Let’s say these are our favorite functional
purchases, and not necessarily the ones we love just because they look good, like the Clare Elsaesser
print in our bedroom. Completely different post. The pieces we wouldn’t want to live without again. Ready?
First, the Ikea shoe cabinet by our front door
. I can’t tell you how many times we have sung its praises. We brag about this thing. Our shoes were, literally
, lost beforehand. Constantly. It’s been a lifesaver and we can stuff an embarrassing amount of shoes in it.
The next one is kind of something we didn’t expect to be such a game changer, but we’re so happy we decided to upgrade our old front door. The new front door with windows lets in a lot of light in a pretty cramped inside space (see above photo), allows us to see out very easily and yes, looks good. Most everybody in our neighborhood has a solid front door, so ours is really distinguished, and well the red helps too. But for $200–why wouldn’t you!?
Our Lounge sofa from Crate & Barrel has been worth every penny already–and it was kind of a lot of pennies. Chris and I are both really tall (6’4″ and 6′ respectively) and to slouch relax with our butts far from the edge of the couch–that’s something. We can also pile a ton of people on this couch and I guess, if it ever came to it, we could use it as an extra bed because if you take the back cushions off, it’s as wide (maybe wider?) than a twin-sized mattress. It also cleans up like a dream. Greta was Mowgli (from Jungle Book) for Halloween and the black hair spray got all over this couch and it wiped right off. Can’t recommend this one enough.
Open shelving is more of an idea than an actual object, although we got ours at Ikea, but we wouldn’t want to live without it again. Not an obsessive amount of shelves or ones just for looks, but these three shelves function so well for us in our kitchen. Especially placed over the corner of our peninsula where a cabinet was hard to open and reach in to grab stuff
. Three cheers for open shelving. F’real.
And while we’re in the kitchen, our Blendtec blender
has been a work horse for us. We use it every morning and it never complains or moans. We got it last August and we’re already over 300 smoothies–it even keeps track! I’ve heard good things about the Vitamix, but I can only vouch for the Blendtec. Amazing.
So, that’s five purchases we wouldn’t want to live without. What do you love/know you can rely on?