Surprise: L. L. Bean!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Cute, cute, cute stuff for the home from L.L. Bean of all places. Check it out:

Down East Rechargeable Lantern, $65

Zinnia Garden Sheet Set, $69 to $109

Lawn Bowling Set, $49

All-Weather Boat and Tote Bags, $44 to $49

Moonbeam Clock, $39.50

Cute, Cheap Sheets

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Oh! Look at these adorable sheets on sale at They remind me of Betsey Johnson's SoHo store, which was one of my favorite spaces as a teenager and which I am still fond of today.

A Rearranged Bedroom

After getting drinks with my good friend Corrinne on Tuesday night I came home and couldn't sleep. So, I did what any girl would do: I moved all my bedroom furniture. Perfectly logical, right?

I'm not sure that the new arrangement is better than the old one, but I do like having my bed positioned in the corner between the windows. I left my dresser where it was, but moved my desk to the bed's old spot. (I won't show you a picture of the desk because it is its usual messy self, which I find mildly embarrassing.) I'm thinking that if I keep this arrangement I will get a bookshelf to go next to my bed instead of the bitty bedside table and a wine crate. I am also thinking that this weekend might be the weekend I finally get around to painting the bedroom. Currently pale green is still the leading candidate. What color do you think I should choose?

Barber Shop Sign Part Two

Oh, and by the way, that barber shop sign is there because there's an actual barber shop within. I walked by again yesterday when they were open and was able to peak in.

Bookshelf Room Divider

I spotted this smart (and affordable) way to divide two spaces in an old issue of Martha Stewart Living. Two short, wide bookcases have been stacked on top of one another to separate the rooms shown here. The top bookcase faces in to the dining area and holds dishes. While the bottom case faces in towards the entryway and has been kitted out with sliding doors. Hooks are attached to the back of the top bookcase on the entryway side. If I ever get around to my closet demolition, I think I could create a similar kind of bookshelf divide between the entrance to my apartment and the living space itself. In any case, it’s certainly a clever idea, isn’t it?

Barber Shop Sign

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Walking to the subway this morning I turned down South Portland Street and noticed something that hadn't caught my eye before. One of the buildings on the west side of the street has an old fashioned barber shop pole outside. I'm not sure if it was always there or if it is new, but I am pretty positive I've never walked past while it was turning, which it was today — I think I would have noticed. I snapped a quick picture because it made me smile and made me stop to realize that it was a lovely morning and that I should be smiling. I vote for more barber poles.

Soap Dish Shelf

Remember the soap dish shelf from Martha Stewart Living that I had admired? Well, I went onto eBay and bought myself a porcelain wall hung dish. I installed it over the weekend. Here it is holding my house keys.

Thoughts On Small Homes

Monday, May 07, 2007

"A good home must be made, not bought." — Joyce Maynard

"The best way to realize the pleasure of feeling rich is to live in a smaller house than your means would entitle you to have." — Edward Clarke

"All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends." — Dorothy Parker

"Small is beautiful." — E.F. Schumacher

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