New England officially had their first blizzard of the season this weekend. It started on Saturday night and snowed almost all day Sunday. I think we got upwards of 12 inches in the city and even more outside of Boston. Had I been smart enough in my weekend planning I would have done my grocery shopping for the week on Saturday, but alas I was lazy and waited until Sunday. What a debacle! Trudging through un-plowed streets all bundled up. It was quite the adventure. What happened when we got back to the apartment loaded down with groceries and about 3 inches of snow stuck to our boots… well it wasn’t lots of little puddles all over the hardwood floors. Luckily I had prepared us with a easily cleanable sisal doormat and a boot tray. These are two household items that anyone that lives where it snows or rains can’t be without. In my book that includes pretty much everyone.
Boot trays can’t be a bit on the ugly side but if you look hard enough you can find a simple and functional tray that you can keep out in your vestibule or entryway. This one is from Gardeners.com.
Don’t forget your walk-off mat, Pottery Barn has a great selection of reasonably priced mats that are easy to clean and match with almost any decor. I also have one one of these in my kitchen. It’s easy to quickly vacume up any crumbs.
Bundle up and stay warm this winter!
There is something to be said about all white and ivory bedding beyond how tough it is to keep pristine, and that is that it can be understated and beautiful. I saw this photo, by Interior Designer Kara Mann, and just fell in love with the sleek shape of the bed frame and natural tones of the wood side table surrounded by all the shades of white shown in multiple textures. Sigh… so pretty.
Just a quick little pretty I found while flipping through the West Elm holiday catalogue:
I love the support bracket on the center shelf. The whimsical nature of the circles with the straight edges of the shelf is that perfect mixture of form and function. I could definitely find a home for these in my apartment.
I don’t know about all of you out there but I absolutely abhor doing laundry. It seems to haunt me. No matter how often I seem to do it I always seems to have a large pile of dirty clothes looming in the background. Plus I live in an apartment that doesn’t have laundry in the building so I have to pack it all up and lug it three blocks to the local laundromat and sit with all the other angry folks that are in the same machine-less boat as me.
Two items have slightly changed my negative attitude towards laundry. One is a recent find at the Container Store, the Rhombus Hamper, it holds a huge amount of laundry since it can expand on all four sides and it’s not too unseemly like some of the wire units with mesh bags. This way I don’t have to constantly look at all our dirty clothes every time I’m in the bedroom (I have the white one):
The other find is the Rolser Shopping Trolly. This guy is an all terrain trolley that I use to transport my laundry to the laundromat. You can stuff a ton of clothes in here and it is durable in all weather. And why not be wild and fashionable during such a boring chore!