Did I mention that I went to Hunt & Gather this week? The one at 8724 Glenwood Ave.. Always plenty of interesting things there. It’s where I found the Find of the Week and here it is:
I just finished reading “The Happiness Project, or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin. A much loved former client of mine recommended it and I will now and forever read any book she tells me to. This book was so much fun to read. Very thought provoking, but amusing at the same time. Ms. Rubin took a year to examine, analyze, ponder and research the topic of personal happiness. She does love the research, I have to say, and the statistics and the quoting of big brains. I just skim through that stuff, as that makes me happy!
The Container Store has a cult-like following. People love this place and the possibilities of an organized life that the aisles and aisles of containers allude to. So today I paid a visit to the new one in Raleigh. I can see the appeal, even though it’s not really my cup of tea (oh, don’t get your noses out of joint Container fans, it just means more for you). My purchase was a $3.00 sponge holder. It has little suction cups and a ventilated holder, so the sponge can be placed inside the sink, somewhat out of sight and definitely out of the way. I like it very much. It’s a good idea.
But there was a very BAD idea there and it made me laugh at it’s ridiculousness (is that a word?), so I’m going to share it with you.
It’s a grouping of transluscent plastic cubes, made into a storage unit of some sort, costing $279.00! Oh my gosh! Really, it just made me laugh out loud.
Wow, it’s already Friday! That was a fast week. Grandboy was sick for much of it, but now is well, albeit with a very froggy voice. My find this week is another one from Once and Again, that great consignment shop in Durham. But I’ve thought about this sofa the whole week. It’s a beauty:
Oh gosh, it just makes my heart beat so fast! It’s $450, “as is.” I didn’t look carefully to see if there’s a big problem, but I can see it needs to be recushioned and upholstered. But it’s a stunner and a bargain, no matter what. Folks, this is the sort of thing that designers snap right up, recondition and sell in the big city for thousands of dollars. Look at the legs! The wood frame! The tight back and cushy pillow seat! I think I’m getting the vapors over this one, although I saw it a week ago, so am sure it’s long gone. But keep your eyes peeled for pieces like this and snap them up for yourself!
So now the trendy color duet is gray and yellow. It’s everywhere and it looks great! Fresh, cool, clean. But I caution you not to go overboard. I remember when we all felt that brown and blue was SUCH a great combo. Now it looks dated, which it is. If you have a blue/brown vibe going on and you want a change, may I suggest you just switch out one of those colors. Like change the blue for a sparkling green. Or switch the brown to gray and accent with cream. Will feel new again. Many of us fall in love with the latest color combination and there’s nothing wrong with that. Trends are fun! But don’t feel surprised when it gets old replaced a few years later. Trends are not classics. Life is like a box of chocolates. Hey, that made perfect sense to me.
Anywho, back to gray and yellow….
I had the chance to get over to Once and Again, a wonderful furniture and accessories consignment store in Durham (5420 Chapel Hill Blvd.). They’re in a nice big space and have all sorts of interesting things. The owner is known for having a very good eye for great stuff and the turnover is quick. SO, my “find of the week” might be gone by the time you get there, but you’ll find something else, I’m sure of it.
Actually, I can’t decide between 2 finds at Once and Again, so I’ll show you both:
Went to Ikea, had a good time, as usual. Such simple, light hearted design! Such clean lines and great ideas! Such heavy, heavy boxes! Here’s what I chose to take a picture of this time:
New feature–I promise you a “find of the week” each and every week. My hope is that the find will be from a local store, but I’m not ruling out the ocassional online find. This week it’s this FABulous chair.