home improvement: a makeshift bar


Having barely enough room for essential furniture items (ie. bed, couch, dresser), the idea of having a bar in our 1-bedroom apartment seemed pretty far fetched. However, after recently receiving a bottle of port I find entirely too pretty to tuck away inside a cabinet, I was determined to find a new solution. I bought a simple lacquered tray from Global Table and set it upon my wicker ottoman (it acts as extra seating at parties). I topped it with two sets of pretty port glasses, one from Global Table and the other passed down from my Nana, an antique carafe and the stylish bottle of port that set this whole project in motion. I’m pretty pleased with the final product. I think we’ve got a great looking piece of functional, drinkable art. –Erica P.

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mail order delight: stumptown coffee

Leah lauded Stumptown Coffee Roasters in posts about her recent trip to Portland, and I can vouch for the altogether tastiness of this coffee. The one Stumptown location in Seattle is about 20 minutes from our house by car, and though there are probably 100 places that are closer (this is Seattle, after all) we make special trips to pick up Rwanda Musasa coffee to make at home. You can order Stumptown online to enjoy at home, no matter where you live. It’s smooth, it’s free trade, and we love it — so much so, we sent bags of it to friends at Christmas. Cheap? No. Good? Oh, yeah. –Mary T.

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post off: what item just didn't work for you?

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We loved the idea of these Oxo ice cube trays so much, we put them on our wedding registry. But alas — the reservoirs are so shallow, we tend to spill more water on the floor than we freeze. And while we thought the lid would allow us to pop out a few cubes at a time without getting a bunch on our laps, you can’t snap it on before the water is frozen, or you end up spilling more water everywhere. And when the lid is on, it’s not that easy to get individual cubes out. (Looks like a few Amazon reviewers have had the same issues. And some suggest that maybe I’m just ignorant in the ways of ice cubes.) So what item were you hoping would work great, but it ended up just taking up space? –Mary T.

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