countdown’s over: send in your taxes now!

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We thought we would end our countdown-to-taxday with a bit of a splurge. By now you should have filed your taxes, and are hopefully banking on a nice refund. And since all office products will be a write-off for next year’s deductions, why not invest in what we think is sure to become a modern day classic: the Kikkerland Flip Clock ($125 at AlaphabetsNYC). An electric wall clock with digital precision, it will count away the minutes of your day in such a boldy graphic manner, that those eight, nine, ten hours on the job will just fly by.

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new obsession: cast metal doorstops

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One of the things I discovered last weekend, when we visited FDR’s house, was a new appreciation of doorstops. Perhaps because we have so few doors to worry about in our place, I had never really thought of them before. But in the historic mansion, each of the rooms had a door that was propped open by a cast iron doorstop. Some were animals, some were little two-dimensional cottages, some were dancing girls. A quick seplace on eBay shows that these are quite common — especially if you’re looking for one of the canine variety. But this week, while perusing through a weighty pile of mail, I came across this little guy in the Sundance catalog. How cute is he? Made of cast iron brass, I’m sure he could hold his own against the heftiest of doors. Now all we need is a few more of those, and I’ll have a good excuse to buy one of these. –Angela M.

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5 days 'til tax day: biz card files

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I have a hard time throwing away business cards. Even though the names and titles displayed on them may have changed, I like to save them as reminders of all the people I’ve met. Until recently, they were stashed in boxes, wrapped in rubber bands, with the most recent and referred-to ones shoved into a pocket of my handbag. Not any more! I’ve discovered these adorable PepperPot mini-binders from See Jane Work, made just for toting business cards. At only $10 a pop, I’m going to buy several, so I’ll have room to spare (each book holds 120 cards). — Angela M.

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5 days ’til tax day: biz card files

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I have a hard time throwing away business cards. Even though the names and titles displayed on them may have changed, I like to save them as reminders of all the people I’ve met. Until recently, they were stashed in boxes, wrapped in rubber bands, with the most recent and referred-to ones shoved into a pocket of my handbag. Not any more! I’ve discovered these adorable PepperPot mini-binders from See Jane Work, made just for toting business cards. At only $10 a pop, I’m going to buy several, so I’ll have room to spare (each book holds 120 cards). — Angela M.

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field trip: fdr's house

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We stopped by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, NY on Saturday. Owned by his family since 1867, FDR was literally born in the house (actually, in that very bed, above) and visited there often during much of his four terms as president, until he died in 1945. Also in the house, wife Eleanor and his notoriously strong-willed mom, Sara; one can only imagine the arguments that must have taken place over the decor, like the lovely chintz wallpaper in the upstairs guest bedroom. (See next page for more photos.) These days you can take a guided tour that points out many details of his life reflected in the house, from the stuffed birds he hunted as a boy to the manual elevator built to accommodate his wheelchair. The downstairs level was a little too dark and gloomy to take good photos, but the bedrooms on the second floor were impressive with their classic early American furniture and stately manor. We especially loved the carved beds and embroidered white linens. A national historic site, the home is open to visitors all year round. Visit www.nps.gov for more info. (more…)

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