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UPDATE: Patio chairs! Rejoice! Plan!

2017-06-12T21:21:27Z

Door Sixteen The internet, man. I love it. Five days ago, in the midst of a patio chair crisis*, I posted a list of my requirements for potential seating, and BOY—you all really came through for me. So many suggestions! Many of them wouldn’t have worked for my limited space (and limited budget), but if you’re on the hunt for patio furniture of your own, check the post out—there’s some GREAT stuff linked in the comments. THANK YOU. *”Patio chair crisis” being the critical phrase here—yes, I recognize that this is not an actual crisis. Please allow my hyperbole in these trying times when finding the right chair in which to enjoy my outdoor porch before the planet implodes due to any number of various threats feels more important than perhaps it should. Anyway, just when I thought all hope was lost and was absolutely certain I was destined to spend my summer mornings sipping coffee on an old sheet, reader Diane left a comment that she’d noticed there were suddenly and miraculously exactly two Luna chairs in stock at Article. OMFG. I didn’t stop to think, I just zipped over to the website, placed my order, paid with PayPal (no time … Continue reading → The post UPDATE: Patio chairs! Rejoice! Plan! appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen The internet, man. I love it. Five days ago, in the midst of a patio chair crisis*, I posted a list of my requirements for potential seating, and BOY—you all really came through for me. So many suggestions! Many of them wouldn’t have worked for my limited space (and limited budget), but if you’re on the hunt for patio furniture of your own, check the post out—there’s some GREAT stuff linked in the comments. THANK YOU. *”Patio chair crisis” being the critical phrase here—yes, I recognize that this is not an actual crisis. Please allow my hyperbole in these trying times when finding the right chair in which to enjoy my outdoor porch before the planet implodes due to any number of various threats feels more important than perhaps it should. Anyway, just when I thought all hope was lost and was absolutely certain I was destined to spend my summer mornings sipping coffee on an old sheet, reader Diane left a comment that she’d noticed there were suddenly and miraculously exactly two Luna chairs in stock at Article. OMFG. I didn’t stop to think, I just zipped over to the website, placed my order, paid with PayPal (no time to fetch my wallet), and exhaled. Folks, I have NO IDEA why there were suddenly two chairs in stock—maybe they were returned, maybe someone canceled their order—but I’m choosing to momentarily suspend my atheism out of a newfound belief in the God of Chairs. THANK YOU, CHAIR GOD. THANK YOU, DIANE. Here’s the catch, though: There were still two chairs listed as being in stock for about 48 hours after I placed my order. So I know this could all fall apart due to a glitch in the inventory or what have you, but it’s been three whole days since I placed my order and no one at Article has emailed me yet to dash my dreams, so…well, what the Chair God giveth, the Chair God taketh away. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Supposedly they’ll be delivered the week of June 19th. In the name of tempting fate, I went ahead and put together a little montage of what I’m picturing for my little patio/porch hangout. 1. Luna Lounge Chairs / Article 2. Chile Ristra / New Mexico Catalog 3. Rattan Stool / Target 4. Vintage Teak Serving Tray / EMOharra 5. Textured Dot Outdoor Rug / Target 6. Corowa Bell / Target 7. Rattan Lantern / Target 8. Potted Succulents 9. String Lights / Bulbrite Heavy on the Target, yes, because Target has been NAILING IT lately. By the way, everything I’ve linked to from there in this post is on major sale in the stores right now. I don’t know why the prices aren’t the same online, but I only paid $29 for that rattan stool (which I’ll be using as a side table) yesterday. The outdoor rug (which looks much co[...]



HELP. I need patio chairs!

2017-06-13T15:30:02Z

Door Sixteen When I can’t find what I’m looking for online or in stores, I ask for help. Whether it’s pillows (I still haven’t bought one, but I’m getting closer) or pill organizers (yes, I got one, and yes, it’s great—update on that soon), there’s always someone out there who has magically already found exactly what I’m looking for. I love the internet. So, I have a small back porch, and I’d like to have a couple of lounge chairs out there to hang out on. I know I should have started looking earlier in the season, but I didn’t, and now I can’t find anything I like that meets my needs. The two chairs in the above photo are pretty much exactly what I’m looking for. The one on the left is from Article, and the one on the right is from Target. Both are, of course, sold out. ARGH. Aside from their good looks, the best thing about these chairs is the scale. The footprint of both is only about 2′ square, which is perfect for my little porch. Anything bigger than that and it’s going to be an ugly squeeze. Here’s my list of requirements: – Natural material (rattan/wicker/seagrass) … Continue reading → The post HELP. I need patio chairs! appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen When I can’t find what I’m looking for online or in stores, I ask for help. Whether it’s pillows (I still haven’t bought one, but I’m getting closer) or pill organizers (yes, I got one, and yes, it’s great—update on that soon), there’s always someone out there who has magically already found exactly what I’m looking for. I love the internet. So, I have a small back porch, and I’d like to have a couple of lounge chairs out there to hang out on. I know I should have started looking earlier in the season, but I didn’t, and now I can’t find anything I like that meets my needs. The two chairs in the above photo are pretty much exactly what I’m looking for. The one on the left is from Article, and the one on the right is from Target. Both are, of course, sold out. ARGH. Aside from their good looks, the best thing about these chairs is the scale. The footprint of both is only about 2′ square, which is perfect for my little porch. Anything bigger than that and it’s going to be an ugly squeeze. Here’s my list of requirements: – Natural material (rattan/wicker/seagrass) – Lounge-y in style, not a dining chair – Roughly ~24″ wide/deep – Price per chair under $150 – IN STOCK and ready to ship/pick up I’ve already looked at EVERYTHING at CB2, West Elm, IKEA, Overstock, Wayfair, AllModern, etc.—there’s gotta be a secret source out there I’ve never heard of! There are tons of vintage rattan hoop chairs on eBay and Etsy, but they’re too pricey for me. I need a budget option. Also, I like that these newer chairs have a ton of coating to protect them from water damage—my porch is covered, but it’s not enclosed. Help? UPDATE: Chairs! Chairs! Chairs! (Thank you so much for your help!!) The post HELP. I need patio chairs! appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]



BREAKING: A good-looking pill organizer does exist!

2017-05-25T15:32:47Z

Door Sixteen I’ve been spending WAY too much time lately looking for a well-designed pill organizer. My search history contains embarrassing terms like, “DWR pill organizer,” “Danish pill organizer,” “cutest pill organizer,” and, out of desperation, “non-ugly pill organizer.” And yes, I’ve also tried using “pillbox,” “pill box,” and even “daily medicine caddy” as alternate search terms. Nada. I currently own two pill organizers: this one from Muji, and this one, available in pretty much every drugstore everywhere. They both suck. The hinges are worn out, they look sad, they’re too long to pack in a small toiletry pouch, and the Muji one doesn’t even have the days of the week on it. Argh! THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY, I thought. So I started searching. And searching. And I came up with nothing that even came close to meeting my requirements. But then, as is often the case, something magical happened on the internet! Becca replied to my woeful tweet asking if I’d heard of a company called Port and Polish. I saw her reply at around 6AM this morning, and I admit I kind of rolled my eyes (which were barely even open) before I clicked, figuring it would … Continue reading → The post BREAKING: A good-looking pill organizer does exist! appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen I’ve been spending WAY too much time lately looking for a well-designed pill organizer. My search history contains embarrassing terms like, “DWR pill organizer,” “Danish pill organizer,” “cutest pill organizer,” and, out of desperation, “non-ugly pill organizer.” And yes, I’ve also tried using “pillbox,” “pill box,” and even “daily medicine caddy” as alternate search terms. Nada. I currently own two pill organizers: this one from Muji, and this one, available in pretty much every drugstore everywhere. They both suck. The hinges are worn out, they look sad, they’re too long to pack in a small toiletry pouch, and the Muji one doesn’t even have the days of the week on it. Argh! THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY, I thought. So I started searching. And searching. And I came up with nothing that even came close to meeting my requirements. But then, as is often the case, something magical happened on the internet! Becca replied to my woeful tweet asking if I’d heard of a company called Port and Polish. I saw her reply at around 6AM this morning, and I admit I kind of rolled my eyes (which were barely even open) before I clicked, figuring it would be something hideous, because I thought I’d seen all there is to see in the world of pill organizers. Folks, I was wrong. I was so wrong. YES, YES, YES, YES, YES. That is what I’m talking about. Let’s talk about a few things here: First of all, the size of the Port and Polish cases is just right. They’re roughy the same dimensions as an iPhone, only a little bit thicker. I don’t know why so many pill organizers are long and skinny, because this wider/flatter shape makes SO much more sense when it comes to travel and packing. Also, there’s a mirror in the case! So if you’re not sure where your mouth is, now you’ll be able to easily locate it when it’s time to take your medicine. Or, you know, just use it as a handy mirror that’ll always be in your bag along with with your B12 vitamins and your flax oil capsules. You know what gets me the most excited, though? THE LIDS ON THE INDIVIDUAL COMPARTMENTS ARE REMOVABLE. This means you can set the start date for the week on any day you’d like. So if you’re a Stendig-owning American who’s trained yourself to see calendar weeks as beginning on Monday because the rest of the world understand that that makes a helluva lot more sense than starting the week on Sunday (which is part of the weekEND, duh) like on our stu[...]



Working on my bedroom.

2017-05-25T15:16:15Z

Door Sixteen OK, first of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your pillow recommendations. I thought maybe five or six people would tell me about their awesome pillow, but apparently a lot of you really love your pillows! Now I need to finish reading all of the suggestions, take notes, and then narrow down my search to…one pillow. I’ll keep you updated on PillowQuest, because I know that’s about as exciting as my blog gets. So anyway, speaking of pillows, I’ve finally started working on my bedroom. It’s a really nice, big room (about 300 square feet!) with great light and a nice view of the garden. It doesn’t need a ton of work, but it’s been so easy to put off getting going with it. At first glance, it looks like I just need to clean up and put stuff away and hang things on the wall, right? What doesn’t come through in photos is that the paint is in terrible shape. I think it’s been a very long time since the whole room was painted at once, because it’s a patchwork of numerous shades of white that have been slapped on in sections over the years. There’s old … Continue reading → The post Working on my bedroom. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen OK, first of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your pillow recommendations. I thought maybe five or six people would tell me about their awesome pillow, but apparently a lot of you really love your pillows! Now I need to finish reading all of the suggestions, take notes, and then narrow down my search to…one pillow. I’ll keep you updated on PillowQuest, because I know that’s about as exciting as my blog gets. So anyway, speaking of pillows, I’ve finally started working on my bedroom. It’s a really nice, big room (about 300 square feet!) with great light and a nice view of the garden. It doesn’t need a ton of work, but it’s been so easy to put off getting going with it. At first glance, it looks like I just need to clean up and put stuff away and hang things on the wall, right? What doesn’t come through in photos is that the paint is in terrible shape. I think it’s been a very long time since the whole room was painted at once, because it’s a patchwork of numerous shades of white that have been slapped on in sections over the years. There’s old water damage to the ceiling that was never addressed (the leak was repaired, though, fortunately), and it just looks cruddy and sad. See what I mean? It’s nothing that can’t be easily repaired, of course. By the way, if you’re thinking about using duct tape to cover your windows with plastic, PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. Ugh. Side note: Apparently THE ENTIRE HOUSE was originally painted late-night-at-the-morgue green. I’ll pass, thanks! But let me back up a little. Remember the Curtains of Sadness that were hanging in my dining room when I moved in? Brown polyester, the textile of sorrow. Well, there was a matching set in the bedroom. On one window, at least. The other window just had a set of rickety metal mini blinds. I can’t believe I slept mere feet away from these things for so long? So they’re folded up in the basement now, along the set from the dining room. This is the other window. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and this is a terrible photo. Also, I considered moving the neon bench in here, but I’m not feeling it—so it’s staying in my office. And yes, that’s the rug that’s in my office that used to be in my old bedroom. I need to stop moving stuff around. That rug is too small for in here, anyway. Here we go! Yay! The post Working on my bedroom. appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]



HELP. Do you love your pillow?

2017-05-02T14:39:33Z

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Cushionized Sofa II by LoFi Studio/Christiane Högner Confession: I am 41 years old, and I have never owned a pillow that I love sleeping on. This needs to change, because…well, because I am 41 years old and my joints aren’t what they used to be, and I’m tired of having to do origami on my pillow every night just to fall asleep, only to wake up feeling like a stale pretzel. I usually sleep on my side, but sometimes I migrate to my back. My chief complaints about pillows tend to be that they are either too squishy, too thin, too soft, too lofty, or too lumpy. Or it starts out feeling good, and then two months later it’s like sleeping on a flattened cereal box. And I hate memory foam. My ideal pillow provides neck support without being a weird shape (I want it to look like a normal pillow), doesn’t contain down/feathers, comes in standard and king sizes, and is machine washable. HELP MEEEEEEEE. Tell me all about your favorite pillow. Links, please! My neck and spine thank you in advance. Sincerely, Stale Pretzel Dorfman

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Cushionized Sofa II by LoFi Studio/Christiane Högner

Confession: I am 41 years old, and I have never owned a pillow that I love sleeping on. This needs to change, because…well, because I am 41 years old and my joints aren’t what they used to be, and I’m tired of having to do origami on my pillow every night just to fall asleep, only to wake up feeling like a stale pretzel.

I usually sleep on my side, but sometimes I migrate to my back. My chief complaints about pillows tend to be that they are either too squishy, too thin, too soft, too lofty, or too lumpy. Or it starts out feeling good, and then two months later it’s like sleeping on a flattened cereal box. And I hate memory foam.

My ideal pillow provides neck support without being a weird shape (I want it to look like a normal pillow), doesn’t contain down/feathers, comes in standard and king sizes, and is machine washable.

HELP MEEEEEEEE. Tell me all about your favorite pillow. Links, please!

My neck and spine thank you in advance.

Sincerely,
Stale Pretzel Dorfman

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Muji Hut.

2017-05-01T18:24:24Z

Door Sixteen Everyone has their favorite things from Muji (mine are their travel containers, cut cotton pads, spiral notebooks, and plain totes), but have you seen their new foray into living spaces? The Muji Hut appeared in my inbox this morning, and after spending 15 minutes blissing out while gazing at/listening to the website (turn the sound on—trust me) I have major heart-eyes for this little prefab cabin. Night and day. Without a kitchen or bathroom it’s not practical as a full-time dwelling, but as Muji puts it, “It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip.” Can’t you see Muji Hut being a little guesthouse or office in your backyard? Or a getaway cabin on a remote piece of land? It’s such a beautifully simple, unobtrusive little structure. What a dream! I keep thinking about the tiny old fishing cabins in the Adirondacks, and how they’re really meant to be a place for shelter and warmth while enjoying nature. Eat breakfast on the porch in the morning, go for a swim or a hike during the day, cook a little campfire meal and read a book as a … Continue reading → The post Muji Hut. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen Everyone has their favorite things from Muji (mine are their travel containers, cut cotton pads, spiral notebooks, and plain totes), but have you seen their new foray into living spaces? The Muji Hut appeared in my inbox this morning, and after spending 15 minutes blissing out while gazing at/listening to the website (turn the sound on—trust me) I have major heart-eyes for this little prefab cabin. Night and day. Without a kitchen or bathroom it’s not practical as a full-time dwelling, but as Muji puts it, “It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip.” Can’t you see Muji Hut being a little guesthouse or office in your backyard? Or a getaway cabin on a remote piece of land? It’s such a beautifully simple, unobtrusive little structure. What a dream! I keep thinking about the tiny old fishing cabins in the Adirondacks, and how they’re really meant to be a place for shelter and warmth while enjoying nature. Eat breakfast on the porch in the morning, go for a swim or a hike during the day, cook a little campfire meal and read a book as a sun goes down, and then go to sleep in your little hideaway. The interior walls are untreated Japanese cypress, and the floors are a smooth mortar finish. You could do anything with this space! Well, anything that can fit in less than 100 square feet. Muji Hut’s exterior is clad in burnt cedar wood, a strong and durable treatment borrowed from traditional Japanese shipbuilding. I love the contrast of the blackness of the outside with the light, raw wood of the interior. Muji Hut will be available this fall in Japan, and nowhere else, alas—but isn’t it a great thing to dream about, anyway? All photos courtesy Muji / Via Dwell The post Muji Hut. appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]



Sunday Special: Day Dress!

2017-05-01T20:12:39Z

Door Sixteen Tomorrow is the first day of May, and despite the weekend of rain, snow, and hail we just had in New Mexico, I’ve decided that even if tomorrow brings locusts, I will be dressed for springtime. This is always a tough time of year for me clothing-wise—I know summer will be here eventually, and spring is when I try to mentally prepare myself for not being able to wear jeans and boots every single day by weaning myself gradually into roomy dresses with bare legs…and boots. I can’t bring myself to wear sandals AND and a dress at the same time—it’s one or the other. If I’m wearing sandals, it has to be with jeans. Anyway, I just got this great blue cotton PO-EM day dress from Moorea Seal. I finally tried it on this morning after having it draped over the back of a chair in my bedroom all week, and it’s super cute. I know it’s going to be a staple for me this spring and summer! So I thought I’d put together a little outfit roundup before a new week starts. Enjoy your Sunday night! 1. Cooked Straw Hat, Communitie / Madewell 2. Gate Hoops, Laurel Hill … Continue reading → The post Sunday Special: Day Dress! appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen Tomorrow is the first day of May, and despite the weekend of rain, snow, and hail we just had in New Mexico, I’ve decided that even if tomorrow brings locusts, I will be dressed for springtime. This is always a tough time of year for me clothing-wise—I know summer will be here eventually, and spring is when I try to mentally prepare myself for not being able to wear jeans and boots every single day by weaning myself gradually into roomy dresses with bare legs…and boots. I can’t bring myself to wear sandals AND and a dress at the same time—it’s one or the other. If I’m wearing sandals, it has to be with jeans. Anyway, I just got this great blue cotton PO-EM day dress from Moorea Seal. I finally tried it on this morning after having it draped over the back of a chair in my bedroom all week, and it’s super cute. I know it’s going to be a staple for me this spring and summer! So I thought I’d put together a little outfit roundup before a new week starts. Enjoy your Sunday night! 1. Cooked Straw Hat, Communitie / Madewell 2. Gate Hoops, Laurel Hill Jewelry / Adorn Milk 3. Girard Scarf / Block Shop Textiles 4. Day Dress, PO-EM / Moorea Seal 5. Meet Me At Sunset Nail Polish / Essie 6. Blocks Mini Bag / Bookhou 7. Rise Pendant / Lila Rice 8. Melissa Button Short Boots / Frye The post Sunday Special: Day Dress! appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]



Getting started in the garden.

2017-04-28T18:19:07Z

Door Sixteen I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This has been a weird week. I had a TON of work to do on Monday and Tuesday, and then suddenly I had six different book covers out waiting for feedback all at once. This pretty much never happens, because I work on simultaneous projects for different publishers at the same time, and there’s always something that needs to be worked on. Not this week, though! Wednesday, Thursday, and now Friday have been unexpected days off from work, and it’s kind of thrown my usual weekly schedule into a bit of a (pleasant) tailspin. The weather on Wednesday and Thursday was pretty perfect (mid-60s, sunny), so I decided to try and start tackling the dirthole-with-potential that is my garden. While, of course, resisting sending out any “just checking in to see what the status is on this book cover” emails. I was planning to take some photos of the whole garden this morning to give a sense of the layout, but today it’s raining and 35ºF (desert weather is so weird), so I’ll just focus on the part that I’ve been working on—this unattractive little strip of dirt and weeds under my bedroom window. … Continue reading → The post Getting started in the garden. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This has been a weird week. I had a TON of work to do on Monday and Tuesday, and then suddenly I had six different book covers out waiting for feedback all at once. This pretty much never happens, because I work on simultaneous projects for different publishers at the same time, and there’s always something that needs to be worked on. Not this week, though! Wednesday, Thursday, and now Friday have been unexpected days off from work, and it’s kind of thrown my usual weekly schedule into a bit of a (pleasant) tailspin. The weather on Wednesday and Thursday was pretty perfect (mid-60s, sunny), so I decided to try and start tackling the dirthole-with-potential that is my garden. While, of course, resisting sending out any “just checking in to see what the status is on this book cover” emails. I was planning to take some photos of the whole garden this morning to give a sense of the layout, but today it’s raining and 35ºF (desert weather is so weird), so I’ll just focus on the part that I’ve been working on—this unattractive little strip of dirt and weeds under my bedroom window. Because the garden is mostly dirt right now, wet days are very muddy and dry days are very gritty and unpleasant, especially when it’s windy. If I had a bunch of money and I owned the house it would be great to go full-on gorgeous xeriscape like many of my neighbors have, but with a tiny budget and someone else’s property, I’m happy with cute and cheap and easy. After looking at numerous types of decorative grasses, I settled on Sapphire Fountain, a blue oat grass that looks a lot like blue fescue, only bigger. My photos aren’t really capturing the blue tones, but it’s very pretty. These little guys were only about $8 each, and they should at least double in size—so it’s a minimal investment for what should eventually fill out this space nicely. I also picked up three bags of pond rocks. I kind of prefer the look of pea gravel, but I was concerned about it getting kicked/blown out of the bed too easily, or that it would sink into the earth too much. I dug up the weeds, turned over about 6″ of dirt (removing about 1″ to make room for rocks) while working in some compost, and raked the bed level. I had initially thought I’d put in five plants, but aside from being too cramped, I didn’t want to hide the downspout, so I scaled back to three. Yay! Plants in, rocks down! I think I need to add another bag of pond ro[...]



Lotion P50, I love you.

2017-04-25T05:47:05Z

Door Sixteen A little over two years ago, Anna Beth told me about a miracle skin care product she’d been using, Lotion P50. Because Anna Beth is one of those people who appears to be aging in reverse, I assumed it was made from unicorn placenta and crushed diamonds, and immediately set out on a quest to learn more about the magical elixir she promised would give me the skin of a fetus while causing only mild, temporary facial paralysis. I read a whole bunch of articles about the stuff that night, most of them promising an intense tingle that would follow applying Lotion P50, with the added warning that one could also feel as though their skin were burning off of their face. Temporarily. As a member of Generation Sea Breeze, I’m inherently convinced that if I can’t feel a skin product working, it’s not actually doing anything. Gimme that tingle. Gimme that burn. There are a number of Lotion P50 formulas available, which is really confusing. This extensive article at Skin & Tonics is super helpful—it decodes the various formula names, and explains what the various ingredients in each are and what they do (and how they smell). More recently, … Continue reading → The post Lotion P50, I love you. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen A little over two years ago, Anna Beth told me about a miracle skin care product she’d been using, Lotion P50. Because Anna Beth is one of those people who appears to be aging in reverse, I assumed it was made from unicorn placenta and crushed diamonds, and immediately set out on a quest to learn more about the magical elixir she promised would give me the skin of a fetus while causing only mild, temporary facial paralysis. I read a whole bunch of articles about the stuff that night, most of them promising an intense tingle that would follow applying Lotion P50, with the added warning that one could also feel as though their skin were burning off of their face. Temporarily. As a member of Generation Sea Breeze, I’m inherently convinced that if I can’t feel a skin product working, it’s not actually doing anything. Gimme that tingle. Gimme that burn. There are a number of Lotion P50 formulas available, which is really confusing. This extensive article at Skin & Tonics is super helpful—it decodes the various formula names, and explains what the various ingredients in each are and what they do (and how they smell). More recently, Into The Gloss did a simplified write-up that’s a good place to start if you’re unsure of which formula you want. And yes, I chose the one Into The Gloss refers to as being “for masochists”: Lotion P50 1970. I admit the whole process of getting to the point of actually making face-to-liquid contact felt a little scary. Aside from all of the warnings about possible allergic reactions and restrictions on certain ingredients in various countries (fortunately, Americans are free to coat both their faces and throats with carbolic acic—they don’t call this land of the free and the home of the brave for nothing, after all), the website I ordered from, Rescue Spa, doesn’t display prices for their products with out creating an account and logging in. I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but it all seemed shady as hell and I felt like maybe I was actually selling my soul or joining a cult? Both of which would be totally OK with me if it meant my skin would look good, but I hadn’t even used the stuff yet, you know? But it all went fine. Rescue Spa’s service is great, in fact—fast shipping, nice packaging, and a bunch of free samples in the box. Prices for Lotion P50 1970 range from $27–$98, depending on bottle size. If you’re not sure which formula you should order, you can contact Rescue Spa and they’ll help you figur[...]



More hallway updates.

2017-04-20T22:31:56Z

Door Sixteen Last week I shared the simple makeover I gave the light fixtures in my hallway, but I neglected to show the rest of the space. I like hallways—they’re not too demanding, since they often don’t require furniture, but they’re a nice opportunity to put a pattern or color to use that you might not elsewhere in your house. When I moved into my house, the hallway was painted several mismatched, blotchy, dirty shades of white. You can’t really tell from the before photo, but the walls had been coated with a layer of gritty sand paint at some point—which, if you’ve ever dealt with it before, you know is a huge pain to get rid of. I started by patching holes and repairing cracks in the plaster, then spent a day hand-sanding as much of the grit off as I could. I’d say I got it down about 75%, and that’s good enough for me—it’s enough that it’s not really noticeable unless you’re stroking the walls, and I figure if you’re caressing the walls in other people’s houses you should probably be OK with whatever you find there. I caulked every corner, gap, and crack in the woodwork (♥ CAULK … Continue reading → The post More hallway updates. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen Last week I shared the simple makeover I gave the light fixtures in my hallway, but I neglected to show the rest of the space. I like hallways—they’re not too demanding, since they often don’t require furniture, but they’re a nice opportunity to put a pattern or color to use that you might not elsewhere in your house. When I moved into my house, the hallway was painted several mismatched, blotchy, dirty shades of white. You can’t really tell from the before photo, but the walls had been coated with a layer of gritty sand paint at some point—which, if you’ve ever dealt with it before, you know is a huge pain to get rid of. I started by patching holes and repairing cracks in the plaster, then spent a day hand-sanding as much of the grit off as I could. I’d say I got it down about 75%, and that’s good enough for me—it’s enough that it’s not really noticeable unless you’re stroking the walls, and I figure if you’re caressing the walls in other people’s houses you should probably be OK with whatever you find there. I caulked every corner, gap, and crack in the woodwork ( CAULK ), then finished the walls with flat Valspar Imperial White, and the trim with semigloss Valspar Du Jour. These are the colors I’ve been using throughout my house. They’re similar to the Benjamin Moore Moonlight White/Simply White combination I used in Newburgh—creamy, warm walls with bright white trim. If anything, Imperial White is just a touch cooler than Moonlight White. It tends to gain a very slightly greenish cast in dim light, but not in a sickly way. It a great color if you have an older home that gets a lot of sunlight—it’s kind to other colors, including different shades of white. (As always, THANK YOU to Lowe’s for keeping me supplied with paint. You guys rule.) I wasn’t sure what to do about the hardware on the built-ins at first. Ideally I’d have liked to just remove the paint and clean it up, but the metal was SO deeply etched and rusty, and several of the pulls were dented, so there really wasn’t any hope for them to look refreshed. Since I solve most problems with spray paint, I didn’t mull it over too long—I just reached for that good old can of Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer and went to town. They look pretty great now. I can definitely see unlacquered brass pulls looking really good, but I wanted to work with what I have. Plus, I like that the same pulls have been here since the house was built, [...]



New things at H&M Home.

2017-04-19T21:19:31Z

Door Sixteen H&M’s home collection debuted in the US almost four years ago, which was the last time I did a product roundup! I’ve bought a number of things (cushions, sheets, towels, candlesticks, storage bins…) from H&M since then, and they’ve all been quite good quality for the price. Their downfall seems to be any kind of fake metal (e.g. “copper” candlesticks that are just cheap metal sprayed a copper color), but now that I know to avoid those things, I’ve been really happy with my purchases. This morning I hopped on the site to take a closer look at their shower curtains (thanks to those of you who suggested checking there!), and I saw SO many nice things that I wish I had a place for in my house! Left to right, top to bottom: ✚ Jacquard-weave Bedspread (natural white) ✚ Patterned Cushion Cover ✚ Wooden Bowl ✚ Large Candle Lantern (natural) & Small Candle Lantern (black) ✚ Textured-weave Cushion Cover ✚ Jacquard-weave Bedspread (anthracite gray) ✚ Large Storage Basket ✚ Tea Towel ✚ Large Stoneware Vase All of these products are part of the new Close to Nature line. I meant to just stop this post with the new stuff, … Continue reading → The post New things at H&M Home. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen H&M’s home collection debuted in the US almost four years ago, which was the last time I did a product roundup! I’ve bought a number of things (cushions, sheets, towels, candlesticks, storage bins…) from H&M since then, and they’ve all been quite good quality for the price. Their downfall seems to be any kind of fake metal (e.g. “copper” candlesticks that are just cheap metal sprayed a copper color), but now that I know to avoid those things, I’ve been really happy with my purchases. This morning I hopped on the site to take a closer look at their shower curtains (thanks to those of you who suggested checking there!), and I saw SO many nice things that I wish I had a place for in my house! Left to right, top to bottom: ✚ Jacquard-weave Bedspread (natural white) ✚ Patterned Cushion Cover ✚ Wooden Bowl ✚ Large Candle Lantern (natural) & Small Candle Lantern (black) ✚ Textured-weave Cushion Cover ✚ Jacquard-weave Bedspread (anthracite gray) ✚ Large Storage Basket ✚ Tea Towel ✚ Large Stoneware Vase All of these products are part of the new Close to Nature line. I meant to just stop this post with the new stuff, but I can’t resist including a few picks from the rest of the collection… Left to right, top to bottom: ✚ Hand-painted Stoneware Plates ✚ Large Clear Glass Jar & Small Clear Glass Jar ✚ Cat-patterned Tea Towel ✚ Wooden Cutting Board ✚ Jute Laundry Basket ✚ Patterned Porcelain Mugs The post New things at H&M Home. appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]



Botanical shower curtain options.

2017-04-18T17:24:52Z

Door Sixteen Saskia Pomeroy Plants Shower Curtain, Urban Outfitters Yesterday’s post about my bathroom makeover got me thinking about shower curtains. I mentioned that I’ve been considering putting removable wallpaper below the chair rail, but D16 reader MaryMargaret commented that the removable wallpaper she recently had installed in a powder room is now lifting at the seams. If that’s how it holds up in a bathroom without a tub/shower, then I have concerns. I don’t want to go the traditional wallpaper route because I’m renting. Maybe getting my bold pattern fix by way of a great shower curtain is a better option! I still may paint the lower half of the wall another color just to ground the room a bit, too. I keep picturing a super-pale, slightly “dirty” pink. Reader Sarah V. recommended the shower curtain at the top of the post, this happy, green, plant-covered beauty. I really like Saskia Pomeroy’s illustration style, and it looks like just the right green for my bathroom. So that one is on my list, for sure. I know I definitely want to stay in the green family, and bold, botanical prints are very appropriate for a house of this age. 1. Ann Wessblad … Continue reading → The post Botanical shower curtain options. appeared first on Door Sixteen. Door Sixteen Saskia Pomeroy Plants Shower Curtain, Urban Outfitters Yesterday’s post about my bathroom makeover got me thinking about shower curtains. I mentioned that I’ve been considering putting removable wallpaper below the chair rail, but D16 reader MaryMargaret commented that the removable wallpaper she recently had installed in a powder room is now lifting at the seams. If that’s how it holds up in a bathroom without a tub/shower, then I have concerns. I don’t want to go the traditional wallpaper route because I’m renting. Maybe getting my bold pattern fix by way of a great shower curtain is a better option! I still may paint the lower half of the wall another color just to ground the room a bit, too. I keep picturing a super-pale, slightly “dirty” pink. Reader Sarah V. recommended the shower curtain at the top of the post, this happy, green, plant-covered beauty. I really like Saskia Pomeroy’s illustration style, and it looks like just the right green for my bathroom. So that one is on my list, for sure. I know I definitely want to stay in the green family, and bold, botanical prints are very appropriate for a house of this age. 1. Ann Wessblad SYSSAN curtains, IKEA 2. Leaf Cluster Shower Curtain, Samantha Dolan/Society6 3. Lanai Palm Shower Curtain, Frontgate 4. Swaying Palms Fabric, Tommy Bahama 5. Tropical Neon Shower Curtain, Ghostly Ferns/Society6 6. Ashley Bird Shower Curtain, Pottery Barn I did a double-take when I saw the price on that Frontgate shower curtain (I had no idea shower curtains could cost $379—I feel so naïve), but I think it’s made from the Tommy Bahama fabric in #4, so that’s another option—buy fabric by the yard, and make a shower curtain. A side bonus would be that I could make it extra-wide to wrap around the short side of my L-shaped tub. Hmmm. The same goes for the IKEA curtains—I’d have to do a little modification, but that would mean the length and width would be perfect. Hmmmmmm. If you have any suggestions for green/botanical shower curtains that might look great in my bathroom, please share! The post Botanical shower curtain options. appeared first on Door Sixteen. [...]