my week in objects (mostly).

March 23, 2018

five little things that made my week. 

1. these dogwood blossoms.

{for being bedside.}

2. these pickled onions.

{for making three different meals much more lively.}

3. these dried chick peas.

{and silas’s tiny fingers sorting them.}

4. this bra. (and undies.)

{more plain old-fashioned cotton underthings to consider, launching next week.}

5. these tiny sprouts.

{easter grass to be!}

other things:


there is nothing wrong with your house.

trash patch.

thudding block towers, be muted.

affordable art fair.



opals, etc. (’til monday.)


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  • Reply Kirsten March 23, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    YES to that “nothing wrong with your house” article. I own my home, which is “dated” in a 2000s builder sort of way. When we first moved in, I felt like “omg I have to paint the multi-toned wood kitchen and we have to do something about that travertine tile and, and and…” But I couldn’t quite get over the idea of creating that much waste just to make it look “good”. Also we didn’t really have the cash because of functional things like roof/furnace/hole in the back wall. 3 years later, it’s grown on me and I wouldn’t change it now even if I could (Well, I am waiting for some bathroom tile to crack or something so maaayyybe I could have an excuse to get a deeper tub someday, but no rush). Markets and aesthetics be damned, my kitchen and bathroom work and that’s that. And there’s something liberating about not being “on trend,” ya know?

    • Reply Sally March 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Agreed! Saw this article a few weeks ago and it felt like such a breath of fresh air.

  • Reply Lauren March 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I just left the inspection of the house we are in the process of purchasing and the article about home renovation is just what I needed right now. Amidst all the pressure to have a perfect, remodeled home, I will now be chanting to myself “There is nothing wrong with our house!”

  • Reply Kari March 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you so much for the “Nothing Wrong with your House” article! Hip, hip, hooray! A voice of sanity, at last.

  • Reply Judith Ross March 23, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Erin,

    I, too, was excited to see that Everlane is going to offer cotton underwear. I actually treated myself to a set from Brook There for my birthday this month. And it is probably the nicest underwear I have ever owned. Brook There does have a statement about not using sweat shops or child labor. I would hope that their workers in Massachusetts are being paid a living wage — but I don’t know that for sure. And although Everlane does include information about their factories, I don’t see anything about the labor practices in those factories. Do you have any insight into this?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Judith! Yes: Brook There underwear is lovely! I don’t have a huge amount of insight into the Everlane specifics. The underwear is made in Sri Lanka at a factory that employs 50,000 women and according to one source, pays them double the national minimum wage. According to their own statement, Everlane considers the factory to be a frontrunner on ethical manufacturing from a wage, workplace environment, and women empowerment perspective. The underwear itself is very basic—not at all the kind of luxurious undergarments being made by a company like Brook There, but it is comfy and simple and it does look like it will be an affordable option for folks who might not be able to afford a whole drawerful of luxury undies. I’d certainly consider supplementing my own underwear stocks with some of these basics.

  • Reply Mackenzie March 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing that “There’s nothing wrong with your house” article. I feel like that is all HGTV showcases, are remodeling/flip shows, and most of the time, I am wondering why they are tearing out perfectly good cabinets or destroying 100 year old brick just for aesthetic purposes.

  • Reply Amy March 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    The Everlane underwear campaign is certainly clever and I imagine hits a nerve with most women, but the underwear featured in the video was very underwhelming. Cotton basics can be lovely, and it’s okay to like lace and bows too.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 24, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Funny! I like the underwear a lot, but I was kind of underwhelmed by the premise of the ad campaign. I love having basic cotton undies, but it’s not a new concept—-women have been wearing unadorned undies for a long time! Of course, everyone should happily choose whatever underwear they like best: lace, bows, or nothing at all!

  • Reply Joanna March 23, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I too love the phrase ” nothing wrong with you house

    I have noticed that it is a “hobby” to constantly make changes to one’s home.
    Not me. Accept what is. The only thing I’d change would be a smaller home.
    Also ❤❤❤❤❤ the soon to be Easter grass. So good!!!!

  • Reply Ciara March 24, 2018 at 5:38 am

    This post has such a spring feel, I’m so excited for the change of season now and for you little sprouts to grow!✨

  • Reply Evie Squadrille March 26, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Please share your pickled onions recipe! I need to add a little oomph to my sandwiches…

  • Reply JMulls April 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Erin- I am curious about the Everlane bra- how do you think it would work for nursing? I’m 7 months in, so past the awkward beginning stages. But would these be easy to pull aside? Would it hold a nursing pad in place? thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE April 2, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Hey there: So hard to know what might work bra-wise for anyone else. I still nurse Silas and have been wearing it while nursing. It’s probably stretching it a bit, to be honest, and I wouldn’t say it’s the most nursing friendly bra out there, but it’s certainly not impossible to nurse in!

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