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  • apartment progress: window treatments.

    I’m puzzling through window treatments at the moment. Window treatments is such a funny and stuffy term, but useful, too, covering the range of shutters and curtains and blinds and shades and other things…

    April 6, 2021 46 Comments
  • going to sleep in a room of our own.

    This post is sponsored by Brooklinen. Carving out a second bedroom in this new apartment has been one of the most restorative projects of the past year. Before we moved in September, it had…

    March 23, 2021 13 Comments
  • small improvements: covering phone jacks.

    There’s an old phone jack for a landline telephone on the wall of our dining room. It’s a few inches from the doorframe that goes into our kitchen and I have every confidence that…

    March 18, 2021 9 Comments
  • simple stuff: toothbrushes.

    What I’m after here is admittedly niche and of small consequence in the grand scheme of things but then so are lots of things that wiggle under my skin and stay there. I am…

    March 15, 2021 27 Comments
  • make-believe: a warm outdoor afternoon.

    March 1 and I’m fully ready for spring. More than ever, I need the promise of new beginnings and daydreaming about fresh air that’s warm enough to sit in without freezing my—er—toes off. Here’s…

    March 1, 2021 2 Comments
  • simple stuff: a butter dish.

    Of all the things to send me over the edge, you might not suspect that the greasy waxed paper around a crumb-covered knob of butter would be the thing. Or perhaps you’ve been around…

    February 24, 2021 20 Comments
  • painted canvas floorcloth, FAQ.

    We have a wall-to-wall painted canvas floorcloth in our dining slash living room. I painted it myself last fall and while I’d love to take credit for the idea, painted canvas floorcloths predate me…

    February 23, 2021 35 Comments