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.

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.

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…)

field trip: fdr’s house

birthrm.jpg

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…)

creepy gets pretty

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Arachnophobia? Not anymore. These beautiful entomology-artworks are also heirloom-quality ceramics. I’m completely in love with the work of Laura Zindel, a designer and ceramicist from Vermont who sells her wares nationally. (Her work will be on display at CraftBoston this weekend.) The 6″ tumblers are the only pieces in my budget right now (above, $34), but I’d love to have one of her serving platters to surprise attendees at my next dinner party (bottom photo, $235). If the bugs are too much for you, check out some of Zindel’s other designs. Doesn’t the bird pitcher and matching tumblers with blue trim (below, $110 and $34) just scream spring? Oh wait, no screaming. They’re only bugs. –Beth J.

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