When my family visited us in San Francisco for Bee's first birthday in September, my mother was a little distressed by the amount of water slopped around on my kitchen floor. If a woman spends, as I seem to, 10% of her time cooking and 80% washing dishes (leaving 10% for non-food-related activities such as cleaning, child-rearing, paid work, and sleep), she's bound to end up splashing the linoleum as she flings pots and pans from sink to drying rack, or just-washed kale from sink to cutting board. I wear hard-bottomed slippers in the kitchen only to keep from tracking the water all over the house, but my mother suggested that a couple of little rugs might be a less soggy solution. So, a Dash & Albert rug is on its way to me...yay! This is only slightly less embarrassing than getting new white dish towels in my stocking last Christmas after Santa noticed that mine had turned grey, but I will take kitchen beautification however I can get it.
I love almost all the Dash & Albert stripes, but this little rug is a color combination I've been coming back to over and over again since I picked out my sheets for college. I bought new sheets five years ago (when I finally had an apartment that could accommodate a queen-sized bed); I'd been dreaming of an all-white bed for a while, but somehow I ended up once again with khaki, olive, red, and a rusty pink. This summer I got a new quilt in the same color family. I've accepted my fate (and given my inability to keep whites pure white, that's probably a good thing). French General always has the prettiest things in these colors, and now they have a fabric line with Moda:
Mmmm, delicious fabric...
It's been many years since French General was on Crosby Street in New York, but I still miss poking around there (and can't believe I forgot to visit when we were in LA last month). In fact, my desk is the table I bought there when I first moved to the city. It's a wonderful mottled green, kind of like weathered copper, but don't worry--it plays well with khaki and red.