PRAGMATIC & PRACTICAL: CEILING FAN PULL CHAINS

Have you ever stood under a ceiling fan and pulled the cords, and the light turned off but not the fan, or the fan spun faster but you wanted the light off? It can be a little bit maddening – between struggling to reach, having your neck bent, and lights and fans not doing what they are supposed to do!

 

Often one cord is slightly shorter than the other, which is apparently supposed to tell you which one is which, but it’s hard to remember, and guests certainly won’t know. Sometimes there is a little icon on the pulls but in dim light and above your head, they are difficult to make out. But in five minutes or less – your light and ceiling fan will always turn on and off respectfully – just the way you want them too. It makes me want to say….

“TADA!”

 

Pull chains with labels!

 

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 crookedoakceramics; hairqueen48

 

 

 

 

PRAGMATIC & PRATICAL: THE HUMBLE TRASH CAN

Every room needs one! But the trash can shouldn’t be the worst looking item in the room. I tend to see trash cans that are either awful or boring. We throw things out multiple times a day and why shouldn’t that toss end in a good looking place? Our garbage cans and wastepaper baskets needn’t look like they should be taken out with the garbage. There are some handsome, fun, colorful, artistic ones out there, and it’s worth the extra effort and extra dollars to have your trash can’s status be elevated above the trash that’s inside it.

 

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trash-cans_colorful

trash-cans_cute

 

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trash-cans_bin

 trash-cans_foliage

trash-cans_platful

 

pail, woodencolorful, modernmoroccanbin, foliage, stylish

 

Be sure to think about size. A larger waste basket for rooms with lots of activity and a smaller one for tight spaces. I banged into the waste basket under my office desk for a year before finding the perfect trash can which was is only five inches wide. It was a happy day.

 

FRIDAY FAVORITE: OVAL COFFEE TABLES

Whether you are having a coffee or a cocktail – that low table just in front of the sofa is very important to the overall feel and function of the living room. As with everything, there are a multitude of options. One of the options I love most is the oval. There is something about an oval coffee table that works. The oval creates more room to walk around (or dance around if you’re having a dance party!) The curve of the oval creates a nice balance to the straight lines of most sofas. Perhaps best of all, the oval has no corners to bump into, thus making the trip to the sofa bruise-free. So “gather round the (oval) coffee table” for cocktails, coffee or conversation.

 

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made goods dexter coffee table

 

 bel-air-oval-coffee-table

crate&barrel bel-air coffee table

 

Ashlyn_Cocktail_Table

ashlyn cocktail table by interlude home

 

west-elm-oval-table

cast base table from west elm

 

 

BEST OF PHILLY: {me}longings

I met Chanee Vijay of {me}longings studio at a craft fair and was super impressed with her work. She makes the most beautiful pillowcases using organic materials, and prints all her textiles by hand. The colors couldn’t be more perfect with metallic gold, silver and copper – and the geometric prints are both fun and classic. The colors and designs are very adaptable and in the (often long) search for the right throw pillows, Chanee’s pillows might be that perfect touch. You can find these lovely goods in her Etsy shop.

 

melongings

melongings on etsy