I have a piece in the April issue of Real Simple. It doesn’t seem to be online. But check it out at the newsstand if you’re not a subscriber, because it is so FREAKING PRETTY. It’s a decor story (I KNOW! ME! WRITING ABOUT DESIGN! IT IS TO LAUGH!) about a really lovely woman upstate who has decorated her home through swapping, thrifts and Dumpster diving. She has an amazing eye — very Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee TableÂ — but spends almost no money. Kim is a former costume designer who now takes in border babies for an adoption agency (she’s very matter-of-fact about it, not all virtuous and annoying), makes tote bags and aprons she sells at the local farmer’s market, and does costumes for local plays. I was totally smitten by her home and I loved her values. Her place is small (it’s a cottage, maybe 1400 square feet, where she lives with her husband and two tween boys and a very sweet dog and whatever baby she’s currently caring for) but just so serene and visually enticing, you could plotz.
And we went Dumpster diving and found a big trove of vintage Hardy Boys books. Whoo.