As I’m searching the market for my first home to buy, I’ve come to prioritize the desired from the necessary from the won’t-pull-the-trigger-without-this. And this is good floors. Simply put, you can’t cheat with flooring the way you can furniture (case in point, only a small handful of people can tell the difference between a couch from West Elm versus one from Design Within Reach, a coffee table from ABC Home versus one found for $25 at a flea market) and decor items (I bet no one would know which of my platters are from Target and which are from Peppercorn). Flooring is the single biggest item in any house and (I think next to the layout and proportion of items in a room) makes the biggest impact.
So splurge on your floors. My absolute favorite is Herringbone, pictured here from my old NYC apartment; floors so beautiful, I would have slept on them.
Just A Tip: Bamboo floors have been all the rage for a while because they are ‘green’. Take it from someone who has lived with them for two years: they mark if you so much as look at them wrong. There is nothing environmentally friendly about having to replace your bamboo floors every few years because they look like poo.
As I’m considering purchasing my first home, I have been contemplating master bath furniture. I keep coming back to the industrial aesthetic embodied in reproduced pharmacy cabinets. Since bathrooms typically have a feminine feel to them (especially if they’re designed by and for a woman), I think pieces like these add a slight masculine contrast that works well with the candles, and products, and fluffy white towels and all other female bathroom accoutrement. They also add a vintage feel, which never goes out of style.
This is not your typical hook. A series of plastic resin hands will hold your hat, coat, keys or (as I use them) dog leashes. Put it in the guest bathroom for hand towels or, if you’re saucy, an extra roll of toilet paper. Available here.
And they’re from the GAP! Fabulous. Boyfriend jeans are a staple in my wardrobe as they give a slightly edgy, masculine base to all the girly stuff I pile on top (pretty blouse, jewelry, scarf, furry vest, etc.). They are also comfortable. I like these jeans for a bunch of different reasons: they are baggy where they should be (hips, butt and thighs) but not where they shouldn’t be (lower leg, where they are tapered). They are only slightly distressed and therefore, not too stylized. They are higher-rise. The back pocket detail is original and pretty cute. And they are GAP. GREAT!
If you frequent up(per) scale boutiques, you may know by sight (but maybe not by name) the collection of plates (and other decor items) by Fornasetti. His signature is the face of a woman (according to wikipedia, she is operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri) in black and white, usually making a funny gesture (winking, tongue sticking out), or referencing a cultural landmark (Picasso, Hitchcock). I like his pieces because some are whimsical and funny, some are provocative and tragic, but they all say something. And when you’re spending $200 on a plate (that is really more suitable as a serving piece), it has to be more than just a plate. And these are.
The best selection online is here. If you live in New York City, visit their newly expanded boutique in the home section of Barneys (across from the restaurant).