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Obsessed: Copper in the Kitchen

Downton Abbey is my favorite show. Everything about it makes me swoon... The stately manor! The rolling hills of the English countryside! The elegant interiors! The gorgeous costumes! The mysteries and romances! The copper pans! Wait - what? Copper pans?

Yes, I swoon over the copper kitchenware in the Downton kitchen. I look at my own pots and pans and longingly wish for the copper luster. Oh, what I'd give for a kitchen full of copper!

First and foremost, I'd like a copper kettle. And then to build on that, some copper pots and pans. A copper pitcher and mugs would be nice. And oh! Of course, I'll need that to-die-for copper KitchenAid mixer. 

Someday... someday... that mixer will be mine.  For now, I'm just going to focus on hunting down a lovely little copper tea kettle. 



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.