Around this time last year, I put together a collection of furniture and housewares for sale through Chairish. Since then, Chairish has grown to include a pretty mind-bogglingly impressive selection of not only furniture, but art—vintage, antique, and new.

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When Chairish came back to me recently asking if I’d be interested in creating another collection for them, this time consisting of art pieces, I didn’t hesitate. (The also asked if I’d like to do another giveaway. Yes, of course! Scroll down for the details on that…)

You can see my entire collection of 50 pieces of art over at Chairish, but here are a dozen that I particularly love…and covet.

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1. Alexander Calder – ‘Red Sun’ lithograph
2. Vintage black metal letter A
3. Arc de Triomphe paint-by-numbers
4. Heather Chontos – ‘The September Collection No. 9′ painting
5. Pierre Soulages – 1972 Olympics lithograph
6. H.R. Bresel – Haitian Farm Scene painting

By the way, if you’re interested in selling art (or anything!) through Chairish, you can get all the details on how it works in their Seller Guide. They also have an iPhone app (direct link, in case you’re reading this on an iPhone) that makes the whole process seamless, from photographing your stuff to getting it listed on the site.

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1. Silk-screened moon
2. Bronze Kinetic Sculpture – Dancing Man
3. Pair of Native American weavings
4. Maija Isola/Marimekko – ‘Lokki’ wall hanging
5. Mid-Century Scandinavian tapestry
6. 19th century lake scene painting

Giveaway time! Here’s how it works:
Enter your email address on the Door Sixteen + Chairish giveaway page.
Entries will be accepted from March 25th through April 8th.
One lucky winner will receive a $200 site credit to shop at Chairish! Yay!
If you’re the winner, I’ll notify you via email.

If you win the giveaway, you can spend it however you want—either on artwork I selected for my collection (I made sure to include a number of of pieces under $200!) or on anything else for sale at Chairish.

This post was written in partnership with Chairish, but all words, opinions, and selections are entirely my own.

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Without fail, every time Erin from Cotton & Flax releases a new design, I want it. I already own several Cotton & Flax tea towels (Brushstroke, Black Plus and this limited edition beauty), and now I’m going to have to add at one more to my collection! Or maybe two more. Gimme all the tea towels.

Like all of Erin’s other textiles, Grid and Zig Zag (also available as a pillowoh my) are cut, printed and sewn in her LA studio. They’re made of a flax linen that is just the right softness, perfectly absorbent and durable. My Cotton & Flax tea towels have gone through the wash dozens of times (I air-dry mine, even though she says they can be tumbled dry), and they still have their shape and have held up beautifully. They look great in the background of baking photos, too!

p.s. Erin has been kind enough to offer free US shipping on all Cotton & Flax products to D16 readers through March 29th. Use the code DOORSIXTEEN at checkout. (Thanks, Erin!!)

p.p.s. There’s a great interview with Erin about being a business owner over at Design*Sponge today. Woo hoo!

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Photo by Frederik Vercruysse via Dwell

Yeah, I could live there is a D16 feature wherein I post pictures of homes I want to break into, kick out the inhabitants and move in. Today, we’re heading 15 miles northeast of Antwerp to the Brecht, Belgium, home of Rini van Beek.

Despite the fact that they’re not the most practical when it comes to usable living space, I’ve got a thing for A-frame houses. Between that an my affinity for black exteriors, when this little cutie turned up in Dwell a couple of years ago, I got major heart-eyes. They tweeted a link to the back issue a few days ago, and my adoration was renewed.

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Photo by Frederik Vercruysse via Dwell

The office extension on the side of Van Beek’s house was designed by a team from Belgium-based dmvA. Because of local building codes, only 290 square feet could be added to the original structure, but…all that glass! All that nature! All that white! I wish I could see before photos to compare, but the whole thing looks totally magical. What a lovely place to live and work.

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Photo by Frederik Vercruysse via Dwell

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Photo by Mick Couwenbergh via Divisare

I looooooove that Tufty-Time sofa. I love the shape, the proportions, the color…and the fact that it’s called “Tufty-Time.” Someday, when I’m a billionaire, I’ll line the walls of my entire home with Tufty-Time sofas.

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Photo by Mick Couwenbergh via Divisare

What a nice little kitchen! I have no idea why someone would need two sinks in a kitchen this small, but I’m sure there’s a reason I’m not considering. And I do kind of want to slide a vintage rug in there when I move in…

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Photo by Mick Couwenbergh via Divisare

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I know, Fritz. Bloggers talking about blogging make me want to bury my head in a blanket, too.

It seems like a lot of bloggers have been writing “What the hell am I doing here with this blog in 2015?” posts lately, and…I get it. Once upon a time, blogging was journaling. And then journaling became blogging, which eventually turned into a job for some people, and then came Twitter, which was like blogging but way easier, and then came Instagram, which kind of started to make blogging on a blog seem, well, almost obsolete. I’m told that there’s something called Pinterest taking away from the value of blogs, too, but I don’t know anything about that.

But you know what? I still really love blogging. After 17 years, it still feels like a fresh format to me, and maybe that’s because of all the things that have come along since those heady early days of LiveJournal. I’ve never had a grand vision of what I want my blog to become, which is likely the reason why I haven’t thrown up my hands in frustration and walked away. That said, my lack of a grand vision (and this is something I tend to lack in my attitude about life in general, not just blogging) means that I sometimes question why I’m posting (or not posting) something on such a myopic level that I wind up saving draft…after draft…after draft. Weeks pass, seasons change. Drafts stay drafts.

I’ve always said that I won’t post about anything unless I feel a compelling desire to, and that I won’t let the potential for blog content dictate choices I make in my off-blog life. Both of these things are still true, and while I don’t like to throw around the word “never” too lightly, I can come pretty close to using that word here. So, if I’m not posting about projects at my house, it’s not because I’m a lazy blogger or because I don’t want to share, it’s because I’m not doing any projects at my house. The biggest complaint (if you can call it that) I get from D16 readers is that they want to see more of that kind of stuff, and I get that, but…that well has kind of run dry, and I’m not going to dump a bunch of water into it and pretend it came from the earth. (OK, time to leave that metaphor alone.)

ANYWAY. I need some structure. I need a bigger focus. The words “editorial calendar” kind of give me the creepy-crawlies in the same way that “water feature,” “window treatments,” and “feature wall” do, but I kind of think that maybe possibly an editorial calendar might be the right thing for me. For this blog. And, hopefully, for you, the reader.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Mondays: Yeah, I could live there (other people’s houses)
Tuesdays: Greed (stuff I want)
Wednesdays: Vanity (fashion/cosmetics)
Thursdays: Work (graphic design-related things)
Fridays: My photos from the week

Sticking to this calendar, even if a bit loosely, doesn’t mean that there’s no room for any additional content, it just means that what falls outside of these guidelines would be…a bonus, I guess. Or just super irritating, if you’re one of those people who likes to read blogs because you don’t like the blogger. Haha.

Let’s see how it goes!

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I have a really poor track record with house plants. The air plant that kind of freaked me out? Dead. The jade plant I was “determined to not kill”? Dead. The gorgeous, lush, fiddle leaf fig tree that thrived for almost three years in my dressing room? Dead, dead, dead. (Yes, that last one is particularly tragic, and exactly why you need to make sure your fiddle lead fig tree isn’t too close to a radiator during a very cold winter. Sigh.)

It wasn’t without a good amount of trepidation that I decided to invest a fair sum of money in buying a WHOLE BUNCH of plants for the new apartment. The daylight here is perfect, though, and the deep windowsills really lend themselves to plant life. So, with a fresh attitude and about $150, I went for it! I bought a few plants at IKEA and Home Depot, but most of them came from Adams Fairacre Farms in Newburgh. If you live in the Hudson Valley and somehow don’t know about Adams (they also have locations in Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Wappingers), you’re missing out big time. Aside from having an awesome produce department and a full-service grocery store, Adams has a plant/nursery department that never lets me down. They have a great selection, reasonable prices at all times, and excellent seasonal sales. (They also have a great refund policy for any perennials that kick the bucket, so save your receipts.) Anyway, enough about Adams—I’ve been going there since I was a kid, and it’s fab.

Plants pictured above, left to right: Zebra plant, tiny cactus (that’s the scientific name, haha), assorted succulents, trailing jade (it broke off in transit and I’m letting it grow roots), crown of thorns.

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I’ve had this fiddle leaf fig tree for a while now. It was really small (also: cheap) when I bought it…maybe a year and a half ago? It would probably be bigger than it is now if I hadn’t been so stupidly lazy about getting it into a proper pot. I had it in its plastic starter pot until a month ago! The woven bamboo pot it’s in now is a larger, black version of the PARANÖT pot from IKEA—it’s not on their site, but I’m pretty sure they still carry it.

And hey! There’s my Morrissey poster that’s been going everywhere with me for the past 24 years. The leafy branch over his head is right at home in the new apartment!

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Left to right: Dracaena, string of pearls, hoya rope plant, hoya heart plant (hanging), spoon jade.

The hanging basket is the DRUVFLÄDER from IKEA, and the sweet little ceramic hanging planter is from Small Spells. I am still grieving Brooklyn’s loss of the Kentile sign last summer, but this laser cut chipboard model from Boundless Brooklyn is a nice daily reminder of its place in my heart.

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Before I talk about the plants, can I tell you about my new lamp? It’s the stacked marble table lamp from CB2, and I love it. CB2 has been killing it all over the place lately, especially with lighting (please buy this sweet pink glass and marble lamp and think of me, because I want it but have nowhere to put it). For some reason I wasn’t expecting the lamp to be this big and HEAVY (who knew solid marble would be heavy…), but I’m not complaining.

OK, plants! Left to right: Pencil cactus, something I can’t identify, jade plant that’s recuperating after being moved from the old apartment, black robusta snake plant.

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I’m obsessed with the pencil cactus. It looks like a crazy monster and I really hope it doesn’t die.

PLEASE NOTE: Apparently a pencil cactus isn’t actually a cactus, and it’s also super toxic to people and pets. I’ll be moving mine out of reach of my pups. (Thanks, Katrina!)

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I think my favorite of the new plants in my life is this trailing jade vine! It’s doubled in size in the past month, so I’m pretty sure it likes living with me. I bought the macramé planter holder and the faceted pot (now totally obscured by the plant, but oh well) from CB2 at the same time as the lamp, and both are pretty perfect. I’ve never had any macramé in my life before, but it feels good.

The banner is from Secret Holiday & Co. It’s OK!

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Such a happy little spot! The teeny cactus pot is from Normann Copenhagen, the print is by Lisa Congdon, the rocks were painted by Diana Fayt (sweet tokens from Lisa and Clay’s wedding), and the ceramic box is from J.Crew Home.

“The Cinematic Portrayal of Graphic Designers in Film & Television”
Film by Ellen Mercer & Lucy Streule

HAHAHAHAHA. Well, what can I possibly add? Nothing other than this, I guess…

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Image source unknown, possibly created by magic

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For as long as I can remember, my father has worn striped indigo workwear—Wabash stripes, engineer stripes, hickory stripes, ticking stripes. Along with low-top Converse All Stars, denim blue jeans, chambray shirts, and a specific type of wire-framed glasses, those stripes are what I most associate with my father’s personal style. The man loves a stripe. Last Hanukkah, I gave him a hickory-striped Workwear Tote from Wood & Faulk.

He particularly likes to wear a certain style of striped shirt when he paints. He paints a lot, which means wearing—and washing—theses shirts a lot, which means the shirts get worn out after a few years and need to be replaced.

The shirt pictured above is the one he’s currently wearing in the studio. It came from the now-defunct company Smith & Hawken, and was marketed as a “gardening smock.” Sometimes I see them called “chore coats,” too. Aside from the stripes, the key features are really the fit (structured, but loose enough to wear over another shirt) and the lower pockets. It wasn’t specifically pointed out to me by him, but I imagine the straight/square hemline is important.

Internet friends, I need help finding a new painting shirt for my dad. Can you help?

There are a ton of striped shirts with pockets out there, but most of them seem like they’re probably too heavyweight, more like a coat. Or they’re overly-fussy, with rivets and snaps everywhere. Or they’re too fitted. Or they’ve been discontinued (oh man, SO NICE). Or they cost $500 and are only sold in Japan. There are so many gorgeous, expensive, “American-style” work clothes available in Japan.

Here are a few contenders I’ve found that I’m planning to send along to him. I’d love to know about any other options that could fit the bill! The closer they come to his Smith & Hawken shirt (above), the better. And if by some miracle you have a warehouse full of of Smith & Hawken deadstock…I’ll take three, please, size large.

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1. Hudson Hill Wabash Chore Coat
2. Pointer Brand Hickory Stripe Chore Coat (Banded Collar)
3. Levi’s Skateboarding Hickory Stripe Chore Jacket
4. Pointer Brand Hickory Stripe Chore Coat

Yes, it’s a shirt. And yes, this is a subject I’ve delved into a few times on the blog in the past in the context of my approach to home renovation and my own self-image (side note: I need to re-read that post today), but James Victore—designer, artist, teacher, truth-speaker, all-around hero—nails it on a regular basis:

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Feck Perfuction

“Designers are too concerned with the idea of ‘perfection.’

“Perfection is the death of creativity. Perfection lacks spontaneity and surprise, instead it assumes ‘knowing’ and certainty. Creativity is about being OPEN and curious but perfection is closed tight in its search for an answer. ONE ‘right’ answer—but creativity is not math. Perfection also assumes that you are smarter than your audience because you know the ‘right way’ and the ‘rules.’ But this attitude leaves no room for your audience to be involved in your process. Creativity, like a good joke, slowly pieces together in your audience’s brain until it explodes with ‘A-HA!.’

“Perfection stops you from starting projects or even relationships because you are not ready or perfect. And it stops you from finishing or shipping projects because they are not ready or perfect. The weather, the economy, the atmosphere will never be perfect, your timing will never be right, you will never be perfect. But you know what’s better than perfect? Done. Done is better than prefect.”

#DesignLikeYouGiveADamn

Boom.

I’m currently taking James Victore’s Bold & Fearless Poster Design course at CreativeLive, and it’s FANTASTIC. I don’t care what you do for a living, what you wish you did for a living, or how much experience you have in whatever it is that you do: This course is for everyone. Highly, highly recommended!

UPDATE: I just got an email alert letting me know that Bold & Fearless Poster Design is now 25% off! Use the code Victore2015 before 2/1/16 to get the discount. Nice!!

I took his Radical Typography course on Skillshare last year, too—also incredible. Sometimes you just need that push toward fearless imperfuction!

Image via James Victore’s Instagram

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About four months ago, I spotted the perfect doormat: TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF, ANIMALS. OK, almost perfect. That missing comma is bothersome, but I can look past it for the time being. If I find myself losing sleep over it, I can always paint one in.

I waited a day or two before ordering the doormat, and the next thing I knew, it was on back order. So I procrastinated some more, and then I missed the in-stock window, and then it was on back order again—yadda, yadda, yadda, the doormat was finally delivered today. Yay!

I was originally thinking I’d put it on the porch at the house, but that door is ginormous, and this doormat would look too dinky there. At the new apartment, though, it’s just right.

And yes, it’s now on back order again until next month, but if you like it, learn from my mistake and just order it now.

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Perfecto.

I made that cute draft python five years ago, and it’s still going strong. I don’t know what it is about New York City apartment doors, but they all seem to have massive gaps under them. Without this draft python, the dogs would spend their entire lives peering under the door waiting for the guy down the hall to walk out of his apartment with a plate of sausages, so it’s essential.

I still really love that fabric. It was designed by Maria Vinka for IKEA’s 2007 PS collection, and I’ve been hoarding a bunch of it since then.

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As long as I’m out in the hallway, I might as well take a picture of the common stairwell. This is a newly-renovated, late-1800s, three-story building, and I really like what they did out here. They refinished the original wood floors, stripped the banister, painted everything pale gray and white, and generally did a very nice job with the whole thing. I especially like the steel treads they put down on the stairs.

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Fritz would like you all to know that he is an animal and that he doesn’t even wear shoes, so he doesn’t understand this doormat at all. Especially since it’s missing a comma.

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Medicine Cabinet from Habitables

This sweet medicine cabinet reminds me of the one I painted for my own bathroom years ago—only much nicer. The size is perfect, and I love that the cross is a cutout. Perfect for small bathrooms! (Madrid-based Habitables makes all kinds of other great stuff, too.)

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White Plus tea towel from Cotton & Flax

Oh Cotton & Flax, how I love thee. I received this lovely tea towel in gray as part of a limited edition collaboration Erin Dollar did with AHeirloom last fall. Both the tea towel and the cutting board are very gorgeous.

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First Aid utility pouch from Apple White

I have a zippered pouch obsession, and this guy is next on my list. How perfect would this be for stashing bandages, hand wipes, and a little sewing kit in your bag? So perfect.

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Cement cross ornaments from LaNique Home

I have no idea what I would do with these, but I want them anyway. I keep picturing them turned into some kind of mobile. I really like the soft pink paint, but they’re also available unpainted or dipped in black if that’s more your thing.

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Safety First earrings from Melanie Favreau

I couldn’t wear these earrings because my ears are lame and I can only wear gold-filled jewelry these days, but I really wish I could. I have a whole bunch of ear-holes, and I love the idea of a whole line of these in black or brass running up my lobes.

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Muslin Swaddle Blanket/Scarf from Modern Burlap

Fritz and Bruno aren’t really into being swaddled, but this sucker is huge (47″ square!), and in my estimation, it would make an awesome scarf. If course, if you have babies or swaddle-loving pets, I’m sure it’s great for that, too…

EDIT: Sometime between last night and now, this item disappeared from Modern Burlap’s Etsy shop. Weird! It’s still available directly from their website, though.

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Cross wood bangle from Voz Collective

I’m not a chunky bracelet person. I’ve tried to be, but as much as I love how they look, they get in my way any time I try to use my hands for anything—which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is not an infrequent occurrence. That said, if I were a chunky bracelet person, these would be first on my list!

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Swiss Cross quilt from Sazerac Stitches

Ooooooh. I don’t know anything about quilting other than that it looks like a lot of work. This pretty quilt is available in six sizes, from lap all the way up to king. Something for the Chihuahuas, something for the Great Danes.

What’s on your Etsy wishlist right now?