4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August

An honest effort in thoughtful purchasing

4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August
Designed by Briana Gagnier.

My roommates and I are (finally) in the process of moving into a new apartment, so this month's purchases were more home-focused than last month's — that includes all things nesting (think books, small furniture, and organizational finds). I also just cleaned out my closet in a big way, because if there's one major goal I have for our new home, it's that this new apartment will be stuff-free.

I'm excited to put a major hold on acquiring any new clothes for the foreseeable future, because, let's face it, San Francisco's closets are small (if not non-existent) and I'm not trying to wake up every morning under a pile of pilled sweaters. Furthermore, I'm also following suit with the new direct-to-consumer new home brands that encourage you to only have one perfect version of each item (i.e. Casper, Interior Define, Away). So, in an honest effort to spend less and only invest in very thoughtful pieces, here's what I added to my collection of *things* in August. 

1. THE Shuffle Table

4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August
Designed by Briana Gagnier.

I've raved about this table for months on end. It has appeared in my dreams and, before buying it, I looked it up at least once a day to make sure it really was as beautiful as I remembered. As I plan the decor, layout, and *look* of my new abode, I hope to master the modern, minimal, and whimsical style the Danes do so well. And, this piece is without a doubt a necessary ingredient. It brings me serious joy (it's re-stackable!) and a hint of color into what I plan on being a neutral home. I guess I really made it known that my life would not go on without this table, because I then received it for my birthday (success).  Now I just have to decide if it can really go on the floor or if it needs a shrine. 

Mia Hamborg for &Tradition Shuffle Table, $475, Finnish Design Shop

2. The Book

4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August
Designed by Briana Gagnier.

Unbeknownst to me, Reese Witherspoon has a bookclub. And I don't know about you, but Reese strikes me (we've never met) as a great judge of plot line. My mom, also a great judge of fiction novels, suggested this read recently. After finding it in an airport, I finally picked it up and then learned it was on Witherspoon's book club list. 10 pages in, I can say I'm very  glad to be back in bookworm mode. 

Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, $9.23, Amazon.

3. The Organizer 

4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August
Designed by Briana Gagnier.

Back-to-school feels are a real thing — and they last long after graduation. There's something about this time of year that still makes me want to get organized. Urban Outfitters' set of trays is a design-savvy take on tabletop organization. I actually plan on using this piece for my vanity area, as this piece definitely doubles as the perfect beauty station. 

Urban Outfitters Shaped Tray Desk Organizer, $29.99, Urban Outfitters

4. The Teapot

4 Exciting Things I Actually Bought In August
Designed by Briana Gagnier.

I recently came across this tea kettle in my cousin's kitchen (everything her apartment is swoon-worthy and copy-tempting) and, shamelessly, I turned around and bought it. I've been thinking quite a bit about what makes a truly happy home — one you look forward to walking into at the end of every day — and I think this tea kettle is part of that equation. Rather, I think being thoughtful about each and every detail (not splurging, just appreciating each item all the way down to the teapot), is key. 

HAY Teapot, $75.50, MoMA Design Store

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