Top 5 of the week: What I brought to Sag Harbor

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Last week, I relocated out to Long Island for the summer—and maybe beyond, depending on whether there’s an upswing in the virus when fall arrives. Although I was sad to leave the exclusive club of people who didn’t bail on the city once corona hit hard, it is very nice to be here, and I’m so grateful that this house exists at all. But it’s also an adjustment: there are always other family members here, and it has made me realize how much I value my time alone. Instead of having a whole apartment to kick around in, my private space here consists of my eensy-but-cozy bedroom. What follows are a few of the items I brought from the city to make this place feel like home, and a few I’ve acquired, starting with a Kantha quilt from India kind of like this one. Etsy is crawling with them, and they’re pretty cheap, for quilts.

I haven’t pulled the trigger on these handsome-but-well-priced pillowcases just yet, but I’m pretty sure I plan to.

The house is old and a bit musty, so I burn this Otto Incense from Fornasetti, which has notes of lavender, cedarwood, and thyme. It comes with its own small incense holder, and makes my room smell so much better.

When we’re all out here at the same time, there are five adults, three teenagers, and three dogs—and my older brother Mike loathes dogs in the house (he and his family are cat people. Go figure).  Mike especially can’t stand the smell of dog food, so I thoughtfully moved that operation to my bedroom, and acquired these handsome Yeti bowls for feeding purposes.

I bought this Vornado Fan without checking the dimensions, and it turns out to be much smaller than I thought it would be—about eight inches in diameter—but it is mighty powerful, and keeps my whole room cool.

 

 

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23 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: What I brought to Sag Harbor
    Jeanne
    25 Jun 2020
    6:43pm

    I’m glad you have a respite away from the city but I totally get your need for alone time. As an introvert, that’s been and continues to be one of the harder things I need to manage during isolation (I know that’s easy compared to the hardships others have faced). Good luck and enjoy your family.

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    Tanya Hahni
    25 Jun 2020
    6:58pm

    I love getting glimpses of your Sag Harbor life so this post was a bonanza! As someone who needs a lot of alone time, I was extremely relieved to hear you have a bedroom to yourself. Happy summer to you and your loved ones!

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    Susan M
    25 Jun 2020
    7:31pm

    This is a great list, I immediately ordered a similar throw, to take to the beach and for picnics in Pt Reyes, CA. I love kantha quilts but always shy away from buying them because of questions about cleaning; this cotton quilt is just perfect in that regard.

    How about umbrellas, beach carryalls, and chairs? We’re pondering the possibilities out here.

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    Jax
    25 Jun 2020
    8:19pm

    Didn’t know about Kantha quilts, very pretty. They seem like they’d be great yoga blankets too.
    And somehow this seems to complement your post yesterday about hippie dresses, which back in the day and I’m sure still now, are made or at least, printed in India. Still reminds me of a childhood summer trip to Paris (80s) and my mother and a friend of hers went a little crazy with buying Indian hippie dresses. Wish she’d kept those.

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    Leslie McErlean
    29 Jun 2020
    11:49am

    Some of us grew up in Sag Harbor. We would also like some alone time. But people from everywhere else keep crowded our towns and beaches making it a nightmare for us.

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    Sue
    25 Jun 2020
    2:49pm

    I’ve spent a lot of time in India, and whenever I go and have enough room in my bag, I bring back a quilt. Many years ago, before either of us had houses, my friend Abby and I bought the same Anokhi quilt for the guest room in the houses we did not yet own. And now when we visit each other, we sleep under the same quilt in the other person’s house. Also, I am new to Vornado but am impressed so far. I bought a Vornado 460 for the spaces upstairs with no ceiling fans or AC, but it turns out to also be fabulous for moving air around in my kitchen where the ceiling fan is on one side of the room and the cooking area is on the other. (My one big regret from when I renovated my kitchen.) Right now I’m carrying it up and down the stairs as needed (easy bc it’s so small), but I may just invest in another one.

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    Kate
    25 Jun 2020
    2:23pm

    Cool picks, Kim. I hope you enjoy your home-away-from-home!

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    maryse
    25 Jun 2020
    1:18pm

    I love those vintage-y vornados. The green one looks especially old-timey. I have a small modern one that I bought when my scalp used to sweat (thankfully i’m over that hump) and a big huge one that is just the best. I am primarily a cat person and have 2 (with their smells) but i also love dogs. Maybe Mike should wait it out in his room. (That was meant to be a joke. I’m sure he’s lovely).

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    Viajera
    25 Jun 2020
    1:13pm

    I’ll preface by saying, I am not a person who understands dogs at all, although I am fond of the nice ones, which is most of them. (We had dogs but so long ago.) Do they usually just eat, and then be done with it? Bc if so, could Mister eat outside – with you there to keep coyotes away? (or whatever the East Coast equivalent of a coyote is…) I am asking bc it seems to me that might be easier over the long haul, even if it means washing out the bowl each time (again, coyotes, raccoons… anyway you’d know better than me.) … Otoh if they sort of pick at their food over the morning, then that wouldn’t work. … I think your new set-up sounds quite perfect, even with these sorts of tiny hassles – maybe esp with them, bc the only alternative would be to not have family or pets, and who would want that? Not me! … I also don’t understand cats much. I never caught on to the long blink thing. We had only one cat, long ago. He was just gorgeous though.

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      Kim France
      25 Jun 2020
      1:57pm

      Sadly I can not feed Mister in the yard because he can jump the fence, Viajera.

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        Viajera
        26 Jun 2020
        2:51am

        Oh, wow, well he must be quite frisky! One of our dogs ran away … that wasn’t good. Although who knows, maybe he was following a lady dog.

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      maryse
      25 Jun 2020
      1:21pm

      viajera — the long blinking thing that cats do is supposed to be a sign of affection. so if they do that to you, it means they love you. you are their human. or so i’ve heard.

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        kimbersam
        25 Jun 2020
        2:35pm

        Yup. If you stare back and blink slowly they will purr. Now I miss having a cat. Right now I have a dog, who is the most emotional creature I have ever met.

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          Viajera
          26 Jun 2020
          2:53am

          Thanks for the tip, kimbersam! Maryse, I think I read about that here … our cat mostly tolerated me. Can’t blame him, from his point of view I was an annoying little kid. Tried to dress him up and stuff. I harshed his little mellow! Now I feel a little bad…

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    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Jun 2020
    12:53pm

    Gorgeous kantha quilts…sounds like the rabbit hole is going to be crowded. Those cute pillow cases are perfect for an antique quilt my mom sent me that belonged to my great aunt. Enjoy your Sag Harbor respite and I 2nd CW with the hope that we can have a socially distanced coffee!

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    Carol
    25 Jun 2020
    12:46pm

    What about the smell of cat food?

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      Kim France
      25 Jun 2020
      1:58pm

      Again, go figure.

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    Cora
    25 Jun 2020
    10:41am

    Weirdly enough, I’m the only dog person in my family, everybody else is firmly cats, though one brother married a “no filthy animal shall come near me” woman 😉

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    LisaC
    25 Jun 2020
    10:23am

    Enjoy Sag Harbor … hope you can balance your alone time and family time. Just ordered the Yeti dog bowl. I’ve been replenishing ice water in the dog’s bowl and it never occurred to me that there’s a better way. Anything for the pooch!

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    liz
    25 Jun 2020
    9:51am

    Enjoy. It will be good to be with family. What a wonderful place for a family home. Take the ferry to Shelter Island or even Block Island.

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    y.k.
    25 Jun 2020
    8:49am

    That Vornado is a beauty.
    I didn’t know they were called Kantha Quilts (I have one from Nest in SF) – so, as C.W. pointed out, that’s my rabbit hole for the next hour…

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      Liz
      26 Jun 2020
      8:04am

      That quilt is really gorgeous, but the reviews are the worst I’ve ever seen for an Etsy seller. Yikes! It seems like no one actually received their orders.

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    c.w.
    25 Jun 2020
    7:51am

    Glad you’re out here! And, OMG, you do have a house full! Today I have completed my 14 day isolation from relocating (and Texas is such a mess I really felt I had to do so even though I’ve had no twinges of anything). Hopefully there’s an East End GOCA socially distant gathering at some point this summer/fall! Because my ex was so tied to white, grey and black in terms of home decor, I am happily adding color to this house even though his “stuff” is still here. LOVE the Khantha quilts!!! Such a lovely Etsy rabbit hole! Ordering!!! We have a Vornado fan for the upstairs which never cools down like it should when the outside temp reaches 80 or above. I highly recommend them. Highly.

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