. Most aftermarket capsules don’t work with it though. They’re slightly smaller and drop right through. I recommend the Bodum milk frother. It’s well priced and does a great job.

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      y.k.
      23 Jun 2019
      12:17am

      the Bodum milk frother is a great product! and durable too.

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    HickfromStyx
    22 Jun 2019
    12:58pm

    This is the month when the espresso machine and the regular coffee maker failed at the same time, after years of faithful service. A new espresso machine arrived quickly by courier, but there has been no time to hunt down a new coffee brewer with the 900 watts of power I like. Everyone is going over to pods, and my refusal to do so is making me an anachronism or a renaissance woman….not sure, but I am a coffee purist and afficionado, with pour-over and press capabilities. I just wish that elecrric coffee brewers don’t disappear. Vacuum cleaner bags have been discontinued at the store where I buy them, so stock up now if you have not converted to a bagless cyclonic model yet. Technology!

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    Abigail Self
    23 Jun 2019
    1:40pm

    The Vitruvius diffuser is worth the price. And it’s so much prettier than the usual plastic ones.

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    mlinky
    21 Jun 2019
    3:26pm

    When shopping for a diffuser, one of the most important considerations is the size of the reservoir. Many of them are 100 ml, which will only operate for 4 hours or less. I prefer a 300 ml. The one you linked to doesn’t indicate it’s capacity. Also, always make sure it has an auto shut-off. I agree with Thieves Blend being a great overall scent, but it is a trademarked name by Young Living for a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. You can find similar blends by other makers with names like Medieval Oil, Immunity Scent, and the like.

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    mlinky
    21 Jun 2019
    3:34pm

    Also, RE: Paule Marrot, anybody else have a huge collection of Hayden Harnett bags with beautiful leather and the Paule Marrot fabrics? I’m afraid I am a hoarder.

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      nadine
      23 Jun 2019
      4:30pm

      Hi Mlinky! I have the same diffuser and it has a 200 ml reservoir. In case anyone is curious it has two options for a continuous emission or an intermittent one, the intermittent lasts longer of course (around 8 hrs) and automatically shuts off when the water is low.
      I used to add lavender oil, which I find very relaxing, but my cat was sneezing a lot and I discovered that lavender is toxic for cats. Now I mostly use it in winter only with water. Does anyone know of goods scents that are good with cats?

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        mlinky
        23 Jun 2019
        6:07pm

        That is great to know. If it is made as well as everyone says, it would be worth it. I stopped using mine when my elderly cat had liver cancer. Apparently cats lack the ability to properly metabolize a lot of essential oils. Straight lavender wasn’t listed as a dangerous one, but I didn’t want to risk making her sicker.

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    Jamie
    25 Jun 2019
    3:33pm

    *apologies for the late comment*

    If you’re having issues with the dog odor, have you tried washing them more often? Whenever my dog has a bath (or is touched up with waterless shampoo, I notice that it takes weeks for the smell to return (usually after getting caught in the rain). As there are a lot of dog shampoos that are mild, I don’t feel bad giving him a bath every couple weeks.

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    Zoe Arcidiacono
    24 Jun 2019
    9:27am

    LOVE that butterfly print. I can’t afford it, but I will be researching the textile designer Paule Marrot who I had not heard of before.

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      mlinky
      24 Jun 2019
      12:31pm

      Look for the Hayden Harnett Paule Marrot bags. Lots of them available from poshmark and the like. This is my favorite overnight bag:
      [IMG]http://i65.tinypic.com/2nson4h.jpg[/IMG]

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        mlinky
        24 Jun 2019
        12:34pm

        Oh heck, it won’t let me post pictures. Search “lyon satchel bouton dor”

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