Stick a fork in Summer 2010, she's done. I've been busier than ever with work -- not complaining -- but my tan isn't what it should be. Though Duane Reade did start carrying aerosol dry oil which makes the most precious whirring sound. Apologies to the Italian family next to me on Long Beach for any overspray.
Anyhoo I'm still on a word kick here. Currently obsessed with corny corporate expressions like "Give it a think" and "I don't have the bandwidth for that right now." My creative consultant pal Michael gifted me "We don't have the brandwidth for that" and Shane says there's an ad sales practice called roadblocking?? This all counts as exoticism for the self-employed.
And I've got lots of time for Thinks while assembling a truckload of CB2 furniture, but lately I've come across so much that deserves a Re-think:
Bath ensembles. I just tried to stage a powder room and was appalled at the utter hideosity of accessories out there. Okay, sure I could run to Waterworks and drop a small fortune on gorgeous pewter and rattan, but then I'd have no money left over for ... anything. What's so wrong about solid colors and pure geometry, even in plastic? I bought my black lacquer Jonathan Adler set six years ago (when it was still sold at Bed Bath & Beyond) and haven't found anything to rival it on the design-price spectrum since. Time to rethink the Amethyst Hibiscus Explosion above.
Tissue boxes. I know the point is to cover these, and that Kleenex tried to jazz up the packaging a few years back, but what's going with the smoky flower damask fantasy up there? Seriously hurts my peepers in the paper aisle.
Inexpensive lamp shades. An 80-dollar shade can make a flea market lamp sing (you thought I'd go for "shine," didn't you?) but who wants to spend that much to fix, say, Horchow's mistake? Not me. Target has some great classic shapes but they all seemed to be covered in fabric or have that Ikea-ish, base-mounting armature which makes it impossible to use a harp. A faux-leather bell shade but no simple ivory paper Empire? I think not.