IKEA’s Tekla dish towels are a cult favorite for their low price and durability, but what makes them even better is that they can double as cloth napkins. I don’t know if you’ve looked at the price of cloth napkins lately, but they’re surprisingly expensive for a swath of fabric that’s inevitably going to be stained with red wine. With these, however, you can afford to stock up. They’re generously sized with a charming red border that reminds me of a French bistro, and I love the idea of pairing them with a linen tablecloth for casual dinners this fall. Plus, let’s face it, Thanksgiving is likely going to be a low key affair this year, so you may as well take it a step further with a selection of brass candlesticks (preferably vintage and cleaned up with Flitz polish) for a farm-to-table-inspired look.
When I began seeing murmurs of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on social media Friday evening, I frantically Googled for confirmation in disbelief, shock, and horror — and then I cried. I had never before shed tears for a public figure and I wish it was simply out of respect for and in honor of a remarkable leader. But it wasn’t just that. We all knew how pivotal her passing would be in a Trump-led America — and the collective fear of fellow Democrats was realized less than two months from the election. I channeled that anger into a donation to Amy McGrath’s campaign, the Kentuckian looking to unseat Mitch McConnell, and it looks like other leftists also donated in record amounts over the weekend. This is not the year to be apathetic. Donate if you can. Vote because your future depends on it.
Many people are dreading being cooped up inside during a pandemic winter. Here are some things you can do to prepare.
Such a cute dress to pair with sneakers this fall.
We started watching Ted Lasso last week and I adore it. It’s both funny and heartwarming.
I’ve had my eye on these soup/pasta bowls for well over a year now. I think I’m finally going to take the plunge.
How algorithms determine your mood based on what you’re writing online.
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One legacy of the pandemic may be less judgement of those who opt not to have children.
This dress is great. It reminds me a bit of Ulla Johnson, it’s $30, and it runs stupidly large. It’s pretty much the best work-from-home dress you could ask for. I normally get a medium in Target dresses and I sized down to an XS in this one. If I had a larger chest, sizing down only one size probably would have been preferable.
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I don’t know what it is lately, but I have been leaning into a cozier, slightly outdoorsy vibe — and Alison’s cabin pretty much sums up how I’m feeling. I’m never going to be one for a full-on woodsy aesthetic (even if my Animal Crossing island suggests otherwise), but I’m all for a modernized take on organic materials and cool-toned hues.
Hey, I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! We spent Saturday in the Milwaukee area going to a county park, having an outdoor lunch at a brewery, and swinging by IKEA. The latter of which didn’t feel nearly as safe as the other activities of the day. While IKEA is usually a madhouse, it felt more claustrophobic in the midst of a pandemic — not exactly what I was hoping for during my first retail outing since March, aside from Target and the grocery store. I definitely scratched that in-store itch that day, but a couple of hours of looking at home decor inspired me to continue making upgrades around the house before winter sets in.
As far as exterior projects are concerned, I finally painted our front porch railings matte black (see the before; progress photos to come). Inside, I started looking for a new living room rug. We’ve been using this wool rug that we purchased when we lived in the apartment. It’s nice and all, but it’s too small for the space and doesn’t really work with the direction our living room is moving in. We really want a vintage rug, but affordable ones are hard to come by and we’re not exactly frequenting antique stores to find one. So, we’re going the cheap route for the time being. I’ve read good things about the Loloi II line (they’re often cheaper here with the option for in-person returns) and narrowed it down to my three favorites above and put them into a collage with some of our other living room pieces. (The coffee table is also from the apartment and I’d like to replace it with something that better fits our mid-century-meets-traditional aesthetic. Possibly this one.)
Of the three we narrowed it down to, I really love the second one. However, in the up-close view, I don’t like the tufted look for a vintage-inspired rug as much as I like the thinner woven look of the other two. So, here’s what we’re looking at:
Dave is leaning more toward this one and I think I’m in agreement. I prefer blues and greens over warm hues and the background of this one has more of those cooler tones. That said, I don’t love the center medallion, but the coffee table will be over that. My biggest hesitation here is if the geometric patterns of our throw blankets and pillows will look out of place with the rug. Clearly I’m no stranger to pattern mixing, but those just seem so dissimilar that I’m pumping the brakes a bit.
Then there’s this rug that has a lot more red than I’m necessarily on board with. However, the pattern of this one doesn’t compete with the plaids and stripes as much as the other one does. Plus, I like that the border has a lot blues in the design.
Which one do you like? We’d be opting for the 7.5′ x 9.5′ size, so it’s only around the $160-170 mark and returnable at Walmart. I could always order one and see how it looks, but I’d really rather avoid the hassle and nail it on the first try!
Credenza (by Ekais; I don’t think they’re in business anymore.)
Artwork (c/o Minted)
Plaid Pillow (similar)
Leather Chair (ours has wood legs)
Couch (amazing quality; looks new after three years)
The Haunting of Hill House is now part of an anthology series and the second installment will be The Haunting of Bly Manor. It’s based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which is one of my favorite pieces of literature I studied in college. I can’t wait!
This cropped red anorak is too cute!
Repot your plants like a pro.
Italy is reopening “wine windows” that were originally used to serve vino during the Black Plague.
The New York Times published a thorough overview of how Breonna Taylor landed in the middle of a deadly drug raid. It’s a long read, but it’s the most comprehensive look at what happened surrounding her murder that I’ve come across yet.
The most iconic dresses from films.
This silk scarf is gorgeous!
I made savory cheddar and green chile scones last weekend. They were delicious! I don’t have a stand mixer and instead used a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter, which worked well. Also, a bench scraper was handy for cutting the scones into wedges.
Stutterheim just released a beautiful terracotta version of its flattering a-line raincoat. The brand runs true to size.
The Lips sofa turns 50 this year.
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Keep an eye on this link for those plaid pillows to become available! I snagged a pair in a different color last year and they held up beautifully.
The history of the Mason jar.
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