Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̂ːɡɔm]) is
a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”.
The word can be variously translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, “just enough”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like sufficient and average suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst“, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast” or as “There is virtue in moderation”.
In terms of a NYC apartment – the word Lagom is appropriate. You need enough, but not too much of everything.
aveva – felted wool home goods based out of Malmö, Sweden has helped dievca with “just enough” storage in the apartment.
A plant bucket holds dievca’s workout gear
(yoga block, jump rope, bands, lacrosse ball, pinky ball, etc).
A tote bag holds her road bike and swimming gear
(helmet, clothing, shoes, gloves, suits, goggles, etc.)
Subtle softness and colors blend into the NYC skyline without a jarring effect and are easy to reach.
Items can be found at EUROPEAN Bliss (click here).
CB2 Brass Padlock Bottle Opener:
Upping the ante on opening a beer.
A handsome way to subtly show your BDSM leanings at your Bar cart.
One sale for $9.99, click link above to purchase.
Sometimes you are clumsy when you are in a hurry.
Sometimes you are just clumsy and cannot get it together.
Knocking the water carafe off of the counter after you had just thought “watch that water carafe” comes under the second listing…. A b*tich to clean-up, too.
And then you find something beautiful to replace it and you worry about breaking. Sigh.
The blue carafe/cup is really elegant and the good news is you can replace the cup separately from the carafe in case something happens. Perfect for Ms. Clumsy.
When dievca lived in Europe she stopped to see friends who were packing to move to Switzerland. The wife, who was Irish, offered dievca a glass of wine and was about to pour it into a plastic cup – they were packing to move. The husband, who was French, went meltdown and dug through the kitchen boxes to find the proper wine glasses. Ever since then, dievca has tried to offer the proper glass for a specific drink type. she won’t drink out of the can. But, on the other hand, she has broken beer and wine glasses on the rooftop. It is a mess.
Having a wine outside by the pool or on the rooftop may be the Highlight of this COVID-19 Summer.
Meeting friends for a 2-meter spacing dinner in a park calls for easy to carry, easy to eat food and accouterments.
Breaking a wine glass and having to clean it up – would just add to the 6 feet spacing stress.
dievca found some silicone wine glasses at Walmart.com, $11.99 for four. she bought Master a set, too.
Unbreakable Outdoor Rubber Wine Cups: 14 oz, Clear Silicone. 100% Dishwasher Safe, Shatterproof, can for easy carrying or storage. Solid grip, stable on the table. Replaces the one-use plastic.
she does wonder what Marius would say about the silicone….
Party on! Safely. XO
NYC living is small – even with a lot of money. There just isn’t enough space to sprawl.
You end up dreading gifts from people who live with a garage. They may give you items for your Home. They don’t realize you are constantly looking for ways to reduce the size of your item use footprint.
Back in the day (when she had a garage) dievca owned an Old Thompson Spice Caddy :
dievca came to NYC with this spice rack channeling the laboratory look:
It still took up space on a countertop.
When Fab.com was going gangbusters with unique items, dievca found this spice rack with magnets to attach to her refrigerator. It offers more spices and takes up the least amount of space in her small NYC kitchen. Plus it’s cool to look at and the magnets are amazingly strong.
Gneiss Spice System:
The smaller jar set and larger jar set are both available at Amazon ($130 and $220 respectively) dievca has the smaller sized set – remember, she is NOT a chef… click HERE to purchase the smaller sized set.
If you were wondering what happened to Fab.com (an eCommerce explosion which had a blowout) — The site is now a Health and Lifestyle hub selling items to assist you in your wellness quest. There is a link above.
What’s unique about April’s full moon? It will reach 100% illumination today, Good Friday. Well-timed for the spring celebrations!
The Moon won’t actually be colored pink nor be tickled. In recent times each month’s full moon has taken on a common name often originating in Native American culture. April’s full moon has been called the Sprouting Grass Moon and Fish Moon to Hare Moon and Pink Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. However, the Pink Moon refers to the emergence the first wildflowers of Spring, In particular, wild ground phlox, popularly called “moss pink” flowers.
The full moon occurs occurs at 4:12 a.m. PDT and 7:12 a.m. EDT.
dievca was back “In the Pink”…feeling a vintage/ retro vibe:
Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Pink Moon!
A "Thank You" to Travel & Leisure website.
It all started with taking care of Master…
His supply of t-shirts and basic underwear bit the dust, so dievca helped out when she saw some nice soft items in the Flat Iron Lucky Brand store (its closed now).
The location closure means that dievca keeps her eyes open on the website for deals ~
The first thing she ran into recently is: Masters Chukka Boots
Truly – Masters is the name. What’s in a name?
Then she bought these bondage / shibari inspired pillows: Basket Rope embroidery
This reminded dievca of items that made her smile which she didn’t buy for Master:
All on Sale~
dievca has MANY questions…
- Who made the prototype of the penis hook and what prompted its design?
- Where does someone buy a brass penis?
- Did they use it?
- What does the decor of their apartment look like?
- Did they get many questions about the penis hook?
- Was it a conversation starter?
- Why are they getting rid of it?
- How much will the sale of this hook make for Housing Works?
- Would dievca ever hang the hook in her apartment?
- Why does she keep salivating like Pavlov’s Dog?
The auction started at $45
As dievca writes this post it is at $215 with two days left.
The auction ends this evening at 10 pm EDT.
Click HERE to view the listing.
And if you bid…please let dievca know. XO
dievca and a friend met for the Farmer’s Greenmarket on the Upper Westside and she already shared her outfit with you.
Here’s what happened after the market:
Walked past some bubbles and good wishes:
Brunch at White Gold Butchers – a whole-animal butcher shop & American eatery that’s owned by two female butchers. It is casual by day with table service at night and offers excellent meats. (Side note: Master and dievca had lunch here a week later, as a break from packing for His extended trip.)
dievca visited two OPEN HOUSEs for apartments up by where Master lives. One with a terrace and a fireplace… Yes, dievca knows that you Midwesterners are smirking, but buying a Co-Op in NYC is a whole different ballgame — my rent for one bedroom is probably more than your 3 bedroom house on 1/2 acre of land. The terraced/fireplace apartment was small but lovely. The the other apartment was….meh.
Then dievca’s friend wanted her to visit a business which was closing this week after 39 years of service. Liberty House will have closed by the time you read this – it was a lovely, yet sad experience. Some offerings:
What did dievca buy?
A bright yellow pottery tray and an absolutely stunning petite 18K with 22K bezel set opal slice ring.
Photos: 4/2017 UWS NYC by dievca
Contemporary ceramic artist.
Aintzane De Luna, designer and plastic artist, resident in Bilbao, Basque Country.
Designing pieces that have style and personality, are irreverent, vindictive, insolent, funny, sexy, with character, provocative and with a touch of rebelliousness.
Conceived stylish sexy pieces, with plenty of character and loads of wonderful ideas. These creations have a great deal of emotion and feeling, inspiring as much in art, as in everyday reality.
dievca would say that they would be a conversation starter~
In the palm of my hands.
Jonathan Adler Hand Modern Decor Brass nutcracker
As dievca slushed through the melting snow,
she ran into some Rainbows and began to daydream…
At the end of the rainbow there’s happiness
And to find it how often I’ve tried
But my life is a race just a wild goose chase
And my dreams have always been denied
Why have I always been a failure?
What can the reason be?
I wonder if the world’s to blame
I wonder if it could be me?
I’m always chasing rainbows
Watching clouds drifting by
My schemes are just like all my dreams
Ending in the sky
Some fellows look and find the sunshine
I always look and find the rain
Some fellows make a winning some time
I never even make a gain, believe me
I’m always chasing rainbows
Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain
I’ve looked to the west as the sun goes down
And I’ve followed its glorious rays
But the faster I’d run I would miss the sun
My life’s full of wasted days
I’ve always been a natural loser
Each thing I touch must fail
If good luck ever came to me it would never seem right at all
“I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” is a popular Vaudeville song. The music is credited to Harry Carroll, although the melody is actually adapted from Fantaisie-Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin. The lyrics were written by Joseph McCarthy, and the song was published in 1917 and introduced in the Broadway show Oh, Look! which opened in March, 1918. The song was sung in the show by The Dolly Sisters. Judy Garland sang it in the 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl. It was subsequently sung by Jack Oakie in the 1944 film The Merry Monahans and was again featured in the 1945 film The Dolly Sisters (1945 in film), where it was sung by John Payne. It was also included for part of the run (and in the cast album) of the 1973 revival of Irene.
A “Thank You” to ApartmentTherapy.com for the idea.
dievca is strangely attracted to these area rugs.
They would be a great conversation starter~
2’ W by 3’ L
100% New Zealand wool yarn
1” pile on woven cotton backing
– black design on cream background
“I looked at the ornaments on the desk. Everything standard and all copper. A copper lamp, pen set and pencil tray, a glass and copper ashtray with a copper elephant on the rim, a copper letter opener, a copper thermos bottle on a copper tray, copper corners on the blotter holder. There was a spray of almost copper-colored sweet peas in a copper vase. It seemed like a lot of copper.”
― Raymond Chandler, The High Window
dievca seems to be on a Copper kick — but the funny thing is that the only Copper piece in her house is a Copper / Brass Coffee Pot and Percolator from Belgium that she used while living in Europe. XO