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.

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    EE Deere
    17 Aug 2022
    10:51am

    Hello Kim, I remember you mentioned plans to try the Urban Decay setting spray this summer. I did buy the Air Brush setting spray you recommended. It’s helpful, but I’m not crazy about the strong scent. I hope you are planning to post something on this topic. Thanks.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    17 Aug 2022
    11:19am

    I’ve vowed to not buy anything new for my current home so that I can start fresh for retirement (approx 4 yrs away). But I might not be able to hold out if Kim keeps posting cute stuff like this!

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    Viajera
    16 Aug 2022
    5:54pm

    hey cw, just wanted to say, thanks for mentioning the GEM site/app the other day, bc it came up as a search result and I felt better clicking on it bc of you. I alllllmost found a twin for my chewed up old glasses frames – which would be sooooo much easier than trying to drag people into the glasses store with me! I am going to check back later. They had more than ebay, it seemed to me. I’d never heard of it before. It’s amazing what you can find on the intergoggle.

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    MARGARET
    16 Aug 2022
    11:23am

    My daughter worked in a similar fancy housewares store in DC for a couple of years, and I have to say that all the presents she gave during that time were AMAZING . She actually recommends buying nice bowls like the one above when you see them at a good price because they make perfect hostess gifts.

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      Jenny
      16 Aug 2022
      1:45pm

      Oh which one? The late, lamented Tabletop? I’ll be re-acquiring housewares in DC in a couple of years, after a renovation.

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        MARGARET
        16 Aug 2022
        7:02pm

        It was Salt & Sundry on 14th Street. They have such lovely things!

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    AKGB
    16 Aug 2022
    11:28am

    Love all of this and most of it will be going on our list of things/references to furnish our next home in a couple of years. We plan to sell everything and move to another country with clothes, mementos, and some kitchen stuff (mostly expensive cookware) that we don’t want to buy again. I can’t wait!

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    Viajera
    16 Aug 2022
    1:02pm

    The rug design is just gorrrgeous. I don’t know about putting one in a kitchen though – if it were me, I might trip on it. (We have some of those small thick foam pads, and sometimes I almost trip on those. Though, it is nice to have the padding under foot. You put those pads in spots where you’re going to be standing a lot.) Anyhow it’s so pretty, you can hang it on the wall instead. … … … I too dig a good bois pattern, if that’s the right name.

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    Mary Alice McLoughlin
    16 Aug 2022
    2:15pm

    I currently have 4 Ruggable rugs in my house and won’t ever buy from any other company. They’re gorgeous, and I can throw them into the washer and dryer with no problem. Guest room, bedroom, living room & bathroom….and I’m eyeing the kitchen…

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      Susanna
      16 Aug 2022
      6:22pm

      Do they fit in a home washer though? Obviously it depends on size, but given that I have a messy dog, I’ve been wanting to try one of the larger ones.

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    Elisabeth
    16 Aug 2022
    2:55pm

    I had a large Ruggable rug, and I can’t recommend it. The edges curl, it shrank a tad in the wash and so didn’t fully cover the under layer, and it has a way of funneling liquid spills through to the floor and trapping them there, which ruined my wood floor more than a conventional rug would have under the same conditions (read: pets). And you can’t properly clean the under layer. Add in that Ruggable products are polyester and so will break down poorly when disposed of, and, well, they’re not for me. I threw mine away because it was unsalvageable. I have read that the smaller sizes survive washing better. I’m going back to cotton and wool.

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      AG
      16 Aug 2022
      3:15pm

      I had a Ruggable and just hated the texture and even the look. I did get a sample first, so it’s partly my own fault for thinking, “well, it’s okay, I guess”. I can’t comment on the wetness problems but I believe it. The rug ended up going into an estate sale. I have a hand me down wool rug now and am much happier.

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    Dawn
    16 Aug 2022
    3:03pm

    I’d put wooden spoons near the top of the Life’s Small Pleasures list. Mine were looking shabby, so I just ordered the set here. Thanks, Kim.

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    16 Aug 2022
    10:02am

    Love everything here! My kid just moved out by R&D so eager to check that out soon… and also the butter dish link is wonky fyi, but in case that item is out, I just bought one of these and it is GREAT: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084GRW7BM?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1 Especially if you buy the Euro shaped butter. It’s so great that I actually just got a second one for when the first is in the dishwasher.

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