The New York Times T Magazine Inside Out column recently featured a poignant article by Rita Konig, Necessary Luxuries, in which she discusses the surprising items that have proved to hold the dearest place in her home. She encourages new renters not to get overwhelmed by the large and seemingly crucial purchases such as furniture, as the important things are often the smaller ones that bring, beauty, and fun to your home. I especially loved this section:
"Your mother...might be suggesting that you should be saving to buy the dining table before indulging in that pretty set of dessert plates you have spotted somewhere. But the plates will bring immediate joy, and they represent friends coming over for fun evenings, even if you are all sitting on the floor! And isn’t that the picture in your mind’s eye when you are thinking of your first apartment? It was for me."
So true! What have been the pieces that you've loved for years, though at the time of purchase they may have seemed less-than-necessary, even frivolous?
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