The first truly springlike Saturday of the season is here, and we are ready! to! entertain! We’ve thrown open our windows; we’ve burned sage. Goodbye winter. See you never (we wish). The plan is to have a few friends by for a catch-up dinner tonight and ring in a new season together.
We’re going to take you through our day—and shout out the supporting cast of smart speakers, Instant Pots, plates, rugs, flatware, decanters, and more that help us get from week-weary and bleary-eyed to ready if Beyoncé shows up.
If you see something you like, you’re in luck: We’ve linked everything to a place where you can snag it for yourself. And with wedding (and moving!) season kicking off, you’ll want to cop some of this for gifting—and, no doubt, for yourself.
With a single (really! Just one) exception, everything here is under $600, with lots of things under $100. That’s right: An 8-foot-by-10-foot rug for under $600, along with a stellar dining table, and lots and lots of giftable dishes, linens, flatware, and more for under $50. Let’s dive in.
Rise and shine
Before we get anywhere near presentable enough to leave the house, we’re starting the day with oro blanco grapefruit and a cup of lemon and ginger green tea, Janelle Monáe’s latest album (on the Google Home Mini, $49), and a luxuriously soft throw (this one is the Citizenry’s Atacama throw, $295) wrapped around us to fend off an early-morning chill.
We are fully blissing out; only the siren song of a fresh croissant could get us off this sofa. Here’s what else is setting the stage for a successful Saturday:
Breakfast for three
After a bit of lounging, we decided to share an indulgent bite with our downstairs neighbor: We’re serving these eye-popping, architectural pastries from Supermoon Bakehouse on plates in a range of spring-appropriate pastels (Rainbow plates by Hay, $13 each).
Speaking of rainbow, iridescent electroplated flatware is the antidote to a boring tablescape (and this 12-piece set is $42 at Urban Outfitters). We’ve also got that good ol’ staple of American breakfast, orange juice, served in these nontraditional, playful dimpled glasses (they’re Optic glasses by Dutch design studio Droog for the MoMA Design Store, where they sell for $36 for a set of four). A few other things on the table include:
Bedroom pit stop
A well-made bed makes us feel like we can really—and we hate to say it, but it’s true—seize the day.
Smoothing the duvet ($170 for this fun queen-size option in Dusen Dusen’s Objects bedding collection) and spending a little too long draping throw blankets (like the super-soft Vienna Throw from Hem, $259, and this super-blue bouclé option from Tom Dixon, $485) to get that “effortlessly” tossed-down look is a productive way to procrastinate on a run to the farmer’s market.
And that’s just the bed! We could stay and rearrange things in this room forever, but time is of the essence. In case you’re curious, here’s what else is in here:
A brief moment of Zen
Much as we’d love to stay and soak in Epsom salts for the rest of the day, we had a lazy morning and leisurely breakfast, so it’s time to get cracking and run into the bathroom for an all-too-quick shower and abbreviated grooming sesh. Sorry, five-part skincare routine; we are relying on genes today!
Though time is limited, we are letting our skin—and our eyes—luxuriate in these colorful bath towels (a set of four, $170, from Dusen Dusen). We also recently indulged our addiction to all things green with this toothbrush (by Hay, $5), but paired it with a blue toothbrush holder (porcelain, from Muji, $5.50).
It’s joined by a stoneware soap dish (by Brooklyn ceramics studio Object & Totem, and sold at The Primary Essentials for $38). We’d call it all “chic,” (and it is!), but in this household we stan Phantom Thread. Some other things in the bathroom include:
Freshly returned from the greenmarket with our Instagram-thirst-trap radicchio in tow, and it’s time to take stock of what’s in the fridge and plan tonight’s menu.
It’s also a moment to throw something—anything—into the Instant Pot (this 6-quart option is just under $150) for tomorrow’s lunch. When there are judging eyes around, we keep condiments and grains organized in this pale-green oversized tray (the largest in an $80 set of three by Jasper Morrison for Vitra).
Menu planning is more fun with a glass of blood orange-flavored carbonated water in hand, so we poured ourselves a drink in a sturdy glass (one of several in Snowe’s 16-piece Bar Set, $195).
Dinner is served
We did it, fam: Dinner is on the table. And speaking of the table, we’re very into this color scheme, which is a mix of pinks (courtesy of this Floyd dining table, $595), and soothing grays, browns, and blacks (thanks to a classic 16-piece dining set from Crate and Barrel, $81.12, and 100 percent linen napkins from Block Shop Textiles, $14 each).
We’re offsetting this subdued palette with both frosted and fully transparent glass accents, including a devilishly handsome decanter (by Tom Dixon, part of a three-piece bar set $180). Hey, can someone please refill my glass?
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