Monthly Archives: March 2010

bed head

I love a well-dressed bed, and I think it’s one of the simplest ways to make a room look dramatically better. Even so, I rarely make mine and have only bought one new set of sheets in a decade.

And I knew we had to get rid of our old down comforter, which was not only filthy (I was ignorant of duvets when we bought it), but also had a tear and was gradually covering our bedroom in small, white feathers. But I think we would have slowly been buried, Pompei-style, had Joe’s mother not bought us a new (down-alternative) comforter for Christmas.

She got me pillows for my birthday, so now it’s up to me to finish the job. I think my problem is that I just can’t get excited about duvets and shams. I can drool over kitchen gadgets, light fixtures, hardware, even breadboxes, but put me in a bedding store and I’d rather nap than shop.

Can anyone relate? What are your favorite household items to shop for—and what would you rather not?

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since sliced bread

Two defunct flea market trips have left me in shopping withdrawal. This weekend, cleaning the kitchen did me in. I’m a sucker for kitchen gear to begin with, and things keep breaking—the colander, the creamer in my coffee set, multiple glasses. It had to be a sign.

So I went on a wild online shopping spree to find a few long-awaited items. First up: a breadbox. Okay, not that this comes close to being a necessity, but it does make the counter look neater and I found a few nice ones.

Nigella Lawson provided the inspiration, although hers isn’t sold in the U.S.:This one by Joseph Joseph is close—and made of melamine, so it won’t break:

And this enameled metal one by is Polder is just as indestructible, and cute:

So that just leaves the question–who actually uses a breadbox?

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