In the context of some of my home-centric posts over the last few weeks, I just discovered that Serena&Lily is running its annual friends and family sale and everything is 20% off with code HOMELOVE. I currently have a set of these dip-dyed stools in my cart because they seem endlessly versatile; I could just as easily imagine placing them in my bathroom to stow towels and perch on while mini bathes as I could in our entryway for holding my purse, our living room as a stand-in for a drink holder, our nursery for added decor, our bedroom for a potted plant. See below for additional styling options!
Other items worth considering…
OUR TUFTED HEADBOARD (WE HAVE IT IN A GRAY COLOR BUT THEY’VE WILDLY EXPANDED THE UPHOLSTERY OPTIONS AND I LOVE THAT GINGHAM CHECK!)
THESE X BENCHES WOULD ADD SO MUCH TEXTURE TO A ROOM (ALSO, FAR EASIER TO KEEP CLEAN THAN THEIR UPHOLSTERED COUNTERPARTS #MOMTHOUGHTS)
ALREADY ORDERED THESE NAPKINS IN THE PAPAYA COLOR FOR MY FALL TABLE
P.S. Did you know you’re supposed to clean your washing machine? Yikes. I did not. This brand gets good reviews. I looked at a few other brands and many users complained about the strong chemical odor they gave off. Separately, apparently you can clean your dishwasher by placing a Pyrex glass 2/3 full of white vinegar on the top rack and letting the dishwasher run. (Do these notes qualify me as Martha Stewart in training?)
P.P.S. These are literally the best laundry baskets ever. Super sturdy, don’t warp, and I love the handle design — makes carrying them so much easier and more comfortable. (Also — they stack easily!) However, I’ve also heard good things about these collapsible ones for those of us short on space. I manage to stow our basket above our dryer, but I probably would have bought these if I didn’t already have the Container Store brand when moving into our “petite” New York apartment. Finally, related to laundry: I love all things Laundress (in particular, I swear by their wool detergent and their crease release for keeping my bedding crisp between launderings), but have been somewhat disappointed in their signature detergent. I don’t think the scent is strong enough (and that was basically the entire reason for splurging on the detergent TBH — LOVE their signature scent) and I don’t think it’s tough enough on stains — and with a toddler, we have some major stains happening on a regular basis. I have gone back to using Mrs. Meyers’ products, which I think do a really powerful job of cleaning and leaving a fresh scent (and they do have a variety! I like the basil scent and the lavender scent.) For stains, though, it’s all about the Dreft spray. That stuff is POTENT and has worked magic on many items I had written off as permanently destroyed.
P.P.P.S. These tongs bring joy to my life. I can’t explain why. I suppose I like having just the right implement for preventing burnt fingers nearly every morning. (I have toast and fruit probably five out of seven mornings a week.) Beyond that, they’re the perfect length (have you ever used super-short or super-long tongs? The worst) and they have just the right amount of give to them. They also have a magnet so you can affix them to the side of your fridge if you’re nifty like that (I keep mine resting on the toaster top though). Anyway, that’s way more than you ever wanted to hear about toaster tongs. CODA.
P.P.P.P.S. OK, sorry for all the post scripts BUT I also wanted to mention that I ordered one of these kitchen rugs awhile ago and it is a delight. Inexpensive, stylish, comes in a range of lengths to accommodate your kitchen layout, and machine-washable (amen amen amen). It brings a kind of country chic to our traditional kitchen. I might order a second so I don’t have to go even a day without a clean one underfoot. (Also, Tilly loves curling up on it.)